15 03, 2015

More on how Judaism changed when meeting other cultures

By |2015-03-15T12:58:16-07:00March 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                               More on how Judaism changed                                                               when meeting other cultures   Jewish practices and theology continued to evolve as Jews met people of other cultures such as the Canaanites, Greeks, and Christians.   Canaanites Many of the biblical books describe the various practices that the early Israelites adopted as a result of [...]

13 01, 2014

Yitro – Revelation and The Ten Commandments

By |2014-01-13T05:35:26-07:00January 13th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                 Yitro                                                                   (Chapters 18:1–20:23)                                     Revelation and the Ten Commandments (Chapter 20:1–14)[1]   The events preceding the revelation are told in chapter 19. Moses ascends Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:3) and communicates with God on the third day of the third month. He descends on the same day (Exodus 19:7) and communicates [...]

31 07, 2013

Sinai revelation?

By |2013-07-31T08:54:18-07:00July 31st, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                             By Israel Drazin     In my essay “Divine revelation continues today,” I discussed the views of Rabbi Kook, Maimonides, Aristotle, Ba’al Shem Tov’s grandson, and others who stated that divine revelation continues today. I showed that these thinkers felt that modern people can and should seek God’s revelation in history [...]

29 07, 2013

Divine revelation continues today

By |2013-07-29T10:33:51-07:00July 29th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                            By Israel Drazin     Pinchas Polonsky describes the open-minded concept of Rabbi Abraham-Yitzhak Kook (1865-1935)[1]. His “teachings reflect a deep modernization of the Jewish faith and of its approach to an array of contemporary problems.” Polonsky calls Kook’s approach “Modern Orthodoxy.” But his ideas could, and indeed should, radically change the way [...]

15 03, 2013

Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Theology

By |2013-03-15T09:50:24-07:00March 15th, 2013|Book Reviews|

Review by Israel Drazin    And From There You Shall Seek By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2008, 230 pages   This is the tenth volume published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s death (1903-1993). Most of these posthumous books are based on writings he did not publish; however this volume is an English [...]