Pronunciation of Azrael
... is believed by Muslims to be one of the archangels. The Qur'an states that the angel of death takes the soul of
every person and returns it to God. However, the Qur'an makes it clear that only God knows when and where each
person will be taken by death,. Several Muslim traditions recount me ...
Chabad-Lubavitch: The Impact of Menachem Mendel
... the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has grown from its humble beginnings
in Russia into a movement that has outreach centers in sixty-one
countries (Fishkoff 10). “Chabad” is actually an acronym formed
from the first three focuses in Kabbalah: Chochmah, which means
wisdom; Binah, or understanding; and Da’ ...
... recurrence of Auschwitz (“Auschwitz must be interrupted”). Paradoxically,
Cohen believes that it is this awareness and understanding of “interruption”
that will safeguard man from Auschwitz repeating itself.
The logic of “interruption” which stands at the center of Cohen’s discourse is borrowed from ...
Lesson 7: Mikvah and Marriage
... a mitzvah for husband and wife to draw renewal from the waters
of the mikvah. For those who have not made a lifelong commitment
at the onset of married life, it is never too late to begin following the
laws of Family Purity. Similarly, while observance should ideally be
continuous, one should not al ...
Torah, Torah Study, and Torah Reflections: An Introduction
... scholarly endeavor that includes the comparison of varying quotations and the study of classical
Rabbinic commentaries and other related texts in Hebrew or in translation. It can involve
meditating on a single phrase or word or letter with our soul’s eyes. Torah study can also be a
Chapter 2 Chassidim: History, Customs, beliefs, and Organization
... The Oral Law or Talmud, recorded in Jerusalem and Babylon in the early centuries after the fall of the
Temple, consists of Mishna, or a portion of law in Hebrew, and gemorah, or the rabbinic explanations and
discussion of the law in Aramaic. Talmud is divided into six general categories specifying p ...
Judaism: Another Introduction
... And what can we do to promote and preserve the
experience of connection, of profound relatedness,
that nurtures and sustains us?
These questions bear directly on the
fundamental problem of what it means to be human,
and for what purpose we are here.
Nature in the Sources of Judaism
... because they are considered to be God’s property. Deuteronomy
20:19 articulates the principle of bal tashit (literally: “do not
destroy”) that governs conduct toward trees during wartime:
“If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it
in order to take it, you must not destroy it in or ...
Re-Enchanted Judaism - LCJE – North America
... healing the whole person. The term Tikkun Olam, a Medieval Kabbalistic term, originally
described a metaphysical process of re-uniting God’s essence through the performance of mitzvot
(traditional practices). In the Renewal Movement, the term took on a socio-political meaning. It
came to describe ac ...
... the Jewish people, which is compared to oil.
Their war was not to destroy the Jewish people per-say. More so, they did not mind that the
Jewish people studied Torah as a source of wisdom. What they wished was, as we say in the Al
HaNissim prayer, “the wicked Greek kingdom rose up against Your people ...
Everything is God
... one who wants to understand Jewish religion in its depth -- through a mind laundry. Stripping away the
barnacles of outdated concepts, he aligns the best non-dual thinking in Judaism with the best the non-dual
thinking in other profound systems. Everything is God is a timely and necessary contributi ...
Jewish Law - Valley Beit Midrash
... implementation of the ancient written word in our modern world. It is part of the life of the everyday
Jew, either as the ancient basis for their current practice or as the reformulated but nonetheless
continuing chain of traditional interpretation of word to deed.
Excerpt taken from: http://www.ref ...
Here - Ancient Hebrew Poetry
... The history of Jewish spirituality is the never–ending effort to keep halakhah and meta–
halakhah in creative tandem. Halakhah is the deed; meta–halakhah, the disposition. Halakhah is
fixed, meta–halakhah fluid. Halakhah is legal, public and objective, whereas meta–halakhah is
theological, private, ...
What is Not a Jew?
... The belief in G-d's absolute and unparalleled unity.
The belief in G-d's noncorporeality, nor that He will be affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.
The belief in G-d's eternity.
The imperative to worship Him exclusively and no foreign false gods.
The belief th ...
Session 2 – Modern Day Judaism
... Kabbalah is a way of life, it’s heavily based
experience and not history or doctrine
Kabbalah interprets the first five book of the
OT (and other areas of the OT) in a very
They believe there are hidden messages into
the OT, that the shapes of the Hebrew letters
have hidden meaning, th ...
... Tzaddik: a Jewish holy man and leader; takes on
his peoples’ sufferings. Literally means “Righteous
Ones,” and refers to a completely righteous
individual who is thought to have spiritual or
Rebbe is the term for the spiritual master and guide
of a Chasidic (Hasidic) community. The t ...
Jewish Belief in the Afterlife - Catholic
... accepted by the more scientific Western establishment transformed the Eastern
European Jewish communities. However, the belief in reincarnation had been
fundamental and mainstream until this time, less than two centuries ago.
“And in the Orthodox and Chasidic communities, belief in reincarnation
Types of Judaism (NOTE)
... worship separately.
master. A Rebbe is a
spiritual master who
councils the people in
Read the Bible as the
literal word of God (
the world was actually
created in seven days)
Gilgul/Gilgul neshamot/Gilgulei Ha Neshamot (Heb. גלגול הנשמות, Plural: גלגולים Gilgulim) describes a Kabbalistic concept of reincarnation. In Hebrew, the word gilgul means ""cycle"" or ""wheel"" and neshamot is the plural for ""souls."" Souls are seen to ""cycle"" through ""lives"" or ""incarnations"", being attached to different human bodies over time. Which body they associate with depends on their particular task in the physical world, spiritual levels of the bodies of predecessors and so on. The concept relates to the wider processes of history in Kabbalah, involving Cosmic Tikkun (Messianic rectification), and the historical dynamic of ascending Lights and descending Vessels from generation to generation. The esoteric explanations of gilgul were articulated in Jewish mysticism by Isaac Luria in the 16th century, as part of the metaphysical purpose of Creation.