The Jewish Calendar

For a podcast discussion of this article click here. For a discussion on the reckoning of months and years in Karaite Jewish Tradition. The Jewish calendar is based upon the methods and descriptions provided in the Torah for calculating the passage of time. Rabbinical and Karaite traditions surrounding the calendar and its calculation vary. This … More The Jewish Calendar

Zephaniah

The prophet Tsephania (Zephaniah) was active during the same time as Y’remiyahu (Jeremiah), and like his contemporary, was concerned with the sack of Jerusalem and conquest of Yehudah. Like Yermiyahu, Tsephania was not a professional prophet, but a man of position and pedigree. While Yermiyahu was a priest closely related to the High Priest and … More Zephaniah

A Reading List

I frequently interact with people who are new to Judaism and Karaism, and it often happens that they ask me for book recommendations.  The following are the books I recommend about Karaism in the order I would suggest reading them. As It Is Written. This is a slim volume containing a very basic introduction to … More A Reading List

Panentheism

Pantheism is a belief in an eminent deity that is one with the natural world. This approach to the divine became popular in the Enlightenment Era that followed the works of René Descartes (day-kart). The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries would see many great minds apply rationalism and science to religion. A new approach to faith arose out of … More Panentheism

Our Duties as Israelites and Jews

As Israelites we are Hashem’s priests, His ambassadors, His soldiers, His labourers, His children, and His caregivers. Everything we do, no matter how mundane or how exalted, reflects upon Him. We have duties to Him in our daily lives to represent Him and make a good show of it. We have duties to one another as citizens of Hashem’s Holy Nation. What are those duties and how seriously must we take them? … More Our Duties as Israelites and Jews

Is Daniel a Prophet?

The book of Daniel never identifies him as a prophet. He was given visions of events that took place about 300 years after he died. Those visions were sealed to be unveiled after the events they describe had come to pass (Daniel 12:9). Therefore, that they have been unveiled suggests that our ancestors believed these … More Is Daniel a Prophet?

Havakuk

The book of Havakuk contains essentially no information about its author, other than his being a prophet.  Even the meaning of the prophet’s name is questionable.  Some argue that it is related to the Hebrew word meaning “to embrace”, while others argue it is an Akkadian name referring to a fragrant flower.  Either way, the … More Havakuk