teachings of judaism

Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)
Author: Rich Robinson

We each have a paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience. What’s yours?

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves), Part Two
Author: Rich Robinson

We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.

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No More Religious Confusion
Author: Shimon Eitan

When a rabbi told him that he didn’t have to believe in God, Shimon Eitan became even more confused about Judaism.

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Why Would I Want Jesus?
Author: Valerie Cymes

A California girl moves to England to pursue her passion to play rock and roll; then everything falls apart.

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Judaism teaches… or does it?
Author: Moishe Rosen

If you want to share the gospel with Jewish friends, this article will help you understand some of the objections you are likely to face.

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Human Cloning: In Our Image
Author: Naomi Sternberg

What does the Bible say about human cloning or any technology that threatens to destroy life on its way to achieving a “greater good”?

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Kabbalah’s Best Kept Secret?

“God as a Trinity? No way!” “We Jews don’t believe in the idea of a divine incarnation!” For many Jews, these statements are givens. Or are they?

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Is there any place in the Hebrew Scriptures or Jewish tradition for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person?

One of the popular myths about Judaism is that there is no place in Jewish thought for the idea that someone can die for the sins of another person Yet both the Bible and Jewish tradition have much to say about dying so that another might have forgiveness. Biblical Passages In the Hebrew Bible, normally […]

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Atonement: Questions and Answers
Author: Karol Joseph

Note: Elaine the correspondent is fictional, but Karol Joseph is real and serves on the staff of Jews for Jesus. She can be reached

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Thus Saith the Lord: Is the Oral Law Sacred?
Author: David M.

Like Douglas Rushkoff, we Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah deem it acceptable to question things, even those things within Judaism that many hold to be sacred. One example of this is the Talmud. In traditional Judaism, the portion of Scripture known as the New Testament is often condemned because it claims to be […]

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Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner

Recent and Recommended—Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren F. Winner (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), 303 pp. The word spiritual” has come to mean many things; or rather; it has come to mean nothing in particular. All sorts of people choose to describe themselves as “spiritual” these days, but […]

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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 themselves as the leaders of Judaism in place of the priestly system established […]

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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 people countered with their own bumper sticker declaring, “We never […]

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To the Jew First: A Biblical Analysis of the ‘Two-Covenant’ Theory of the Atonement
Author: Rich Robinson

By Joseph P. Gudel. Christian Research Journal (July-September 1998), pp. 36-42. The two-covenant theory has circulated for some years among non-evangelicals and even among some conservative Christians. If you’ve ever been told that Jews don’t need Jesus because they “already have a covenant with God,” then you are hearing this theory of salvation, which was […]

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In Our Own Image: Human Cloning

Is cloning “kosher?” What do the scriptures say?

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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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A History of the Kabbalah

Kabbalah” means “received teachings” or simply “traditions” and is derived from the Hebrew “kabel” which means “to receive.” It originally applied only to the Oral Law “received” after the destruction of the Second Temple, in the form of the Talmud. However, in the twelfth century the term “kabbalah” was also used to denote various mystical […]

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Judaism Teaches that … or Does It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

The teachings of Judaism contain a variety of viewpoints and cannot be looked upon as a monolithic explanation of what Jews believe.

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Comparison Chart: Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional Judaism, and the Gospel

Comparison Chart: Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional Judaism, and the Gospel

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Questions and Answers on Jewish Law and Tradition Concerning Death

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 surely bury him that day.” If you read the command in […]

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When Jews Were Proselytizers
Author: Susan Perlman

Why most Jewish people no longer seek to convert non-Jews.

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The God I Believe In
Author: David M.

Joshua O. Haberman. New York and Toronto: The Free Press, 1994. 264 Pages. $24.95, cloth. 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 an inquirer to commentators who expound upon the matter. But when […]

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What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death
Author: Stan Meyer

Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aaronson, 1994. XII, 148 pages. $22.50, cloth. Also New York: UAHC Press, $10.00, paper. When Rabban Johanan ben Zakkai fell ill, his disciples went in to visit him. When he saw them he began to weep. His disciples said to him: Lamp of Israel, pillar of […]

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Middle Judaism: Jewish Thought, 300 B.C.E. to 200 C.E.
Author: Mark Kinzer

By Gabriele Boccaccini. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. 289 pages. $24.95. It is difficult to stay abreast of new terminology in today’s world, and the title of this book may make you think that you have missed the coining of yet another new term. What in the world is Middle Judaism”? The term was invented by […]

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