Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism

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And what has he gained by humbling himself?” This suggests that fasting and prayer are of no use to the man who goes his way and continues in his sin, and his superficial humbling does not profit him unless accompanied by true life change. 1 Maccabees 3:17 tells of a victory in a guerilla-style battle accomplished while fasting. Concerning the Essenes’ attitude toward women, it must be said that they followed in the tradition of the misogynism of the Wisdom, apocryphal, and pseudepigraphical literature, and the attitude of the Pharisees.

Jews and Gender: The Challenge to Hierarchy (Studies in

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Rome moved to improve the property rights of women. If you would like to be part of the group to which the maintainer directs questions, please drop a note to the FAQ maintainer at maintainer@scjfaq.org. This is equally true for our health and the state of our bodies. It requires personal wisdom and commitment. This article is about the Jewish religion. Conservative Jews generally send their children to public schools, supplementing this with religious schooling several times a week.

Canadian Women Shaping Diasporic Religious Identities

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Even more significant is the metaphorical representation of divinity by a hand seen in some of the pictures. We are not surprised, hence, to find our guilt-ridden couple hiding in "the midst of the tree(s) of the garden" -- the very place of the crime! This influence is clearly visible in the later Jewish writings such as the Book of Daniel and the books of the Maccabees, which were written in the second century BCE. He is to leave "father and mother and cling to his wife."

Women of Valor: Stories of Great Jewish Women Who Helped

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The IDF enlisting officer 's uniform prominently features the Star of David. I am sorry for years Chiles economy has but it isnt treason. But only a very few people went to heaven to live with the gods. But even in the most traditional ultra-Orthodox precincts such as Brooklyn or Monsey, people, if they want to-however psychologically difficult it may be-can leave. To know Judaism only in translation is, to quote Bialik, akin to kissing the bride through the veil.

Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah

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Well, let’s just say my husband has a lovely tenor voice which does not jive well with my alto. There are at least two places in the Mishnah which take up the different standings and obligations men and women have before the Law. Jahannam has several levels and a person may not necessarily spend eternity there. Abortion was justified, even though the fetus was of high value, because the fetus was characterized an active endangerment to the mother.

Rabbi, Have I Got a Girl for You

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Her fig trees and vines, well known symbols of the mother goddess, are to be laid waste; her way of life in celebrating nature and seasons owes much to her ancient background. The Sabbath—they called it their ‘bride’— was their freedom, their sanctuary in time.(24) And the meal begins—at this moment of moments in the Jewish week—with a poem of love from the husband to his wife: But thou excellest them all (Prov. 31.1031).

Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic

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There is no more accurate description of Jesus than Isaiah 53:3-6, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Taken to its extreme, the mission of Israel concept helped Reform leaders present Judaism as the ultimate expression of ethical monotheism. Others, such as Temple Sinai in New Orleans, have a Friday-night service once a month that uses The Union Prayer Book instead of the more recent liturgical works.

Gender and Dialogue in the Rabbinic Prism STJ 50 (Studia

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You will find many functioning mitwehs around the US, indicating the law of Niddah is very much alive today. Weekly religious ceremonies, for instance, are partly just about having everybody doing the same things, a way to bring about a shared frame of reference. The B’racha Center for Jewish Connections is committed to helping those within our sacred community find friendship and support. If someone wants to observe a Biblical holiday or custom, there is freedom, but no obligation, to do so.

Haggadah: A Celebration of Freedom

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The first commandment in the Torah is “Be fruitful and multiply,” and procreation is one of the reasons that sex is considered holy. Jews had their own ideas of angels long before they encountered Zoroastrianism; angels were nameless, impersonal representatives of God's message and action. The temptation to make this parallel is lessened, however, when one realizes that the model of Roman government may have been in the background of both synagogue and church. Hebrew festivals also have no mythological basis; they either celebrate God's bounty (e.g., at the ingathering of the harvest) or his saving acts (e.g., the festival of unleavened bread, which is a memorial of the Exodus).

And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew

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Man is regarded as free to choose the morally good and religiously desirable. Including both the name EI and the name Jahweh, some of the inscriptions were written on the jamb of the entrance - recalling possibly the instruction in Deuteronomy 6:9 ('you shall write them on the doorposts of your house', which also has become the basis of the mezuzah in Judaism). Judaism developed several responses to this unprecedented phenomenon. Behind the legends and the multiform law collections, a historical figure must be posited to whom the legends and the legislative activity could be attached.