Derech HaTorah is a place where I will write about my experiences of embracing a Torah life. I also offer information for those questioning Christianity or other faith systems as well as those who are Jewish but do not have a strong religious background. I write from a Rationalistic, Tanakh-Based Jewish perspective. This site is copyrighted. Everything on this site is free to use with written permission. If you wish to redistribute anything from this site please Contact me for permission.
My journey through Judaism is guided by three adages:
“Choice Through Knowledge”
“Search the Scripture well and do not rely on my opinion”
“Tradition has a vote but not a veto”
All of these adages (the first from Reform Judaism, the second from Karaite Judaism, and the third from Reconstructionist Judaism) is about making choices about Jewish ritual practice based on study of Torah and the understanding of the meanings of Jewish traditions.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
Inter-Faith Relations: Survey of World Religions (Part 1)
If one is to truly understand where one stand in the world regarding religion it is important to have at least some working knowledge of the various other religions of the world. It is also important to understand the basic concepts of other religions so one may logically and factually defend one’s own Jewish/Torah faith. In this five-part blog I will be exploring the five largest and most well-known religions: Christianity, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, and Buddhism. [more…]
Jewish Literacy – Biblical Era: Creation (Part 5)
“…and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:15). These lights shall also function to provide light to the earth. Rashi explains that the earth itself does not need light. These lights are to provide light for the world which “includes those beings that need light.”“And God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; and the stars. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth…” (Genesis 1:16-17). These lights were not created “from the body of the firmament, rather, they were bodies set into it.” Rashi explains that these lights were created equal in size but God reduced the size of the moon. Why was the moon reduced in size? [more…]
Pesach (5776 – 2016)
Pesach (Passover) is a Biblical festival that begins on 15 Nisan (in March or April). Pesach is a seven-day holiday that celebrates the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and our freedom from oppression in modern days. The holiday is also referred to as Chag haAviv (the Spring Festival), Chag haMatzot (the Time of Our Freedom). It is the first of the three pilgrimage festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavuot and Sukkot). Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel. [more…]
iBelieve: Thoughts on Jewish Topics II
I am writing an update to my original post iBelieve: Thoughts of Jewish Topics after doing a lot of soul-searching and searching the Torah and Tanakh. Again, this is not meant to be a definitive statement on my beliefs/thoughts about these topics. This is simply meant to be a very shallow look into my ongoing religious-belief process. [more…]