Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah : an Experiment in

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A: I love performing and inspiring people in prayer, but there is no greater feeling than saving a life. It is the existence and great influence of this group in all western countries, and particularly in the USA (as well as the other English-speaking countries) which has allowed the rabbis and scholars of Judaism to propagate their lies not only without opposition but with considerable help. Known points of contact between the two are the divine epithets mentioned above. Circumcision, dietary law, Sabbath, the wearing of fringes, and a few more commandments are not universal matters of righteousness, but identity markers for the chosen nation.

Debating Truth: The Barcelona Disputation of 1263

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In particular, it sees no divine or supernatural being that guides the Jews through history. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, he has solidified political support from three important constituencies: neoconservative intellectuals, American Jews (including members of the influential pro-Israel lobby) and fundamentalist Christians, constituencies that find common ground in their vigorous support for Israel. What was a collection of tribes that formed a nation, turns into something far more complex -- with most of the tribes lost, and the remaining people dispersed to different parts of the world.

Tales of Nehama: Impressions of the Life and Teaching of

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In providing political and economic support for Israeli militancy against Palestinian Christians and Muslims, Christian Zionists are aiding the collapse of Christianity in the Holy Land. Therefore, it advocates the dedication of one’s time to the study of the Torah and exclusive devotion to it, even at the cost of reducing all other activities to a bare minimum. On the other hand, the court itself welcomed foreigners--Philistines, Cretans, Hittites, and Ishmaelites are named, among others--and made use of their service.

Judah Moscato Sermons: Edition and Translation (Studies in

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So profound an influence had Ezra over the Jews, and so righteous was his character, that a later Jewish writer said he would have been the lawgiver to Israel had not Moses preceded him (The Talmud, Sanhedrin, c.ii). While on the surface it may have seemed like the Sadducees were a little closer to the truth, because they maintained that the Scripture was sufficient Law to have, yet the fact is, they were just as far away from the truth -- even farther! Some attributed the deterioration to Manasseh’s sin of moving toward polytheism.

The Comparative Hermeneutics of Rabbinic Judaism, Vol. 7

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According to the Old Testament, the only place from which it was appropriate to offer animal sacrifices to God was the Temple in Jerusalem. Sometimes I am allowing, experiencing new pains and pleasures, and above all: surrendering, surrendering, surrendering. Judaism was now, for all intents and purposes, a Diaspora religion, even on its home soil. Embed Hebcal.com content directly onto your synagogue website with our JavaScript, JSON and RSS APIs, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Holy Letter: A Study in Jewish Sexual Morality (Iggeret

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After attempts to stop the event failed in an Israeli court, it was reported that thousands of demonstrators, religious and secular alike, staged a mass protest to voice their opposition to the proselytizing sect's activities. The tallit is worn by Jewish men and some Jewish women during the prayer service. They similarly rejected the inspiration of the prophetic books of the Bible, as well as the Pharisaic beliefs in angels, rewards and punishments in the world to come, providential governance of human events, and resurrection of the dead.

The Hebrew Goddess (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore

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First, traditional Judaism has influenced political and judicial legislation and state institutions, which have been championed by the various Orthodox political parties and enshrined in the "preservation of the status quo" arrangements through the years. Had Christianity previously been unclear about its message then the Council of Nicaea (together with a later council at Constantinople in 381 AD) created a clearly defined core belief. This is the "Jewish environmental ethic." As for Gentiles, the basic talmudic principle is that their lives must not be saved, although it is also forbidden to murder them outright. 15 The Talmud itself expresses this in the maxim 'Gentiles are neither to be lifted [out of a well] nor hauled down [into it]'.

Judaism's Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers

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It is not known just how fervent they really were in adhering to this religious conception. Festivals could be somber, dignified occasions, as well as joyful events. Women in the Reconstructionist movement are encouraged to become rabbis and the first ordination of a Reconstructionist woman rabbi was held in 1974, only two short years after the first Reform woman was ordained. Careful reading of the relevant literature, however, suggests that it is possible to posit five basic axioms of Jewish economic theory from which many economic policy implications can be deduced.

Identity of the Diaspora: Jews in Asia Minor in the Imperial

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Consequently, not only in the Pentateuch and the Talmud, but in present-day society we find the nature of the modern Jew, and not as an abstract nature but as one that is in the highest degree empirical, not merely as a narrowness of the Jew, but as the Jewish narrowness of society. They convened the Jewish elders for the purpose of signing and officially sealing a covenant to keep YEHOVAH's commandments. This is the only period in the history of the Jews in Palestine of which NOTHING is recorded!

The Ten

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But perhaps the best Islamic example is the state where the Jews' position was better than anywhere else in the East since the fall of the ancient Persian empire – the Ottoman empire, particularly during its heyday in the 16th century. 11 As is well known, the Ottoman regime was based initially on the almost complete exclusion of the Turks themselves (not to mention other Muslims by birth) from positions of political power and from the most important part of the army, the Janissary corps, both of which were manned by the sultan's Christian-born slaves, abducted in childhood and educated in special schools.