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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]