23 09, 2014

A Seemingly Strange Pre-holiday Practice

By |2014-09-23T22:56:59-07:00September 23rd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                         Eiruv Tavshilin                                                  A Seemingly Strange Pre-holiday Practice   Some Jewish laws seem irrational at first glance and seem to be rabbinical attempts to evade biblical mandates, but a closer look reveals that the rabbis created laws to aid fellow Jews. Eiruv Tavshilin is an example. When a Jewish holiday is followed immediately by the [...]

11 06, 2013

A biblical holiday that was replaced

By |2013-06-11T03:48:54-07:00June 11th, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin                         No biblical holiday is practiced today as mandated in the Bible. The rabbis changed all of the holidays. The major but not only reason for the alterations is that many biblical holy days focused on sacrifices which ceased to exist when the temple was destroyed in 70 CE.[1] One biblical holiday [...]

26 06, 2012

The Secret of the Book of Esther

By |2012-06-26T06:35:23-07:00June 26th, 2012|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                                                             By Israel Drazin   The Book of Esther is one of the twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible. Curiously, God is not mentioned in this volume of Scripture and there is no indication that God was involved in any way in helping Esther and Mordecai save the Jews of Persia from [...]

21 10, 2011

Sermonizing vs. The Truth

By |2011-10-21T10:41:20-07:00October 21st, 2011|Book Reviews|

The First Ten Days By Rabbi Yaacov Haber Torah Lab, 2010, 88 pages There are essentially four different ways that people use to try to learn the truth about the world: religion, mysticism, philosophy and science, and a mixture of two or three of the previous methods. All should be lauded, for people should try [...]

1 06, 2011

Holidays don’t have to be on Time

By |2011-06-01T07:42:52-07:00June 1st, 2011|Thoughts|

  Think about it. Many holidays occur when the event they commemorate didn’t happen. The American Indians and the Pilgrims didn’t meet for a turkey meal on the last Thursday in November and President George Washington wasn’t born on the third Monday in February. In Christianity, Jesus’ mother did not give birth on December 25 [...]