14 10, 2019

Four misunderstood discontinued Jewish institutions

By |2019-10-14T23:52:29-07:00October 14th, 2019|Thoughts|

There are many disagreements about four ancient Jewish institutions: the Sanhedrin, the Men of the Great Assembly, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees. Put differently, no one knows the truth about these institutions, even though that for many Jews, the subject is profoundly important.   Sanhedrin Jewish tradition supposes that the institution of the Sanhedrin began [...]

27 09, 2014

The Sabbath provoked Sadducees and Pharisees

By |2014-09-27T21:21:58-07:00September 27th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                      The Sabbath:                                                    The Peaceful Day Provoked                                                     Sadducees and Pharisees     As I wrote in my recent book “Mysteries of Judaism,” all the biblical holidays were changed by the rabbis because of the conditions of their time, especially because the temple was destroyed in 70 CE and sacrifices, which were an [...]

17 08, 2013

Surprising facts about Ethiopian Jews

By |2013-08-17T23:37:12-07:00August 17th, 2013|Book Reviews|

The Koren Ethiopian Haggada Journey to Freedom Edited by Rabbi Menachem Waldman Koren Publishers, 2011, 229pages ISBN 978-965-301-292-9   This is an interesting book that introduces readers to the history of Ethiopian Jews,[1] the brutal treatment they endured for centuries, their culture, and the remarkable fact that they maintained the Jewish religion as mandated by [...]

19 06, 2013

A strange tale of Pharisees

By |2013-06-19T03:55:41-07:00June 19th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                          By Israel Drazin               Numbers 19 tells how people who became impure because of contact with a dead human must be sprinkled with ashes of a red heifer before they can enter the tabernacle.[1] Among other particulars of the law, verse 9 states, “A man who is clean should gather the ashes of [...]

10 05, 2013

The Secret of Shavuot

By |2013-05-10T07:14:19-07:00May 10th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                                                By Israel Drazin   No Jewish holiday is practiced today as the Bible mandates. Shavuot, called Pentecost in English, is a good example. The current observance of the holiday has no relationship to its biblical ancestor and doesn’t even occur at the same time.[1] Very few people know the truth about this day. [...]