Esther in Legends

By |2017-03-05T05:11:19-07:00March 5th, 2017|Thoughts|

For the last few days, because of the approach of Purim, I have been posting chapters from my recent book “Unusual Bible Interpretations: Ruth, Esther, and Judith,” in which among a lot of other things, [...]

The biblical Purim differed from how it is observed today

By |2015-03-03T16:24:15-07:00March 3rd, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                    The biblical Purim differed from how it is observed today   The current practice is that Purim is celebrated as a one day holiday in Jerusalem on 15 Adar as a commemoration of [...]

Purim is not observed as mandated in the Bible

By |2014-03-13T07:36:45-07:00March 13th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                      Purim is not observed as mandated in the Bible   I described in my book “Mysteries of Judaism”[1] that no Jewish holiday is observed today as mandated in the Bible. The rabbis changed [...]

R, Soloveitchik on Purim and Hanukah

By |2013-10-13T06:53:42-07:00October 13th, 2013|Book Reviews|

                                                                                        Review by Israel Drazin      Days of Deliverance By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2007, 224 pages   About a dozen volumes were published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993) [...]

The true story of Esther

By |2013-02-17T05:36:43-07:00February 15th, 2013|Book Reviews|

The Dawn By Yoram Hazony Shalem Press, 2000, 312 pages   Subtitled “Political Teachings of the Book of Esther,” The Dawn is one of the best commentaries written on the biblical book. Homiletical imaginative midrashic [...]