Can I Play Chess on Shabbas

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Akiva supported the Bar Kokhba rebellion against Rome in 132-5 CE; he was imprisoned, though chiefly due to his teaching Torah against the interdict; even in prison he still taught, and was cruelly tortured and martyred by the Romans. Shabbat, the weekly day of rest lasting from shortly before sundown on Friday night to shortly after sundown Saturday night, commemorates God's day of rest after six days of creation. [15] It plays a pivotal role in Jewish practice and is governed by a large corpus of religious law.

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The Study of Liturgy

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The religious situation in the first century was similar: sometimes a local group of Christians were ostracized or forced to leave Judaism; in other cases Christians chose to separate themselves from their Jewish heritage. Indeed, Ezrat Nashim began as a project of the New York havurah. With regard to creed, worship, and morality, the Jews felt themselves far superior to their pagan fellow-citizens, and the works of their leading writers of the time were in the main those of apologists bent on convincing pagans of this superiority and on attracting them to the service of the sole living God.

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From Chaos to Harmony: The Solution to the Global Crisis

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The Sicarii (Assassins), so-called because of the daggers (sica) they carried, arose about 54 ce, according to Josephus, as a group of bandits who kidnapped or murdered those who had found a modus vivendi with the Romans. Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. Wise (founder of the American Jewish Congress) and Justice Louis Brandeis. With their strong sense of Jewish personhood, they introduced Zionism into American Jewish life and accepted the basic ideas of the Reconstructionism of Mordecai Kaplan (1881–1983), which was committed to Zionism.

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The Complete Book Of Jewish Weddings

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In the calamity that befell the Jews of Trent and Ratisbon three Apostates took a leading part: Wolfkan, who brought against the Jews the charge of slaying children for the ritual use of their blood; Hans Vayol, who had the effrontery to accuse the aged rabbi of Ratisbon of this crime, and Peter Schwartz, who published slanderous accusations against his former coreligionists, and had the Jews of Ratisbon brought to the church to listen to his insulting harangues.

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Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge Studies

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So far, the main attempts to attract boys and men have taken the form of male-centric activities like the Haggadah. First, scientific learning was cultivated only by Jews in Mediterranean communities of Spain, Southern France, Italy, and North-Africa but did not penetrate the Jewish communities north of the Alps. Liberal Jews are not so careful about kosher, although some of them may keep some rules. Nevertheless, halacha is practical, and we do draw lines.

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The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic

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In the face of pressure from evangelical Protestants to convert to Christianity and pressure from society at large to conform to American customs, Jews faced important decisions about whether to adapt or band together in an effort to preserve Jewish identity. Many laws of Judaism are not directly mentioned in the Torah, but are derived from textual hints, which were expanded orally, and eventually written down in the Talmud and Mishnah.

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God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science &

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Past and present point not only to a finite future but to one which is absolute and all-consummating as well. Kaplan was born in �ven�ionys, Lithuania. Beta Israel: Jews whose ancestry lies in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Ethiopia. In the Greek version of 'The Apocalpyse of Moses,' Eve gathers her offspring and gives them a detailed account of transgressions and their immediate consequences, stressing particularly the pronouncement and judgment upon Adam and Eve by Jehovah.

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The Women's Haftarah Commentary: New Insights from Women

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The Book of Lamentations (attributed to Jeremiah) is read in synagogue services on this day. Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to archiving interviews of Holocaust Survivors all over the world. This move of political genius linked the God of Israel, the chosen dynasty of David, and the chosen city of Jerusalem in a henceforth indissoluble union. Your feedback helps shape and bring balance to the information presented here.

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Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey

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Judaism has a multi-staged mourning practice. We need to be persecuted, impoverished, discriminated against, hated, and victimized in order for us to retain our Jewishness. God gave Moses the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) Word-for-Word, and no more. The Mishna that soon emerged became the primary reference work in all rabbinic schools and constituted the core around which the Talmud was later compiled (see Talmud and Midrash ).

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Photographing Jewish Weddings (Photot)

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The answer to this question should really be so elementary and logic - but for the animosity which has been amassed against this Jewish ancestral nation of the Messiah, through Christian theology and Muslim hatred. Conscious of their Divine mission, its leaders boldly charged the Jewish rulers with the death of Jesus, and freely "taught and preached Christ Jesus", disregarding the threats and injunctions of men whom they considered as in mad revolt against God and His Christ ( Acts 4 ).

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