Lesson 7: Mikvah and Marriage
... For as long as a woman menstruates, her monthly cycle dictates the
rhythm of conjugal relations within the marriage, and each month it is
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 i ...
Judaism`s Strange Gods
... that Talmud students do not have to engage in work and
can be supported by taxes. Karo said that "we must assume
that he (Hillel) engaged in labor only at the beginning of
his studies...How can we assume that when Hillel became
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
... philosophy of ghettoization. The culture presents an insurmountable obstacle to traditional Judaism and must be rejected.
The second group would rather “reframe” the problem with some
interpretative license: We need to transform the challenge of modernity so
that it ceases to be problematic. We can ...
Hellenism in Jewish Babylonia - Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley.
... production of the various chronological layers of named tradents had,
as it were, had their say.18 For the purposes of my argument here, the
only important assumption is that the essential work of redaction was
in the post-amoraic late fifth–sixth centuries or later and that it was so
substantial as ...
The Debate over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue
... who had returned to settle in Hamburg following his father's death,
because the sum was conditional on "men and women sitting together"
in the new edifice. To Dr. Jacob Sanderling, then rabbi of the temple,
that idea was shocking. "In the Hamburg Temple," he reports, "men
and women remained separate ...
Misinterpreting Rabbi Judah Ha-Levi
... against the attacks of philosophers and followers of other religions,
and also against [Jewish] sectarians who attacked the rest of Israel.
This reminded me of something I had once heard concerning the
arguments of a Rabbi who sojourned with the King of the Khazars.
The latter, as we know from histo ...
Haredi Construction of Rabbinic Authority: A Case Study
... the law of our sacred Torah to participate with them either as an individual or as
an organized communal body.
May the Almighty have mercy on His people and close the breaches [in Torah
life] and may we be worthy of the elevation of the glory of our sacred Torah and
our people Israel. 7
The specifi ...
The Greco-roman World
... Origins: Group of priests & levites
left temple in Jerusalem to protest
abuses under Hasmonean high
(2014) Conservative Judaism_Vol 1_pg 577 to 587
... Judaism had taken hold in the United States among the
second and third generations of eastern European Jewish
immigrants, especially in suburbs of big cities. The movement continues to have a worldwide membership but is
still overwhelmingly American in numbers and character.
According to a 2013 Pew ...
One who greets his teacher . . . causes the Shekhinah to
... When Moses ascends to the Heavens he finds God preparing for the giving of the
Torah to the Jewish People but Moses does not greet Him and God reproaches him
for this. In this theological Agaddah, God treats Moses as a colleague,13 perhaps an
equal, but Moses the humblest of all men reduces himself ...
The New Reform Judaism - [email protected] of
... navigates this journey wisely and astutely. He recognizes the vibrant,
dynamic character of Reform but is never an apologist, and he lays out
weaknesses and challenges with an admirable forthrightness.
Rabbi Kaplan is at his best in describing the difficult task of defining
boundaries for modern Re ...
in the talmud and the midrash
... cal trauma. A classic example of this concern is the talmudic story of the
great righteous Sage Honi the Circle-Drawer who slept for seventy years.
When he awoke and identified himself, no one would believe him. When
he came to the house of study and told the rabbinic scholars who he was,
they did n ...
Lader Reform Judaism
... paved the way for Reform Judaism. Haskalah, a term that refers to the Jewish
Enlightenment, advocated adopting values that Jewish communities up until that point
had previously avoided, such as secular education and better assimilation into European
society. The majority of Jews lived in metropolit ...
Reform Judaism: Unity Among Diversity
... Saturday, with Shabbat beginning on Friday evening. The amount of rules are contained
in the Torah regarding Shabbat but of course can be interpreted differently by each
movement. Ward(2000) accurately stated they often prefer the traditions to be upheld
by the Orthodox, who can be trusted to conser ...
Spring 2014 - Society for Classical Reform Judaism
... for individuals and congregations throughout the country, and the significant impact we are making on
a new generation of rabbinic students at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, both
here in America and in Israel, have all been spectacularly successful. Classical Reform is now on ...
Passover Day 7 - Congregation Or Shalom London Ontario
... makes halachic decisions for the Conservative Movement, approved a teshuvah allowing Jews
of Ashkenazi descent to eat kitniyot on Passover. It’s been a big topic of conversation around
the shul the past week or two. Who knew that rice and legumes could be such a window into
important aspects of our ...
I Am a Reform Jew Because - Westchester Reform Temple
... and Israel (Jacobson) played essential roles in giving birth to a new religious
community, a Judaism that insisted and continues to insist on responding to the
questions and challenges of the day with openness and the willingness to adapt. In the
words of Michael Meyer, the leading historian of Refo ...
part ii - Parsha Pages
... discovered and many people started to come to ask him shailos he realized he would not be able to accomplish
what he had set out to do in Berlin under these circumstances. He therefore pretended not to understand
anything often asking the litigants before him to explain him over and over again the a ...
Two Responsa of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
... States in 1938. This group, to cite Gurock once more, was critical of
what it regarded as"the old-time American rabbis'non-adherence to
uncompromising principle^."^ Rabbi Feinstein gave expression to
these principles in 1956 when he, with a number of other authorities
in the world of the American ye ...
An Inclusive and Empathetic Halakhic Approach to Feminism and
... full personhood of LGBTs just as it has grown toward the acceptance of the full personhood of
women, halakhah must acknowledge that gay men and women have the same desire for love and
relationships as straight men and women. Furthermore, these postulates demand that LGBTs be
offered a role in halak ...
The Making of Haredim
... II. Authority of Roshei Yeshivah over Community Rabbis
Related to the rising prominence of the yeshivah was the changing nature of rabbinic
authority. Traditionally, it was community rabbis that were the rabbinic leaders; and even
roshei yeshivah had typically also served in such communal positions, ...
why advocacy is central to reform judaism
... The Commission on Social Action (CSA) of Reform Judaism provides guidance to the Movement
as it wrestles with the challenge of applying our progressive Jewish values to the public affairs
agenda. The CSA is a joint commission of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the
Union for Reform Juda ...
Guide for Jewish Burial and Mourning
... your family Rabbi before finalizing any burial plans is very important. Aside from aiding you with adhering to
Conservative Jewish law, your Rabbi has experience with bereaved families and can discuss with you final
wishes of the departed, and other special situations that you may have to consider i ...
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Sally Jane Priesand (born June 27, 1946) is America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary, and the second formally ordained female rabbi in Jewish history, after Regina Jonas. Priesand was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on June 3rd, 1972, at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati. After her ordination she served first as assistant and then as associate rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, and later led Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, New Jersey from 1981 until her retirement in 2006.