"Halakha" Essays and Research Papers

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more authoritative. And 1500 years later, for the orthodox Jews especially it is highly important. ‘and its authority can only be denied at the risk of heresy’ page 111 Reform Judaism don’t follow the whole ‘you must behave in this way of the halakha in particular circumstances but instead take on advice for such behaviour. Chapter 13- Movements in Judaism. Reform 18th Century,demands a change in Jewish practice and doctrine on the part of German Jewish intellectuals. Although they wanted to...

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The Rabbinic Age of Judaism

In general, the Pharisees emphasized a commitment to social justice, belief in the brotherhood of mankind, a faith in the redemption of the Jewish nation and, ultimately, humanity. Moreover, they believed that these ends would be achieved through halakha, a body of laws derived from a close reading of sacred texts. This belief entailed both a commitment to relate religion to ordinary concerns and daily life, and a commitment to study and scholarly debate. In some cases, Pharisaic values led to an...

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Jewish Mysticism

the entire Hebrew canon both written and oral. Jewish mysticism operated within the framework of Torah. Its mystics lived in Jewish communities, attended synagogue, studied the Torah and were often renowned for their scholarship and expertise in Halakha (Jewish law). Quintessentially Jewish Rabbinic Judaism is a system of mitzvot (commandments) and conformity to the mitzvot is a sign of love and obedience to HaShem.10 Jewish mystics, above all, remained true to ethics and morality as exemplified...

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Moses Maimonides

Notion of the Messiah – discusses the time when the messiah would come. (what will happen when messiah comes) * Mishneh Torah = “repetition of the torah”) subtitled sefer yad haHazaka (“book of the strong hand) is a code of Jewish religious law (halakha) * Known as the Raman * Born in Cordoba , Spain but moved later moved to fez in Morocco as Muslims toke over the city and started persecuting the Jews. * In 1165 Maimonides but soon after steeled in Fustat , in Egypt . * He became...

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Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi Differences and Distinctions

Talmud. The whole Talmud consists of 63 tractates, and in standard print is over 6,200 pages long. It is written in Tannaitic Hebrew and Aramaic. The Talmud contains the teachings and opinions of thousands of rabbis on a variety of subjects, including Halakha (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, customs, history, lore and many other topics. The Talmud is the basis for all codes of Jewish law and is much quoted in rabbinic literature. The Talmud Bavli consists of documents compiled over the period of Late...

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Role of Women Within Orthodox Judaism

the Orthodox community. It represents the foundation of the child's spiritual beginnings. It is also understandable for some parents to wish this deeply significant experience for their daughters. However, keeping in mind the emphasis placed on Halakha (the entirety of rabbinic law) which prohibits female participation I this life cycle event, it will prove to be a difficult road ahead for those proponents such as the women's tefillah groups who are striving for women to gain an equal footing in...

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Women in Orthodox Judaism

there has been a brand of new feminism formed and being an Orthodox Jewish feminist, as Joseph states, deals with keeping the traditions of Orthodox Judaism but also expanding and challenging the political opportunities they have and don’t within halakha. Education became a large factor in helping women within the Jewish community to gain higher status in knowing and becoming more educated in terms of Jewish studies and also submerging themselves in the holy readings as well. As Joseph writes in...

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How penguins are born

practice to refer to the total system of commandments within the Torah as the "613 commandments", even among those who do not literally accept this count as accurate. However, the 613 mitzvot do not constitute a formal code of present-day halakha. (See Halakha: Codes of Jewish law.) The most widely recognized code is the Shulkhan Arukh, written by Rabbi Yosef Karo (Safed, Israel, 1550). For Sephardic Jewry, this is generally the accepted code. Ashkenazim, however, customarily follow the glosses appended...

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Answer Booklet Judaism

Talmud, Mussar writings which are translated as 'tradition' and the concept of ethical monotheism. There is one God who causes one morality for all humanity. From this, God's sole demand of people is that they act decently toward each other. The Halakha in Response is the interpreting of rabbinic law by Orthodox rabbis. Variation of Ethical Response There are a number of branches of Judaism. These have many names but some of the commonly used are: Liberal, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and...

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Bible Notes

Shammai. If we take this further into the whole literature of Hillel and Shammai, we come away with the sense that Shammai is more idealistic than Hillel. Some mekubalim understand the idea of “both these and these are divrei elokim chayim” that Halakha is like Hillel in Olam Hazeh and like Shammai in Olam Haba. Point is that here we have another example of Shammai being more idealistic (though, one could take the opposite approach). We just illustrated an example of the different layers in Chumash...

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