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Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence

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Rabbi David Seidenberg's NeoHasid has resources on the new chasidus. It's also a very quick read, so even if most of the material within doesn't apply (personally, I don't care a whit about Christmas), there's plenty of opportunity to track down more information and you haven't spent much time on the book. After a child is born, he or she is greeted by parents, family, and community, and is given a name.

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Why We Pray What We Pray: The Remarkable History of Jewish

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In 1948, when the British retreated, Zev was released. Raise your hands and join us in our shared responsibility... There are many advantages to this approach. The proper name of Israel’s God, YHWH, was revealed and interpreted to Moses as meaning ehye asher ehye—an enigmatic phrase of infinite suggestiveness, literally meaning “I am/shall be what I am/shall be.” The covenant, defining Israel’s obligations, is ascribed to Moses’ mediation.

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Origins of the Kabbalah (Princeton Paperbacks)

Gershom Gerhard Scholem

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Curiously, even though I identified as an outspoken atheist at the time, the type who abhors irrational beliefs, I embraced the mystical concept of the gilgul neshamot, the cycling of Jewish souls throughout generations, because it provided me a way to point at my family tree and claim the legacy of my paternal great grandfather, a Jew. The 613 commandments found in Leviticus and other books regulate all aspects of Jewish life.

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Daily Prayer Book (Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem

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The idea of gilgul became popular in Jewish folklore and is found in much Yiddish literature among Ashkenazi Jews. We are thrilled to announce that our Community & Covenant initiative was one of the 28 projects chosen to receive matching grants through a program of the Jewish Funders Network for innovative projects that promote "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families," created in honor of Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.

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The Art of Amazement Haggada: Freedom Edition

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When the first flowers were seen on the trees in the spring, they said, “Blessed is he who did not omit anything from the world, and created within it good creations and good trees for people to enjoy!” After a long, cold winter, who isn’t happy to see these little signs of new life? If you want to enter life, obey the commandments." " [Matthew 19:16-17 NIV] "...go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them." [Matthew 8:4, Mark 1:44, Luke 5:14 NIV] " 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

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The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-so-Everyday

Moshe Mykoff

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This is because the numerical value of the Hebrew word for "nut" is the same as the word for "sin." Most of the prayers in a traditional Jewish service can be recited in solitary prayer, although communal prayer is preferred. Sheinkin, David, The Path of the Kabbalah (E. In order for meat to be kosher, it must be slaughtered by a shochet who is expert in the laws and has received training from another shochet, as well as having regular contact with a rabbi and revising the relevant guidelines on a regular basis.

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Rekindling the Flame: The Many Paths to a Vibrant Judaism

Samuel Osherson

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Liberal Jews believe that the Torah was inspired by God but written by human beings. Zalmen Slesinger, “Education and the Crisis of Jewish Identity,” Pedagogic Reporter 20 (September 1968): 7–8. The task at hand was to reconcile and accommodate Torah and the philosophical form of science. Which major European city was the only one to never expel the Jews? I am indebted to sociologists Shaul Kelner and Sarah Bunin Benor for their insights and for helping me to crystallize my own thinking.

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Love, Marriage, and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition

Michael Kaufman

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Email us and we'll be happy to offer support. To take a look at what's going on currently, check out our What's New section. In the United States the open society and the “melting pot” ideologies of past generations have fostered among many Jews a sense of Jewish identity increasingly devoid of concrete religious, national, or historical content; in the former Soviet Union, government policy from the 1930s had banned the teaching of Judaism and Jewish culture to the young and had severely discouraged any manifestation of Jewish identity as a sign of the political disloyalty of “rootless cosmopolitans”; and in Israel a secular nationalism has taken root, raising questions about the role that Judaism plays in the identity of the average Israeli.

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The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals & Readings for Use at

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Jewish holy days (haggim), celebrate landmark events in Jewish history, such as the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Torah, and sometimes mark the change of seasons and transitions in the agricultural cycle. The risk for Jews living in Nazi occupied France was evident and the Rebbe invested all his time trying to help as many Jews as possible escape the country. In fact, it is certain that at one time, there existed in Southern Arabia (Yemen), an Arab-Jewish kingdom which was brought to an end in 530 by a Christian king of Abyssinia.

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Holidays, History, and Halakhah

Eliezer Segal

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Yet another reliable historian, Nora Berend, wrote in her book At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and 'Pagans' in Medieval Hungary c. 1000-c. 1300 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, page 61): "All the evidence used to support the thesis of Jewish Khazars in Hungary is questionable. Download at: https://www.scarboromissions.ca/ Essays donated by Rabbi Allen S. Sheree Curry Levy has a page of Black and Jewish links.

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