And All Your Children Shall Be Learned: Women and the Study

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The greatest achievements of Alexandrian Judaism were in the realm of wisdom literature and philosophy. Photographer Marisa Scheineld sees many themes of the Jewish High Holidays reflected in her work: "somber consideration of the past in preparation for facing the future with positivity and hope." Man, though created in the Divine image, is still a creature; he is neither a fragment of Divinity nor potentially Divine.

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The Prophetic Future Concealed in Israel's Festivals:

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The word for bless, barak also means “to kneel,” suggesting that when we bless God, we mentally bow on our knees to worship him. During this period, he remained in contact with his future father-in-law by correspondence. Without any training, study or inculcation in the depth and breadth of Judaism, anyone is ill prepared to say anything beyond a personal view. Throughout history the collective memories of the homeland remained vivid in the hearts and minds of Diaspora Jews.

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How to Have Fun without Getting into Trouble

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When we waste resources we are violating the mitzvah (commandment) of Bal Tashchit (“Do not destroy”). Conservative legal thinkers legitimize the consultation with science by insisting that Jewish law itself presupposes the existence of knowledge and morality independent of Jewish law. This “song” of Moses (it is written in Torah in poetic form like the Song for the [Read more...] This week’s portion, coming as it does between Rosh Hoshannah and Yom Kippur raises an interesting issue.

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Arguing with God: A Jewish Tradition

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The sages therefore instituted that all should be provided with drinks in colored glass out of deference to the poor. The most shocking events to have affected Jewish life in Argentina took place in the early 1990s when the community was the target of the country’s two largest terrorist attacks of the last century. This includes fish like salmon and tuna. The following day, prayers are held from morning to evening. He foresaw the restoration of the entire people—north and south—under a new David.

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Not Your Usual Halacha Volume VI

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Paul, early Christians argued that the coming of Jesus meant that the laws had lost their validity. This period usually lasts a day or two; Judaism requires prompt burial. Worse yet, your family members might disown you, as often happens. IRIS: Information Regarding Israeli Security is an organization concerned with Israel's security needs. Throughout the ages, the destiny and mission of the Jewish nation has been to teach monotheism. Distinguished most conspicuously by their varying pronunciation of Hebrew, the numerous differences between them in religious orientation and practice derived, in the first instance, from the geographical fountainheads of their culture—the Ashkenazim (plural of Ashkenazi ) tracing their cultural filiation to Italy and Palestine and the Sephardim (plural of Sephardi ) to Babylonia—and from the influences of their respective immediate milieus.

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Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in

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Everything in this world has been created for the benefit of mankind and is good. Either because scientific knowledge originated outside Jewish society, or because scientific inquiry could divert Jews focusing exclusively on Torah, premodern Jewish culture harbored suspicion toward the study of nature, classified as "secular learning." To avoid this, both communities structure daily life so that men and women are effectively separated from one another. It rejected ritual, especially the restricting observances, and retained only ceremonies with obvious symbolic meanings.

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Jewish Spirituality, Vol. 2: From the Sixteenth-Century

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Two major branches of rabbinic civilization developed in Europe: the Ashkenazic, or Franco-German, and the Sephardic, or Andalusian-Spanish. If it's a universal human need, then men are tragically missing out, and religious institutions, including Judaism, may need to do a better job of engaging them. Special significance is attributed to the rite of circumcision, since it initiates the eight-day-old male child into the covenant of Israel.

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The Union Haggadah

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Michael Davidson has a web site with information on early Jewish printing. 'Mountain Jews' who even today live in communities rich in tradition. That said, the racial campaign also failed to sway most Italians to anti-Semitism. Though the book had some good information, so much of it was repeated in various sections. I believe with perfect faith that this Law will not be changed, and that no other Law will be revealed by the creator (blessed be his name).

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The Martyrdom of a Moroccan Jewish Saint (Brill's Series in

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We must adopt a new, more positive, Jewish identity based on a 3,500-year-old tradition of education, scholarship, learning, creativity, justice, and compassion. The Temple was a permanent place of worship, and the place where people could atone for their sins. Judaism complements the authority of the Biblical law with the concept that as well as the written Torah there exists alongside it the Oral Torah which has the same imprimatur as the written.

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Torah and Dharma: Jewish Seekers in Eastern Religions

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But this view, too, although a profound religious possibility and a serious challenge, is rejected in Jewish tradition. The tactic, which involved a complete boycott and cutting off of communication, was widely embraced by non-Hasidic rabbis, who were given the title of Mitnaggedim (“Opponents”) by the Hasidim. After Solomon, the condition of the Hebrew tribes began to deteriorate. Any Jew who keeps at least those laws would be considered observant and religious. The Jewish baptism candidates were often immersed three times.

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