15 11, 2015

The Mysterious Origin of the Monthly “Sanctification of the Moon”

By |2015-11-15T04:45:07-07:00November 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                 The Mysterious Origin of the Monthly “Sanctification of the Moon”   When a person examines the history of a religious practice, or any practice for that matter, he or she must be careful not to insist that the original motivation of the ritual is the same as the reason for the observance’s continued practice [...]

11 08, 2013

The Mysterious Origin of the Monthly “Sanctification of the Moon”

By |2013-08-11T01:07:49-07:00August 11th, 2013|Thoughts|

  By Israel Drazin (A version of this discussion appeared in my book Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind. Many readers may dislike this approach to understanding Jewish practices. However, quite a few scholars read the article and liked it. Some of their comments are included.) Many pagan rites have been given new meaning and elevated over [...]