Why women must start Shabbat before men

By |2014-09-11T09:21:15-07:00September 11th, 2014|Thoughts|

                            Why Do Women Light the Sabbath Candles Long before the Sabbath Begins?[1]   If people would take the time to look at the bulletin of an Orthodox Synagogue, they would find something very [...]

Kol Isha is essentially dead

By |2014-01-23T05:18:43-07:00August 14th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                  By Israel Drazin Virtually all societies and religions, if not all, are paternalistic, belittle women, discriminate against them, and require them to dress and act in ways that preclude them from possibly [...]

Lilith’s Cave

By |2013-08-04T07:27:23-07:00August 4th, 2013|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                       Review by Israel Drazin   Lilith’s Cave Jewish Tales of the Supernatural Selected and retold by Howard Schwartz Oxford University Press, 1988, 274 pages ISBN 978-0-506726-6   What is thought-provoking about this book, [...]

More on women in the Bible

By |2013-08-04T05:53:47-07:00August 4th, 2013|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

                                                                       By Israel Drazin   Dr. Naomi Harris Rosenblatt examines the biblical report of the lives and activities of seventeen biblical women in her well-researched, insight-filled, and frequently innovative reading of biblical tales in [...]

The Thrice-Told Tale of the Likeable and Loathsome Lilith

By |2013-08-04T04:20:17-07:00August 4th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                   By Israel Drazin[1]   Aside from the few astonishing legends about regal amazons who retained control over their spouses and men in general, world history has unfortunately continually assigned a submissive and subservient role [...]

Women’s Lives in Biblical Times

By |2013-08-02T08:02:40-07:00August 2nd, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                                      By Israel Drazin   Many people recognize that women have still not entirely succeeded in participating in society as they should. How were women portrayed in the Hebrew Bible? Professor Jennie R. Eberling [...]

Disparaging statements about women

By |2013-06-18T07:00:46-07:00June 18th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                                                               By Israel Drazin   I think that women should be treated with respect and have the same rights as men. Many ancient Jewish sages felt the same, but not all of them. The [...]

Bizarre Wedding Practices

By |2013-01-14T07:38:21-07:00January 14th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                       By Israel Drazin   Dina and I were married 52 years ago by a Hasidic rabbi in Germany. His wife and children were murdered by the Nazis. He remarried a woman whose family [...]

Soloveitchik on life and women

By |2012-12-18T07:17:13-07:00December 18th, 2012|Book Reviews|

        Family Redeemed By Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Ktav Publishing House, 2000, 207 pages   This is one of about a half dozen volumes published after Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik death (1903-1993) based on [...]

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, [...]

Some Thoughts about God

By |2011-10-21T04:06:04-07:00October 21st, 2011|Thoughts|

Some Thoughts about God By Israel Drazin   The popular view that God is ever present and meticulously involved, such as making detailed decisions about and controlling every raindrop and every falling leaf, and counting [...]

There is a need for change

By |2011-08-23T06:03:54-07:00August 23rd, 2011|Book Reviews|

The God Who Hates Lies Confronting & Rethinking Jewish Tradition By David Hartman with Charlie Buckholtz Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011, 192 pages               David Hartman points out that Modern Orthodox Judaism has in many [...]

Prayers and women

By |2011-03-15T09:44:31-07:00January 7th, 2011|Book Reviews, Thoughts|

On Changes in Jewish Liturgy Options and Limitations By Daniel Sperber Urim Publications, 2010, 221 pages   Reviewed by Israel Drazin             This is the second recent volume where Daniel Sperber, professor, rabbi, author of [...]