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  1. Reformed Jews and Orthodox Jews. Explain how the differing worship and lifestyle of these groups might reflect and assist belief

    Their new religion was called Reformed Judaism. And the changes that they made to their new religion; services were no longer conducted completely in Hebrew, men and woman were allowed to sit in the same area at service, the mitzvoth weren't taken as seriously, allowances were allowed on the day of Sabbath and women are allowed to be Rabbis. http://www.jewfaq.org Neo-Orthodox Jews The majority amounts of Jews in Britten are Orthodox Jews. The movements of Orthodox Jews are known as 'Neo- Orthodox Jews'.

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  2. Anne Frank There were too many people hiding with Anne. The Frank family was wrong to include others in their hiding place. Discuss. I am going to give both sides of the argument and I am also going to give different religious views.

    However, I also disagree with the above statement. In wartime, people have to stick together and look out for each other. There were not many hiding places for the Jewish people, so when they found one, they had to make the most of it and hide as many Jews as possible. Also, during the Holocaust, if nobody looked out for anybody other than themselves, not many people would have survived. During this time, it was not only Jewish people that had to stick together, people from other religions did as well.

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  3. Jewish Festivals. Explain the importance for Jews of Rosh Hashanah and its customs.

    This is followed by a teruah (disbanding) which then breaks the actions down into much smaller pieces. The two notes are followed by yet another tekia to gather the good actions in which we want to keep. Rosh Hashanah is the only time Man can do this. Blowing the shofar also has other purposes that are important. We are walking, for no purpose, down life's road but the loud notes of the shofar wake us up in life. We can then continue doing well in life. Also, the shofar is asking God for mercy judgement so that we aren't judged too harshly.

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  4. Abrahamic religions

    Muslims accept the Bible insofar as it agrees with the Qur'an. The Jewish opinion on the Christian Bible is that the Torah was interpreted to suit Christian dogma. The Qur'an is the Islamic book of beliefs and Muslims think it is a later revelation that supersedes and corrects errors in the Bible and Torah. There are many biblical narratives from the old and the New Testaments in the Qur'an. Christians do not accept the Qur'an as divine revelation. The Jews could not let pass the teachings of Mohammed unchallenged as they believed that facts recorded in the Qur'an were incorrect for example making Abraham an Arab and the founder of the Ka'bah at Mecca.

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  5. The Impact of Chasidism on Judaism

    by other humans. The Director and Henry Foster ironically use a great deal of pseudo-scientific jargon such as "bokanovskification" and "Podsnap's technique" when discussing the 'creation' of human life, dehumanising the experience considerably.V This lack of humanity is also represented in a later scene in which John the 'Savage', who has not been 'conditioned' like the rest of the citizens in the New World State, is seen weeping over the dead body of his mother Linda. Though he considers it perfectly natural to do so, the nurses consider it to be a 'scandalous exhibition' and find the mere suggestion of a mother or family to be obscene and unnatural.

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  6. : Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a Jew.

    In addition, everything that cannot be done during Shabbat must be set up in advance , Shabbat meals must be made. Shabbat candles are lit and a blessing is recited two candles are lit. The family then attends a brief evening service, the man of the house recite a prayer over wine sanctifying Shabbat. The family then eats dinner. As you can see, Shabbat is a very full day when it is properly observed, and can very relaxing. However this means Jews are unable to turn on the TV, drive a car or go shopping.

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  7. Comparing Funerals

    However it can also be seen as a new start, and the funeral being the celebration of their life. Many examples of written poems and quotes interpret the idea death in different ways. "Kicking the bucket" for example is a slang phrase, is personifies death as being the release of inner spiritual content: the water finally flowing out of the pail. "I was not, I have been, I am not, I do not mind" is a very mysterious quote by an ancient philosopher, I believe that it is referring to our human life as being rounded of with a sleep: that we are nothing just like air, we live and die and the unscarred world carries on.

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  8. Judaism: War and Pacifism

    it has not been threatened, if it destroys entirely whatever has been growing, if it targets civilians specifically, if it's sole purpose is to inspire militarism, to extend territory or to get revenge. Jews believe in peace so much that their word for 'hello!' is 'shalom!' which literally translates as peace. They will enter a war if it means bringing peace to many countries and make many allies because Jews believe in peace above all else. War is always known as regrettable because human beings were killed and to take a life even when it's necessary is still a tragic loss.

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  9. Place of worship

    The Bimah is supported by railings and often has lights on each corner. The bimah is used for reading the Torah from. Jews believe the Bimah is important because it reminds them of the time the prophet Ezra read the Torah to the people of Jerusalem, he done this while standing on a raised platform. The Menorah is another main feature of the Orthodox synagogue; it is a seven-branched candlestick and is the most ancient symbol of Judaism. The Menorah symbolises the oil lamp, which was always burned in the temple. Some Jews believe the seven branches on the Menorah represent the seven says of creation.

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  10. Marriage and the family

    They also do not allow remarriage, because they believe that the vows made in the wedding service are for a lifetime commitment. They believe that marriage is a sacrament and that marriage can only be ended by death. The Roman Catholic Church does however allow annulment. Annulment is different to divorce, because it's not ending a marriage, it says that the marriage was never a proper marriage, and therefore doesn't count so cannot be ended because it didn't exist. They allow annulments if one of the partners was not baptised at the time of marriage, if one of the partners

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  11. a detailed account of Jewish food laws and origins

    cod. Rodents, reptiles and amphibians are prohibited. Jews are not able to consume any milk, flesh, organs and eggs from a treif creature. To be deemed kosher, the animal must be slaughtered properly according to the laws of Shechita. This does not apply to the killing of fish. It is performed by a Shochet who is a Jew and knows the religious laws well. He uses a very sharp knife with no bumps to ensure a clear swipe to the throat. This makes sure that the animal loses consciousness as quickly as possible so that it will feel no pain.

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  12. A01 Juadism

    Often they also have a metal breastplate, which is decorated with Jewish symbols. Both often have crowns and bells to show its importance. In addition, both communities process the Torah and it is a great honour to be selected to do this. In Orthodox communities, only men can carry and read the Torah however in Reform, both men and women can carry out these tasks. The Aron Hakodesh or the Holy Ark is the most important feature of any synagogue as it is where the Sefer Torah is kept.

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  13. Shabbat coursework

    13 Six days you shall labour and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

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  14. The Presence of so many divisions within Judaism suggests that it is no longer a strong faith, Discuss

    all cite the view that each tribe had a specific variant of the prayer liturgy unique for themselves. Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi explains that rather than being an arbitrary division, dividing one nation into 12 sub-nations; each tribe possessed a distinct, unique spiritual, emotional and intellectual characteristic that enhanced the nation as a whole. This form of divisiveness cannot be said to weaken the Jewish faith, on the contrary, it was the ideal. Each division complimented the whole. It expresses from the outset that Judaism is a religion that is sophisticated enough to handle certain differences. The fact that a religion could be divided yet could still strive towards an ultimate goal, without compromising on individuality, really highlights the strength and sophistication of that goal.

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  15. What does the word synagogue mean and how did synagogues come in to being?

    After the destruction of the first temple, Jews were taken into exile in Babylon, but even the Jews gathered and met in secret confinements to keep there faith alive. "Thus said the lord: though I have removed them far away among the nations and though I have scattered them along the lands, yet I have been for them a small sanctuary (synagogue) in the lands where they arrived" Ezekiel 11:16 There was then a temple in Jerusalem but many Jews did not want to return, so as Jews spreaded out all over the world more and more synagogues were being

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  16. The Sabbath

    The Pharisees were these powerful preachers which spread and taught the Jewish religion in with their own altered points, which often ended up gaining them more control and power. The Pharisees had been giving the complete opposite teachings and knowledge of the Sabbath. They were taking the Jews in the wrong direction. There rules for the Sabbath were very extravagant like no Jews were allowed to do any kind of work or job related hobby, nothing. If you were caught doing any job during the Sabbath day then you'd be punished and even trialed sometimes.

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  17. Explain the history and the symbolism of the festival of Passover

    Moses plea of "Let my people go" was ignored and God sent terrible plagues to distress the Egyptians. Pharaoh continued to refuse the release of the slaves. Until the last plague. Pesach, meaning "passing over" or "protection" in Hebrew, is derived from the instructions given to Moses by God. In order to encourage the Pharaoh to free the Israelites, God intended to kill the first-born of every Egyptian family. To protect themselves, the Israelites were told to mark their dwellings with lamb's blood so that God could identify them and "pass over" their homes. During that night, the angel of death came and killed every first-born son of the Egyptians.

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  18. Explain how Mark shows the difference between Jesus and the Pharisees over the observance of the Sabbath

    In the Old Testament, the Sabbath is described as the seventh day, when God has completed the creation of the universe, because of this ''he blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day''. Genesis 2:1-3. Jesus was raised as a normal Jewish child, but as a man his divinity was recognised by many, and he began to develop his own opinions on the Jewish laws from what he thought or knew God would think about certain things.

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  19. Roles of the synagogue.

    The synagogue is known as House of Assembly, 'Beit ha Knesset'. This reflects the fact that the synagogue is a place for Jewish people to meet together as a community. Jews share important facets of their lives with one another and achieve a great sense of community. Notice boards at the entrance of synagogues advertise forthcoming events such as lectures and outings. Social and cultural activities take place in the synagogue as well as charity events. In the Northwood Orthodox Synagogue, for example, there are social activities organised for 5-12 year olds such as 'The mum and toddler group', 'Bedtime stories in the Shul', 'Cubs' and 'Brownies'.

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  20. Describe some of the different ways in which Shabbat is observed in Jewish homes and the synagogue.

    No work can be done on Shabbat therefore all the food has to be prepared before hand as well as cleaning and tidying the house. People often find it difficult to understand the term 'work' on Shabbat as surely the rabbi is 'working' by leading the services in the Synagogue? However, some Jews will refrain from turning on light switches during Shabbat and it is therefore confusing as to what the term 'work' actually refers. The Hebrew term 'melachah' is often used instead which is simply a type of job, and on Shabbat there are 39 melachot that are forbidden.

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  21. Select describe and explain the important ways in which an Orthodox Jewish family observes Shabbat.

    Jesus being a Jew himself was supposed to abide by the rules of the Sabbath and didn't but without getting bogged down on Jesus here, the Shabbat is literally known as a day of rest! The rest isn't optional but most Jews would do it any way as we will discuss later on! So that's the keywords understood a little more, now I should be able to put the keywords into use throughout the essay. It begins on Friday evening when the sunsets and night falls.

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  22. Sabbath, Jewish Day of Rest.

    God gave Jews the Sabbath to permit us to enjoy the needed bodily rest and recreation after six days of toil, worry, and care; and this rest is to be enjoyed equally by all human beings, the servant as well as the master, and the hired laborer as well as his employer. Even the animals are to have rest, too. The Jewish Sabbath first declared liberty to man: every man is to enjoy the bliss of peace and rest. The Sabbath was instituted by God with two purposes: first, to give Jews a regular day of rest from their usual toil and care; secondly, to give them a chance for learning about God and what God desires from them.

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  23. Pesach, or Passover, the oldest holiday, celebrates the beginning of the Jewish people.

    After they crossed safely, the water closed and the Egyptians drowned. The Seder The Seder is a dramatic yet playful meal rich with stories, food and song. Seder means order, and a book called the Haggadah (The Telling) takes everyone through the fifteen steps of the evening celebration that retells the story of how the Jews became free people. The ceremony begins by reliving slavery and ends by imagining what the world will be like when all people are free. The Seder Table The Seder table looks like a dinner table, places are set for everyone (including all the children)

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  24. Passover - History and Events

    God sent ten plagues to Egypt. The Ten Plagues: Rivers of Blood Frogs Lice Insects Cattle Diseases Boils Hail Locusts Darkness The last Plague (on the evening of the Exodus) was The Angel of Death. For this plague the Israelites killed a perfect, one-year-old, male lamb. This acted as a substitute for their child. They smeared their doorposts in this lamb's blood to symbolise that a death had already occurred in that house. That night the Angel of Death killed the first born son of every Egyptian house, including the Pharaoh's, but PASSED OVER the houses which had their lintels smeared with blood.

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  25. Describe the different ways that Jews celebrate Shabbat in the home and Synagogue. Explain how observing the Sabbath every week might affect the life of a Jew

    Sometimes there will be a service at the local Synagogue. When they return the Father will bless their children if they have any. He will also read a piece of writing from the scriptures. Then they eat the Sabbath eve meal. The table is firstly covered in a clean white cloth. The meal starts when a male member of the family says a prayer called the Kiddush. He says this prayer while holding a cup of wine. The rest of the family sit at the table. Afterwards hymns from the Sabbath are sung at the table.

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