The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, as They Were at the

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He accepted both the Torah and Talmud as enduring authorities but taught that historical and textual studies could differentiate cultural expressions from abiding religious truths. Many Jews who had loose ties or no ties at all with religion became involved with the establishment of the State of Israel. A primordial Divine commanding Love has endowed history with meaning, in that it calls for meaningful human action. 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.

Six Jewish Spiritual Paths: A Rationalist Looks at

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It is not clear whether or not individuals who purposely display their wealth to arouse the envy of their fellows are guilty of "lifnei iver," i.e., "placing a stumbling block before the blind" (Leviticus 19:14). Since that time the population has declined. The good news is that Elizabeth will do it without remuneration. BT Yevamot 65a rules that she may marry again only if her third husband already has children from a previous union. Stay tuned for more details about the trip and how to register.

The Law Before the Law (Graven Images)

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In 1927, the Rebbe moved to Berlin, Germany, to study at the University of Berlin. Belief in one God, remembrance of God, repentance, fear of God and hope in God's mercy. The Hebrews were originally polytheistic, even animistic. This mystifying philosophy can affect us electromagnetically and, therefore, have a strong influence on our mood, physical and mental well-being. The decision to convert to Judaism, to embrace all of its laws and customs, will affect virtually every aspect of your life: where you live, what and where you eat, where and how you socialize, the relationships you will have with family members, where your children will go to school and camp, what kind of work you do and the expectations of the workplace in terms of work hours, travel, and socializing.

Mystical Prayer in Ancient Judaism: An Analysis of Ma'aseh

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Major Muslim festivals include Id al-Fitr (the Fast-Breaking Festival, celebrated at the end of Ramadan) and Id al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice, the commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Ishmail which takes place during the month of pilgrimage). Jacobs, Louis 1964 Principles of the Jewish Faith: An Analytical Study. In the context of the age and period it meant "seeking or forming part of a cultural entity" [70] and resembled its antonym hellenismos, a word that signified a people's submission unto Hellenic ( Greek ) cultural norms.

Exodus to Humanism: Jewish Identity Without Religion

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The revelation of Israel is a call to secularity; the religious enterprise must focus on the mundane.45 Consequently, Diaspora Jewry’s financial support of Israel—a central function of United Jewish Appeal and the Federations—was not merely philanthropy, but an act of tikkun. Other examples of syncretism include Judeo-Paganists, a loosely-organized set of Jews who incorporate pagan or Wiccan beliefs; Jewish Buddhists, another loosely-organized group that incorporates elements of Asian spirituality in their faith; and some Renewal Jews who borrow freely and openly from Buddhism, Sufism, Native American religion, and other faiths.

Talmud, No. 18: Rosh Hashanah (2a-35a), Schottenstein

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That we as a society tolerate mass abortion has nothing to do with the blather in this article and everything to do with the fact that if we didn’t we would have to learn to control ourselves and we can’t be bothered, so we let the blood flow. This course is intended for people who are distant from a Jewish community or from access to a rabbi who may work towards conversion. Fully one-quarter of Jews (25%) say they have a household income exceeding $150,000, compared with 8% of adults in the public as a whole.

The Talmud of the Land of Israel, Volume 16: Rosh Hashanah

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Gutschmid, "Kleine Schriften," 1893, iv. 352): "There was about that time [a certain] Jesus, a wise man; for he was a worker of miracles, a teacher of men eager to receive [new (revolutionary) tidings], and he drew over to him many Jews and also many of the Hellenic world. We are obligated when we have a simchah (a celebration) to consider whether we need to have elaborate meals and wasteful decorations. As of yore, the Sephardim, or descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews, readily organize themselves into separate congregations.

Bulgaria's Synagogue Poets: The Kastoreans (Judaic Studies

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Style and argumentation of this book are comparable to publications of the Jehovah's Witnesses. [ 29 ] Telushkin 57. I have surrounded myself with the Jewish Community for over 25 years, raised my two children as Jews, belonged to a Reform Synagogue for ten years, and have finally decided to take the next step to conversion. Wiesel, Elie, Sages and Dreamers: Biblical, Talmudic, & Hasidic Portraits and Legends, NY: Summit, 1991; Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters, Random House, 1972 (these are just two works by a leading Jewish scholar, author, and sage, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize).

The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes,

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We stay in touch via an email list specifically for people who have chosen Judaism. The Baal kriyah or baal koreh (master of the reading) reads the weekly Torah portion. It would be a mistake to think of Judaism in this period as a state religion, even though the temple is the centerpiece of Jewish life and of Jewish worship. We thank you for visiting our directory, and wish you well in whatever endeavor brought you here. What most people don't realize is that much of that movie was improvisational.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics 2/E: A Practical Family Guide to

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I was truly honored to represent our kehillot at his funeral, and in a new post, Tomorrow is My Greatest Accomplishment, wish to share my reflections of that experience with you today. Even the restrictions on synagogal worship and preaching imposed by the Eastern emperor Justinian I (reigned 527–565) apparently had no devastating effect. Judaism has historically put more stress upon the deed (miswa) than the creed ('ani ma 'amin, "I believe"). During the early years of the Second Temple, the highest religious authority was a council known as the Great Assembly, led by Ezra of the Book of Ezra.