Jews and Gender: The Challenge to Hierarchy (Studies in

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NB: In some Conservative congregations, the matriarchs (Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel) are added as in the Progressive Prayer. "Blessed are You the God of our forefathers and mothers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, God of Sarah, God of Rebecca, God of Leah and God of Rachel, the great mighty God who bestows beneficial kindness and creates all, who recalls the kindness of the patriarchs and matriarchs and brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for God’s Name’s sake, with love.
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Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love

Danya Ruttenberg

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Circumcision was a distinctive mark of the cult community. What if Shimon Peres, the Israeli Knesset, the World Jewish Congress, the Reform Rabbinate, the B'nai B'rith and the Jewish Federations had been in the desert when Moses, fresh from Sinai, declared: 'Neither shalt thou make marriages with them (the Canaanites); thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son' (Deuteronomy 7).
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The Five Books of Miriam

Ellen Frankel

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As such she would be the cnr, i.e. the source of the knowledge of good and evil. [60] This was not to be so. The Judaeo-Christian conception of the creation of Adam and Eve is narrated in detail in Genesis 2:4-3:24. At the age of eight, he was brought to the United States. The Torah commands us three times (Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26 and Deuteronomy 14:21) not to cook a kid in its mother's milk. That the things they did were like the things that modern liberal democracies do.
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The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the

Jonathan Kirsch

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Since the date is based on a lunar calendar it's not fixed, but it usually occurs in early April. Amy Eilberg is ordained the first Conservative woman rabbi. Unfortunately for the early Muslim scholars who benefited from this insight as they labored, the language, histories, and literature furnished by archeology and the disciplines of the ancient Near East were not yet available. In all that has been said above, the Jewish wife and mother – the Akeret Habayit – has a primary role, second to none.
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Woman and Her Master, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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It is worth considering whether this link between moral smallness and the need for control is what makes male dominance dependent upon female subservience. Messianic Jews have not stopped being Jewish. Jews were not chosen to be better than others; they were simply selected to be a light to the Gentiles and to be a blessing to all the nations. She has done much in refining the emotions, unfolding those faculties of the soul which produce the heavenly strains of music and the beauties of art and poetry; but she also did all in her power to check intellectual progress, scientific research, and the application of knowledge.
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Women's Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy,

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Two core beliefs shaped the attitude of Judaism toward nature and toward the systematic study of nature (i.e., science): that God is the creator of the universe and that God revealed God's will in the form of Law—the Torah (literally "instruction")—to the chosen people, Israel. The Torah is the most important of all Jewish writings. This shows fasting’s role as part of the overall human experience, particularly in ancient cultural contexts.
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The World of the Orthodox Jewish Mother

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The father forbade Jews to speak the language of the countries in which they lived. However, she normally did not mix with the husband’s male friends, but was largely the bearer and rearer of legitimate offspring and the administrator of the household--to which she was largely confined. Mitzvah--a divine commandment and, when fulfilled, a good deed. Two congregations, Ahavath Achim Synagogue of Atlanta, GA, and Congregation Beth David of Saratoga, CA, have been distinguished at the highest level for innovation and impact, while 13 others were recognized for excellence in one of five categories. read more...
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From the Wise Women of Israel: Folklore and Memoirs

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The prophets Isaiah (Isa 58:1-5), Jeremiah (Jer 36:6-9), and Zechariah take advantage of these occasions to rebuke people who otherwise may have seemed hostile to their message. The paradox is affirmed by the Jew three times every day, as he concludes each religious service with the Alenu prayer, a prayer in two halves, the first dedicated to the unique vocation of the Jewish people, the second to the hope and trust that ultimately all men will unite in the worship of God, each in his own way.
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Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible,

Naomi Graetz

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Be sure to explain that not only must one acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but that one must put all one’s faith in His atoning work of sacrifice to be brought into a right relationship with God. Conservative Judaism: An American Religious Movement. There had been strong and paramilitary opposition to British colonial rule for many years, and in 1947 the United Nations agreed a plan to partition the land between Jews and Arabs. But militant feminism his its mirror image...masculanism, which ius just a destuctive.
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Shalom in My Heart, Salaam on My Lips: A Jewish Woman in

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D. (The following is an older essay on Judaism, with some updated elements, that I've been giving as a handout to students in comparative religion classes. Aisha was "9" when she married our Prophet. I tell you, Nay; but rather division.. .. The contours of Jewish history reveal that people are rewarded when they are faithful and suffer consequences when they are unfaithful. In a metaphorical description of wayward Jerusalem as an adulterous woman by the prophet Ezekiel, which may or may not have any historical referent, stripping and exposure is seen as one form of punishment: 143 “I will gather all those lovers to whom you made advances....
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