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Rituals and Ritual Theory in Ancient Israel (Brill Reference

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The word "mashiach", which is translated into English as "messiah", comes from the Hebrew root that means to "anoint". These associations are not shared with the Jewish Kabbalah. Mordechai Kaplan taught us that Judaism js the “evolving religious civilization” of the Hebrew/Jews. These poorer Jews need support from their host governments and their Jewish communities. Rabbi Nissim won, with Ashkenazi votes, which put the Sephardic Chief Rabbinate in a clearly subordinate position, de facto, to the Ashkenazim, a position in which it remains to this day, although one of the selling points of Shas, the Sephardic Torah Guardians, and its spiritual mentor, former Rishon Le-Zion, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who is recognized as one of the great posekim (halakhic decision-makers) of our day by Ashkenazim and Sephardim alike, was that the Sephardim had to take back their rightful position.
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A Road to Nowhere? (Paperback): Jewish Experiences in

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He articulated this most explicitly in an Aug. 14 article in The New York Times called, simply, “ Sabbath. ” Sacks recounted the rituals of his childhood Shabbat in a household headed by two surgeons who, though they didn’t work or drive, kept the phones operational in case of a medical emergency. Rabbi, in Aramaic and Hebrew, means �my teacher.� The rabbis, Jewish sages adept in studying the Scriptures and their own traditions, maintained that God had revealed to Moses on Sinai a twofold Torah.
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Jewish Religious Law: A Progressive Perspective (Progressive

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In general, some pious Jews do not consider “less” religious Jews Jewish enough to be full Jews, and some religious Jews do not consider non-religious Jews to be Jews at all, and some Jews consider everyone who declares themselves Jewish to be Jews. If a festival occurs during the mourning period, the mourning is terminated, but if the burial occurs during a festival, the mourning is delayed until after the festival. The general rule is therefore that the mother's physical and mental health takes precedence over the foetus, even, if in extreme cases it means that abortion is required.
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Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom for Everyday

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Some Jews have emigrated from Israel elsewhere, because of economic problems or disillusionment with political conditions and the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict. The unsettled conditions following Assyria’s fall dismayed the devotees of YHWH, who had not been prepared for it by prophecy. Writing in The New York Times, he remarked: “What has happened since World War II is that the American sensibility has become part Jewish, perhaps as much Jewish as anything else ...
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"My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man": Hair and Identity in

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Hence, the current concept that equates a Jew according to his religious beliefs is rooted in error and causes separation and tension between Jews. Jewish holy days (chaggim), celebrate landmark events in Jewish history, such as the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Torah, and sometimes mark the change of seasons and transitions in the agricultural cycle. Isaiah 9:6-7 – Messiah to be born and reign on King David’s throne. These were supplemented by and adapted to current conditions by means of the oral law, a large and somewhat fluid body of interpretations and independent teachings and prescriptions, which claimed to be coeval with the written law itself and to have been handed down by word of mouth through the ages.
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Approaches to the 'Chosen Place': Accessing a Biblical

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The worship of YHWH was aniconic (without images); even figures that might serve in his worship were banned, apparently because their use suggested theurgy (the art or technique of influencing or controlling a god by fixing his presence in a particular place and making him accessible). The Temple itself contained immersion baths in various places for the priests to use, even in the vaults beneath the court (Commentary to Tam. 26b; Tam. 1:1).
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Kindling the Flame: Reflections on Ritual, Faith, and Family

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Thus a married woman, in Pharisaic law, did not lose property rights... Among Jews with a non-Jewish spouse, however, 20% say they are raising their children Jewish by religion, and 25% are raising their children partly Jewish by religion. Source: Jonathan Sarna, Jacksonian Jew: The Two Worlds of Mordecai Noah (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1981). I was so moved I didn’t know what to say. They have two children, and when we all gather at table I look around at them and know I am blessed.
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The Mystery of the Kaddish: Its Profound Influence on

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Nebukhadnezzar is seen as serving a Divine purpose; but not every tyrant is a Nebukhadnezzar. MyFonts is a font catalog run by Bitstream. Established in 1950 by Morton Siegel, USY tried to appeal to teenagers who were not likely to participate in organized Jewish activities. The web site for the city of Karmiel, Gateway to the Galilee. Encourage lesbian and gay Jews to share and participate in worship, leadership and general congregational life of all synagogues. 2.
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Between Gods: A Memoir

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While some rabbis have at times agreed upon a firm formulation, others have disagreed, many criticizing any such attempt as minimizing acceptance of the entire Torah. [19] Notably, in the Talmud some principles of faith (e.g., the Divine origin of the Torah) are considered important enough that rejection of them can put one in the category of "apikoros" ( heretic ). [20] Over the centuries, a number of formulations of Jewish principles of faith have appeared, and though they differ with respect to certain details, they demonstrate a commonality of core ideology.
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Passover Guide 2016

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Mussolini was driven from power in July, 1943, and marshal Pietro Badoglio took over. FALSE BECAUSE KHAZARIA WAS A DESTINATION FOR THE JEWISH DIASPORA, AND KHAZARIAN JEWS INTEGRATED WITH OTHER JEWS Often the primary argument against the Khazar theory is the claim that Judaism never was widespread in the Khazar kingdom and even if it was it was allegedly of a syncretic (mixed) nature rather than pure Judaism. Although the Temple remained central in Jewish worship, synagogues had already emerged as places for Torah reading and communal prayer and worship during the Babylonian Exile in the 6th century bce, if not even earlier.