17 08, 2020

The Use of Two in the Joseph Drama

By |2020-08-17T04:12:27-07:00August 17th, 2020|Thoughts|

  Many people who read or even carefully study the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, fail to pay attention to details and as a result they miss much that is in the Bible, the brilliant way that it is written, its poetry, its references to other incidences, its use of metaphor, and much more. The drama [...]

19 12, 2014

Understanding the Bible with a literary analysis

By |2014-12-19T04:36:37-07:00December 19th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                            This following is a version of what I wrote in my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: The Five Books of Moses.”                                                           Joseph’s vs. Pharaoh’s dreams   The biblical scholar Arnold Ehrlich (1848-1919) criticizes people who only examine the Bible to find laws or moral lessons. He stresses[1] that the Bible [...]

25 11, 2013

Mikeitz – Was Joseph really righteous?

By |2013-11-25T07:35:01-07:00November 25th, 2013|Thoughts|

  The following is a brief version of an excerpt from “What’s Beyond the Bible Text” by Rabbi Dr. Stanley Wagner and me that was published in September 2013. We usually put three articles for each biblical portion, generally discussing thought-provoking subjects that people will not find elsewhere. This week’s essay is from Mikeitz, Genesis [...]

20 03, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik on Joseph and Moses

By |2013-03-20T04:37:58-07:00March 20th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                               Review by Israel Drazin    Vision and Leadership Reflections on Joseph and Moses By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2013, 239 pages   This is the latest of the so-far eleven posthumous writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903-1993) based on writings he did not publish. This one contains a dozen essays [...]