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  1. Describe in detail the way in which a fully observant Orthodox Jewish family would keep this mitzvah. You should explain the symbolism of the various ceremonies and rituals where relevantShabbat is the only Jewish holiday

    For example, the mother will have prepared all the meals needed because God said it was important to have three meals during Shabbat, but that they should still abstain from growing or preparing the food. Modern technology has made this easier because the Jews are able to put their meals in slow cookers and although the parents aren't able to create a fire or turn on the heating, they are able to set a timer for the heating. The light on the fridge is also taped up so that the fridge can be opened without breaking the Shabbat rule, not to create fire or light.

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  2. What Are the Causes and Effects of a Religion Splitting Into Divisions or Sects?

    All Eastern European Jews experienced a great religious development in the eighteenth century. There was a vast spread of Kabbalistic mysticism among the scholars as well as popular traditions of mass enthusiasm, which provided the upbringing for the appearance of a new spiritual movement, Hasidism (- from hasidut, meaning 'piety'). Israel ben Eliezer, 1698-1760, who was known as the Ba'al Shem Tov -the master of the good name, was a rabbi from Podolia in southeast Poland and the founder of Hasidism. He was considered a healer, miracle worker, rapturous mystic an enigmatic leader and brought about the recovery of the Jews in Poland.

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  3. What are the causes and effects of a religion splitting up into divisions or sects?

    However the most important lesson from Rabbi Shem Tov was that you should have joy in serving God. His teachings helped raise the masses out of their misery and in believing this the Jews really felt God really loved them. Many scholars appreciated his methods when he showed them that the Kabbalah was the way of illuminating Judaism. However there were some who were opposed to the Hassidic movement. Two generations ago a man named Shabtai Zvi claimed to be the messiah and changed life in Eastern Europe. This made people think that Rabbi Baal was also a fake messiah.

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  • Orthodox Judaism is Kantian Whereas Progressive Judaism is Relative, Discuss

    "In conclusion Orthodox Judaism heavily overlaps with Kantian ethics however there are some major technical differences in application. Progressive Judaism is largely relative however there is still a sense of absolute principles motivating direction. 1 A statement of principles for Reform Judaism adopted at the 1999 Pittsburgh Convention Central Conference of American Rabbis - May 1999 2 Maimonides- Guide for the Perplexed - Part.1. Chapter 2 3 Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals- Kant 1972 4 The wolf shall lie with the Lamb-The Messiah in Hasidic Thought - Shmuely Boteach 1993"

  • To what extent does archaeology inform us about our understanding of the Old Testament?

    "To conclude, archaeology can help to inform us more about events that happened in the Old Testament and help us understand what happened and who was involved more than we already do. However, we cannot always rely on archaeology to inform our understanding of the Old Testament as archaeologists and scholars do not always know the truth behind evidence found, they are only able to use what they see with their own eyes and make educated guesses with what they already know. Rosa Lenders 6J"

  • All aspects of kashrut are of equal importance. Discuss

    "To conclude, the strongest argument is that all kashrut laws are of equal importance as they are direct from god and that even if certain laws are not practised as regularly than others doesn't change the level of importance they have. It is important to recognise that some jews may not need to know all of the laws with regards to kashrut for example, a man will not need to know what clothes a woman must wear but that does not mean that those laws are not important no matter how relevant they are to the man. Rather one may say it is the sum of the practice that is important in Jewish religion and life."

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