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Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology

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Likewise for many of us, our anger at God is a step along the path to loving Her all the more intensely. It took over 200 years for Judaism to firmly implant itself in Palestine. Hence generations of "negative theologians" have sought to approach the One not by projection of qualities of Being (yesh) but of negation of those qualities to better approach the transcendent, which, from our perspective, must of necessity be Nothing (ayin). She was the first woman rabbi in the Jewish Home’s almost 100-year history. rabbirita@gmail.com.

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Studies in Classical Hebrew (Studia Judaica)

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Another, Eupolemus (c. 150 bce), like Demetrius, wrote a work titled On the Kings in Judaea; an indication of its apologetic nature may be seen from the fragment asserting that Moses taught the alphabet not only to the Jews but also to the Phoenicians and to the Greeks. Some of the laws recorded in the Talmud were enacted after the time of the Messiah, but the majority were in existence during New Testament times. The Tanakh contains similar books as the Protestant Old Testament, but in different order.

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Dead Sea Scrolls: The Complete Story

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Almost everything the Greeks brought to the Jews was antagonistic to the Laws of YEHOVAH God and, without the religious guidance of the Sopherim, many of them began to tolerate these innovations and even, as time progressed, to take up many of the Greek ideas and customs themselves. The Jewish Religion: Its Influence Today by Elizabeth Dilling. Here he defines the essentials as (1) a belief that human dignity comes from outside the human system, i.e. from God (2) a relational covenant between God and the Jewish people that invests dignity into human beings by turning them into partners with God and is "structured by Torah as record and mandate" (3) the individual's commitment to "God-oriented, community-guided personal choice".

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Meet the Rabbis: Rabbinic Thought and the Teachings of Jesus

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The legal status of a Jewish community in the period of classical Judaism was normally based on a 'privilege' – a charter granted by a king or prince (or, in Poland after the 16th century, by a powerful nobleman) to the Jewish community and conferring on it the rights of autonomy - that is, investing the rabbis with the power to dictate to the other Jews. Acting autonomously, doing right for its own sake, suggests that a person has the right to choose what is right. a) X is right because God has commanded it, or b) Does God command X because it is right?

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The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness

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The particulars of every Jew's individual belief system is the commentary. A relation to a patron god was defined by revelations starting with Abraham (who never refers to the God of his father) and continuing with a succession of "founders" of his worship. Baba Mezia (Middle gate): 676 pages in Soncino edition and of similar import. 3. For example, Rachel Adler paved new ground for the progressive movement with her Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics. Notice some of the things commanded by Antiochus Epiphanes in his desire to exterminate any semblance of the commands of YEHOVAH God.

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Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought (Routledge Jewish Studies

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There arose a new kind of constitutional government -- a government which had as its laws the Law of Moses. The Flag of Israel has two blue stripes and a blue Star of David against a white background. Steadily worsening conditions in Palestine drew many Jews to Persian domains, where economic opportunities and the Jewish communal structure enabled them to gain a better livelihood while living in accordance with their ancestral traditions.

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Intellectual Templates of the Law of Judaism (Studies in

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There is room for debate with no violence. Others have suggested that be believed in a resurrection of the soul, but not the physical body.49. Although I used to think (prior to my own pregnancies) that elective abortion was "fine," I grew into a deeper understanding a number of years ago. To read the Torah, Book of Leviticus in the Synagogue, for instance, which deals largely with the Jewish priesthood and the Mosaic sacrificial ritual, and boast that "the Jew acknowledges no ecclesiastical authority," is an inconsistency, to say the least.

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Maimonides (Jewish Encounters)

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Like the rest of our colleagues at CNN, we’re “going there” … to a spiffy new home: http://www.cnn.com/specials/belief. However, even that great moral abyss of Western civilization — the Holocausts — stands out more in its industrialized and organizational features than it does either in the quality of its hatefulness or its relative or even absolute volumes. The word "church" has more to do with Unitarian Universalism's history than with our current beliefs. (Though a few of our congregations have a strong liberal Christian identity— find a congreation near you to see how they honor diverse backgrounds and beliefs.) No one needs change their beliefs or identity in order to be UU.

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Franz Rosenzweig's Philosophy of Existence: An Analysis of

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He fled to Midian, where he met and married Zipporah, the daughter of a Midianite priest (Ex. 2:16-21). This is especially true today when, contrary to the situation prevailing fifty or sixty years ago, the political influence of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism is much greater than that of antisemitism. In the 13th century, however, a mystical-esoteric system emerged which became known as "the Kabbalah ." This opposition has continually suffersd bloodshed and tremendous tragedy.

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Judaism Transcends Catastrophe: God, Torah, and Israel

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Both terms mean that one god has a central and dominating position in such a way that it is possible to address this god as if he were the one and only god without, however, abandoning the principle of polytheism by denying or in any other way belittling the real existence of the other gods, as the above-mentioned forms of monotheism do. In effect, as the people respond to the prophetic message, they become co-authors of the law. This last generation would have lived about the time of Alexander the Great.

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