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Cry Little Girl: A Tale of the Survival of Family in

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Jews do not think of Jesus as a prophet. This was Reform Judaism, which began in Germany and held that Jewish law and ritual should move with the times, and not be fixed. More generally, hijab refers to modest clothing that a Muslim woman wears in public–covering all of her body except her face and hands. Bible verses such as Exodus 19:5 simply state that God has selected Israel to receive and study the Torah, to worship God only, to rest on the Sabbath, and to celebrate the festivals.
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Israeli Preoccupations: Dualities of a Confessional Citizen

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Modern Jews deserve the right to study Torah in consonance with their mental world and not solely through the eyes of their ancestors. There was a special commission appointed by the Conservative movement to study the issue of ordaining women as rabbis, which met between 1977 and 1978, and consisted of eleven men and three women; the women were Marian Siner Gordon, an attorney, Rivkah Harris, an Assyriologist, and Francine Klagsbrun, a writer. [83] In 1983, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) faculty voted, also without accompanying opinion, to ordain women as rabbis and as cantors. [82] Paula Hyman, among others, took part in the vote as a member of the JTS faculty.
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A History of the Mishnaic Law of Women, Part 3: Nedarim,

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Thus Judaism from its origin should be seen as rather more than a philosophical faith or a belief system. But the Sages say: A man is stoned naked but a woman is not stoned naked. The choice of the term nahash; for serpent, from among its biblical alternatives, generates three biblically attested images: a poisonous snake, [73] a metaphor for venomous speech, [74] and by homonymy divination and bewitchment. [75] By coalescing all three in the context of the narrative, an image of the venomous words of the serpent bewitching Eve by claiming to divine her future can be conjured up.
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The Fabric of Marian Devotion in Isabel de Villena's Vita

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On a range of metrics, she found Jewish men to be less invested in their religious identity and less active in synagogue life than Jewish women. The director argues that although the Messianic sect is often described as Jewish, it is not limited only to ethnic Jews – and she cites God’s provision that all people are welcomed into His Covenant. Judaism is among the seminal religions of the world, and is the first known monotheistic religion (in which only one god is worshipped).
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Invisible Princesses: Rights to Passage Part I

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While about half of all Jews support abortion in all cases, in no other faith group does such support exceed 25% of the population. Over everything we eat we make a blessing before and afterwards, recognizing the sanctity of the world and our limited right to make use of it. Again, Judaism's sexual ideals, especially its opposition to homosexuality, rendered Jews different from the earliest times to the present. This can also be seen in the rather obscure OT narrative of 1 Kgs 12:1-22, where an unnamed prophet was commanded to fast while on a specific mission.
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Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in

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If you are not a Messianic Jew or Gentile, please contact us and we will try to help you have the wonderful kind of relationship with the God of Israel that He wants you to have! In the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British Government agreed that a national home for Jewish people should be established in Palestine. The Roth responsum [90] argued that women could individually voluntarily assume the same obligations as men, and that women who do so (e.g., pray three times a day regularly) could count in a minyan and serve as agents.
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The Qabalah: The Feminine Elements In Man And Their

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The necessity of government in general is acknowledged in the maxim “Were it not for fear of the government a man would devour his neighbor alive.” But the manner of establishing the government is not set forth. Rather, the entire nation of Jews observed it, and therefore no one could have simply been making it up. Many have perished, or stumbled, because of women. Maybe we had really just bought into society’s definitions and desire to separate.
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Half the Kingdom: Seven Jewish Feminists

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By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times On a recent weekday evening in Santa Monica, seven Muslim and five Jewish women gathered around a dining room table laden with homemade foods prepared in accordance with the dietary laws of both faiths. Learn how to channel your emotions to experience every day with purpose, meaning, and joy at: dutiesoftheheart.com articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom. The WRJ published The Torah: A Women's Commentary, which won the 58th annual Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year award.
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The Life of Glückel of Hameln: A Memoir

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Karaites or Caraites (from Hebrew q�r�,"to read") are a Jewish sect, considered heretical by Orthodox Jews, which believes in the strict interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures and rejects the Talmud and the rabbinical traditions incorporated in Judaism during the first six centuries AD. Some do not believe in keeping most of the laws. Nonetheless, intermarriage occurred and precipitated a new crisis when, in 458, the priest Ezra arrived from Babylon, intent on enforcing the regimen of the Torah.
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Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies

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To clarify the raison d'etre of man, the Qur'an has rhetorically asked mankind: "Would you then think that We have created you in vain?" There is a separate article which has details on Conservative responsa, the legal opinions and rulings of Conservative and Masorti Judaism. In particular, the songs “Varsity Blues” and “Beneath the Wound” describe not fitting in during high school, competing in wrestling matches, dealing drugs, and looking back on it all after more than a decade sober.
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