THE HEAVENLY LADDER: The Jewish Guide to Inner Growth

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By week 26, over ninety percent of babies born prematurely can survive. The forced and voluntary migrations that resulted in the establishment of the Diaspora began much earlier than what has been regarded as the “official” date of the Diaspora’s establishment, that is, the creation of the Jewish Diaspora in Babylon. These were supplemented by and adapted to current conditions by means of the oral law, a large and somewhat fluid body of interpretations and independent teachings and prescriptions, which claimed to be coeval with the written law itself and to have been handed down by word of mouth through the ages.
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From Talmudic Times to the Middle Ages

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Marriage: In Judaism, marriage is the normal and highly preferable state of life for adults. In BT Berakhot 51b, the Palestinian sage Ulla explained his refusal to allow Yalta, a prominent Jewish woman in the Babylonian community, to participate in sharing the cup of benediction that concludes the recitation of grace after a meal on the grounds that the blessing did not apply to her because of her passive role in reproduction. There were also certain elder sages of mystical Judaism who are known to have been experts in Kabbalah.
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Why Be Jewish?: Knowledge and Inspiration for Jews of Today

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In some cases, terms of analysis are so similar in the two codes, the direct influence of Jewish jurisprudence on the Islamic seems likely - although ultimately both derived much from common sources of Middle East thought and Greek logic. That book, however, was printed only in 1743, indicating a relative lack of interest in the subject among Jews. None of these are separate from the other, and all simply help to form a more complete view of the perfected whole.
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"Mazal Tov, Amigos!" Jews and Popular Music in the Americas

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The Condition of Jewish Belief: A Symposium Compiled by the Editors of Commentary Magazine (New York: Macmillan, 1966), 220. In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. Some of the Jewish sects, however, that arose in the Mohammedan East went perilously near to the point where all distinction between them and Islam would be wiped out. Yet when faced with conversion or death, we knew we had to fight or die for the sake of keeping the Jewish message alive.
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Innovation in Jewish Law: A Case Study of Chiddush in

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God made this covenant with Abraham's son, Isaac, and with Isaac's son, Jacob. The Kingdom of Judah continued as an independent state until it was conquered by a Babylonian army in the early 6th century BCE, destroying the First Temple that was at the center of ancient Jewish worship. No generation in history should have had an easier time believing and trusting in God than the Israelites in the desert. The tradition of asceticism (denial of physical pleasures in order to come closer to God) developed first in the Middle East, and the monastic tradition has its roots there.
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Why Me, God?: A Jewish Guide for Coping With Suffering

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Similar home ceremonies occur on the festivals. The period of the "Acharonim", or the "later Sages", starts from about the 15th Century C. Many Jews pin a black ribbon to their jacket and then tear that. While the Exodus is considered to be the founding event of Judaism, the _______ is considered to be its formative event. To highlight the danger, one Jewish legend called "The Four Who Entered Paradise" describes the outcome of four prominent rabbis of the Mishnaic period (1st century A.
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Companion Guide to the Rosh Hashanah Prayer Service:

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Converts to Judaism typically have a status within the Jewish ethnos equal to those born into it. [68] However, several converts to Judaism, as well as ex-Jews, have claimed that converts are treated as second-class Jews by many of the born-Jews. [69] Conversion is not encouraged by mainstream Judaism, and is considered a difficult task. Moses is the leader who freed them from slavery in Egypt. Hence, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there emerged various approaches to these questions, and virtually all shades of strategies gained adherents.
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The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side: A

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Hence the words “He sets the childless woman (akarah) among her household” apply to Sarah [since we read] “Now Sarai was barren (akarah)” (Gen. 11:30), but the words “As a happy mother of children (banim) also apply to our mother Sarah: “Sarah suckled children (banim)”(Gen. 21:7). How do I explain the need for hatafat dam brit to a teenager?) but then flat up fails to answer them with more than a short anecdote. God, sometimes called “the warrior,” marched with the army; in war, part of the booty was delivered to his ministers.
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Chosen and Unchosen Conceptions of Election in the

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The Talmud also states that all Israel has a place in the Olam Ha-Ba. Jewish mourning practices can be broken into several periods of decreasing intensity. Rabbinic Judaism is aware of the evil impulse in man both as an impediment to the performance of good and as a constant source of temptation. Green, Arthur & Barry Holtz (Eds.), Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer, Schocken, 1987; Arthur Green (Ed.), Jewish Spirituality, Vol. 1: From the Bible Through the Middle Ages; Vol. 2: From the Sixteenth-Century Revival to the Present, Crossroad, 1986, 1988; Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism, Princeton Univ.
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Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies

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Do you think after being responsible for the torture and deaths of millions of people, that Hitler could really “end it all” by just swallowing some poison? Hasdai Crescas (1340–1410), while conceding the philosophical untenability of traditional belief in free will (see also determinism ), launched a scathing attack on Aristotelian approaches to religion, and his disciple Joseph Albo (c. 1380–c. 1444) issued a compendium on dogma that reaffirmed the traditional postulates of divine creation, revelation, and retribution as axioms of Judaism.
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