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A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice (The Moreshet series)

A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice (The Moreshet series)

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We have more Jewish conversion stories up on the website: take a look under Our Conversion Stories. Anything which comes from the sea must have fins and scales. They must learn enough Hebrew to read from the Torah and master enough Jewish history and law to understand the context of what they’re reading. Hasidism, despite serious inroads of secularism, maintained its communal cohesion. Many passages in the aggadah present the childless marriage as a situation where human needs and feelings overrule legal prescriptions.

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Evening, Morning And Afternoon Jewish Sabbath Services

Evening, Morning And Afternoon Jewish Sabbath Services

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The Jews: Their History, Culture, and Religion. 3rd ed. A, Introduction to Tractate Abodah Zarah, 3. Sheol--the most common name in early Judaism for that region inhabited by the dead; in the earliest phase of Jewish literature, consciousness does not continue after death; later (with Enoch & Elijah) one begins to hear passages suggesting that G-d may save an individual from sheol and take the individual to Himself (e.g., Gen. 5:24; II Kings 2:11; Ps. 49:16; I Sam. 2:6).

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Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age (New Perspectives

Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age (New Perspectives

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Hinnells [Ed.], Who's Who of World Religions) Johanan's disciples, to whom he taught the mysteries of the Merkava, included Eliezer, Joshua, and Eleazar ben Arakh, "the greatest sages and religious leaders of their time." The American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel is an organization of North American physicians and other health professionals dedicated to advancing the state of medical education, research and care in Israel.

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Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple: Symbolism and

Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple: Symbolism and

Jonathan Klawans

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Judaism is a relatively late term, mentioned e.g. in the Greek Septuagint, where it is used as an abstract noun for Jewish religious behavior and customs in the second century BCE. We are the center of innovation for Jewish life and learning – preparing rabbis, cantors, leaders in Jewish education, Jewish nonprofit professionals, pastoral counselors, and scholars to apply their knowledge, commitment, vision, and expertise to strengthen and transform the Jewish community and larger world.

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Theology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval Piyyut

Theology and Poetry: Studies in the Medieval Piyyut

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If a person is born a Jew (or converts to Judaism), he or she is identified as a Jew. Shortly thereafter the Samaritans broke away from the main body of Judaism; small numbers of this sect still survive. The Capitol Steps continue to put the "mock" in democracy with hilarious up-to-the minute song parodies and skits that bring down the house...and senate! There are a number of ways to find a Rabbi. Who is the Messiah the Jews are expecting to come?

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The Seven Habits of the Good Life: How the Biblical Virtues

The Seven Habits of the Good Life: How the Biblical Virtues

Kalman J., Kaplan

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If you do any of this after you have become Jewish, you have sinned. The guest should allow the mourner to initiate conversations. He suggested that Jews study their history and learn of the great achievements of the past. Rabbi Mark Hurvitz of davka.org has assembled a modern version of the Haggadah with questions and commentary. Other papyri indicate that at least three-fourths of Egyptian Jews had personal names of Greek rather than Hebrew origin.

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The Secret Art of Talking to God: 30 Day Creative Prayer

The Secret Art of Talking to God: 30 Day Creative Prayer

Rae Shagalov

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Women may also cover their hair with a sheitel (wig), a scarf, or a snood (hair covering). He of course, wrote in Hebrew, but not until the late 1980s even began to address his Sephardic roots. Bar mitzvah means "son of the commandment"; it is the coming-of-age ceremony that marks the time when a young man is considered a legal adult within the Jewish community. Provided by the Jewish Studies Dept., University of Duisburg, Germany A well organized and extensive collection of academic resources.

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With Light and Might: 2 Chassidic Discourses

With Light and Might: 2 Chassidic Discourses

Shalom Dov Baer Schneersohn

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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah—The day after Sukkot is a separate holiday, known as the "Eighth Day Feast." Unlike Friedlaender, many other followers of Mendelssohn chose to leave the Jewish faith as the only way to win full acceptance in European society. Because he combined learning with personal wealth and political power, he attracted some of the most gifted students of the day to the city. Aside from the fact that this number is probably not accurate even within the parameters that the Post’s demographic source used back in 2004 (or earlier), the idea that Hiloni can be translated into English as secular that secular does not equate to an American idea of secular.

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Choosing Judaism

Choosing Judaism

Lydia Kukoff

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This site seeks to abide by US copyright law: the copyright status of texts here outside the US may be different.] Efforts have been made to ascertain the copyright status of all texts here, although, occasionally, this has not been possible where older or non-US publishers seem to have ceased existence. The chief legislative, judicial, and educational body of the Palestinian Jews during the period of the Second Temple was the Great Sanhedrin (council court), consisting of 71 members, among whom the Sadducees were an important party.

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Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Sabbath

Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Sabbath

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With this new status came the inviolability of the person of God’s anointed (a characteristically Davidic idea) and a court rhetoric—adapted from pagan models—in which the king was styled “the [firstborn] son of God.” An index of the king’s sanctity was his occasional performance of priestly duties. Some mitzvot are for everyday life, and some are only for special times, such as Jewish holidays. After 1492 the Iberian exiles formed two new concentrations -- one in North Africa where they found a very large indigenous Jewish population.

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