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  1. Being Jewish in Britain today

    If an Orthodox kills another person by mistake, should he try to flee? If he/ she do, constables today would probably be able to capture wherever the criminal is and would hand him/ her over to the British constables and he would face more serious punishment for fleeing. When this happen, should the leaders of his/ her community kidnap him/ her from where he/ she is keep and 'take the killer form my [God's] altar for execution' because the crime offender had 'wilfully attacks and kills another by treachery' if God had not appointed a place for the killer to flee?

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  2. 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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  3. Explain what happens at either a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

    Judaism, however he is speaking specifically to the Barmitzvah, encouraging him to remain faithful to G-d now that he is responsible for himself. After Shabbat, a big party or a special meal is held for all the family and friends to help the Barmitzvah celebrate this joyous occasion. Explain how taking part in a Bar or Bat mitzvah might help to strengthen the faith of a Jewish family. (7) Some Jewish families will not keep to the laws of Judaism because they do not feel obligated to.

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  4. Grace After Meals

    Also, a religious Jew said that if he does not say Grace after Meals, he feels as if he has stolen from God. The blessing is important for you more than it is for God receiving thanks for what He has done. The blessing reminds you that God has provided you with all this, and that you should enjoy having the Torah, the mitzvot, etcetera. Reciting the blessings 'alerts' you to the fact that you have got great amounts of food and freedom, and so you should be thankful, because lots of people out there in the world do not have that.

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  5. Story Of Jonah

    What does Jew-like mean? Jew-like manner means following the Torah, and doing as many mitzvot as you can while following examples of stories in the Torah. For example, if God provided a man with support and guidance, you should do so in a similar fashion. But Jonah publically announcing himself as a Jew isn't the only key life skill we can learn from the story of Jonah. The story of Jonah also shows how God was willing to forgive and did so once the city of Nineveh repented.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. The Orthadox Synagogue

    These meetings later became formalised and specific places of worship were built, the beginning of the synagogue. When they returned to Israel the faith saw the continuation of Synagogues being built as a local place to study the scriptures. In 70AD the temple was destroyed again but this time by the Romans and since the Jews believed that only God can rebuild the temple it remained destroyed. This meant that the Synagogues assumed a more important and significant role. However when the Jews spread all over world, Diaspora, synagogues were built and established as a focus for these communities.

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  9. 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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  10. Y Synagogue: "Ty cwrdd, Ty Gweddi, Ty Dysg"

    i gadw'r ffydd yn fyw. Yn ddiweddarach gosodwyd adeiladau ar wah�n ar gyfer gweddio. Rhain oedd y synagogau cyntaf. Ar �l dychwelyd i Babilon daeth yr Iddew �'r syniad o'r synagog i Israel. Felly, am ychydig, roedd y synagog a'r deml yn ganolfannau addoli. Roedd y deml i'w gweld yn ninas Jerwsalem, ac yno y byddai'r Iddew yn aberthu ac yn addoli. Dim ond un teml oedd a'r gael. Serch hynny roedd y synagogau i'w gweld ym mhob pentref ar �l i'r iddew ddychwelyd o'r alltudiaeth.

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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. Describe and explain the ways in which the Sabbath is observed in the Jewish home and synagogue

    The first and last three blessings of the Amidah are the same as the weekday one but the 13 benedictions in the middle are replaced with a passage describing the holiness of the Sabbath. Kiddush is recited in the synagogue for those who do not say it at home. The service concludes with Yigdal. The candles are lit eighteen minutes before sundown because 18 means life in Hebrew. Traditionally, the woman of the house lights them. The two candles represent the two versions of the commandment to keep the Sabbath: "Remember the Shabbat" (Exodus 20:8)

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  13. Are The Jewish Food Laws Still Important?

    There are many suggestions of what the purpose for having these laws in place is. One is that the laws of kashrut prevent socialization and intermarriage with non-Jews, helping the Jewish community to maintain its identity. Another is that keeping the food laws could symbolise will power and could be used to separate the 'divine from the humane'. In the way that their God has sacrificed and given so much up to his people, the Jewish people believe they must try and give back and live their lives in accordance to the Covenant relationship that Jews are believed to have with God.

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  14. Sabbath. Every week, Jews have a day of rest called Sabbath or Shabbos

    Jews are also not allowed to drive, watch television, take photographs, go fishing or use the telephone (except in emergencies). Many people have noticed that all the Melachot have something in common, they are all something creative. After preparing for Sabbath, the Sabbath begins by setting the table it should be set with at least two candles, representing the dual commands to observe the Sabbath. There should also be a glass of wine and two loaves of challah, representing the dual portion of manna that God provided for the Israelites in preparation for Sabbath in the desert.

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  15. The Jewish Home Is More Important In Sustaining Judaism Then The Synagogue. Do You Agree?

    At Passover, the whole family is involved and the youngest child asks four questions during the celebration. Often there is a fun search for the Chametz involving the children making the festivities fun. Rites of passage in the home include the Brit Millah and Marriage. These are very important rites the first showing the entrance into the covenant of Judaism and the second the joining of two people and the allowance of sex and so the creation of children. On the other hand, some Jews would say the Synagogue is more important in sustaining Judaism then the home because of its many different functions and its beginnings from the exile of Jews from Egypt and the destruction of the Temple.

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Describe the celebration and significance of the Jewish Sabbath. (24) The Sabbath day, in the time of Jesus was seen by Jews to be a complete day of rest, which

    The Jews used the ceremony of Kiddush to give a sense of occasion and a really special atmosphere for the Sabbath, this is when they read from the Passage of the Book of Genesis and wine was drunk and bread was blessed. On the Saturday morning, the Jews held the main service of the week in the Synagogue, where they united in worshipping as a community. When the service had ended the Jewish people would make Kiddush in the hall of the Synagogue.

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  20. Can Orthodox Jews practice their religion successfully in Britain today?

    Britain is not violent at all comparatively, making it much easier to be a Jew in Britain. There may be still anti Semitic people in Britain even though much of it is concealed. This means that Orthodox Jews would not have to worry about much violence or prejudice towards them.

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  21. In both Judaism and Christianity, the Sabbath is a religious day of worship.

    They were concerned to uphold in every detail the Jewish religious laws including those of the Sabbath. Jesus came into conflict with them many times, they saw Jesus as a threat. Jesus came into conflict with Pharisees` many times about the Sabbath. In Mark 1:21-31 (a man with an evil spirit). Jesus and the disciples went to Capernaum. On the Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue to teach. People were amazed by the way he taught, "he taught with authority" they remarked. A man with an evil spirit came n, Jesus ordered the spirit "Be quiet, and come out of the man!"

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  22. AO2:Explain how Jesus teaching on the Sabbath would affect the life of a Christian today

    Worship is a very important part of Christian life, Jesus' teaching on the Sabbath effects worshipping of many different Christian sects in different ways. Roman Catholics believe in transubstantiation (they believe in the bread and wine at mass become the actually body and blood of Christ) so they go to church every week to receive the Eucharist.

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  23. What can a study of Mark's Gospel tell Christians of different denominations about the meaning and importance of the Sabbath.

    He was not breaking the law when he healed on the Sabbath, 'The man with the evil spirit' 'The man with the withered hand'. Because it was obviously the right loving thing to do. The law was to allow people to rest and worship God, not to stop them nibbling ears of corn. The Sabbath, to the Jews was a holy day in which they believed no works should be done. It was a day of rest; from sunset to sunset.

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  24. 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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  25. What does the word 'synagogue' mean and how did synagogues come into being?

    The exact date when synagogues came into existence is uncertain. It is common belief that there were meeting places dating back as far as the sixth century BCE. Originally, Jews would meet together in the open, or in groves of trees, and sacrifice animals. As they were a Nomadic people it was not possible for them to have a set place of worship. The mitzvot ordered Jews to keep the Decalogue tablets in a wooden ark, 'Ark of Covenant', and to carry it with them wherever they went.

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