Time for Jews to Admit: Other Gods Exist

The idea of God’s oneness sounds like an essential tenet of Judaism. But there are equally essential tenets that Jews have learned to forgo

Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany

A century ago, an odd Jew, Oskar Goldberg by name, lived and worked in Berlin. He was a rabbi, a physician, a kabbalist and biblical commentator. Formally he was affiliated with Orthodox Jewry, but his religious teachings were substantially different from those of other rabbis. In 1925, he published a book, “The Reality of the Hebrews” (in German), which presented a scandalous interpretation of the Mosaic Torah. According to Goldberg, the Torah was originally not a monotheistic work: It does not deny the existence of other gods, rather it assumes that the gods of the Gentiles are real forces that operate in the world.

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