Category Archives: Judaism

The Sacrificial Lamb: Why God Allowed The Holocaust

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The Sabbath and festivals are observed both in the home and in the Synagogue, a unique institution for prayer and instruction that became the model for the church in Christianity and for the mosque in Islam. The article, "What the Vatican Didn’t Say—And What It Did", was published on the TorahMusings website. After the division of the kingdom following the death (c. 933) of Solomon, the northern kingdom of Israel also had national shrines.

Franz Rosenzweig and Jehuda Halevi: Translating,

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They would say Israel is only those under the new Covenant. These things are queer even though the Kabbalists, presumably, made love with their wives and not with each other, and even if they maintained highly negative attitudes towards homosexuality. Margolis, History of the Jewish People, p. 128). You drift away, you're carried by a stream. But, it can achieve this only by coming into violent contradiction with its own conditions of life, only by declaring the revolution to be permanent, and, therefore, the political drama necessarily ends with the re-establishment of religion, private property, and all elements of civil society, just as war ends with peace.

Why Be Jewish?: A Guide for Discovering and Maintaining

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Judaism, born anciently in an entirely nontechnological world, is ecologically sound by today's most exacting scientific standards. The resurrection of ordinary human beings seems to have originated in the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. The word TaNaCH is actually an acronym for the parts of the Hebrew Bible: "T" is for Torah, "N" is for Nevi'im, and "CH" is for Ketuvim. The ethos of Jewish traditional life in eighteenth-century Europe remained largely uninformed by the scientific revolution.

Oracles of God: Perceptions of Ancient Prophecy in Israel

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It's hard to tell exactly how close Josephus' descriptions are to what these groups actually believed and thought. By substituting Sunday for Saturday as the day for Christian worship, he further advanced the split. They are both special ceremonies where Jewish boys (aged 13) and girls (aged 12) can become adults in the eyes of the Jewish religion. Who revealed the Psalms to David." "Those who have attained to faith [in this divine writ], those who follow the Jewish [scriptures], and the Sabians and the Christians -- all those who believe in God and in the Day of Judgment, and have done good work -- will receive their due reward from God.

In the Shadow of the Cross: Jewish-Christian Relations

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How does a man love God the father spiritually, erotically, with the whole body, mind, heart, and spirit? But this was not important for an ancient Egyptian. The issuance of this decree resulted in about 50,000 Jews later returning to Palestine. before reading the Torah on this web site. Well, like all things in Judaism, I can't answer that in one sentence. The difference between the two kinds of policies was well expressed by Hugh Trevor-Roper in his essay 'Sir Thomas More and Utopia' 3 in which he termed them Platonic and Machiavellian: "Machiavelli at least apologized for the methods which he thought necessary in politics.

Thank You!: Gratitude: Formulas, Stories, and Insights

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As in the Conservative and Reform movements, students train to be rabbis at a special college, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (located in Philadelphia) only after completing four years of undergraduate work at another university. But under Ptolemy II these Jews gained their freedom. A growing number are concerned for Reconciliation ministry with their Arab Christian neighbours. Accepting contemporary biblical scholarship amounts to "rejecting the attitude toward the Torah held by every Jew until Spinoza and every traditional Jew since."

Eschatology in Mamonidean Thought: Messianism, Resurrection,

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In the colonial period the character of the tiny American Jewish community was shaped by the earliest Sephardic immigrants. There has been a remarkable resurgence of Orthodoxy after a long period of decline, and modernist groups are placing greater emphasis on tradition and ceremony. I could not arrive at a clear decision, whether Arabs should be treated like the Amalekites, meaning that one is permitted to murder [sic ] them until their remembrance is blotted out from under heaven, or perhaps one should do as in a just war, in which one kills only the soldiers? ‘A second problem I have is whether I am permitted to put myself in danger by allowing a woman to stay alive?

Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and

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Commandments. 613 mitzvahs to be followed. Far from uniform, Jews disagreed over the way to honor their traditions and practice their faith. The Academy for Jewish Religion offers two programs leading to ordination as Rav U-moreh/morah B’Yisrael (Rabbi and Teacher in Israel), and Hazzan U-Moreh/Morah B’Yisrael (Hazzan/Cantor and Teacher in Israel). Reincarnation has been a belief for thousands of years for orthodox Jews. We’re indigenous, too!” Instead, we need to politically engage with other indigenous peoples in a direct manner.

The Divine Commandments: The Significance and Function of

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He also developed the concept of the 613 mitzvot. Jews can best answer the problems of the current environmental crisis by living the religion that has been handed down to them for millennia. Prophecy comes to a righteous person who has greatly developed his character in the service of Hashem. Their response is loyalty and obedience and observance of a cult whose ordinary expression is sacrifice, vow, and prayer at an altar, stone pillar, or sacred tree. Commandments. 613 mitzvahs to be followed.

Jewish Law: An Introduction

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See Gen. 35:2, 1 Sam. 7:3, Ex. 12:12, 18:11, 20:3, 34:14, Deut. 4:28, 5:7, etc. These include guarding the dead body until it can be brought to the mortuary or cemetery, ritually cleansing the body, clothing the body in special death garments, and bringing the body to burial. But according to the sayings of our sages, of blessed memory, [ ... ] war for us is not a game but a vital necessity, and only by this standard must we decide how to wage it. Masortim are somewhat more apt to say they travel on the Sabbath (53%) than to avoid such activity (41%), while 6% say it depends on the situation.