Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why

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The duration of the kingdom on earth will outlive the ruin of the Holy City and of its Temple; it will be coextensive with the preaching of the Gospel to all nations, and this, when accomplished, will be the sign of the near approach of the kingdom of glory. But, in general, evidence from both studies is strong that most Ashkenazic Jews descend from Judeans in their paternal lineages. The Israelites and their culture, according to the modern archaeological account, did not overtake the region by force, but instead branched out of the Canaanite peoples and culture through the development of a distinct monolatristic — and later monotheistic — religion centered on Yahweh, [54] [55] [56] one of the Ancient Canaanite deities.

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More of What You Thought You Knew About Judaism: 354 Common

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Buber, Martin, Tales of the Hasidim (Olga Marx, Trans.), NY: Schocken Books, 1991/1947 (originally 2 vols., now in one volume); The Way of Man, London, 1950; NY: Citadel Press 2nd ed., 1967; Hasidism and Modern Man (Maurice Friedman, Ed. & Tr.), Humanities ed., 1988; The Legend of the Baal-Shem, Schocken, 1987; I and Thou (Walter Kaufman, Tr.), NY: C. On Shabbat and on festivals, only the first three and the last three are said; the intermediate benedictions are replaced by ones peculiar to the appropriate day.

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On the Wings of Shekhinah: Rediscovering Judaism's Divine

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Much of the impetus for reform came from the laity. It was that religion which had prompted the exiles to return to the land promised by Yahweh to their ancestors, and they were now determined to maintain it in its purity. After a person's death, the first stage would be the afterlife of the personal soul of that person. The officiants face the same direction as the congregants. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles).

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Why Be Jewish?

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This custom dates back to Talmudic times, and symbolizes the idea of our keeping Jerusalem and Israel in our minds even at times of our joy. Over the next four centuries this law underwent discussion and debate in both of the world's major Jewish communities (in Israel and Babylonia ), and the commentaries on the Mishnah from each of these communities eventually came to be edited together into compilations known as the two Talmuds. Religious obedience became internalized; it mattered less what one did than how one felt.

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Craving the Divine: A Spiritual Guide for Today's Perplexed

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Others returned to the Caucasus and there augmented the Jews who had earlier immigrated from Persia. Samuel grudgingly acceded to this request and appointed Saul, a great but very humble man, to be their King. God designated the descendants of Aaron, Moses' brother, to be a priestly class within the Israelite community. Reform Jews generally send their children to afternoon or Sunday schools in addition to regular public schools.

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Modern Judaism: From Jewish Diversity to a New Philosophy of

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Our tradition, as you know loves to play with the letters of Hebrew and the numerical equivalents for those letters. The Halakha has developed slowly, through a precedent-based system. Most weddings include eight basic symbols and rituals: the marriage canopy (or chuppah), the wine, the rings, the seven blessings, breaking a glass, the marriage contract (ketubah), the bedeken (the veiling before the ceremony), and the yichud (when the newly married couple spends a few minutes alone after the ceremony).

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Survival Guides: Balak (Shabbat am)

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They became rivals to the temple hierarchy and would eventually evolve into the party known as the Pharisees. A similar accusation, made by Asher of Udine in the same year, resulted in the confiscation of every Hebrew book in the city of Prague. The term "Orthodox" is not popular in Israeli discourse, although the percentage of Jews who come under that category in Israel is far greater than in the diaspora. Once asked what he considered his greatest accomplishment, Israel’s former Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres replied, “What I am going to do tomorrow.” A consummate dreamer, Peres inspired and challenged people everywhere with his tireless efforts to build peaceful ties between Israeli and Palestinian citizens in the Middle East.

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Hilchos Middos Tovos - Zichron Shneur: 8.5x11 Format - For

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At the age of 13, Jewish children become responsible for their own action, and usually hold a ceremony to commemorate their rite of passage from childhood into adulthood, when they become bar mitzvah (for boys) or bat mitzvah (for girls). Jewish practices also address the home, the synagogue, the workplace, the urban environment, and even Jewish activities in natural or wilderness settings. The literature of questions to rabbis, and their considered answers, is referred to as responsa (in Hebrew, Sheelot U-Teshuvot.) Over time, as practices develop, codes of Jewish law are written that are based on the responsa; the most important code, the Shulchan Aruch, largely determines Orthodox religious practice today.

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Secrets of Jewish Spiritual Living

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Hundreds of years before, these eastern Jews had walked from Israel by way of Byzantium. Zionism reacted to anti-Semitic contentions that the Jews were aliens in European society and could never hope to be integrated into it in significant numbers; it transformed this charge into a basic premise of a program of national regeneration and resettlement. So, the thought of adding in another practice may be daunting. But the hypothesis that the Karaims are descended from the Khazars has no merit.

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My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 7: Shabbat at Home

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One, they opposed the Pharisees and two, they denied belief in the resurrection of the dead, a belief that the Pharisees espoused and the Sadducees denied. Like an angry parent wishing to shift responsibility to His spouse, He tells Moses that 'the people that you brought up out of the land of Egypt have dealt corruptly' (32:7). G*d in Judaism has no image, that’s foundational. The earth is morally sensitive to human misdeeds (Genesis 4, Leviticus 18:27-30). 4.

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