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A Restatement of Rabbinic Civil Law: Laws of Lost and Found

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John's Book of Revelation was written while in exile on the island of Patmos, and was addressed to the seven churches of Asia Minor -- Laodicea (near Pamukkale ), Sardis (east of Izmir ), Philadelphia (Alasehir), Thyatira (Akhisar), Ephesus, Smyrna( Izmir ), and Pergamum (Bergama). Some suggest it was a reaction to a social slight inflicted upon him because he was a Jew, while others suggest he was forcibly converted at the edge of a sword (which prompted Maimonides to comment upon Anusim ).

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"And You Shall Live By Them": Contemporary Jewish Approaches

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The Islamic faith eagerly awaits the return of the Prophet Jesus born by a miracle of God without a father. Because Judaism is built around a relationship involving agreements and promises in this life, the afterlife is less essential for Judaism than for other world religions. I strongly encourage everyone to read the chapter I am publishing soon, and “understand” the deception and “know” their tactics and lies. Yet, did Judaism always reject active proselytizing? Anyone who lives in Israel knows how deep and widespread these attitudes of hatred and cruelty to towards all Gentiles are among the majority of Israeli Jews.

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Better Than Wine: Love, Poetry, and Prayer in the Thought of

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Hezekiah was the leading figure in a western coalition of states that joined with the Babylonian king Merodach-Baladan II in a rebellion against the Assyrian king Sennacherib shortly after the Assyrian’s accession in 705 bce. For their activity lies always in the province of art. In his answer the rabbi quotes from the Talmud: "The best of the Gentiles -- kill him; the best of snakes -- dash out its brains." Phyllis Goldstein, "A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism" Facing History and Ourselves (2011).

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Does the Soul Survive?: A Jewish Journey to Belief in

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Judaism accepts the worth of all people regardless of religion, it allows people who are not Jewish and wish to voluntarily join the Jewish people. Toward the end of creating a place for people to understand Messianic Jewish theology the way I see it, I am creating this post with a summary of certain big points in my theology. No other religion or societal system has ever regarded the religious minority in better light, integrated it into the stream of the majority with as little damage to either party, or treated it without injustice or unfairness as Islam did.

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Holiness in Words: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety

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Probably nobody today believes that ancient Semitic scriptures are the word of God, and nor should they. We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of the present time, an element which through historical development – to which in this harmful respect the Jews have zealously contributed – has been brought to its present high level, at which it must necessarily begin to disintegrate. In a chapter titled "The Laws against Non-Jews," he writes: "...[T]he Halakhah, that is the legal system of classical Judaism -- as practiced by practically all Jews from the 9th century to the end of the 18th and as maintained to this very day in the form of Orthodox Judaism -- is based primarily on the Babylonian Talmud.

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Halakhic Man

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In Orthodox households, the prohibition against work is taken quite seriously. A recurring theme is 'Sheol', a kind of shadowy underworld where the dead go. The recognition of Jewish lineage through matrilineal descent only. 4. Their practices, on the other hand, may be quite similar to those of many traditionalists, only they claim to maintain those practices for family and national reasons rather than for religious ones. I believe with a perfect faith that the creator (whose name be blessed) is to be worshipped and none else.

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Judaisms and their Messiahs at the Turn of the Christian Era

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In this way the descendants of Abraham came to be known as the Israelites. We happen to know, again from Josephus, that there were 240 cities and villages in all of Galilee (Life of Josephus, p. 45). All Orthodox Jews believe fully in creation, denying or even not recognizing the theory of evolution. Immediately after his death, changes of dynasty and other factors led to a very rapid development of the power of the noble magnates, then also of the petty nobility, so that by 1572 the process of reduction of the king to a figure head and exclusion of all other non-noble estates from political power was virtually complete.

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Who Was a Jew?: Rabbinic and Halakhic Perspectives on the

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They believe that the northern Ten Tribes, which were taken away into captivity by the Assyrians and who never returned to the Holy Land, are co-inheritors with Judah. ... More important, there are basically no libertarians other than their public intellectuals. The driving ideological force of this historical project had revolved, fundamentally, around a competing argument, which also used the contemporaneous European political discourse: Judaism, so argues the Zionist idea on its various formulations, is a nationality.

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All Who Came Before (Emerald City Books)

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If a person was into the house of the flamen dialis in any form of fetters he was to be untied at once and the shackles pulled up through the skylight of the house's atrium on to the roof and then carried away. Rabbi Bennett Blum, MD (2007) created The Caring Clergy Resource Association which is dedicated to addressing the psychological and spiritual needs of family caregivers. The priests themselves were insufficiently pious.

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The Guide for the Perplexed (Barnes & Noble Library of

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The influence of pro-Israel groups and Christian Zionists in such vital swing states as Texas, California and all-important Florida may well have been the deciding factor for Bush in the 2000 election. Do all Jews believe in and follow the Talmud and other Law Books? What we do know is that one of the major reasons was the influence of Hellenism -- the culture of the Greeks -- as propagated by the Egyptians. Rashi implies from it a prohibition of suicide but Ibn Ezra believes it to be a prohibition of taking human life and has no reference to suicide.

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