The Bible Unearthed is a book and documentary on the theories of Israel Finkelstein, a professor of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, and Neil Asher Silberman, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine. The documentary discusses the archaeological evidence of the stories contained in the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures). The Bible Unearthed presents the narrow academic view … More The Bible Unearthed: A Review
I met a man recently whom I thought to be a secular Israeli, and he thought this of himself as well. After our talk I think we were both convinced that we were men of faith. He had overheard me discussing religious history with a friend. When my friend departed for other business this man … More Arguments for Faith
I just saw this article on BBC News (you can also find similar articles on Jerusalem Post and Haaretz through links on BBC) about an Israeli man who has just been granted his eleventh (yes, 11th) divorce by the rabbinical courts. He has had eleven marriages deliberately and plans to continue defrauding women into cheap … More Something for Shock Value
Modern day Israel faces a demographic crisis. Within its Orthodox communities the majority of young men choose to complete their education by attending yeshivot, centers for Torah study, instead of conventional universities (religious or secular) or participating in mandatory military service for their country. Within the yeshiva context, such students participate in exclusive Torah and … More Orthodox Judaism and Italian Catholicism: An Ominous Parallel?
I recently had the good fortune to visit the Karaite Synagogue in Ramle. Karaites have been living in Ramle for about 800 years–longer than Britain has had a parliament. Such a lengthy history is incredible, especially from an American perspective. The synagogue is a beautiful building with white tile lining the walls. The elevated platform … More A Visit to Ramle
On my flight to Israel I had the good fortune to fly with a number of Black hats. I have, over the years, heard many complaints about the black hats. I am one who prefers to be kind and polite to any person or group until I have reason to think otherwise. In this case, … More Locks and Flocks, Judaism’s Black Sheep