26 04, 2020

Does the Torah speak in divine or Human Language?

By |2020-04-26T13:20:53-07:00April 26th, 2020|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

In the classic Torah Min Hashamayim Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) masterly tells the methodology of Rabbi Akiva and the difference between him and Rabbi Ishmael. Gordon Tucker translated the work into English as Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations. The two Talmudic sages lived around 130 CE and disagreed on how to interpret the Bible. Rabbi Akiva won [...]

5 10, 2019

Ancient rabbis disagreed on how to interpret the Torah

By |2019-10-05T22:11:10-07:00October 5th, 2019|Philosophy, Thoughts|

  Two Talmudic sages lived around 130 CE and disagreed on how to interpret the Bible. Rabbi Akiva won out, and Rashi, Nachmanides, and most ancient Bible commentators as well as most Midrashim follow his view. Others, such as Rashi’s grandson Rashbam, Abraham ibn Ezra, and Maimonides interpret the Torah as Rabbi Ishmael.   Rabbi [...]

20 08, 2017

A secret rabbis do not reveal

By |2017-08-20T13:05:58-07:00August 20th, 2017|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book Torah min hashamayim (translated into English by Gordon Tucker as “Heavenly Torah: As refracted Through the Generations”) reveals a truth that most rabbis do not know or, if they know, refuse to reveal. The methodologies of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael differed on how to interpret the Torah, and only [...]

20 12, 2015

The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism

By |2015-12-20T16:56:35-07:00December 20th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                                       The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism   Most people, including many rabbis do not realize that Rabbi Akiva revolutionized Judaism and that many people consider his methodology non-rational. Judaism until the destruction of the second temple in 70 CE, was temple oriented. Several major sects existed during the final centuries of the temple: [...]

6 10, 2015

The Generally Unknown Mystery of Rashi’s Commentary

By |2015-10-06T22:53:40-07:00October 6th, 2015|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                      The Generally Unknown Mystery of Rashi’s Commentary    Many individuals of all faiths use the commentary of the famed biblical and Talmudic French rabbi Rashi (1040-1105) to help them understand the Bible. Rashi is a master writer. His commentaries are short, to the point, clarifying, and interesting. People enjoyed his explanations so [...]

17 05, 2013

Nasso – Unusual Interpretations 26

By |2013-05-19T09:34:50-07:00May 17th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                    By Israel Drazin   Rashi (1040-1105) reports a teaching of Rabbi Ishmael (second century CE) contained in Midrash Sifrei Numbers 30 in his commentary on Numbers 6:13. I think that Sifrei may have erred because what it says doesn’t seem logical or consistent with the interpretive methodology of Rabbi Ishmael.   Chapter [...]