Final Kindness: Honoring K'rovei Yisrael: Guidelines for

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There are special ceremonies when Jewish boys (aged 13) and girls (aged 12) become adults. The subsequent sections, however, speak more explicitly about “social improvement” and evoke the betterment of God’s kingdom on earth as a “this-worldly” messianic ideal, themes that were adopted and expanded by Kaplan.17 Even as he offered an activist interpretation of the passage in Aleinu, Kaplan acknowledged its novelty. And I quarreled with them and cursed them and smote certain of them and plucked off their hair...' (Nehemia 13).
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Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice

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If He is not the Messiah, then we should not follow Him. Since American Jews are marrying at a later time in their life than they used to, and are having fewer children than they used to, the birth rate for American Jews has dropped from over 2.0 down to 1.7 (the replacement rate is 2.1). (This is My Beloved, This is My Friend: A Rabbinic Letter on Intimate relations, p. 27, Elliot N. Jews praying in a synagogue on Yom Kippur, from an 1878 painting by Maurice Gottlieb Jewish holy days celebrate central themes in the relationship between God and the world, such as creation, revelation, and redemption.
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An Introduction to Islam for Jews

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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. His knowledge is not like someone who says God abandoned the land but rather like it says (Jer. 32) “Great in council and mighty in deed, Your eyes are cognizant to all the ways of mankind.” “And God saw for the evil of man on the land had grown greatly.” (Gen. 6) And it says, “The disgust of Sodom and Amorrah is great” and this demonstrates the 10th principle.
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My Very Own Simchat Torah Book

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Your support helps our federated agencies care for more Jewish lives than any other organization in the world. Some rabbis teach that the bris is a symbol of taking control over animal nature — an obvious reminder that men can control sexual urges and lustful appetites. To prepare, kids take classes and often work one-on-one with their rabbi, cantor, or teacher, focusing on their portion of the Torah. Actually, prior to the emergence of Nazism and World War II, Zionism was a marginal movement in world Jewry, and its strategy did not attract the majority of Jews.
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Silver from the Land of Israel: A New Light on the Sabbath

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In several New Testament references such as I Corinthians 1:13, 15; Matthew 21:25; Acts 1:22; and Acts 19:3 we see early baptism mentioned in conjunction with the name of individuals such as John and Paul. They settled in Navarre (then outside the kingdom of Spain), North Africa, and Portugal. Among the changes made in 19th Century Reform congregations were a de-emphasis of Jews as a united people, discontinuation of prayers for a return to Palestine, prayers and sermons recited in German rather than Hebrew, the addition of organ music into the synagogue service, and a lack of observance of the dietary laws.
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The Practice of Kabbalah: Meditation in Judaism

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Humanity should view their place in Creation with love and awe. When fully implemented, this pattern diminishes potential and actual controversies and clashes between the Diaspora and its host lands. Became culturally Sephardic starting when the Jews were ethnically cleansed from Spain in 1492 (when Columbus sailed... nevermind) and migrated to the Ottoman Empire and mixed with the local Jews. This comes from the rule (in the Torah) that a Jew must not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
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Surfing Rabbi: A Kabbalistic Quest for Soul

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We urge the CCAR to pursue its own mandate with vigor and complete its tasks as soon as possible in order to respond to the communal and spiritual aspirations of gay and lesbian Jews. DebkaFile provides daily reports and analysis on Middle East politics and international affairs, in English and Hebrew. These left-wing Orthodox rabbis were joined by right-wing Reform rabbis who felt that Jewish law should not be entirely abandoned, to form the Conservative movement.
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Purity, Holiness, and Identity in Judaism and Christianity:

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These principles were controversial when first proposed, evoking criticism by Hasdai Crescas and Joseph Albo. Philo (20 BCE to 50 CE), actually blended together Jewish and Greek thought in a way which constituted a signficant departure from traditional Jewish thinking, undoubtedly the reason why he was almost completely forgotten by later Jewish tradition (his memory was preserved by Christian Church Fathers). According to both Scripture and rabbinic literature, no matter how great the sin, if a person repents and forsakes the sin before God he can be forgiven.
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The House of Secrets: The Hidden World of the Mikveh

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According to Numbers 5:28 the wife falsely accused of adultery will be cleared and will subsequently conceive: “And if the woman has not defiled herself and is pure, she shall be unharmed and able to retain seed.” Commenting on a portion of Hannah’s supplication, “If you will look” (I Samuel 1:11), R. There are also kinds with a smaller number of people, such as Reconstructionist Judaism, and Karaite Judaism. Click here for the complete statement and here for FAQs.
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Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages through the Early

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Jewish law prohibits carrying any object outside of a private area to an open or public space. Generally, core members of the Jewish Diaspora adopt the communalist strategy, which is intended to ensure integration, rather than assimilation, in the host countries. The 2007 Reform biennial convention hosted a men-only prayer service. The vast majority of Argentina’s Jewish population is now located in Buenos Aires, though smaller communities can be found in other parts of the country, especially Rosario, Córdoba and Santa Fe.
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