teachings of judaism

Is Mindfulness Meditation Jewish?
Author: Stan Meyer

Meditation in the Jewish Scriptures describes a different approach to mindfulness meditation: in the Scriptures, mindfulness meditation refers to applying one’s attention upon God, His Word, and His attributes.

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Is Jesus a Rabbi?

Yes, Jesus – Yeshua – was a rabbi, a teacher of Judaism in the first century A.D. But was he more than a rabbi?

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A Tale of Two Rabbis

Like other rabbis, Jesus taught the importance of Jewish core values. One such value is kibud av va’em, honor of parents.

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What Religion Was Jesus?

Did Jesus invent a new religion? The simple answer is that Jesus was a rabbi – a teacher of Judaism.

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Why Did Jesus Need to “Die for Our Sins?”

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.

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The Three Branches of Judaism

Here is an in-depth overview of the similarities, differences and changes over time between the three primary branches of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform.

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Stories That Jews Tell (About Ourselves)

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

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?

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

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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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Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and The Bible

Meaning of birth Buddhism We are reborn from a previous life until we reach nirvana (extinction of all desire and release from suffering). Hinduism We are reborn from a previous life until we realize our oneness with Brahman. The cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Traditional Judaism We are created in the image…

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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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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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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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Kabbalah: Fact or Fiction?
Author: Lev Leigh

A look at Kaballah’s teachings concerning alienation from God and redemption.

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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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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 founder and head of a group called, The…

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The Day the Rabbi Was Wrong
Author: David M.

Actually, it was not just one day in time that the rabbi was wrong, and it was not just one rabbi. Most rabbis have taken a wrong turn while on their way to serve God. Yet, the influence of the sages and rabbis of old is so great that many Jewish people—whether secular (and unfamiliar…

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Still Jews, Forever Jewish

What was it like in Israel between 66 C.E. and 132 C.E.—a time of war and transition? The events of 70 C.E. were a watershed which molded and shaped much of what Judaism has become, and it was a forge upon which the character of a nation was determined. If we are ever to understand…

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Do We Need a Mediator?

“Between God and man stands no one—not God-man, not angel, not advocate. Nor is intercession or intervention required. As nothing comes between soul and body, father and child, potter and vessel, so nothing separates man from God, soul of his soul, his Father and Fashioner.”1 Most people have little difficulty accepting a need for a…

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