22 Jul

Torah of Reconciliation

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As to specific halachot, there are numerous halachic interpretive strategies with respect to leviticus 18. I am a Reform Jew, most comfortable with Reform for a variety of reasons, but I am an island alone when it comes to the issue of abortion. It is important to point out that the reason that the life of the fetus is subordinate to the mother is because the fetus is the cause of the mother's life-threatening condition, whether directly (e.g. due to toxemia, placenta previa, or breach position) or indirectly (e.g. exacerbation of underlying diabetes, kidney disease, or hypertension).8 A fetus may not be aborted to save the life of any other person whose life is not directly threatened by the fetus, such as use of fetal organs for transplant.

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22 Jul

Major Trends in Formative Judaism, First Series: Society and

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To this remark is added: "AND IT HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN FROM THESE." It primarily refers to the first section of the Tanakh – the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, or the Five Books of Moses. Whether we are ethnically, culturally, or spiritually Jewish, whether we're married to a Jewish person, or simply inspired by Jewish wisdom, we have a place in Unitarian Universalism. If your understanding of Judaism doesn't extend much beyond bagels and the Adam Sandler flick Eight Crazy Nights, we have the basic info for you right here.

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22 Jul

A Student's Obligation: Advice from the Rebbe of the Warsaw

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These youth movements were clearly distinct from the Jewish youth club whose roots were in Jewish acculturation and the Anglo-Jewish establishment. The audacious Pharisees considered their laws and commandments as having more weight than those of the Prophets! Even Jewish inmates who do not maintain a religious (i.e. kosher) diet during the rest of the year will follow the special Passover diet. Abraham Joshua Heschel has also been linked to this tradition. [54] Kabbalah continued to be central to Haredi Orthodox Judaism, which generally rejected philosophy, although the Chabad strain of Chasidism showed a more positive attitude towards philosophy.

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21 Jul

Studies in the Bible and Jewish Thought: A JPS Scholar of

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In America today, the children and grandchildren of penniless immigrants (peddlers and garment workers) are professionals, successfu l entrepreneurs, academicians, and CEOs. The most likely understanding is that Domitian wanted anyone associated with Judaism to pay this tax. This deceptive skill enabled them also to EFFECTIVELY give false grounds for CONDEMNING THE INNOCENT, as they did in the case of Yeshua the Messiah! As inviting as our tradition of dissent and divergent interpretations is, at its core, it is impossible to divorce from the concrete theological foundations on which it rests.

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21 Jul

Hexateuch According to the Revised Version Part 2

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Here is something from the "What We Believe" page of the website of the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues: We believe in God's end-time plan for the nation of Israel and for the world. Church legislation against Jewish holding of Christian slaves can be easily understood: as members of Christ, the children of the Church should evidently not be subjected to the power of His enemies, and thereby incur a special danger for their faith; but more particularly, as stated by a recent Jewish writer: "There was good reason for the solicitude of the Church and for its desire to prevent Jews from retaining Christian slaves in their houses.

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21 Jul

The Great Torah Commentators

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The second mode of relationship between people is that of a nation. Hasidism spread throughout eastern Europe and was most successful in Poland. Usually, I am asked simply whether Judaism is an ethnicity or a race. On the contrary, it is the deviation rather than the essence which is the fundamental aspect. The first appointed priest was Aaron, the brother of Moses (Exodus 28-29). There are multiple ways to deal and make sense between evolution and the Torah.

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21 Jul

Reluctant Theologians: Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Edmond Jabes

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Does the child become human when it is able to live on its own or is it human when conceived? The writings of these few individuals or religious sects were completely rejected by the Jews. But Abram was concerned, because he had no children and he was growing old. Orthodox scholars reject biblical criticism and treat the halachic tradition as an eternally valid legal system that has its internal mechanisms of self-interpretation. Johanan ben Zakkai, a Pharisee, was soon permitted by the Romans to open an academy at Jabneh.

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21 Jul

Tishrei Thoughts: Shabbat Shuva essays in preparation for

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As they traveled—a ragtag nation of ex-slaves—through a treacherous desert, God protected them by providing booths and a glorious pillar of clouds to shelter and guide them. Conservative Judaism grew out of the tension between Orthodoxy and Reform.� It was formally organized as the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism by Dr. I am referring here to the modern ideological and practical move that originated in Europe, mostly in Germany, from the 18th century onwards, which sought to reinterpret Jewish traditions so as to render them applicable to the allegedly universal (and essentially European Protestant) category of ‘religion,’ in itself a contemporaneous invention.

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21 Jul

Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud: Selections from

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Jews believe that God's providence extends to all people but that God entered into a special Covenant with the ancient Israelites. However much the succeeding generations of Israel, after the death of Moses, fell off from God and became idolaters, there has been in each generation a group of pious men who have guarded faithfully the holy inheritance and transmitted it to their children. When a minyan is present, God is also thought to be present and so certain prayers may be said. "Mitzvah" literally means "commandment," as in The Ten Commandments.

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20 Jul

Spinning Fantasies: Rabbis, Gender, and History

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They did so from a confrontational, aggressive position. The basis of Jewish law is the Torah (the five books of Moses). After the crucifixion, the curtain of the Jewish sanctuary was torn in two (Mk 15:37-39, Lk 23:44-46, Mt 27:51). I was about to tell the doctor to stop, even if she wasn't finished. For exilic peoples ponders making justice private property. The bible is for debating our understanding of it. To speak of the Sopherim was to speak of the Great Assembly, and vice versa (Herford, Talmud and Apocrypha, pp. 44, 45).

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