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Judaism

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Judaism has its own unique calendar which is a luni-solar calenderwhere every month is a lunar month, but the years change length tocoordinate roughly with a solar year (354 and 384 days) and becomeequivalent after 19 years. This calendar in its present form datesback to 360 CE; before that, the New...
Yes, David Schwimmer (note your misspelling) is Jewish.
The bimah is just a specially-designated type of table or stand.Technically, any table could be used as a bimah.
The use of images is forbidden in Jewish worship. According to ourlaws, it distracts from the true nature of worshiping God. Jewsbelieve that God is beyond any possibility of being represented inpictures or icons and see all such creations to be nothing morethan idols. In Judaism, God is non...
 Pat Benatar's mother has Jewish heritage from her maternal  grandfather Knapp. It's not clear however if her mother Mildred  (Knapp) was actually a Jew (that requires her grandmother to  actually be Jewish). However, her current last name is certainly a  Sefaradi Jewish surname. Pat was once...
Jewish tradition states that Esther had no choice but to presentherself when the women were called up in the king's search for anew queen (Talmud, Megillah 12b and 15a). It also states that Godhad something to do with Esther achieving the high post of Queen ofthe Persian Empire in order to save the...
The Hellenistic period was post-Alexander when his successors (histop generals) who, in the late 4th C BCE carved up his empire andstruggled against each other to expand their cut of the cake - thePtolemies in Egypt, the Seleucids in Syria, and various dynastiesin Macedonia and Asia Minor. Judea...
you should look in a bible Answer 2 A quick look at the names of the sacred Jewish books implies thatthey constitute the O.T. and are the same thing. However, there are some important differences. One difference isthat the Jewish Bible (the Tanakh) is only in the original Hebrew.Any translation is,...
The menorah has been used as a Jewish symbol for over 2000 years. It represents the candelabrum described in Exodus 25:31-40, that was used in the Holy Temple. The dove is also an ancient Jewish symbol, because the Jewish nation is compared to a dove in Songs 2:14. Another ancient Jewish symbol is...
In Judaism, the earliest manuscripts were the prophetic books thatwere written by the prophets themselves. At the death of each ofthe prophets, the original manuscript was deposited with theSanhedrin, which was the high court of Torah-sages in the Templepremises. This is why the first Torah-scroll,...
The Jewish understanding of the messiah is that he has not arrivedyet and will not be crucified. They believe he will come at a latertime and a more apparent entry. This is in contrast to theChristian version which believes Jesus died on the cross and rosefrom the dead. The Jews had a hard time...
If you are referring to the dispute between Hebrew and Grecian Jewsfound in Acts, then you can find the answer in Acts 6:1. "Now inthose days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, therearose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists [GrecianJews], because their widows were...
If this is in regard to the last plague God would visit upon the  Pharoh and Egypt, to kill Egypt's firstborn, then let us visit  Exodus 12. God tells Moses to protect their firstborn to slaughter  a lamb, and using hyssop to paint the top plate and sides of their  doors with the blood so that...
The fire in the bush without the bush being consumed symbolizes thedivine holiness which is inherent to the nature of God. When Mosescame near the bush, the voice of the Lord spoke to him and told himto remove his shoes, for the ground on which he was standing washoly ground. Fire as a metaphor of...
The only word that I can think of is Kabuff, which means shack, hovel or shanty.
Locusts were used by God to punish sin. In the Old Testament,plagues were sent upon those who disobeyed God by sinning. Forexample, in the 8th plague, locusts were sent as God's punishmentto Pharaoh. "The Lord brought an east wind upon the land....andwhen it was morning, the east wind brought the...
Rivka is the Hebrew pronunciation of Rebecca. Rebecca was the wifeof Isaac, and the mother of Esau and Jacob. Along with Sarah,Rachel and Leah, Rebecca is considered one of the Matriarchs of theIsraelites in the Old Testament.
Celery or lettuce (for Spring season), dipped into salt water(which represents tears) mirroring the pain felt by the Hebrewslaves; matzo, reminder of unbaked bread made in haste to fellingEgypt; shank-bone, reminder of animal sacrifice on Passover in theTemple, Bitter herbs, symbolizing the...
God is the Jewish Lawgiver. After the destruction of the Temple in70 C.E., the Rabbis formally collated the oral tradition ofinterpreting biblical revelation. At the same time, the OralTradition goes back much further, and records statements made longbefore the Destruction, together with names and...
A kosher slaughter's assistant who stamps kosher carcasses.
The Bible lists twenty categories of birds, such as cormorants,  owls, as well as bats (which are not taxonimcally-speaking birds).  However, in terms of actual species, these count for thousands of  individual species; for example, there are over 1,200 different  species of bats.   ...
They don't. They use all the books in the Hebrew Bible. The firstfive are simply a special part called the Pentateuch.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day 
Because they help the Jews remember who they are and what they'vegone through. For example, the Passover helps them remember whenGod rescued them from Egypt.
In the Torah or Old Testament there is no such thing as a "socialprophet". There is however two forms and two types. Major and MinorProphets, Real and false Prophets
The Hebrew traditional year 5770 began on September 19, 2009. The year 5771 will begin on September 9, 2010.
Most of the Jews in the ghettos were sent to the concentration  camps by the Nazis, but if they were fortunate and the war ended  before the Nazis could take them, they would go back to their  homes.
Anything that most everyone else eats as long as it is Kosher(ritually permitted) food. Examples are beef brisket, or roastchicken. Pork and shellfish are examples of foods not permitted inJudaism.
I'm not sure I understand the question, but they were ratherinterested in the idea of the Messiah's coming and his subsequentoverthrow of the Roman Empire. This was intensely desired becauseof all the hardship they were going through. They needed a savior.(Although the Jewish concept of what this...
Good Question!!! It depends on which side you are Jewish on.If you are Jewish on your dad's side than sorry, you have to convert to Judaism but it is NOT EASY!!If it is on your mom's side you might as well call yourself a FULL JEW!! It only matters if you are on your mom's side.On the other hand if...
No, because that means they're not following the kosher rule.
If you mean why didn't God just free them since he is omnipotentthis is because he wanted humans to have free will and that hewould not interfere with the people or countries on Earth. If youare then asking then why did he do the 10 plagues in Egypt. This isbecause Moses was given a choice by God to...
In 1888 London, there was much name-calling and finger pointing, most of it toward the Jewish community in the Whitechapel district. But reguardless of personal prejudices toward Jews, there is absolutely no evidence that Jack The Ripper was Jewish. Several of what some consider 'serious' suspects...
Lebanon is a country just north of Mount Hermon that the Lord wasgiving to the children of Israel.
Everyday wear is generally the same as that for nonJews. Religious  garb, however is differentnt
A reference thread in the Axis History Forum gives an estimate of 656,000 for Ukraine (prewar frontiers).
God was Jewish and he cares about every one. That's the faith of  Christianity. The answer depends on your faith
Passover is a holiday that is celebrated by Jews all over the world. The holiday itself is observed in the home.
The Magen David or Mogan David.
On Shabbat (the Sabbath Day) you should rest. This is because HaShem (The Creator) rested on the 7th day which is Shabbat. During Shabbat one can visit with family and friends, pray, study (no writing though), go for walks, and pretty much anything that doesn't fall within the 39 categories of "work...
Yes. The city is in whole or in part holy to Jews, Christians, and  Muslims.    Jewish Reasons   1) Jerusalem is the center of Judaism. It is important to  Jews because it was the site of the Akeidah (Binding of Isaac, in  Genesis ch.22) and was later the seat of the Davidic Kings, when ...
Latkes or jelly donuts.
Depends, are we speaking of Jewish decent, or bloodline, or  religious preference?   From the reliable website of  bestplaces.net/religion/city/new_jersey/closter I can say that the  religious preference of the Jewish faith is 4.21%
Various individual Jews do or don't do various combinations of  activities and pursuits on Shabbat. Those who've been trained or  educated in the observance of the Shabbat, and wish to observe it  as Judaism teaches, will avoid the following:   1) Avail ourselves of all the devices and...
Saturday, September 18, 2010.
Jews avoid the 39 forms of work specified in the Torah. These forms of work were related to the building of the Temple.
Those who were enslaved there worked if they were physically able.
No, Federer is Roman Catholic.
Based on Exodus 1: 8-11 (The Bible) we can say that since the Israelites started to grow in huge numbers and multiplied extraordinarily in Egypt, filling the entire land, the Pharaoh (King of Egypt) decided to oppress them. He feared that the Israelites would take over Egypt.
Because he wants us to know Him and build a relationship with Him.  He said about Abraham in Isaiah 41:8 "Abraham my friend". He loves  us and if we search for Him in His Word and obey Him, He draws  close to us and we can see Him as our friend, our best friend.   Also, His name has a special...
Kinky clothing.
Yes, according to all sects of Jews you are Jewish if your mother was Jewish. However, if only your father was Jewish than then the more conservative sects do not consider you to be a Jew unless you undergo a conversion ceremony.
No, they are Lutheran Protestant like most other Swedes are.
Well, The jews are still looking for a Messiah, however if you mean  by the New Testament standard I believe they designate a generation  as around 40 years.
The shabbath begins with sunset, so it's easy to tell. The end of  shabbath is more complex and requires one to see at least 3 average  sized stars.
  Solomon's temple cost about $ 140,381,000,000, according to the measure of talents recorded in the New International Version. The price could be much higher, because it does not include the stone, wood, animals used for the sanctuary services, precious stones, and labor.
When the Jews left Egypt some Egyptians who were convinced in God's existence and power left with the Jews to the Promised Land known as Canaan. So during the book of Exodus when you see that there's two groups it means the Jews and Egyptians who left with them.
Because Simmons was the name of the blacksmith who had invited all  Jews to spread.
Be-resh-eat. She-mot. Va-yeek-rah. Bah-mid-bar. De-var-eem.
God caused a donkey to speak to the prophet Bilaam in Numbers 22.
Because god was angry with sinful man , and was going to destroy the whole earth.
Noah Munck is the son of a pastor.
Roman rule in Judea, which began in 63 BCE, continued until arevolt from CE 66-70, a Jewish uprising to fight for independence,which was crushed after four years, culminating in the capture ofJerusalem and the burning and destruction of the Temple, the centreof the national and religious life of the...
Jewish people, and non-jews who want a more knowledgeable  understanding of Judaism and its people.
Passover (in Hebrew pronounced "Pesach" - פסח ). The Israelites were freed on the 15th of Nissan (which occurs in April).
First off, Jesus is not God he is Gods son read Proverbs 8:22,  proverbs 8:30, and Mark 13:32, John 14:28. Depending on what  denomination you are in, in the Judaism faith you have mixed  answers. Some believe that Christ never came, and some believe that  Jesus is a hoax.
They generally stamp their foot, mutter "Shoot!", make up their mind to be more careful in the future, and perhaps spend a few extra minutes studying a Judaic subject, or make a small charitable contribution, as a gesture of repentance and re-affirmation of their resolve to be more careful. But...
Answer 1   They were not exiled from Palestine; Jews live in Israel.    Answer 2   After the Roman conquest, Jews continued to live, by the hundreds  of thousands, throughout what is now Israel and what are now the  Palestinian territories. Archaeological remains of their villages  are...
the Christians dead sea scrolls are simular to all of there bibles
Generally no. Some of the countries that have capital punishment  also have higher rates of crime than comparable countries.  Countries that abolished capital punishment decades ago sufferred  no increase in relevant crime, and in some cases a decrease.  Capital punishment could, however, be a...
Passover is the feast that occurred when the angel of death passed over Egypt. The Israelites sacrificed lambs and painted the blood on their doorposts. (This was a precursor to the sacrifice of Christ in the New Testament.) The angel of death passed over houses with blood on the doorpost, but...
 Exodus 2:23-25 And it came to pass in process of time, that  the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason  of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by  reason of the bondage.   And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with ...
Many Jews were in danger in other countries due to many forms of  Anti-Semitism (pogroms, the Holocaust, and others). Due to this,  they found ways to reach the USA.
Well both religions believe in a God but usually Jews goes to the  synagogues.
Nope she is Irish Mexican catholic
Yes and No.    Shenists Chinese people lost their holy lands to Yassai Mongol  control in the mid-1200s and the Hindus of India lost their holy  lands to the Muslim Mughal Empire. Both of these peoples eventually  regained political contol over their holy lands. Unlike the Jews,  however,...
The holiest places in Jerusalem are different for each religion: for Christians, the holiest place in jerusalem is "the Church of the Holy Sepulchre"; for Jews, it is the Western Wall; and for Muslims, it is the "Al-Aqsa Mosque" and the "Dome of the Rock Shrine".
Her dad is Catholic and her mom is Jewish. She refused to identify with any religion. She also said her musician dad only made her who she is in both personal and professional life. She didn't get along well with her mom. She sided with Mel Gibson when he said something anti-Semitic. Overall,...
Yes. You can be born Jewish but not accept the religion. You could also be Jewish in your religion but be born Gentile (the Biblical term for non-Jews).
Only Orthodox Jews do that, and I think it's dangerous.
Many people break their fast on honey cake which is traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashana and during the high holy days. There are no specific foods that are eaten after the fast, you can eat anything you like.
Fasting on Yom Kippur doesn't apply to anyone with health problems.
It's an English last name. In the past, Jewish people sometimes changed their last name to a non-Jewish name so that they wouldn't be discriminated against or even killed. So a Jewish person could possibly have the last name Chandler.
The Jews were not allowed to own land.instead they made a living by lending money with interest which Catholics were not allowed to do. So having Jews around allowed the economy to prosper.also they were considered good business men.
 Exodus 20:20 "And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for  God has come to test you, that His fear may be upon you, that you  sin not."   God loves mankind, and for that reason He enacted the ten  commandments in order to keep humanity from committing crimes.
This is best captured in II Samuel chapter 12 as the prophet Samuel  is communicating to David the consequences of engaging in  infidelity with Bathsheba (the wife of Uriah). Essentially the  child, who was the initial product o the infidelity, died. Also  David lived out the rest of his days...
Everyone has a different opinion. In my opinion, Islam resembles Judaism more than Christianity in its stricter observance of monotheism, similar texts (the Quran and the Torah, respectively), the language those texts were revealed in (Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages), etc.
I don't know about restrictions, but some Jewish organizations have Glatt Kosher Passover and other tours for the Jewish Holidays.
A:   Try: Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi. Each of  these people has demonstrated an incredible ability to forgive  their enemies, willingly suffering great personal hardship while  benefitting others.
Jews read everywhere that other people read, such as in bedrooms, living rooms, libraries, and parks. Jews refrain from reading, however, in the bathroom.