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    Shabbat Shalom

    Thank you for the priestly blessing! Would you be kohain?
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    Churches and Synagogues--Same Role?

    As a liberal Jew, and not near any Jewish community, it is easy to stop observing Shabbat. I resist this. If I don't do a proper Shabbat, the rhythm of my whole week is disrupted. Now, a proper Shabbat for me is nothing like an Orthodox Shabbos. I use electricity, for one thing! But it is distinctly different for me. I bake challah on Friday - nowhere to buy it! - and say HaMotzi when it is cut for Shabbat evening dinner. I light the candles and say the blessing. I don't cook, nor do I reheat food on my gas stove. I do reheat in the microwave. I read the parshah, and a commentary on it. Nobody to discuss it with at my rather elementary level. I try to keep up with the Conservative Daf Shevui, which is more my speed than Daf Yomi.
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    The Rabbi Loves You

    Well, shalom! I am the friendly occasional liberal Jewish stream member here. So good to see a rabbi here! Would you be Orthodox, I suspect?
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    Feast of Tabernacles

    To remind us of the huts we lived in during our wandering in the desert. “On the first day you shall take the product of hadartrees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook" (Lev. 23:40), and "You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt" (Lev. 23:42–43).” It is a pilgrimage holiday, one of the three holidays where going to the Temple in Jerusalem was required of all those able. Finally, it marks the end of the harvest season in Israel, a typical agrarian society holiday. Lots of Jewish holidays are based on agrarian events.
  5. This will happen when God wants it to happen, and support or opposition from any group of people whatsoever is irrelevant. In a more practical vein, Jews do not practice biblical Judaism. They practice Rabbinic Judaism. The Levitical laws pertaining to to ritual purity for priests and sacrifices in the Temple have, as much as is practical, been converted to Oral Law commandments for the masses or reinterpreted as applying to all Jews, not just the kohanim, the high priests. The home has replaced the Temple as the holy place for those commandments. There is no actual need or purpose for a Temple. Prayer and repentance has replaced animal sacrifice as a means of atonement, and Judaism ever going back to animal sacrifice is very improbable.
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    The Church policy on name

    Well, I read an article today that says the Church doesn't want to be called either the Mormon church or for the abbreviation LDS to be used. They want to have their name, when shortened, to be The Church of Jesus Christ. I will go out on a limb here and predict failure. Mormon and LDS are used because anything else is inconveniently long.
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    The Church policy on name

    You are overlooking usage by the general public. If it fails there, it fails, as it is an effort to “Christianize” the image of the Church. If the rest of the world continues to refer to your church members as Mormons or LDS, as if they were something other than Christians, then the attempt to rename will fail, as it did in 1982, 2001, and 2011. And, frankly, your dogma differs from standard Christian dogma significantly enough that the basic Christian nature of the Church is validly questioned.
  8. Yes, a human man, nothing more.
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    Manner of Prophesying Among the Jews

    In Judaism, prophets are not seen as predicting the future. Their role is speaking truth to power, particularly the ruler. They are the check and balance against corruption and sin, by making it public and holding them accountable to HaShem for their actions. Sin has consequences, as we see going back to the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy, and continuing on. But those are potentialities, not predictions, for teshuva by the ruler and the people can alter those consequences.
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    High Holy Days

    The High Holy Days are nearly here. Now is the time to complain about ticket prices, for those whose tickets are not included in synagogue membership, or who lack synagogue membership. I am ready to hear the shofar! I am planning my big dinner already. Anybody got any suggested reading as we head into the Days of Awe? The Central Synogogue in New York livestreams their services - they are Reform, after all - but it is a great option for attending services if you can't make it to a service in person.
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    High Holy Days

    My September calendar of religious holidays only!
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    High Holy Days

    The Days of Awe is the literal translation of the Hebrew term for the 10 days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur. Better known as the High Holy Days. On Rosh Hashanah the Book of Life for the next year is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. The second most famous prayer segment from the special service: ”On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed – how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die after a long life[29] and who before his time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword and who by beast, who by famine and who by thirst, who by upheaval [30] and who by plague, who by strangling and who by stoning. Who will rest and who will wander, who will live in harmony and who will be harried, who will enjoy tranquility and who will suffer, who will be impoverished and who will be enriched, who will be degraded and who will be exalted. But Repentance, Prayer, and Charity annul the severe Decree." The holiday greeting is “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” We are commanded to hear the shofar blown (the ram's horn) as a call for repentance on Rosh Hashanah. The shofar is blown 100 times in the Rosh Hashanah service. It is a very long service, several hours. It is traditional to eat apple slices dipped in honey, symbolizing a sweet year. The challah is made in a round or ring shape, rather than oval or oblong loaves, because Rosh Hashanah is also the Jewish calendar New Year, symbolizing the continuation of life and time from one year to the next. Apple cake is traditional, too. On erev Rosh Hashanah, 18 minutes before the holiday begins at sunset, I will light candles and recite the blessings, particularly the Shehecheyanu. I will be making a brisket, obviously, and challah. I make a honey-apple bundt cake. I'll do a salad of chopped cucumbers and tomatoes. Oh, potatoes and carrots cooked with the brisket, and quarts of gravy. I keep it much, much simpler than most, usually opting out of the traditional tzimmes, matzoh ball soup, kugel, and gefilte fish. On the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah I will do tashlich, putting bread crumbs into the local river to be washed away, eventually reaching the sea, representing the washing away of my sins. During those 10 days I will be asking forgiveness from those I have wronged, and giving forgiveness to those who may have wronged me. We are as obliged to give forgiveness as we are obliged to ask for it. I will be considering if my efforts to improve myself are adequate, and if I have been remiss in my observance of the commandments. (I have been; I am a very liberal, rather than traditional, Jew) September is a long, long month for Jewish people. Right after Yom Kippur comes Sukkot, which is a week long, then Shemini Atzerat, followed by Simcha Torah. I will talk about those after Yom Kippur.
  13. It is the time of year to repent, to seriously consider whether we are following our Yetzer Tov or allowing our Yetzer Hara to sway our actions. Who have we wronged? Make a list, because you need to ask forgiveness from them, not HaShem, and make restitution.
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    Yetzer Tov and Yetzer Hara

    Love the link you provided! Thank you for that. Yes, the Yetzer Hara is not evil in itself. Only when it dominates. And since our task as we await the World to Come is tikkun olam, to repair the world, we need strong Yetzer Tov and committment to tzedekah (charity/righteousness) to accomplish that.
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    High Holy Days

    Why would you think that quoting the Christian scriptures in the Jewish forum lent any credibility to what you are saying? PLEASE stop with your offensive spouting of your Christianity in here. Take it to the Christianity forum.
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    High Holy Days

    For ATTENDING SERVICES. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only. Bear in mind there is no plate passing, no collection, at any Jewish services.
  17. Interesting poll. Why no option for a non-Christian leader to be most like Yeshua? Say, like the Dalai Lama? It shows that your default belief is Christianity, that's why. Non-Christian isn't even an option in your subconscious. And WHY are you posting this obviously Christian poll in the Jewish section? Why would any genuinely Jewish person care who is more like Yeshua? Yeshua, if he actually existed, was an observant Jew, an itinerant preacher like many others of his time, and nothing more.
  18. There is a more correct term for a Messianic Jew who holds Yeshua as moschiach. It is “Christian” and the thoughts of those people belong in the Christianity section, not the Jewish section.
  19. Kol Hamispalel by the Yeshiva Boys Translation: "Whoever prays in this place, in Jerusalem, it is as if he has prayed before the heavenly throne [literally "throne of (the)Glory" -- 'the Glory' meaning 'God']. For the gate of heaven is there, and the doorway is open for prayers to be heard."
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    Melchizedek, who was he?
  21. Sorry for the necromancy - but that line from the NT would never have been in Hebrew. Jesus would have spoken in Aramaic, or possibly Greek. Not Hebrew.
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    What is the Talmud?

    Oh, and as for it being the religion of Jesus, certainly not. The Talmud is a foundational document of rabbinic Judaism, not biblical Judaism. Rabbinic Judaism is the ultimate success of Pharisaic Judaism, which filled the political-religious vacuum left after the destruction of the Temple. The Talmud was not even begun to be written until 90AD, at Yavneh. My rabbi told me that Jesus preached standard Pharisaic thought, which is only mostly true. He did follow the Law then prevalent, but not all the Pharisaic stringencies. For example, Pharisees would only share meals with other Pharisees.
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    What is the Talmud?

    Warning, liberal Jewish thought to follow! The Talmud is the work of rabbis, not prophets nor HaShem. (The Name, meaning the name of God) As such, it suffers from all the errors of men elevating their personal prejudices to religious dogma. That does not make it worthless. You have to interpret it in the light of the time when it was written, and the socio-cultural norms of the time. Yes, there are some horribly offensive things in there. Usually, those are hypothetical situations presented to help clarify what the law is, and how to apply that law. Assuming the few mentions of Yeshua in the Talmud refer to Jesus is problematic, because the time frame the rabbis place that person in is over a century off from the time of the Christian Jesus, if he existed.
  24. Deuteronomy 13 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
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    Why no Jewish temple?

    The Red Heifer sacrifice has to be done by a high priest, who must be a descendant of Aaron. Believe me, the affected families still know who they are. (my son-in-law's male line is kohanim, high priesthood members) Moreover, DNA testing has isolated a Kohanim specific DNA sequence. The red heifer itself is the more difficult hurdle. They thought they had one recently, but it developed disqualifying white hairs in its coat.