I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion &

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The numerous ruthless, violent harassments and pogroms directed against the Jews over the course of their history—and the Jews have definitely been persecuted more than any other group of people on the planet—are not due to the failure of G-d nor any inherent sinfulness on the part of the Jews, but are seen by Jews as being a sign of their special commitment to upholding an exclusive covenant with the one G-d. Similarly, because Jews make up less than a quarter of one percent of the world's population, it's surprising that over 20 percent of Nobel prizes have been awarded to Jews or people of Jewish descent.

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Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the

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After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, these sects vanished. For instance, on Shabbat a Jew cannot: Traditional Jews are very careful about Shabbat. The Pharisees had a strong presence at the temple as part of the priestly tradition. In Judaism, a spiritual leader is a rabbi and the place of worship is a synagogue. The Judean elite were exiled to Babylonia and this is regarded as the first Jewish Diaspora. He saw the necessity of rebuilding in the New World that which was in the Old World.

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Marriage, Sex and Family in Judaism

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Jesus for Judaism Response: "Central to Judaism is the theme of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Jews originated as a national and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, [10] in the part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel. [18] The Merneptah Stele appears to confirm the existence of a people of Israel, associated with the god El, [19] somewhere in Canaan as far back as the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age). [20] [21] The Israelites, as an outgrowth of the Canaanite population, [22] consolidated their hold with the emergence of the Kingdom of Israel, and the Kingdom of Judah.

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Time for My Soul: A Treasury of Jewish Stories for Our Holy

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In Judaism, the fundamental and all-penetrating occurrence is a primordial mystery, and a miracle of miracles: the Divine, though dwelling on high and infinitely above man, yet bends down low so as to accept and confirm man in his finite humanity; and man, though met by Divine Infinity, yet may and must respond to this meeting in and through his finitude. Sinai, but the Torah actually contains 613 commandments. The ultimate goal of all nature and history is an unending reign of cosmic intimacy with God, entailing universal justice and peace.

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The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook: A Guide to

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This is the world of doing, and the “world to come” is where we experience the eternal reality of whatever we’ve become. From this time on, the Jewish leaders would be faced with an influx of Gentiles who would be drawn to the Jewish Message that the Kingdom of Heaven was arriving, as preached by Messiah and His followers. The TEUDAH really becomes a vital requirement of Truth when it comes to the controversial subject of the True Identity of YAHU'SHUAH as the Eternal Creator God, YHVH Himself!

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Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to

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Johanan as follows: Three keys the Holy One, blessed be He, has retained in His own hands and not entrusted to the hand of any messenger: these are the key of rain, the key of childbirth, and the key of the revival of the Dead.. .. . The non legal aspects of the Mishna - the anecdotes, stories, remembrances of the rabbinic lives, etc. are called Aggadah ("the telling"). Haredi Judaism is less accommodating to modernity and has less interest in non-Jewish disciplines, and it may be distinguished from Modern Orthodox Judaism in practice by its styles of dress and more stringent practices.

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The Origins of Jewish Prayers and Blessings

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I think his figures are like 6000 Pharisees, 4000 Essenes...maybe there were 20,000 Priests. A contract; the contract between the Hebrews and their God, Yahweh. In addition to the written Torah (Scripture), God revealed an oral Torah, faithfully transmitted by word of mouth in an unbroken chain from master to disciple, and preserved now among the rabbis themselves. I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both those who preceded him and those who followed him.

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An Illumination Of Blessings

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They are religious Jewish teachers and scholars’. Even though all of these denominations exist in Israel, Israelis tend to classify Jewish identity in ways that are different than diaspora Jewry. Their writings were welcomed by intellectuals trying to harmonize revealed religion with the new scientific learning. More problematically, the primacy of Torah study itself was justified by the claim that the revealed Torah, identical with God's wisdom, encompasses all true knowledge.

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A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice

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Our mission is to provide an affordable center for multi-generational learning, celebration, and worship in a liberal and egalitarian environment. The course has been so enjoyable and informative and I cannot wait for my conversion to finalize everything." Some feel a tie to Jewish religion and attend religious services from time to time, often on the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (as many Christians do at Easter and Christmas), but they do not maintain a lifelong membership in a synagogue or temple.

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To Life! High Holy Day Prayer Book - Rosh HaShanah/Yom

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The Politics of Nationalism and Ethnicity. Gates of Mitzvah, a guide to mitzvot in a Reform context, states regarding kashrut: Many Reform Jews observe certain traditional disciplines as part of their attempt to establish a Jewish home and lifestyle. A number of these codes, notably the Halakhot gedolot (“Great Laws”), Siddur Rav Amram Gaon (“The Prayer Book of Rav Amram Gaon”; on liturgical practice), and Sheʾeltot (“Disquisitions”) by Aḥa of Shabḥa (c. 680–c. 752), attained authoritative status in local schools and further unified medieval Judaism.

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