17 11, 2019

My most reviewed article, even today

By |2019-11-17T07:41:28-07:00November 17th, 2019|Thoughts|

                                                                                           The Shofar Scares and Confuses Satan, Keeping Him at Arm’s Length   It is absolutely [...]

17 09, 2017

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

By |2017-09-17T05:20:54-07:00September 17th, 2017|Thoughts|

  Have you ever wondered why Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not highlighted in the Torah as pilgrimage holidays, as Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot are? This is because neither Rosh Hashanah nor Yom Kippur are biblical holidays. Both replaced biblical holidays, and are notably different from the holidays they replaced.[1] The biblical holiday Yom Teruah, [...]

26 09, 2016

The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays

By |2016-09-26T03:58:20-07:00September 26th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                      The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays   Few people think they know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot when the holidays are observed [...]

25 09, 2016

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

By |2016-09-25T04:55:55-07:00September 25th, 2016|Thoughts|

                                                        Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday     The following is from my book “Mysteries of Judaism,” in which I point out that Judaism today is [...]

19 10, 2015

The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot

By |2015-10-19T03:57:24-07:00October 19th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                 The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot   While the shofar came to be seen as a rational and important part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, the same cannot be said of the kapparot and tashlich rites that are still celebrated by many Jews. Thus, while Maimonides included [...]

15 09, 2015

Sympathetic Magic in Judaism

By |2015-09-15T23:52:48-07:00September 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                        Sympathetic Magic in Judaism                                   Ancient Jews, like their pagan neighbors believed that angels and demons exist, the first group helping people and the later harming them. They sought ways to control the demons and force them to do their will. They believed that humans have the power not only to control demons but [...]

20 05, 2015

The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays

By |2015-05-20T09:24:07-07:00May 20th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                  The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Few people know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot when the holidays are observed outside of Israel, and why a second day was appended to Rosh Hashanah in both Israel and the diaspora [...]

20 09, 2014

Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday

By |2014-09-20T23:20:15-07:00September 20th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                           Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday[1]   Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical holiday, although it replaced a biblical one, and is notably different from the holiday it replaced. The biblical holiday, Yom Teruah, had a totally different purpose than Rosh Hashanah, which focuses on the onset of a new year, [...]

11 09, 2014

The Anti-Jewish Origin of Kapparot

By |2014-09-11T06:32:16-07:00September 11th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                     The Anti-Jewish Origin of Kapparot [1] The practice of kapparot and tashlich, celebrated by many Jews, is not considered to be rational by many other Jews and Maimonides did not include them in his Mishneh Torah, his code of Jewish law. The term kapparot denotes an offering tendered in the hope of gaining forgiveness [...]

3 09, 2014

The Shofar Scares and Confuses Satan

By |2014-09-03T00:41:54-07:00September 3rd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                        The Shofar Scares and Confuses Satan, Keeping Him at Arm’s Length[1]     It is absolutely certain that both the spiritual leaders of Jewry and the masses of uneducated Jews (or at least the majority of these) before, during and after the talmudic period believed that the shofar, the ram’s horn, was blown [...]

3 09, 2013

Some Peculiarities of the Jewish Lunar Calendar

By |2013-09-03T23:30:29-07:00September 3rd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                       By Israel Drazin         I described in prior essays that Jews, as some other religions, such as Islam, use a lunar calendar and base the dates of their holidays on this calendar.[1] I mentioned some unusual occurrences that transpired because of the use of the lunar calendar. The following is [...]

1 09, 2013

Why an additional day is added to holidays – 3

By |2013-09-01T23:13:09-07:00September 1st, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Part Three   This essay is taken from my book Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets. Because of its length, I am dividing it into three parts. Since I discussed what I think is the true reason why an extra day was added to [...]

1 09, 2013

Why an additional day is added to holidays – 2

By |2013-09-01T23:08:35-07:00September 1st, 2013|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

  By Israel Drazin The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Part two This essay is taken from my book Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets. Because of its length, I am dividing it into three parts.   To understand the origin of the added day to biblical holidays, we must first understand the [...]

1 09, 2013

Why an additional day is added to holidays – 1

By |2013-09-01T23:01:36-07:00September 1st, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin The Real Reason for the Additional Day of Holidays Part one This essay is taken from my book Maimonides and the Biblical Prophets. Because of its length, I am dividing it into three parts.   Few people know why Jewish tradition added a day to the biblically assigned number for Passover, Shavuot, [...]

1 09, 2013

Sermons vs. the Truth

By |2013-09-01T21:02:53-07:00September 1st, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                   By Israel Drazin                                          Most sermons teach proper behavior, but when examined carefully, there are elements in them that frequently seem irrational and untrue. Their messages may be good but, among other problems, the verses used to support the messages may not say what the clerics say they say to [...]

19 07, 2013

Strange pre-New Year practice

By |2013-07-19T06:03:56-07:00July 19th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                         By Israel Drazin   Currently, announcements are made and prayers recited in synagogues on the Sabbath before a new month begins to inform congregants when the first sliver of the new moon will appear. This service commemorates the ancient practice, before a lunar calendar was established by Hillel II in the mid-fourth [...]

21 10, 2011

Sermonizing vs. The Truth

By |2011-10-21T10:41:20-07:00October 21st, 2011|Book Reviews|

The First Ten Days By Rabbi Yaacov Haber Torah Lab, 2010, 88 pages There are essentially four different ways that people use to try to learn the truth about the world: religion, mysticism, philosophy and science, and a mixture of two or three of the previous methods. All should be lauded, for people should try [...]