Mishkan Moeid: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons

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It occurs a month before Passover and is marked by the festive reading in the synagogue of the Scroll of Esther (megillah). She is free of sin as the mother of Jesus. This self-image involved a belief in a covenant which, once contracted between God and the ancestors of the existing Jewish society, rendered the observance of the divine revelation incumbent on the whole society. Fischer said that 15 people showed up for a religious class Wednesday night, "People from all walks of life, from Reconstructionist to Orthodox."

In the Footsteps

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The Rebbe was always found deep in the study of Torah. See more about my page for historical info. Sometimes tensions within a family cause a separation; but do the parents throw the teenagers out, or do the teenagers run away from home? If the child is allergic to all other forms of nutrition except for its mother's milk, then it would starve. The same was true of Islamic lands and the character of Judaism in the Muslim world. Except for these mystic stirrings, Jewish life from the 16th to the 19th centuries - the Ghetto period - was rather torpid.

Settings of Silver: An Introduction to Judaism

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A 12th Century Spanish Rabbi's systematic treatment of Ethics as a universal. TRUE Most Ashkenazi Jewish genetic lines trace to the Middle East. Adherents of liberal Jewish sects generally are less strict about observance than many Orthodox, and generally more accepting of gender and class equality as well as Western moral ideals. Most of the prayers in a traditional Jewish service can be said in solitary prayer, although communal prayer is preferred.

The Sages Speak: Rabbinic Wisdom and Jewish Values

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This would also include cases of incest and rape if the mother wishes to have an abortion. Nevertheless, many American Zionists express their identity with the Jewish people, in part or in whole, through active support of the State of Israel. The term "traditional" (masorti) is most common as a self-description among Israeli families of "eastern" origin (i.e., the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa). Indeed, He would have destroyed the Law, if He had sided with the Scribes and the Pharisees who had raised a fence to the Law, which actually encroached upon the sacred territory of the Law itself; but He fulfilled it by proclaiming the new Law of perfect love of God and man, whereby all the precepts of the Old Law were brought to completion.

Sometimes You ARE What You Wear!: The Traditional Jewish

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THE GOOD NEWS is that American Jews--as individuals--have never been more secure, more accepted, more affluent, and less victimized by discrimination or anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, the gap between the wealthy and the poor is still quite wide, and is widening further. Our goal should be a self-sustaining Judaism that can thrive in the kind of open society in which most Jews want to spend their lives. In this view it is conceived that the Absolute needs evil to exist.

Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Toward Traditional

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Wouldn't you rather read such good news than such bad news?" Interest in the relationship between science and religion is stronger in Conservative Judaism because it takes the rabbinic tradition to be obligatory, while acknowledging that it evolved over time. Der Yiddisher Tam-Tam, a bi-monthly newsletter for Yiddish students, published in Paris, in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. Jewish Federation across North America are raising funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge as they meet urgent needs.

Preparing Your Heart for Passover: A Guide for Spiritual

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Brit Milah – This is the religious ceremony where a male baby is welcomed into the covenant through the rite of circumcision. And if you’re not “Jewish” but attracted to aspects of Jewishness, can you consider yourself a Jew? I agree neither with those theologians who believe that Jewish survival is assured because God promised it nor with those demographers who believe that Jewish disappearance is inevitable because of forces beyond our control. One violates the prohibition of not coveting only if there is an action, even if one pays for the object.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Survival Guides: Be-Hukotai (Weekdays &

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Although it never achieved dominant numbers, the faith of the Hebrews—just one of many ancient Middle Eastern tribes—continues to exert a profound influence in the modern western world. Because most Jews, from the 7th century on, have lived within the cultural sphere of either Christianity or Islam, these religions have had an impact on the subsequent history of Judaism. Ashkenazim: Jews whose ancestry lies in Central or Eastern Europe.

Beyond Patriarchy: Jewish Fathers and Families

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Practicing Judaism can happen in integrative ways, as well. According to both Scripture and rabbinic literature, no matter how great the sin, if a person repents and forsakes the sin before God he can be forgiven. On the evening before the feast, the first-born of every family observes a fast in remembrance of God's kindness to the nation. The Haredi world revolves around study, prayer and meticulous religious observance. Likewise, Telushkin apparently does not see a moral problem with Moses' order to the Israelites to slaughter the Midianite women and male children, the biblical account of which (Numbers 31) has been quoted above.

Passover (Crowell Holiday Bk)

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And now, unbelievably, I have the same feeling when I look at my two grandchildren. This is a solemn day when Jews fast, attend the synagogue, and recite prayers asking God for forgiveness of their sins. It is the rabbis who now emerge as a new kind of Judaism, and it is this Judaism that will endure from the second century of our era down to our own age. In the twentieth century, the critical method has been applied to the biblical text and the perceived challenge by science is rebuffed by saying that the revealed biblical text did not intend itself to be understood literally but as a poetic statement of certain truths: that the world was created by God, and that God planned it carefully and designed it to be hospitable to human beings.