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The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist

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The Bible only considers the extramarital affair of a married woman as adultery (Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22, Proverbs 6:20-7:27). "If a man is found sleeping with another man's wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die. Another is the way that some modern scientists will only accept the truth of things that can be couched in the language of science (and often will do so regardless of the actual scientific validity of the thing in question).
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Bagels and Grits: A Jew on the Bayou

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Due account must be taken, of course, of the unsympathetic vagaries of all human history, and the fact that in so many ways the liberation of women was long since preceded in ancient Sumer, in Egypt, and later also in Etruria. He retained, as the Bible demonstrates profusely, very human characteristics: Jealousy, regret, anger, love of the scent of burnt offerings, and openness to bribery were among his qualities. Women, men and above all Children. (48) Ionah Estevez - Breton, March 9, 2011 11:53 AM Great article!
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Households And Holiness: The Religious Culture Of Israelite

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Your Jewish friends will appreciate your awareness of the many distinctive, and you will find your knowledge of the correct terminology helpful in any religious discussion. Wolfson and his wife are gathered in their Encino home with four generations - 16 people in all, family and friends from as far as New York. It is probably impossible for us, who live thousands of years after Judaism began this process, to perceive the extent to which undisciplined sex can dominate man's life and the life of society.
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Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism

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The status of the Father is not considered, which is very humbling to the Fathers. Some cutting-edge congregations like B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan and Temple Sinai in Los Angeles have become nationally known for implementing vibrant music programs that draw hundreds to their Friday night and Saturday morning services. They describe Canaan as beautiful and bountiful... Chanting the Torah each Shabbat is still the centerpiece of the Conservative service… …For Conservative Jews, the Torah is no less sacred, if less central, than it was for their pre-modern ancestors.
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Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective

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The attitude toward converts is somewhat ambivalent, but the possibility of their joining the faith has never been seriously contested. What's interesting is that this is the community that's also represented by the Dead Sea Scroll library. This reading sees the shift in the narrative from one of partnership to one of disengagement. You can see his Chasidic Stories channel at http://www.youtube.com/chasidicstories and read his blog at http://www.themakemoneyonlineshow.com.
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On Gendering Texts: Female and Male Voices in the Hebrew

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In his Theological-Political Treatise, he advocated the separation of religion and state. Creation therefore, to the exclusion of man, is incapable of fulfilling the higher part of God's will, namely, the moral law. At the same time, the sages’ understanding of fetal development was quite limited. But it is not fulfilled only when we give birth to children, for unfortunately, not every woman is physically able to. They didn't perform the sacrifices properly.
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Impurity and Gender in the Hebrew Bible

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In his footnote in the English Soncino edition of Yebamoth, p. 235, he writes: “He was anxious to establish a home in Shekunzib which he often visited on business affairs and consequently wished to secure a wife to bless his home whenever he would stay there.” But does one “establish a home,” or “bless his home” by securing a new wife for a day at each visit? Her precedence over creation is found, for example, in Proverbs 3:19, Psalm 104:24.
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Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Modern Jewish

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Enormous social, political, and economic transformations followed in the wake of the century’s catastrophic wars, mass social movements, and technological revolutions. With the love which she poured forth as the fountain of divine grace, she also sent forth streams of hatred. Zeus became known as Xenios, 'protector of strangers.' This imperative is expressed in Homer's Odyssey: 'Receive strangers regardless of who they may be'; 'That man is sacred who welcomes a wayfaring stranger.' Whether for the sake of honor or other motives, much charity was practised in the Roman empire, especially in the alimenta, measures introduced to assist orphans and poor children.
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Studies in Jewish Civilization: Women and Judaism

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At this time when Jews were massively depressed due to religious disappointment and intermittent heavy persecution by Christians, a widespread Jewish Kabbalist mysticism arose again in the mid-18th century with the leadership of the amazingly charismatic figure, the Ba‘al Shem Tov (acronym: Besht), the "Master of the Good Name," Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer of Poland/Ukraine (1698-1760). Unfortunately, those kernels could take forever to find, by which time many people would starve.
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TAMAR, First Author of the Bible

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However, the word daughter is missing in many editions; secondly, it is Scripture, not the full Torah that is mentioned; thirdly, and most importantly, it is merely said that he may teach Scripture-again the lack of obligation. 61 Kallah 50b. Men and women married to each other experience only each other, and this raises the experience of touch to an even more exquisite event. Solomon, is held in conjunction with the Parliament. If a woman were to go up to the Torah in place of a man it would give off the impression that none of the men present are capable of fulfilling their obligation. 4 This is analogous to a boss informing his executives that he is outsourcing a particular project.
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