Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible,

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Thus, Moses and Jethro, for example, were supposed to be the gilgulim of Cain and Abel. This move of political genius linked the God of Israel, the chosen dynasty of David, and the chosen city of Jerusalem in a henceforth indissoluble union. The freedom of the human will is explicitly announced in the Bible also: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days" (Deut. xxx. 19-20).

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Children of the Flesh, Children of the Promise: A Rabbi

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The antagonism of the early Christians towards the Jews was reflected in the writings of the early Church Fathers. I Kings viii. 48-50), to repent all his sins, and to resolve henceforth to live in such a way as will be pleasing to God, from whom he solicits aid and grace. The conversion process is evaluated by an authority, and the convert is examined on his or her sincerity and knowledge. [75] Converts are called "ben Abraham" or "bat Abraham", (son or daughter of Abraham).

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Maimonides (Jewish Encounters)

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It is valuable now to quote two scholars who are recognized among Jews and others alike as pre-eminent historians, particularly for the period under discussion. But there is not much to be done with a retired professor of chemistry who was born in Warsaw in 1933 and spent his childhood in the concentration camp at Belsen. Wolff, Akiva. "Judaism and the Modern Concept of Sustainability." The rabbis never mention the Greek philosophers Plato or Aristotle or the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo, and they never use any Greek philosophical terms; the only Greek author whom they name is Homer.

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Medicine in the Bible and the Talmud: Selections from

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Some of these were used in public "debates." A key medieval Jewish Spanish poet and philosopher's devotional poetry, some of which was adopted into liturgy. Following upon the heals of the Rabbinic Period, it lasted for over a millenium into the eighteenth century. Not all the Jews were in disfavor with Antiochus. These signs are for Israel as Israel requires a sign. What does the Weekly Standards' neocon "national greatness conservatism" have to do with "Jewish?"

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An Episode of Jewish Romanticism: Franz Rosenzweig's the

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From time to time Israel attempts enforcement campaigns by state authorities, as, for example, when the Agriculture Ministry acts against 'the pestilence of letting fruit orchards belonging to Jews and situated on National Land [i.e., land belonging to the State of Israel] be harvested by Arab labourers', even if the labourers in question are citizens of Israel. Manasseh’s forces served in the building and military operations of the Assyrian kings Esarhaddon (reigned 680–669 bce) and Ashurbanipal (reigned 668–627 bce).

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The Heschel Tradition: The Life and Teachings of Rabbi

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However, his preaching against the Jewish community, which he believed had a negative influence on Christians, is inexcusable and blatantly anti-Semitic in its content. Religious holidays, such as Hanukkah and Passover, or Pesach, were reinterpreted to emphasize nationalist and liberation themes, and Independence Day was promoted as a holiday of stature equal to the old religious holidays. Whatever the target figures or grand hopes of Jesus’ followers as to how their teaching would be received by fellow Jews, they were not achieved.

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Martin Buber: The Life of Dialogue (Classic Reprint)

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That is to say: this project of a national rewriting of traditions was, from the outset, based upon the false distinction between Jewish ‘religion’ and other, ‘essentially secular’ dimensions (political, national, cultural, linguistic, and so on) of Judaism. Not placed on the Seder plate, but often eaten, is a boiled egg. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

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Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations,

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I think you will find but few images of God, unless you want to profane the Almighty. Therefore, it advocates the dedication of one’s time to the study of the Torah and exclusive devotion to it, even at the cost of reducing all other activities to a bare minimum. Despite their relatively small numbers, Jewish people have made enormous contributions in nearly all areas of human achievement throughout history. It is this particular claim--to have experienced God's presence in human events--and its subsequent development that is the differentiating factor in Jewish thought.

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Who Is My God? 2/E: An Innovative Guide to Finding Your

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It comes to us armed with logical and coherent arguments, and expects our acquiescence on rational, and hence necessary, grounds. Now Judaism is a combination of all three. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (or Rashi, eleventh century, France), in his commentary on the Talmud, here notes that the jesters made peace between them “through words of humor.” On the use of humor in peacemaking see Bruce D. Bernstein, Ellen, and Dan Fink. “Blessings and Praise.” In This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, ed.

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Women, Men and Ethnicity

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Hence, when the Temple was destroyed in 70, the spiritual vacuum was hardly as great as it had been after the destruction of the First Temple (586 bce). Even after 117 CE, when it was prohibited by the rabbis to teach one's son Greek, Rabbi Judah the Prince, the editor of the Mishna (authoritative compilation of the Oral Law) at the end of the 2nd century, remarked, "Why talk Syriac in Palestine? Jewish central belief is that they have chosen to follow the commandments of the One True God and God will look out for them in return.

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