practice of judaism
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 especially mysterious items on the Passover table were not part of the original celebration; […]
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.
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 themselves as the leaders of Judaism in place of the priestly system established […]
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 people countered with their own bumper sticker declaring, “We never […]
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 deep-set with remembrances. His mouth is turned up at the corners. But don’t mistake the expression […]
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 happened to Chuck Snow presents many important concerns. But […]
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 history of a practice and can easily refer […]
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 founder and head of a group called, The […]
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.
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 offering is abolished, and we have neither priest officiating, nor Levite […]
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 wherewithal to buy the […]
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 thinking about the Messiah has been reflected in that one statement: When Messiah comes, there will […]
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 the earth…Thou shalt not […]
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 what merchandise he had, and he answered: I carry […]