Neglected Witnesses: The Fate of Jewish Ceremonial Objects

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The schematic character of this tradition does not impair the historicity of a migration to Egypt, an enslavement by Egyptians, and an escape from Egypt under an inspired leader by some component of the later Israelite tribes. This is done by soaking and salting the meat. Thus, flaunting wealth can cause one to be guilty of the sin of lifnei iver, according to the view of the Orchos Tzadikim. For the Jew, the universe is the creation of God and it runs its course according to laws implanted in it by the Creator.

My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 1: TraditionalPrayers, Modern

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Added to this is a warning that if the Israelites do not obey God’s law, they will be scattered from the land and regathered when they return to the Lord. Similarly the cloning of one's own cells for future use would not raise any objections if used for reasons of health. They also stress the imminence of the day of salvation, which is to be preceded by terrible hardships, and presumably reflected the current historical setting. Davenen--Yiddish term, "to pray," fervently and as often as possible, say the Hasidim.

Lights Along the Way: Timeless Lessons for Today from Rabbi

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There are web sites for the various branches of the North American Jewish religious community, Conservative, Humanistic, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Young Israel, as well as organizations including B'nai B'rith, HIAS, Hillel, JCC, and NCSY. Only trees that you know do no yield food may be destroyed; you may cut them down for constructing siege works against the city that is waging war on you, until it has been reduced.” This law was expanded in later Jewish legal sources to include the prohibition of the wanton destruction of household goods, clothes, buildings, springs, food or the wasteful consumption of anything (see Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings and Wars 6:8, 10; Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, 279-80).

The Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom

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As the pendulum swings away from the Scylla of persecution, it inevitably moves toward the Charybdis of assimilation. Enough eastern European rabbis and scholars had immigrated, however, to create their own synagogues, which reproduced the customs of the Old World. David was not allowed to build the temple because he had been involved in many wars, and it was thus inappropriate for him to build a temple representing peace.

Shi'ism in America

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Hence men must, here and now, “prepare the world for the Kingdom of God”; and it is to this goal that Jewish obedience to the commandments is in due course directed. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, nurturing students’ Jewish identity, equipping students to live rich and meaningful lives. Maimonides' principles were largely ignored over the next few centuries. [42] Later, two poetic restatements of these principles (" Ani Ma'amin " and " Yigdal ") became integrated into many Jewish liturgies, [43] leading to their eventual near-universal acceptance. [44] [45] In modern times, Judaism lacks a centralized authority that would dictate an exact religious dogma. [13] [46] Because of this, many different variations on the basic beliefs are considered within the scope of Judaism. [40] Even so, all Jewish religious movements are, to a greater or lesser extent, based on the principles of the Hebrew Bible and various commentaries such as the Talmud and Midrash.

Every Person's Guide to Jewish Prayer

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Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple B'nai Shalom of East Brunswick, N. Yarmulke is a contract; it is the contract between the Hebrews and their God, Yahweh. Or, we are some combination of the three, leaning on these different aspects of practicing Judaism depending on what is going on in our lives. Ain (Ayin, Ein, En)--"No-thing-ness," the highest level of Divine transcendence. They needed to determine what these pagan Gentiles (who would be coming into the faith) needed to do in order to become part of the community of Jewish followers of the Messiah.

Gate to the Heart: A Manual of Contemplative Jewish Practice

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In the case of Minim, quislings and traitors, push them in and don't help them up." Abraham's son, Isaac had a son, Jacob, also called Israel. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Apparent conflicts emerge either because a nondemonstrable scientific theory is adopted (for example, Aristotle 's view that the world is eternal and his explanation of celestial motions), or because the biblical text is not interpreted in light of philosophy and science.

The Temple- Its Ministry and Services

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The sect was founded in Baghd�d (now in Iraq) about 765 by Anan ben David, a Jewish religious leader. Firstly, some Jews left when the economic situation in Peru worsened. Since he was an itinerant preacher, people literally "followed" him as he journeyed throughout Israel (Mark 2:15; Luke 9:57-62). We have students from every US state, all over Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, South Africa, Sierra Leon, Camroon, Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Czech Republic, France, Monoco, China, South Korea, Japan, Malta, Indonesia, Phillipines.

Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System: A Prayer-by-Prayer

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Over time Jews developed into distinct ethnic groups — amongst others, the Ashkenazi Jews (of central and Eastern Europe ) the Sephardi Jews (of Spain, Portugal, and North Africa ), the Beta Israel of Ethiopia and the Yemenite Jews, from the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Is this really what the honest seeker after Eternal Truth should pursue? This obligation is commented by Rabbi Chavel: "This Commandment ... will be better understood in the light of the following passage from the 'Mishneh Torah': 'We are not to engage in war with anyone whatever unless we [first] proclaim peace to him; [this is applicable to both] an optional and an obligatory war; for it is said, When thou drawest nigh a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it (Deut XX, ).

Meaning & Mitzvah: Daily Practices for Reclaiming Judaism

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In 1909 the CCAR held that intermarriage (interfaith marriage) is "contrary to the traditions of the Jewish religion." A person who is extremely ill, for example, or a woman in labor, is not permitted to fast on Yom Kippur, because fasting at such a time would endanger the person's life. Although Christians base much of their faith on the same Hebrew Scriptures as Jews do, there are major differences in belief: Jews generally consider actions and behavior to be of primary importance; beliefs come out of actions.