Category Archives: Jewish Life

Jewish Law Annual Volume 12

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Owing to this attachment, the fierce persecutions which they then underwent, confirmed instead of rooting out their belief in the true God. Later Jewish scholars retranslated the Bible into Greek, as the Septuagint was seen as having issues in translations of words, these translations were done by Symmachus, Aquilas, and Theodotios, all converts to Judaism. Hasidic Judaism eventually became the way of life for many Jews in Europe. Among the Puritan colonists of Massachusetts we find a professional interpreter of the Bible's teachings express a similar opinion: Puritan divine Cotton Mather, who is well known in connection with the Salem Witch Hunt of 1692, wrote: "It is possible that some of the [native] Americans may be the posterity of those Canaanites who, after the wars of Canaan, set up their pillars in Africa [sic]." [ 56 ] Moreover, in this case we have explicit evidence of what "the men who slaughtered the Indians" had in mind.

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From Exile to Redemption (2 Volumes)

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It is characterised by the belief that the Written Torah (Written Law) cannot be correctly interpreted without reference to the Oral Torah and the voluminous literature specifying what behavior is sanctioned by the Law. If your own baby sister gets married in a church, you will not be able to attend. According to Maimonides, any Jew to reject even one of his 13 principles would have to be considered an apostate and a heretic. [22] [23] Although many Jewish scholars have held points of view diverging in relatively minor ways from Maimonides' 13 principles, [24] and Judaism has never known any one normative and binding creed of faith, [24] [25] [26] these 13 principles as formulated by the Rambam are the closest anyone has ever come to creating a widely-accepted list of Jewish beliefs. [27] [28] Joseph Albo and the Raavad have criticized Maimonides' list as containing too many items that, while true, were not fundamentals of the faith, and thus placed too many Jews in the category of "heretic", rather than those who were simply in error.

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Judaism

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For if this existence is the final word, and God permits evil to win, then it cannot be that God is good. Many people today have a false dichotomy in their minds, that on the one hand there are Jews and Judaism, and on the other hand there are Gentiles and Christianity; and supposedly one must choose between the two. Then how can people be held responsible for what they do? Shakespeare said, “A coward dies many a death, a brave man dies but once.” All of us are going to die.

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Platforms and Prayer Books: Theological and Liturgical

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Some people stop half way on the process of assimilating out. It meant meeting God the Creator in the person of His Word, the Logos, who reveals him as fully as we cannot even begin to fathom: Jesus Christ. Hasidism contained elements of social protest, being at least in part a movement of the poor against the wealthy communal leadership and of the unlearned against the learned—though many of its leaders, among them Rabbi Dov Baer (1710–72), who was the maggid (“preacher”) of Mezhirich, and Rabbi Levi Isaac of Berdichev (1740–1810), were well-versed in Talmudic learning.

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Service and Scandal: the Life and Times of an Immigrant

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Eruv is one of the few concepts whose literature has its own visual culture. Nor, apparently, was Jewishness a bar to election to the United States Congress, which has ten Jewish senators and more than two dozen Jewish representatives, several from states with tiny Jewish populations. The Religion of Mary and Joseph was the Jewish religion. Having a "portable" law and, so to speak, a "constitution" in the Talmud, Jews then were able to survive as Jews when they no longer had a land to live in and define them.

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First Seder, Last Supper: An Interfaith Haggadah

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This was in addition to the low morale and lack of Jewish pride after the destruction of Eastern European Jewry. These included the Isunians, the Yudganites, the Malikites, and others. The Reform movement mostly refer to their synagogues as temples. There was one thing Israel carried to Babylon and clung to dearly. There is no difference between “And the sons of Cham were Kush, and Mitzraim, and his wife was Mehatbe’el” and “Timnah was his concubine” and “I am Hashem your God” and “Hear Israel [Hashem your God, Hashem is one]” for it was all given by God.

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Ancient Israelite Religion

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The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective. They “served as a vehicle for transmitting the innovations pioneered by pockets of creative students, chiefly in Boston and New York, to Jews throughout North America, and beyond.” These included the language of the havurah movement, including words like tzedakah, kavanah (intentionality) and tikkun olam.70 Arthur Waskow urged readers to “plant a tree somewhere as a small tikkun olam—fixing up the world—wherever the olam most needs it,” in his commentary on the passage in Avot d’Rabbi Nathan B31, where rabbinic sage Johanan ben Zakkai taught that if one is in the midst of planting a sapling and hears that the Messiah has come, one should finish planting before going to welcome the Messiah at the city gates.

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Jewish Renewal: A Journey: The Movement’s History, Ideology,

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Dots ... in quotes indicate omissions of less than a paragraph, dots in brackets (...) denote omission of at least one paragraph. Over the past two centuries the Jewish community has divided into a number of Jewish denominations; each has a different understanding of what principles of belief a Jew should hold, and how one should live as a Jew. Until the heavens are no longer, he will not awake nor be roused out of his sleep." (Job 14:12) Even though Jews believe in an eventual resurrection after death and the messianic era, they also believe that death is incomprehensible and is the workings of God and God alone.

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The Ultimate Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration Book: A Guide to

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Intrinsic to Judaism is a value system that emphasizes honesty, justice and compassion above all else. For what could be more ultimate than the Presence of God? In the United States, Jewish communes have been established that seek new forms of Jewish expression; in Israel, groups such as Mevaqshe Derekh (“Seekers of the Way”) have tried to bridge secular Israeli culture and Jewish tradition and to maintain traditional Jewish ethical standards even in wartime; in Russia, thousands of young people gather on several occasions of the year to dance and sing and express solidarity in front of the synagogues in St.

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The Kosher Pig: And Other Curiosities of Modern Jewish Life

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The Rebbe, whose brother had perished in Treblinka, and who himself had closely escaped, understood very well the tragedy that had occurred and viewed himself as a Holocaust survivor. Christianity has its own philosophy, found in the the Bible. Divorce is permitted, but there are exacting rules that must be followed for the divorce to be valid, including the husband presenting a bill of divorce (Get) to his wife.

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