Yom Kippur is not a biblical holiday

By |2017-09-24T05:00:07-07:00September 24th, 2017|Thoughts|

Yom Hakippurim: A Holiday The Romans Destroyed   Like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur does not exist in the Bible. It replaces another day known as Yom Hakippurim. Yom Kippur is singular, “day of atonement,” while Yom [...]

When is Passover?

By |2014-04-10T07:33:06-07:00April 10th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                           When is Passover?   The question “When is Passover?” seems as simple as the humorous question, “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?” Everyone with the slightest bit of Jewish education would answer that it [...]

TZAV – DOES GOD WANT SACRIFICES?

By |2014-03-09T04:17:42-07:00March 9th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                              TZAV                                                               (Chapter 6:1–8:36)                                                   DOES GOD WANT SACRIFICES?[1]   Much of Leviticus focuses on sacrifices. After the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, when sacrifices could no longer be offered, [...]

VAYIKRA – Can we bewitch God with sacrifices and prayers?

By |2014-03-02T08:14:33-07:00March 2nd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                 VAYIKRA                                                                      (Chapter 1:1–5:26)                                                                                                          Can we bewitch God with sacrifices and prayers?[1]   The biblical book Leviticus describes elaborate ceremonies of sacrifices. Although the rabbis maintained that the sacrifices were [...]

Chukat – Unusual Interpretations 30

By |2013-06-12T08:21:50-07:00June 12th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                    By Israel Drazin   Commentaries on the biblical portion Chukat (Numbers 19:1-21:35) raise theological questions such as, are biblical laws rational, is original sin a Jewish concept, did pagan practices influence Torah [...]

Vayikra – Unusual Interpretations 18

By |2013-03-13T10:26:48-07:00March 13th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                             By Israel Drazin   Abraham ibn Ezra. Joseph Bechor Shor, and Arnold Ehrlich have what some people would consider unusual interpretations of the biblical portion Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26. The following are [...]