• Sefer Chasidim: The Book of the Pious

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    G-d doesn't reward commitment to just anything, He rewards commitment to Him. For them all [the Sadducees] this was only an attempt to reduce the supernatural to its minimum, a process for eliminating God" (Renan, History of the People of Israel, vol. v, p. 40). And because the Pharisees did control the synagogues, and had greater influence over the Common People who attended, they assumed the position of being the major sect of Judaism. Jews do not think of Jesus as a prophet.
  • Duties of the Heart (2 Volume Set)

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    It is scheduled to be published in Columbia Theological Seminary’s preaching journal in November. I say that out of humility people because I’m really not that bad. Deuteronomy 11:12 states: “The eyes of God, your Lord, are upon [the land] from the beginning of the year until the end of the year.” On Rosh Hashanah, it is believed the individual and the entire world are held in judgment. For him the Big Bang theory can lead to an intellectual or emotional enthusiasm for the creator.
  • Beyond Auschwitz: Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought in America

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    Rabbi Bill Kaplan (2016) is Executive Director of Shalom Institute, a multi-dimensional community education project and summer camp in Malibu. Yeshua said that they were "teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Mark 7:7). Hence generations of "negative theologians" have sought to approach the One not by projection of qualities of Being (yesh) but of negation of those qualities to better approach the transcendent, which, from our perspective, must of necessity be Nothing (ayin).
  • Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus : Volume 2: Theological

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    This curious term means encouraging Jews to settle in Galilee by giving them financial benefits. (I wonder what would be the reaction of US Jews if a plan for 'the Christianization of New York' or even only of Brooklyn, would be proposed in their country.) But the Redemption of the Land implies more than regional 'Judaization'. The tactics employed both in the countryside and in Jerusalem by the Hasmoneans in their counterattack against Hellenizing Jews, whose children they forcibly circumcised, indicate the inroads that Hellenism had already made.
  • To Mend the World foundations of Future Jewish Thought

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    God - Messianic Jews believe in God ( Adonai of the Bible), and that he is all-powerful, omni-present, eternal, exists outside of creation, and is infinitely significant and benevolent. Those activities began in 1965-6 with a protest which caused a considerable scandal at the time: I had personally witnessed an ultra-religious Jew refuse to allow his phone to be used on the Sabbath in order to call an ambulance for a non-Jew who happened to have collapsed in his Jerusalem neighbourhood.
  • The Book of Blessings

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    Moreover, that 20 percent is overwhelmingly Ashkenazi, either Jews from Eastern and Central Europe or descended from them, the ones who are most likely to know English, to have relatives in the diaspora, or to be contacted by journalists coming to the country, thus allowing this skewed picture to emerge. Jacob, whom God renames “Israel,” fathers 12 sons. It plays an important role in Jewish practice and is the subject of a large body of religious law. Judaism has characteristic, but not unparalleled, customs concerning marriage and death and mourning.
  • Time and Process in Ancient Judaism

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    Jews do not leave Jewish life or Torah faithfulness at the door upon setting out to follow Yeshua. Judaism's central belief is the people of all religions are children of God, and therefore equal before God. The different sects or denominations of Judaism are generally referred to as movements.� The differences between Jewish movements are not nearly as great as the differences between Christian denominations.� The differences between Orthodoxy and Reform Judaism are not much greater than the differences between the liberal and fundamentalist wings of the Baptist denomination of Christianity.
  • The Rich Go to Heaven: Giving Charity in Jewish Thought

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    All material on 900+ BSB web-pages is intended to advance understanding of the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of Nature conservation. And in those parts of the Jewish world influenced by their Muslim surroundings, homoerotic love poetry for the Divine flourished. In fact, a surprising number of antisemitic websites and newsgroup postings linked to this page (in an earlier form) as proof of their antisemitic delusions that Jews are nationalistic, that Israel is a colonial power and so forth.
  • The Wars of the Lord, Volume 1

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    Judaism was now, for all intents and purposes, a Diaspora religion even on its home soil. Contemporary Kabbalists, Tosafists and Rationalists continue to engage in lively, sometimes caustic, debate in support of their positions and influence in the Jewish world. It was especially thoroughly implanted in Egypt. Yet all these assumptions ARE ABSOLUTELY FALSE! A. in Rabbinic Literature, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B. Because Christianity is a monotheistic religion, the monotheistic conception of the divine has assumed for Western culture the value of a self-evident axiom.
  • Companion Encyclopedia of Theology (Routledge Companion

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    On the festival of Sukkot we leave the doors of our sukkot open for all guests- friends and strangers, wealthy and destitute. In the wake of the Jesus movement of the 1970’s ‘Jews for Jesus’ moved from a slogan used on the streets of San Francisco to an organisation of Jewish missionaries to their people. What we have in the Bible is edited material striving to wipe out the old polytheism, so we have to discern the old belief through a filter.