Astronomy / Thora / Torah Parasha

Shabbat Bereshit – Starting a new Torah cycle

The Milky Way – Copyright: NASA B”H Tomorrow (Friday) evening, the Shabbat is going to start in Jerusalem. The first Shabbat after Sukkot and Simchat Torah. With Sukkot, the annual Torah cycle ends and right after Sukkot, we start reading the Torah anew.  This Shabbat is SHABBAT BERESHIT (Genesis), as we are starting a new Torah … Continue reading

Christian Missionaries / Rabbi Tuvia Singer / Torah

Rabbi Tuvia Singer slams claim that NT quoted Septuagint because it is superior to the Hebrew

    Christian apologists frequently defend Matthew’s translation of the Hebrew word alma as “virgin” by citing the Septuagint version of Isaiah. They argue that the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures rendered by Jewish scholars approximately 2,200 years ago, employed the Greek word for “virgin,” (“parthenos”) in Isaiah 7:14. They conclude, therefore, … Continue reading

Forefathers / Torah / Uncategorized

Bereshit / Genesis 18:8 – “Did Avraham keep the entire Torah?”

B”H One of my German readers asked whether it is true that the forefathers kept the Torah before the official Matan Torah at Mount Sinai. Yes, indeed, there is such a concept in Judaism and I also learned this in Yeshiva: That the Jewish forefather already kept various Torah Mitzvot before G-d gave the Torah … Continue reading

Talmud / Torah / Women Issues

Talmud Tractate Sofrim and why a woman cannot become a Sofer(et), Part 3

B”H In the first chapter, Rule 13, the Talmud Tractate SOFRIM stipulates that, among various other people, a woman cannot become a scribe (Soferet). The Gemara states: This is the rule: Whoever cannot act in religious matters on behalf of the public is not permitted to write a scroll of the Torah. The Vilna Gaon … Continue reading

Hebrew Letters / Talmud / Torah

Talmud Tractate Sofrim and the Hebrew letters in the Torah, Part 1

B”H Talmud Tractate SOFRIM is a rather short tractate stipulating the Halachot of how to write a Sefer Torah. Tefillin, Mezuzot and a Torah scroll have to be written with ink onto kosher animal skin. It is absolutely impossible to translate the original Hebrew text of the Torah into any other language. There are specific … Continue reading