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 [...]

15 06, 2014

Is there a World to Come? – Korach

By |2014-06-15T05:52:24-07:00June 15th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                                                        Is there a World to Come?   Korach and his followers who rebelled against Moses are punished by being swallowed up by the earth and descend alive into “Sheol” (Numbers 16:31–33). The word “Sheol” appears in the Torah previously, in Genesis37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31. Virtually all Bible commenters, rabbis and scholars, agree that [...]

15 08, 2013

Aristotle and the soul

By |2013-08-15T22:49:02-07:00August 15th, 2013|Thoughts|

                       By Israel Drazin     The popular concept today is that there is a “soul,” a person’s personality that is separate from the body, survives the body’s death, and lives on for eternity. While accepted as axiomatic by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, is not in the Hebrew Bible. The idea was taken from ancient pagan [...]

9 08, 2012

Philo, Epicurus, and the soul

By |2012-08-09T08:11:58-07:00August 9th, 2012|Book Reviews|

Greek and Roman Philosophy after Aristotle Edited by Jason L. Saunders The Free Press, 1966, 371 pages   Jason L. Saunders’ book is a collection of philosophical and religious writings from Epicurus in the fourth century BCE through the early writings on Christianity, until Tertullian (160-230 CE). Some thoughts ring true today; others do not; [...]

1 01, 2012

The Treatise on Resurrection is a Forgery

By |2012-05-02T16:06:42-07:00January 1st, 2012|Book Reviews|

Moses Maimonides’ Treatise on Resurrection An Inquiry into its Authenticity By Lea Naomi Goldfeld Ktav Publishing House, 1986, 167 pages     Maimonides made it very clear in his work called Chelek that he felt that the intellect goes to the world to come as soon as a person dies and remains there for eternity. He states [...]