The Godfile: 10 Approaches to Personalizing Prayer

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“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” the old joke begins. “Practice, practice, practice.” The musician knows that he or she must know the music so well that only after considerable practice can he or she unlock the sounds for other ears. Baron (1895–1989), who by the early 1980s had produced 18 volumes of his Social and Religious History of the Jews (1952–83), and in Israel by Ben-Zion Dinur (1884–1973), whose chief work was Yisrael ba-gola (3rd ed., 5 vol., 1961–66; “Israel in the Exile”).

I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion &

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In some Jewish communities, it is a day free from work for women (but not men), to honor them for their refusal to participate in the worship of the Golden Calf. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him." [Matthew 21:28-32 NIV] Elsewhere it is written, "For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." [Romans 2:13 NIV] Regarding salvation, Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." [Matthew 7:21 NIV] Referring to Jesus, the New Testament describes "The Word became flesh..." [John 1:14 NIV] If this is so, then Jesus is the living, breathing, walking, Tenakh (Old Testament).

The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism

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Two of the explanations recorded in this text consider childlessness in terms of the mothers of Israel themselves. The withholding or withdrawal of life support systems is permissible provided that doing so is simply allowing nature to take its course. Reform Judaism was born at the time of the French Revolution, a time when European Jews were (for the first time), recognized as citizens of the countries in which they lived.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Volume 1: From Covenant to

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It had to be of Slavic origin and Scandinavian beyond that - plus a bit of Mongol to account for my B-type blood." - Isaac Asimov, in It's Been A Good Life (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002), chapter 1. "During the period of decline, many Khazars converted to Islam or Christianity, but some, who remained Jews, migrated westward, and are historically documented in several East European countries and cities, including Kiev.

Personal Theology: Essays in Honor of Neil Gillman (New

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This is our urgent new challenge--to defend the Jewish future against voluntary self-destruction--and we must face it squarely, if we are to prevent the fulfillment of Isaiah's dire prophecy "Your destroyers will come from your own ranks." Revelation 20:12 -- Judgment by the Book. We clear time and space for ourselves so that during the other six days of the week, we can be at our most creative. Question: When is the seven-armed Menorah used? Jews can eat meat of any animal that chews its cud (food which has already been partly digested ), and has split hooves.

Candle Lighting for Shabbos and Yom Tov: A Brief Digest of

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They usually called each other "brothers and sisters" (Mark 1:31-35; Rom 1:13; James 1:2; etc.) or "saints" (Acts 9:13; Rom 1:7; Col 1:2; etc.). Or maybe I’m just used to reading and hearing negative comments from people who haven’t looked at The Secular Movement and are defensive and dismissive of anything that they personally think is “not Jewish”. The posekim (rabbinic decisors) were still followed but the posekim themselves were men of the world whose decisions reflected both their piety and their wordliness.

The Holy Vessels and Furniture of the Tabernacle

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Belief in Hashem is not one of the Noahide Commandments (just refraining from Avodah Zarah) so you can stay secular while earning Olam HaBah, unlike your secular Jewish friends. He simultaneously provided him all the details found in the Oral Law" [ 12 ]. Because Jews have made a bargain with God to keep his laws, keeping that bargain and doing things in the way that pleases God is an act of worship. Throughout the curriculum, students learn to identify with Israel as the Jewish homeland, understanding its history and recognizing our obligation to visit and support the State of Israel, and consider participating in an educational program there.

My People's Prayer Book: Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat

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I have a very full chapter in an upcoming book manuscript, Our Religions' Future, namely, "Trends, Revivals, and Challenges in Judaism," which contains a lot more historical material on Judaism and discussion of modern-era religious and mystical trends, demographic issues, renewed forms of anti-Semitism, the Jewish Renewal movement, and so forth.) The crux of Judaism is the belief that the Divine Lord, Adonai, whose secret, unutterable Name is YHWH (Yahweh/Jaweh), I Am That Am, is not just some remote, aloof, impersonal principle.

Day By Day: Reflections on the Themes of the Torah from

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Then, in 1994 in my new homeland, USA, I learned about Humanistic Judaism, and later, about secular Jewishness (in the form of the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations). And all its vessels and pillars are of silver, its covering is gold, its seat is purple. Human action, therefore, assumes a decisive historical meaning; and this action is no less epoch-making than the prophetic message which demands it. Moses ben Maimon or Maimonides (1135-1204), indisputably the greatest thinker of the Jewish tradition, articulated his views in the context of the Muslim-influenced school of Hebrew theology in Spain and then Cairo.

Further Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book

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Today the majority of scholars consider that the Khazaric elements in the Jewish eastern European immigrations were of insignificant character... The sole leadership and honour though, in this Great Task of final Restoration, is imputed to Whom it belongs - the Great Sower of the Harvest - the wonderful Creator, God of Israel, who alone has the Power to open the eyes of the blind, and revive the minds of the deceived! People might be more or less observant but the differences were infinitesimal compared to the present times.