13 12, 2017

A mystical view on immortality, resurrection, and the age of the universe

By |2017-12-13T07:11:36-07:00December 13th, 2017|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (1934-1983), the author of the mystical book “Immortality, Resurrection, and the Age of the Universe,” was an American Orthodox rabbi who was acclaimed for his many books, about fifty in all, his knowledge of physics, and Jewish mysticism. He worked initially as a physicist, but in 1965, when he was around [...]

21 12, 2011

Why write law codes after Maimonides did?

By |2011-12-21T07:16:04-07:00December 21st, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Maimonides wrote his Mishneh Torah, his code of Jewish law. About a century after his death in 1204, Jacob ben Asher (1270–c. 1340) composed a code of Jewish law that he called the Tur. Roughly two centuries later, Joseph Karo (1488–1575), compiled his law books, which he named the Shulchan Arukh. More [...]