Passover Guide 2016

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For instance, Rabbi Addah bar Ahavah once saw a woman that he thought was Jewish wearing a karbalta (a very ostentatious red garment) in the street and tore it off her. If you are not a Messianic Jew or Gentile, please contact us and we will try to help you have the wonderful kind of relationship with the God of Israel that He wants you to have! March 2014 we have our first from Singapore, and Peru. Whereas Schulweis drew inspiration primarily from the Aleinu, Fackenheim was attracted to the teachings of Lurianic kabbalah as interpreted by Gershom Scholem (although, as we have noted, he was inspired by Baeck’s activist interpretation of Aleinu as well).

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Authorized Daily Prayer Book

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We have already rejected the disjunction of “universalism” and “particularism” as alien to the dynamic and structure of the Jewish faith. Most of these symbols don't tell you anything about the decedent (other than the fact that he or she was Jewish). This is often commemorated by having the new adults, male only in the Orthodox tradition, lead the congregation in prayer and publicly read a "portion" of the Torah. God’s displeasure, however, had always been signaled by a break in communication with him.

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Why Me? Why Anyone?

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Talmudic piety and study, sunk in excessive pilpul (acute logical distinctions that often became mere hairsplitting), was refreshed by the new critical methods of Elijah ben Solomon (1720–97), the gaon of Vilna. The name "Rosh Hashanah" literally means "Beginning of the Year" You may wonder how this can be, since it is called the first day of the seventh month! The Israel Center for Libraries has a web site with information about the Israeli Library network.

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The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt

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She reveals, for example, that women raised in highly observant Jewish communities were given neither language nor knowledge about their own bodies with the result that they “suddenly found themselves bleeding ‘down there’ and thought something horrible was happening to them.” A married man is a patriarch according to the biblical example, and a married woman “is expected to be a dutiful wife and mother, caring for as many children as God blesses them with.” Yet the human mind refuses to be constrained by law or tradition. “Haredi families, like all others, raise children who may question or even go against the families’ values and behavioral rules.” Because they live in a community that does not tolerate, much less encourage, such questioning, “even the slightest deviations in Orthodox practice can deepen into a desire to leave.” According to Davidman, the passage out of Orthodoxy can be likened to the experience of LGBT men and women: “I was always out,” recalls one young woman, “and my brothers were always closeted about it.” Leave-taking, as we learn, is shattering and even revelatory event in their lives.

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Jewish Explorations of Sexuality

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Some sources indicate that reincarnation is a routine process, while others indicate that it only occurs in unusual circumstances, where the soul left unfinished business behind. Jewish death rites are very complicated and elaborate and last for weeks. Whereas in Judaism the high priest was not allowed to officiate on the Day of Atonement unless he had a wife that made home sacred to him (Yoma. i. 1, after Lev. xvi. 11, 17), celibacy and virginity were prized as the higher virtues of the Christian elect, contempt of the world with all its material, social, and intellectual pursuits being rendered the ideal of life (see Ziegler, "Gesch. der Ethik," 1886, pp. 192-242).

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Raising Jewish Children in a Contemporary World

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Luzatto, Moshe, Derech HaShem: The Way of G-D (Aryeh Kaplan, Tr.), Feldheim, 1978. Prayers are recited upon waking up in the morning, before eating or drinking different foods, after eating a meal, and so on. Judaism is rare among world religions for its many-faceted theology. This does not make the Torah irrelevant for Christians. If you intend to convert Orthodox, you must intend to keep with the lifestyle it entails — if you do not intend to continue the lifestyle and just want to say you converted Orthodox, this is grounds for an illegitimate conversion under the Orthodox movement and, to a larger extent, halakhah (you should only convert if you have a full intention of staying in that denomination, or of becoming more religious).

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The Way Into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

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Concerning birds, a list of non-kosher species is given in the Torah. One simply opens the ethical and humanistic Bible and chooses a passage or event. When the child is about to be born, the angel flicks the child just above the lip, causing everything that was learned to be forgotten. [Niddah 30b] Just enough residual memory remains for the human to experience the urge to seek, savor, and believe we can find and connect again to that sweet, deep learning in our lives.

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Jewish Spiritual Direction: An Innovative Guide from

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I try to bring this controversial subject out of the closet in all its dimensions. According to rabbinic tradition there are 613 commandments in the Torah. Even in its utopian garb, tikkun olam called for pragmatism that suited the American Jewish ethos. The Pentateuch is read during the Sabbath and festival services, and on festivals special rites are also performed. A woman is acquired [as a wife] in three ways, and acquires [freedom for] herself [to be a free agent] in two ways.

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Time Is Running Short

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Pugliese replied that all he wanted was his return ticket and to be permitted to wear his uniform and medals while he worked. FALSE All the Khazars became Orthodox Christians, none remaining Jews. However to be kosher it must be slaughtered and prepared in a specific way. Chasidic: Chasidic (or Hasidic) sects are Orthodox sects that tend to have a charismatic leader. I was essentially raised without organized religion and after much soul-searching decided this was the path for me. The more you know about Judaism, the better you can fulfill it.

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The Sixth Book of Moses

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For this reason, a kohein may not be in the presence of a corpse. At the same time, the sages’ understanding of fetal development was quite limited. Hezekiah’s reform, part of a policy of restoration that had political as well as religious implications, was the most significant effect of the fall of the northern kingdom on official religion. Beit Polska is most pleased to announce the publication of a historic prayer book for the Union of Progressive Congregations in Poland – Sidur Beit Polin.

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