A Matter of Interpretation: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

while we all cannot devote ourselves to scholars, we need to sharpen our skills as to the means and tactics used by those offering expert opinion. after three decades of interrogating experts, i have observed many times when experts go astray. recently, i witnessed an interview of a scientist who became angry and emotional atContinue reading “A Matter of Interpretation: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Moses The Seeker? A Ten Commandments’ Tale

the torah is taught to children through story books. these stories often are not the word for word depictions of the torah. rather, they are an interpretation. they are edited with respect to adult topics, i.e. lot’s offering of his daughter to the city’s residents in lieu of the strangers, and include non-textual sources. storiesContinue reading “Moses The Seeker? A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Enlightenment vs. En[light]enment: Buddha vs. Moses

siddhattha gotama’s life journey of discovery led him to a profound moment: a name was announced. moses’ life journey of discovery also led him to a moment in which a name was announced. for siddhattha gotama, the name was “buddha.” he took on and became the “buddha.” buddha, in translation, can mean the “enlightened one”Continue reading “Enlightenment vs. En[light]enment: Buddha vs. Moses”

Buddha vs. Moses: Different Perspectives When Exiting the Palace

both buddha and moses shared a similar life experience. their actions, however, were profoundly different. both buddha and moses were palace dwellers. buddha, for the earlier part of his life, was sheltered in a palace. the buddha was disillusioned with palace life. as a result, he left and had four visits outside the palace whichContinue reading “Buddha vs. Moses: Different Perspectives When Exiting the Palace”

Baby Moses Monday: Reflections on a Commentary

there is a commentary on the torah, a midrash, which tells the story of a baby moses. it is as follows: “pharaoh’s daughter “loved” baby moses as if he were her own. because he was “so handsome” everyone liked to see him and could not turn away from him. pharaoh himself kissed and hugged moses,Continue reading “Baby Moses Monday: Reflections on a Commentary”

A History Making Performance By A Special Athlete: Was This Was Part of God’s Plan? Moses Knows, He Was Special Too

in the tale of the burning bush, moses is tasked by god to free the children of israel from bondage in egypt. during moses’ conversation with god, there is the following exchange: moses said to the lord, “i beseech you, o lord. i am not a man of words, neither from yesterday nor from theContinue reading “A History Making Performance By A Special Athlete: Was This Was Part of God’s Plan? Moses Knows, He Was Special Too”

Occam’s Razor, Moses’ First Encounter with God: an Alternative View of the Burning Bush

according to the merriam-webster dictionary, occam’s razor is defined as “a scientific and philosophical rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which is interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena be sought first in terms of known quantities” prior toContinue reading “Occam’s Razor, Moses’ First Encounter with God: an Alternative View of the Burning Bush”