24 09, 2017

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 Hakippurim is plural, “day of atonements.” The biblical Yom Hakippurim is mentioned in Leviticus 16:29–31, 23:27–32, and Numbers 29:7–11. No work [...]

19 10, 2015

The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot

By |2015-10-19T03:57:24-07:00October 19th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                 The Non-Jewish – Indeed, Anti-Jewish – Origin of Kapparot   While the shofar came to be seen as a rational and important part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, the same cannot be said of the kapparot and tashlich rites that are still celebrated by many Jews. Thus, while Maimonides included [...]

19 09, 2015

Yom Kippur is not a biblical holiday

By |2015-09-19T23:21:15-07:00September 19th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                Yom Kippur is not a biblical holiday   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 Hakippurim is plural, “day of atonements.” The biblical Yom Hakippurim is mentioned in Leviticus 16:29–31, 23:27–32, and [...]

22 09, 2014

Yom Kippur is not in the Bible

By |2014-09-22T23:55:56-07:00September 22nd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                 Yom Kippur:                                      About a Holiday the Romans Destroyed[1]   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 Hakippurim is plural, “day of atonements.” The biblical Yom Hakippurim is mentioned in [...]

29 06, 2014

Yom Hakippurim was a joyous holiday

By |2014-06-29T04:06:20-07:00June 29th, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                   Two holidays that ceased to exist   The Talmud[1] states “There never were in Israel greater days of joy than the fifteenth of (of the month of) Ab and the Day of Atonement.”  Despite this accolade, both holidays ceased to exist. The joyous biblical holiday of Yom Hakippurim ceased and morphed into sober [...]

11 06, 2013

A biblical holiday that was replaced

By |2013-06-11T03:48:54-07:00June 11th, 2013|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin                         No biblical holiday is practiced today as mandated in the Bible. The rabbis changed all of the holidays. The major but not only reason for the alterations is that many biblical holy days focused on sacrifices which ceased to exist when the temple was destroyed in 70 CE.[1] One biblical holiday [...]

7 12, 2011

Do religious laws benefit God?

By |2011-12-07T07:58:10-07:00December 7th, 2011|Thoughts|

By Israel Drazin   It is certainly true that most Jews today, including most rabbis, see a distinction between ritual and social laws. The first focuses on God and the second on people. In the Ten Commandments, for example, the laws forbidding idols and those requiring rest on the Sabbath are seen by most Jews [...]

21 10, 2011

Sermonizing vs. The Truth

By |2011-10-21T10:41:20-07:00October 21st, 2011|Book Reviews|

The First Ten Days By Rabbi Yaacov Haber Torah Lab, 2010, 88 pages There are essentially four different ways that people use to try to learn the truth about the world: religion, mysticism, philosophy and science, and a mixture of two or three of the previous methods. All should be lauded, for people should try [...]