Did Moses write the entire Torah?

By |2017-10-22T06:27:40-07:00October 22nd, 2017|Thoughts|

 Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”   Did Moses write the entire Torah? Do traditional Jewish commentators differ on the subject?   Who wrote the story of the death of Moses? The twelve verses of [...]

How to read the Bible

By |2015-03-25T11:12:50-07:00March 25th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                How to read the Bible   I have been asked to explain the mystery of the half shekel: why were the Israelites in the desert during the days of Moses required to [...]

Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”

By |2014-09-27T22:18:25-07:00September 27th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                         Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”[1]   The Torah’s final chapter presents a serious theological dilemma. The following is a brief history of how some scholars handled this dilemma.   Questions Did Moses write [...]

How to read the Bible

By |2014-07-01T07:52:52-07:00July 1st, 2014|Book Reviews|

                                                         This book shows us how to read the Bible   Peshat Isn’t so Simple By Rabbi Hayyim Angel Kodesh Press, 2014, 311 pages   For over two millennia most Jewish Bible commentators did [...]

A Synagogue Companion

By |2014-02-11T08:43:40-07:00February 11th, 2014|Book Reviews|

                                                             Review by Israel Drazin                                  A Synagogue Companion By Rabbi Hayyim Angel Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, 2014, 351 pages   Rabbi Hayyim Angel is a scholar who writes [...]

Still more on pre-King Josiah Israelites not knowing about the Torah – Joshua 22

By |2014-01-30T07:42:05-07:00January 30th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                              Chapter 22                                                                                Part two                                                      The curious near civil war over an altar   Seven years of battles to defeat and control Canaan ended followed, according to a tradition, with seven additional years[1] [...]

More on the possibility that the post-Moses-era Israelites knew nothing about the Torah – Joshua 22

By |2014-01-26T05:12:06-07:00January 26th, 2014|Thoughts|

  More on the possibility that the post-Moses-era Israelites knew nothing about the Torah                                                                         Joshua 22   As previously stated,[1] there seems to be no indication in the biblical books describing life after the [...]

Did the post-Moses-era Israelites know about the Torah? – Joshua 20

By |2014-01-23T07:26:01-07:00January 23rd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                       Chapter 20                                 Did the post-Moses-era Israelites know about the Torah? We have seen what appears to be evidence in the prior chapters that the book of Joshua was composed centuries after the [...]

Mishpatim – Was the entire Torah revealed at Sinai?

By |2014-01-20T09:19:50-07:00January 20th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                  MISHPATIM                                                       (Chapters 21:1–24:18)                                           Was the entire Torah revealed at Sinai?   In the Torah portion of Mishpatim, we find the beginning of the unfolding of an intricate and complex set of [...]

The Torah doesn’t expect people to obey its laws

By |2013-12-19T15:21:28-07:00December 18th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                                         The Torah doesn’t expect people to obey its laws                                                                             By Israel Drazin   I encourage everyone to read Professor Berman’s very informative, thought-provoking article “What is This Thing Called Law? The [...]

A Startling Reevaluation of Three Rabbinical Tales

By |2013-09-15T23:03:27-07:00September 15th, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin                                       This essay is adapted from my book Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind.   Maimonides[1] describes how one should understand rabbinical tales and Midrashim,[2] and declares that most people do not [...]

Some Chassidic Mystical Notions

By |2013-08-01T04:33:54-07:00August 1st, 2013|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                                                                 Review by Israel Drazin                        The two volume series Speaking Torah by Arthur Green collects generally mystical comments and commentaries from over forty Chassidic rabbis who lived during the first three [...]

Sinai revelation?

By |2013-07-31T08:54:18-07:00July 31st, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                             By Israel Drazin     In my essay “Divine revelation continues today,” I discussed the views of Rabbi Kook, Maimonides, Aristotle, Ba’al Shem Tov’s grandson, and others who stated that divine [...]

Sin and repentance are not Torah concepts

By |2013-07-26T06:00:35-07:00July 26th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                           By Israel Drazin                                      Neither sin nor repentance is mentioned in the Torah.   Sin “Sin,” a prime element in Christian theology, is chet in Hebrew, and chet means nothing more [...]

Did Abraham observe the Torah before it was revealed?

By |2013-02-17T06:01:04-07:00February 17th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                         By Israel Drazin     In Genesis 26:4 and 5, God tells the patriarch Isaac that he will give him many descendants and the land of Canaan, and that people will bless [...]

Unusual Biblical Interpretations 12

By |2013-01-25T09:45:10-07:00January 25th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                By Israel Drazin     We have been offering some controversial and conventional Jewish Bible interpretations by the iconoclast Arnold B. Ehrlich (1848-1919) from his book Mikra Ki-Pheshuto (The Bible According to [...]

Why listen to clergy?

By |2011-12-01T03:59:06-07:00December 1st, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   Why do people feel that they should listen to their clergy? There is nothing in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Koran that says that its adherents must obey rabbis, priests, [...]

Religious people do not follow their Bibles

By |2011-11-25T05:06:52-07:00November 25th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin There is no religion today where its adherents do exactly what is in their Bible. Let's look at Judaism as an example.                                           Ask many Orthodox and Conservative Jews about the origin [...]

Books

By |2019-09-15T06:58:14-07:00December 17th, 2010|

Maimonides: Reason Above All Maimonides: The Exceptional Mind Maimonides: and the Biblical Prophets Understanding Onkelos Targum Onkelos to Leviticus Targum Onkelos to Numbers Targum Onkelos to Exodus Targum Onkelos to Deuteronomy Onkelos on [...]