9 10, 2014

Snakes eating dust

By |2014-10-09T23:13:50-07:00October 9th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                      Snakes eating dust   My twenty-sixth book which will be published in a few weeks in Israel is called “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Five Books of Moses.” It is part of a series of four “Unusual” books. Two of the remaining three are finished and will be published by Gefen Publishing House shortly. They [...]

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 [...]

22 07, 2013

Ekev – Unusual Interpretations 46

By |2013-07-22T09:43:43-07:00July 22nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                   By Israel Drazin    We will look at an oft-used metaphor and some apparent contradictions between Deuteronomy and the prior biblical books. The Talmuds, Midrashim, and classical Jewish commentators note the apparent contradictions, discuss them, and show why, in their opinion, they are not contradictions. Ibn Ezra, for example, wrote that the seeming contradictions [...]