10 02, 2020

Thinking Outside the Cage

By |2020-02-10T08:29:14-07:00February 10th, 2020|Thoughts|

  Many readers of the Bible have caged themselves like animals in a zoo and are afraid to step out of the cages they created for themselves; they fear to think beyond the ideas they heard from teachers when they were taught Bible as children. The following are some examples.   Exodus begins in chapter [...]

28 07, 2013

Re’eih – Unusual Interpretations 47

By |2013-07-28T10:39:42-07:00July 28th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                      By  Israel Drazin    The portion Re’eih, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17, gives us an opportunity to speak about study vs. action, whether the Masorites who established the correct Torah text are always right, and if the Torah prefers that people be vegetarians.   Metaphors, Maimonides, and action             The Torah is not only a book about [...]

10 05, 2013

Bemidbar – Unusual Interpretations 24

By |2013-05-10T04:35:57-07:00May 10th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                 By Israel Drazin   The following are some thoughts on the biblical portion Bemidbar, Numbers 1:1 to 4:20. Each shows problems with traditions.   This fourth biblical book is named after the first significant word in the first chapter, Bemidbar. However most people call the book Bamidbar, which is a corruption of [...]