11 01, 2016

The non-biblical notion of holiness

By |2016-01-11T08:47:51-07:00January 11th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                  The non-biblical notion of holiness   The concept of “holiness,” meaning that something or someone is sacred does not exist in the Bible. The biblical Hebrew word kedushah, which is usually translated today as “holiness” means “separate.” When the Bible asserts that God is holy it signifies that God is totally separate [...]

15 06, 2015

Why certain things and people are called holy

By |2015-06-15T04:51:56-07:00June 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                       Why certain things and people are called holy   The concept of “holiness,” meaning that something or someone is sacred does not exist in the Bible. “Holiness” in the Bible means “separate.” When the Bible asserts that God is holy it signifies that God is totally separate and distinct from humans. When [...]

11 09, 2014

Strange ideas of Nachmanides

By |2014-09-11T23:46:38-07:00September 11th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                      Strange ideas of Nachmanides                                    His notion concerning the Sanctity of Israel[1]     The biblical portion Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8, mentions laws that Israelites were expected to observe when they entered Canaan, later called Israel. This affords us an opportunity to discuss the sanctity of the land of Israel.   Many [...]

30 08, 2013

Can a place be holy?

By |2013-08-30T00:32:22-07:00August 30th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                            By Israel Drazin                                          Obviously, most people will answer “yes”; but is this a proper answer? If a church or synagogue or mosque is holy, when does the holiness enter the building: when the last stone is placed? Does earth change in one instance from dirt to holy ground? Can a man or woman [...]

29 07, 2011

A book for people who want to learn the truth

By |2011-07-31T12:47:39-07:00July 29th, 2011|Book Reviews|

Maimonides’ Confrontation with Mysticism By Menachem Kellner Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011, 343 pages   Anyone, of any religion, agnostic, or atheist, wanting to understand the truth about life, the ideas taught by the great philosopher Moses Maimonides (1138-1204), should read this splendid easily comprehensible book first published in 2006, reprinted because of its [...]