I just published a new book.

By |2018-08-08T04:36:06-07:00August 8th, 2018|Thoughts|

Pub date: October 2018 Nachmanides An Unusual Thinker by Israel Drazin ISBN: 9789652298874 Price: $24.95 Pages: 217 Binding: Hardcover Nachmanides was and still is a highly respected scholar. Yet despite his brilliance he had ideas [...]

Nachmanides opposed doctors

By |2017-10-10T06:30:28-07:00October 10th, 2017|Thoughts|

The renowned Spanish Mystic Bible and Talmud commentator Nachmanides’ view that God is involved in everything that occurs in this world affected his view about doctors helping people. He was generally, with only one exception, [...]

The curious views of Nahmanides

By |2017-09-14T04:58:49-07:00September 14th, 2017|Thoughts|

  Nachmanides was a famed Bible and Talmud commentator. His real name was Moses ben Nahman Gerondi. He is known in Hebrew as Ramban and in European languages as Nahmanides, also spelt Nachmanides (1194-1270). He [...]

The non-biblical notion of holiness

By |2016-01-11T08:47:51-07:00January 11th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                  The non-biblical notion of holiness   The concept of “holiness,” meaning that something or someone is sacred does not exist in the Bible. The biblical Hebrew word kedushah, which is usually translated [...]

Do angels and demons exist?

By |2014-12-21T06:21:05-07:00December 21st, 2014|Thoughts|

  The following is based on what I wrote in my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Five Books of Moses.”                                                                                                                                                                Angels and demons   Did brilliant well-respected ancient thinkers of all religions have [...]

Does God Control and Manipulate Us?

By |2014-11-24T06:54:23-07:00November 24th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                Does God Control and Manipulate Us?   Since the beginning of time, since people believed that God exists, men and women of every religion asked whether God is involved in their lives and, [...]

A very strange assessment of the Torah

By |2014-11-21T09:09:09-07:00November 21st, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                            A very strange assessment of the Torah   When Mordecai told Ether that Haman planned to murder all Judeans, Esther requested that Mordecai arrange that all Judeans fast for three days. The book [...]

The patriarchs were humans

By |2014-10-26T06:17:16-07:00October 26th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                 The patriarchs were humans    The first book in my new series “Unusual Bile Interpretations,” on the “Five Books of Moses,” was published in Israel last week. I finished the next two, on [...]

Nachmanides on Curses and Magic

By |2014-09-14T01:19:58-07:00September 14th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                    Nachmanides on Curses and Magic[1]     The biblical portion Nizavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20, offers us an opportunity to observe some problematic ideas of the great thirteenth century Spanish Jewish sage, Nachmanides, ideas [...]

Strange ideas of Nachmanides

By |2014-09-11T23:46:38-07:00September 11th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                      Strange ideas of Nachmanides                                    His notion concerning the Sanctity of Israel[1]     The biblical portion Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8, mentions laws that Israelites were expected to observe when they entered [...]

Unusual Bible Interpretations – Joshua 1

By |2013-10-09T02:52:42-07:00October 2nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                 Joshua  Chapter 1                                                                 By Israel Drazin   Having completed 54 Unusual Bible Interpretations on the Pentateuch, I have begun this series on the next biblical book Joshua. I will focus on one [...]

My latest article

By |2013-07-05T10:25:06-07:00July 3rd, 2013|Thoughts|

    I published a twenty-page scholarly article on the well-respected famed thirteenth century sage Nachmanides’ commentaries on the late fourth century Aramaic translation of the Torah called Targum Onkelos on the on-line scholarly publication [...]