Opening the Gates: How Proactive Conversion Can Revitalize

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Some traditional features of a synagogue are: The pulpit, or amud, a lectern facing the Ark where the hazzan or prayer leader stands while praying. And on page 147 he repeats: "The great number of Khazars who populated Khazaria at its height were, in the main, not Jewish Khazars; and, consequently, the use of the name Khazar in any given context does not necessarily refer to or imply Khazar Jews." More than any other person acting in the Bible it is the character of Moses who is most often associated with Judaism.

On Changes in Jewish Liturgy: Options and Limitations

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According to Michael Prior, “Rav Kook’s writings and teachings provided the first systematic attempt to integrate the passive religious longings for the land with the modern, secular and aggressively active praxis of Zionism, giving birth to a comprehensive religious-nationalist Zionism.”23 Rav Kook’s understanding of tikkun, however, derived more from his reading of kabbalistic and hasidic sources than from its usage in secular Zionist circles.24 Levi Cooper has shown that the political activist connotation of tikkun olam was not confined to secular and religious Zionists.

Kuntres Uma'Ayon

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That is the relationship between the Land of Israel and each Jew. Jewish theology and spiritual practice would remain significantly different from Christianity in the following ways: Jews hold that G-d is One ("Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One!"—Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Ehod!), G-d is not a Trinity; G-d is formless and will never assume form (as in the person of Jesus); no human will ever be divine or perfect (even the patriarchs and prophets were human and fallible); everyone has direct access to G-d, without need for any intermediaries between humanity and the divine; the soul is not burdened by any "original sin" in need of Jesus' atonement via his death; obedience to the commands of Torah are sufficient for salvation, not belief in the saving power of Jesus; there is no need for sacraments to bring down G-d's grace to the people; finally, Jews maintain that the New Testament is not divinely revealed, but a human work, and laced with anti-Jewish sentiment (due to Christians' aligning with Rome).

Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith

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The High Holidays (Yamim Noraim or "Days of Awe") revolve around judgment and forgiveness. Midrash means "rest"; it is the seventh day of the week (Saturday), a day of prayer and rest from work. An Ashkenazim is a prayer shawl worn by devout males. Ketuvim refers to the "Prophets"; it is the second section of the Hebrew Scriptures, made up of historical and prophetic books. In Austrian Poland (Galicia), Haskalah was more fruitful, resulting in new efforts to study Jewish history and literature by modern critical methods ("the science of Judaism"), a trend continued with great success in Germany.

Birkon Mikdash M'At: The Nfty Bencher

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Raise your hands and join us in our shared responsibility to care for one another. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. In 1916 he established the Jewish Center in New York City, where he served as rabbi until 1922. Islam also teaches that faith and action go hand-in-hand. King Shabur [Sapur] said to Sh�muel: �You say that the Messiah will come upon an ass; I shall send him a well-groomed horse.� He answered �do you, perchance, have a horse of a hundred colors?� Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 98a [20] And now let us speak in praise of King Messiah who will come in the future with the clouds of heaven and two Seraphim [fiery angels] to his right and to his left, as it is written, behold with the clouds of heaven came one like unto a son of man (Daniel 7:13) (Pirqe Mashiah, BhM 3:70) [21] Maimonides in his Thirteen Articles of Faith, states belief in resurrection is an essential part of Judaism.

Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion

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The American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise develops social and educational programs between the United States and Israel. Phylacteries; two small boxes containing biblical passages that are worn by Orthodox males on the heads and left arm at morning prayer during the week. However, as the persecutions of the Jews increased and the details were in danger of being forgotten, these oral laws were recorded by Rabbi Judah haNasi (Judah the Prince) in the Mishnah, redacted circa 200 C.

Lubavitcher Rabbi's Memoirs: A History of the Orgins of

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More than a gift of gold, it is a gift of the soul.” Rosenberg emphasized that Jews had an additional reason for giving: “for the honor of your religion.” Rabbi Aldo Lattes of Rome encouraged Jews to continue their Italian patriotism: “Just as during the war of unification the Jews did not lag behind in their sacrifice of blood, so today they should be second to none in the resistance to the iniquitous sanctions. Though peculiar (can't carry a book more than six feet?), this notice relates to one of the most important aspects of Judaism: resting on the Sabbath.

The Torah Ark in Renaissance Poland: A Jewish Revival of

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A Christian seeks forgiveness for his or her personal sins through faith in Jesus Christ. Included in the show are dozens of printed books and manuscripts; photographs of Jewish life in 19th- and 20th-century New York; railroad maps, postcards and schematics; confidential rabbinic debates and decrees; flyers both extolling and decrying those who establish eruvs in Brooklyn; films on the political and communal dimensions of eruvs across the tri-state area; and contemporary art works exploring the concept of eruv and its implementation in New York.

The Service of Beauty: Discovering Art and Ethics in Jewish

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In eastern European countries, especially in Russia, religious activity is barely tolerated, and Jewish observance and even circumcision is practiced by only a small fraction of the 3 million Jews. Queen Helena was buried in Jerusalem around 70 A. This one and only God has been affirmed by virtually all professing Jews in a variety of ways throughout the ages. Technically speaking, Conservative Judaism did not, only to reanimate what they saw as the flexibility and changing character of tradition; that is why in the early days of the Conservative movement Sephardim were very prominent in it, dropping out only when the movement took on separate institutional and ideological form.

Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us

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The distinction between the historical and trans-historical commandments becomes fully explicit—and inescapable even for Orthodox belief—in the prophets. Its members rejected the authority of the oral law and based their beliefs upon the direct interpretation of the Scriptures. Only one verse before, God declares that one day he will make a New Covenant (Brit Hadashah) with Israel, and put his Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts: "See, a time is coming-declares the LORD-when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.