This site is dedicated to glorifying the name of the Lord, our God
I am an ordinary 80-year-old Jew (in 2008) who has recently completed an inspired 15 years translating the Hebrew Bible into English. In placing the results of my work on this site, I offer these personal credentials: Enthusiasm, knowledge of a lifetime, a reasoning brain, a sensitive soul, a deep humility, a great love for God, and worldly experience -- oh yes -- and two Masters degrees (engineering and psychology). As far as the Bible and Judaism are concerned, I was (am?) virtually a babe. Nevertheless, I urge you to enter here with anticipation and the desire for discovery. I guarantee it will be an interesting and revealing experience, as you will encounter a number of excitingly controversial major surprises. Frequently shocked by what I discovered, I am aware that the findings I am to show you may shock you as well.
I support my discussion of each of these astonishing discoveries, though difficult to accept, with strong evidence from the scriptures themselves. The surprises comprise the following discoveries:
(1) the Jewish day does not start in the evening (or night = 3 visible stars),
(2) the Passover laws are too restrictive,
(3) the Sabbath laws are too restrictive,
(4) the kosher laws are simpler than described in the Talmud,
(5) the Jewish calendar was subverted during the Babylonian exile and that subversion persists to
this day and it violates a Torah commandment (mine, not Maimonides’),
(6) most of Jewish tradition is not found in, nor based on, the Torah,
(7) there are fewer than 613 commandments in the Torah (the number was arbitrarily decided
(8) at least two critical commandments in the Torah are ignored or too easily explained away,
(9) only the high priest could enter parts of the Tabernacle and Temple,
(10) conversion to Judaism should be far simpler than the rabbis have made it, and
(11) The terms commandments, statutes, ordinances, and testimonies are synonyms, each
interchangeable with the other three.
You will find my discussions of these discoveries throughout the five books of the Torah and the rest of the bible, but all of them (except for number 10 above) are found in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deutoronomy.
There are now (in 2016) two companion websites to this one. Rubinhood.org contains detailed descriptions of my remarkable discoveries and their possible consequences. Rubincmds.org lists all the commandments I found in the Torah (they don’t add up to 613!) and a comparison between the commandments I found and those enumerated by the great medieval Jewish scholar, Moses Maimonides.
For those of you who are interested in following the Hebrew verses as you read along (first read the NOTE below), there are instructions for downloading the proper fonts here (if you don’t already have them on your computer).
NOTE: Unfortunately, if you’re viewing this website on a smart phone or tablet, the Hebrew you will see may be formatted strangely. You probably can’t install the fonts anyway. You’re welcome to try, though. If you’re on a desktop or laptop computer, the instructions reached by the above link should work fine.
If you want to wait before downloading the fonts, you can proceed without clicking on the link. Otherwise after succeeding with the download and installation, you can begin your exploring.
I strongly recommend that you start by reading the Introduction. Maybe you might read the Preface to the Torah next. You may also want to read the page About Hebrew, as it has an encapsulated discussion of the peculiarities of biblical Hebrew, a language that may be unique in the world, unlike any other, modern or ancient. Reading about it will help you to better understand many of my remarks on the Hebrew text. Moreover, I describe there how a critical aspect of biblical Hebrew impacts the interpretation of what God tells us in the Torah.
[Introduction] [About Hebrew] [Acknowledgment] [Bible] [Torah]