30 05, 2017

There Are Not 613 Biblical Commands

By |2017-05-30T04:40:10-07:00May 30th, 2017|Thoughts|

When sacrifices were discontinued, the rabbis developed a new idea about Shavuot. They said the holiday commemorates the giving of the Torah. Soon, many Jews began to believe that the Torah contains 613 commandments. What is the origin of this view and is it correct? The following is chapter 23 from my book "Mysteries of [...]

8 12, 2016

The Rape of Tamar

By |2016-12-09T05:10:10-07:00December 8th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                                                  The Rape of Tamar Chapter 13 relates the rather perplexing tale of Amnon’s rape [...]