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Love, Marriage, and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition

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Most of them were primers and introductions to the faith. Reform recommends that the period of study be reinforced by requiring and assisting the prospective convert's active participation in the various celebrations, observances, and worship services of Judaism and the Jewish people. The Archeological Research Institute at Arizona State University has the ArchNet archaeological resources web server, with a section on the Near East. Summary Chart of the Main Feasts in Modern Judaism:

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The Complete Friday Evening Synagogue Companion

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In the Mishnah (Abot 1:2) one sees the broad philosophy that governed the minds of the early rabbis: "By three things is the world sustained: Several distinct approaches to Judaism presently exist. The Reform school generally has no teaching regarding life after death. After the death of King Herod, a political group known as the Herodians, who apparently regarded Herod as the messiah, sought to reestablish the rule of Herod’s descendants over an independent Palestine as a prerequisite for Jewish preservation.

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The Practice of Kabbalah: Meditation in Judaism

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Sometimes it is the parents, sometimes the teens, and sometimes both! For them, science and Judaism belong to different realms and their truth-claims are of unequal epistemic value. Reprinted by permission of the author. And when they reach the Land of Israel He put the spirit of life into them they stand up.� (Midrash Tan. Mark Epstein’s point (just above) rings true — “the people outside the community” determine who is a Jew — but I prefer the definition that asserts that a Jew is a person who is always thinking about what it means to be a Jew.

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In Every Generation: A Treasury of Inspiration for Passover

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Activists from major Jewish organizations instead focused on what they see as a modern injustice afflicting their fellow Angelenos, marking the day with a new push to bring quality grocery markets and healthful food to underserved neighborhoods such as East Los Angeles. He then established the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, which became the core of Reconstructionism. But unlike the Promise Keepers, the proponents of this movement claim feminist sympathy.

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Taking Up the Timbrel: The Challenge of Creating Ritual for

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While Hasidism was altering Jewish society in eastern Europe from within, Jewry in western Europe was being transformed by forces from without. Take my yoke upon you. .. and ye shall find rest" (l.c. xi. 28-30). Despite their outward look of modernity, their medieval roots persist, as seen in their response to the death of their last rebbe. Among these—and at the same time one of the victims of the great Spanish persecution of 1391—was, singularly enough, the ancestor of the Abravanel family, Samuel Abravanel, who, as a Christian, adopted the name of Juan de Sevilla.

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A Jewish Understanding of the World

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More likely, goes a rising tide of opinion, Yiddish spread in the opposite direction, westward from Russia. Still greater evil was wrought when Abner of Burgos, known also by the Christian name Alfonso Burgensis, a Talmudic scholar, philosopher, and practising physician, adopted Christianity to become sacristan of a wealthy church of Valladolid, and then wrote—partly in Spanish and partly in Hebrew —works full of venom against Jews and Judaism. You can't talk about the women's movement without talking about Betty Friedan.” Biden also praised the Jewish community's “embrace of immigration.” “I believe what affects the [social-political] movements in America, what affects our attitudes in America are as much the culture and the arts as anything else,” said Biden. “It wasn't anything we [politicians] legislatively did,” he went on. “It was [such television shows as] ‘Will and Grace,' it was the social media.

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The Machzor in Poetry: A Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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Depending on where your urethral hole is, you will still have to be circumcised. The following century (to c. 1750) was the darkest in the history of Rabbinic Judaism. It's a little like leaving a calling card for the dead person, to let them know you were there. Perhaps, Shlomo Bardin was among those educators or he picked up the term during his stay in Mandate Palestine. Each of these Judaisms claimed to continue in linear succession the Judaism that had flourished for so long, to develop it incrementally, and so to connect, through the long past, to Sinai.

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Creating Lively Passover Seders: A Sourcebook of Engaging

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The age of the amoraim: the making of the Talmuds (3rd–6th century) The promulgation of the Mishna initiated the period of the amoraim (lecturers or interpreters), teachers who made the Mishna the basic text of legal exegesis. In addition, there is a differentiation made between Sephardi migrants who established themselves in the Middle East and North Africa after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal in the 1490s and the pre-existing Jewish communities in those regions. [97] Ashkenazi Jews represent the bulk of modern Jewry, with at least 70% of Jews worldwide (and up to 90% prior to World War II and the Holocaust ).

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Shul with a Pool: The "Synagogue-Center" in American Jewish

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In principle, he held, there can be no contradiction between the inner, nonliteral meaning of the Torah and what is true in the sciences of physics and metaphysics. Harold Schulweis, “The Bias against Man,” Jewish Education 34 (1963): 9, 11, 14. The Khazar conversion to Judaism proceeded from the royal house to the ranks of the nobility and the upper classes, without ever including the broad masses of the Khazar people. Reform - Very lenient in observance, though aware of the basic values and traditions of Judaism.

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Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish

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We have more to say about what our community should do to support women who choose to have children and thus assure Jewish survival. In the more than 300 controversies over orthopraxy between his school and that of the rather rigid Shammai, Hillel took more lenient viewpoints, in solidarity with the generally underprivileged common man (Shammai was more identified with the priests and affluent). Some of the rituals of the Jewish tradition, especially the rites of passage at the crucial stages of individual existence, are almost universally observed; in the United States, for example, more than 80 percent of Jewish children receive some formal religious training.

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