The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for

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God is forgiving towards those who mess things up. So in these prayers we mentally kneel toward God, remind ourselves of his goodness, and that he is our King. n the gospels it says that Jesus “took the bread and blessed.” (The NIV says “gave thanks” but more literal translations use the word “blessed.”) Some translations incorrectly add the word “it,” to sound as if Jesus “blessed it.” But the idea of blessing the Lord is to thank him for providing, not to confer holiness on the food.

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More Than A Tear: A Shiva Guide for Mourners and Consolers

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The reign of Gamaliel’s son and successor, Judah the Prince, marked the climax of this period of rabbinic activity, otherwise known as the “age of the tannaim” (teachers). A tallit katan (small tallit) is a fringed garment worn under the clothing throughout the day. This has been the basis of Jewish loyalty to the Torah for the past 3,300 years. Please understand also, that there is a lot of 'cross-breeding' in the various groups and that few groups will be found to comply exclusively with all the qualities of either side.

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PESHAT BEFORE DERASH: IN THE STUDY OF TORAH

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In contrast, the Torah forbids Israelites from eating non-kosher species because "they are unclean." [48] The Kabbalah describes sparks of holiness that are released by the act of eating kosher foods, but are too tightly bound in non-kosher foods to be released by eating. [49] Survival concerns supersede all the laws of kashrut, as they do for most halakhot. [50] [51] The Tanakh describes circumstances in which a person who is tahor or ritually pure may become tamei or ritually impure.

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Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Body (v. 1)

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Woman traditionally have been granted more equal rights than most other world cultures. Reform Judaism's synagogue union praised President Bush's leadership since Sept. 11, while urging him to preserve civil liberties during the war on terror. While the Ashkenazic population continued to grow over the following centuries, at the beginning of the modern epoch, the mid-seventeenth century, Sephardim still outnumbered Ashkenazim three to two. At the actual moment of decision in any given situation, the choice is ours.

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PATHWINGS: Philosophic and Poetic Reflections on the

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Every term, each student must sign up for a chabura (essentially, a semester-long seminar group) presided over by a fellow student who functions as the faculty member. It sounds like the only reason you might be hesitant to convert, is that you will have to accept the existance of G-D in its literal form. And so, we're watching a religious tradition that is itself still going through certain changes. Belief in a coming Messiah has been a source of optimism for Jews.

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Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life

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Since philosophy and science originated in ancient Greece, the debate pertained to the cultural boundaries of Judaism, especially because Jews encountered Hellenistic culture as the culture that occasionally oppressed them, curtailing Jewish political independence and threatening Jewish mores. Moreover, intermarriage rates seem to have risen substantially over the last five decades. For those of you who wonder whether the Internet really has anything batampte, anything geshmack, anything worthwhile takeh, the Cambridge University Jewish Society presents the Cambridge University Cholent Society web page.

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Stories of Joseph: Narrative Migrations between Judaism and

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They supplanted the non-Jewish settlers, rebuilt the Temple, and reestablished priestly rule and the Law of Moses. Some of these stories, like the account of Creation, the Garden of Eden, and Noah and the Flood, actually come down from more ancient Sumerian/Mesopotamian sources, and are somewhat distorted versions of the Sumerian stories. The Torah prohibits the extinction of species and causing undo pain to non-human creatures.

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The Book And The Sword: A Life Of Learning In The Shadow Of

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In Orthodox communities, only men wear kippot; in non-Orthodox communities, some women also wear kippot. Gates of the Seasons, the American Reform Movement's guide to the Jewish year, views Shabbat as a unique Jewish contribution to civilization, and a central activity to surviving the forces of assimilation and corruption. Our ancestors could not have anticipated the loss of biodiversity that the modern world has produced; from their perspective, there was no natural extinction rate of species.

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On Being a Jew

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Foods sold in stores or restaurants must be checked by a Jew who is an expert in Kashrut. For them Zionism came down to a form of financial contribution to encourage emigration from Eastern Europe and moral solidarity with Jewish victims of oppression. Talmudism 1. the teachings of the collection of Jewish law and tradition called the Talmud. 2. the observance of and adherence to these teachings. —Talmudist, n. —Talmudic, adj. torah 1. the first flve books of the Old Testament; the Pentateuch. 2. a scroll of these scriptures in Hebrew used for liturgical purposes.

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Every Person's Guide to Shavuot (Every Person's Guide

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Generally, Reform Judaism has no concept of personal life after death. D. before giving way to the emergence of the Kabbalah. What man controls and God cannot coerce is man’s capacity to form intention and therefore choose either arrogantly to defy, or humbly to love, God. The most shocking events to have affected Jewish life in Argentina took place in the early 1990s when the community was the target of the country’s two largest terrorist attacks of the last century. Antisemitism arose during the Middle Ages, in the form of persecutions, pogroms, forced conversion, expulsions, social restrictions and ghettoization.

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