3 05, 2015

Unusual explanations in Midrashim on Jonah

By |2015-05-03T06:11:47-07:00May 3rd, 2015|Jewish Books|

                                                 Unusual explanations in Midrashim on Jonah   Midrashim, the singular is Midrash, are many books composed over centuries that contain laws as well as a myriad of legends. The name is derived from the Hebrew root d-r-sh, to sermonize and to expound. In the beginning of his book Chelek, Maimonides warns that [...]

4 01, 2013

Unusual Biblical Interpretations 9

By |2013-01-04T06:51:29-07:00January 4th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                      By Israel Drazin     We have been offering some unusual and controversial Bible interpretations that the Jewish iconoclast Arnold B. Ehrlich (1848-1919) placed in his book Mikra Ki-Pheshuto (The Bible According to its Literal Meaning) with the hope that whether readers agree with them or not they will provoke thought. We [...]

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 [...]

14 11, 2011

Reincarnation

By |2011-11-14T07:47:26-07:00November 14th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Many scholars are convinced that no book of the Hebrew Bible, with the possible exception of the biblical book Daniel 12:2-3, speaks about life after death, and feel certain that the various ideas about the after-life were taken from pagan notions.  Daniel states that “those who sleep in the dust will [...]

24 10, 2011

Rabbis have abandoned the Bible to fundamentalist Christians

By |2011-10-25T04:52:52-07:00October 24th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Many rabbis have, in effect, abandoned Bible study to fundamentalist Christians. Very few of their books that ostensibly address the Torah actually do so. Instead, usually without disclosing the fact, the rabbis who composed these volumes and the rabbis who deliver synagogue sermons focus on the midrashic versions of the biblical [...]