Ask the Rabbi: Women Rabbis Respond to Modern Halakhic

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Although the first important Jewish philosopher was the Gaon Saadia in Baghdad (10th century), nearly all of his important successors were of Spanish origin, including the preeminent Maimonides. A goseis (a dying person) is to be considered alive in all respects and according to Jewish law. Some of the recently translated texts here are copyright to the translators indicated in each document. For instance, Rabbi Addah bar Ahavah once saw a woman that he thought was Jewish wearing a karbalta (a very ostentatious red garment) in the street and tore it off her.

The Godfile: 10 Approaches to Personalizing Prayer

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The Essenes have been termed “gnosticizing Pharisees” because of their belief, shared with the gnostics, that the world of matter is evil. The notion that something could be true for one party and not for another, or that faith and reason were equally valid and yet contradictory were ideas that had little appeal. After she gives birth all the blame is on her son—‘Who ate this thing—your son! 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”).

Preserving Jewishness in Your Family: After Intermarriage

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What would be called "Orthodox" in the diaspora includes what is commonly called dati (religious) or haredi (ultra-Orthodox) in Israel. There are not different gods for every people, region or tribe - but only one God for all on earth - or anywhere else in the universe... Each individual life is of infinite value and no one person's life is more valuable than another; 3. Rabbi David Seidenberg's NeoHasid has resources on the new chasidus. At the same time, early communities that straddled the Byzantine commercial sphere around the Black Sea, arrived in Poland from the east but were quickly overshadowed by the influx of Franco-German Jews who arrived from beyond the western horizon throughout the thirteenth century.

Jewish Holiday Traditions: Joyful Celebrations from Rosh

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Judaism teaches that a person serves God by learning the holy books and doing what they teach. Coffins are not required, but if they are used, they must have holes drilled in them so the body comes in contact with the earth. The Breslov Chassidim have a web site with teachings, resources, and other information about their movement, with links to other Breslover sites and texts from Rebbe Nachman, in English, Hebrew, and other languages.

How to Keep Kosher: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding

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This experience as refugees has shaped Jewish identity and religious practice in many ways, and is thus a major element of Jewish history. [209] The incomplete list of major and other noteworthy migrations that follows includes numerous instances of expulsion or departure under duress: The arrival of millions of Jews in the New World, including immigration of over two million Eastern European Jews to the United States from 1880 to 1925, see History of the Jews in the United States and History of the Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union. [227] The pogroms in Eastern Europe, [196] the rise of modern antisemitism, [228] the Holocaust, [229] and the rise of Arab nationalism [230] all served to fuel the movements and migrations of huge segments of Jewry from land to land and continent to continent, until they arrived back in large numbers at their original historical homeland in Israel. [223] The Islamic Revolution of Iran caused many Iranian Jews to flee Iran.

Intersecting Pathways: Modern Jewish Theologians in

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The great Hasidic rabbi Shneur Zalman--the founder of the Lubavitch dynasty--stood up in his synagogue on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to offer a prayer to God asking help for the leader whose victory would be good for the Jews. In order to understand how Judaism deals with problems of bioethics we have to look at how ethical principles are formulated and how Jewish ethics can and does evolve to deal with dilemmas that arise from the rapid advances of science in general and medicine in particular.

The Poetry of Kabbalah (The Margellos World Republic of

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As human beings were “endowed with an imago Dei,” rather than “helplessly fallen,” Schulweis expected them to “exercise [their] moral freedom and responsibility in the world. Daniel Matt has told how the idea of the Sefirot was controversial; whereas the more careful proponents of the sefirot saw them as ultimately mere symbols of the indivisible, ineffable Divine One in its mysterious process of emanation and return, critics saw them as a form of polytheism. Many Jews pin a black ribbon to their jacket and then tear that.

The Question of the Animal and Religion: Theoretical Stakes,

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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. A wealth of kabbalistic writings was produced, including the Zohar ("splendor") of Moses de Leon (13th century). Jonah Sapir's search engine guide to brochos on food. Use of round loaf of bread instead of the usual braided hallah. If you’re already connected, help us connect others.

A Discussion with Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky on "SSA" (Hakirah

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These juried, newly-minted tales reveal how each mitzvah, when carried out with understanding and creativity, becomes a rich source of spirituality and meaning. I’m sure Humanistic Judaism would welcome you… When asked, “Who is a Jew?” David Ben Gurion replied, “Anyone who declares himself a Jew.” תחשבו על כובד ההצהרה הזאת אחרי השואה Consider that statement in the context of the Holocaust. The 'Jewish religion,' John Paul said, 'is not extrinsic' to us, but in a certain sense is 'intrinsic' to our own religion.

Creating an Ethical Jewish Life: A Practical Introduction to

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Sephardic religious music is hardly ever taught, and even Sephardic customs are taught as exotica or folklore rather than part of a living tradition. Both hassidim and yeshivot were religious Jewish responses to the eighteenth century; they were strengthened and expanded as Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox institutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The union praised Bush as a model of service and tolerance for trying to protect civilians in U. Jesus and Paul both would have practiced it, and Paul may have had it in mind when he told Christians to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thes. 5:16-18).