Do Jewish People Believe in God?
April 24, 2018
Author: Carolyne Rohrig

The subject of God and the Jewish people has spanned the history of the Jewish race for thousands of years, with a spectrum ranging from belief to no belief at all.

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Mysterious Passover Symbols
April 1, 2010
Author: David Brickner

Passover is a beautiful, often mysterious, celebration. More than any other festival it has been at the heart of the universal Jewish experience, helping to form the core of spiritual identity and pointing inexorably toward the hope of Israel’s salvation. Two...

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Is Nothing Sacred? Questioning Assumptions, Past and Present
Author: Naomi Rothstein

A commentary on Douglas Ruskoff’s religious reflections in Nothing Sacred, which focuses on his view of God as unknowable, Judaism as iconoclastic, abstract in its monotheism, and a religion of social justice.

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Question Authority, Part Two
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the last issue of Havurah we talked about questioning authority, particularly where the Jewish religion is concerned. We observed a shift in authority following the destruction of the Temple. That shift occurred at the council of Yavneh, where the rabbis appointed...

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Question Authority
Author: Moishe Rosen

In the ’70s many of us were inspired, instructed and even informed by bumper stickers. Some people used their bumpers to speak out, others to talk back. One Christian group had a bumper sticker that proclaimed, We found it,” to which a group of Jewish...

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Jewish Spirituality and the Holy Spirit
Author: Moishe Rosen

A look at the Jewish yearning for spirituality questions whether increased spiritual practices will provide a real connection with God.

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Author: David Brickner

Book Title: For the Relief of Unbearable Urges Author: Nathan Englander Date Published: March 21, 2000 Publisher: Vintage Genre: 1. Short Stories2. Contemporary3. United States ISBN: 978-0375704437 Reviewer: David Brickner His lips are drawn and taut. His eyes are...

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Letter Regarding Jewish Identity
Author: Jews for Jesus

Shalom Steve! Yesterday I received the Mishpochah Message with your lead article Alarming Our Community.” I must say that what I read made me angry. I am not angry with you personally, but with what you wrote. Please allow me to explain. Your analysis of what...

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Questions and Answers on Jewish Law and Tradition Concerning Death
Author: Jews for Jesus

  Why does Jewish law require that the deceased be buried within twenty-four hours of death? Are any exceptions allowed? The biblical basis for this law is questionable, as a portion of Deuteronomy 21:23 is cited: His body shall not remain overnight…, but you shall...

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The God I Believe In
March 1, 1995
Author: David M.

Book Title: The God I Believe In Author: Joshua O. Haberman Date Published: 1994 Publisher: The Free Press Reviewer: David M. Review Date: March 1, 1995 Judaism, it has been said, is a religion of deed and not creed. A rabbi may have no difficulty explaining the...

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Today’s Rituals: Reminders or Replacements?
Author: Zhava Glaser

Very few Jews have the courage to talk about the most important subject in the Jewish religion: that is, the question of the Temple, the high priest, the altar and the place of sacrifice. Gershon Salomon is a man of such courage. This 53-year-old scholar is the...

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Monotheism of the Ancient Hebrews: Evolved, Invented, Stolen or Revealed?
Author: Rich Robinson

Whatever else may be in question, we all agree that in the Jewish religion there is only one God. Yet there is disagreement as to the origin of Jewish monotheism.

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A Deliberate Mistranslation?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Judaism, as practiced today, is sacrifice. The siddur emphasizes this fact and offers an explanation: Lord of the universe, Thou has commanded us to sacrifice the daily offering at its proper time and manner… Now, through our sins the Temple is destroyed, the daily...

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The Messiah Texts
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: The Messiah Texts Author: Raphael Patai Date Published: December 1, 1988 Publisher: Wayne State University Press Genre: 1. Messianic Judaism ISBN: 978-0814318508 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Everyone knows that through the ages, the sum and substance of Jewish...

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Why Doesn’t the Messiah Come?
Author: Jews for Jesus

Once there was a poor man who, may God spare us all a like fate, did not have a groschen to his soul. Nevertheless, he sat night and day studying Torah with pure intention, as God has bidden. One Friday morning, when his wife discovered that they did not have the...

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The Torah: God’s Indestructible Book: But It Can Be Broken

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the original Torah of God in his hands, he found out that his people had broken one of its commandments. For the Torah he held in his hands said, Thou shalt not make unto thee…any manner of likeness, of any thing that is…in...

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Torah, the Best Merchandise
Author: Jews for Jesus

Once upon a time a ship carrying merchants and merchandise sailed over the sea, and among the passengers was a great scholar. The merchants began to converse about the wares which they carried with them, and what they intended to buy. Finally they asked the scholar...

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