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  1. Festivals vs Pilgrimage in Judaism

    There are countless festivals in the Jewish calendar (perhaps not countless, but many) each celebrating or commemorating something different. Some may argue that without festivals to remind us, important historic events would be forgotten as generations wore on. Not to mention the fact that age old traditions would be lost. So yes, festivals are a very important aspect of Jewish life. Now, how do they compare when placed against pilgrimage? Firstly, it's always best to define one's terms; a pilgrimage is a journey, often over great distances that are made for religious reasons.

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  2. Comparing Rastafarian and Judaism

    Their views on their food laws * Jews strict food laws are not eating any meat unless it's kosher. (Is when the meat is killed in a humane way cutting its throat.) Rastafarians food laws are not eating any food unless its Ital food (vital food- means clean, pure and natural) * Within the religion of Jews, Jews are allowed to drink these beverages: alcohol and coffee. Whereas with Rastafarians, Rastafarians class alcohol and coffee as forbidden beverages. Holy days * Judaism Religion has loads of holidays that link into the next sometimes being a week long.

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  3. Explain Jewish Teachings about Equality

    * Protecting the Jewish Community - Some Jews take action to protect the Jewish community from attacks of violence, abuse, vandalism, threats etc. * Rejecting Judaism - turning away from Judaism. For them, anything Jewish is totally negative, since it has always lead to discrimination and persecution * Celebrating Multiculturalism - Trying to make Jews and Judaism a thoroughly integrated part of modern multicultural society, but without losing or compromising Judaism There were a few organisations which specialised in protecting the Jewish community.

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  4. Abraham's Covenant With God

    In return for this, Abraham and his descendants would have to promise to give something back. Although God doesn't need anything, he did ask for something but as more of a desire rather than a need. He said that he would like ethical monotheism. This means that he wanted everyone to believe in One God only. As with all covenants, there was a sign made as recognition of it. God said that he wanted all males to have their foreskin circumcised after eight days of their existence. As for Abraham, although he was very old, he was also asked to be circumcised as an example for the future descendants.

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  5. 'If Jews do not follow the Halacha then they cannot be regarded as good Jews. Discuss.

    Jewish people live their lives following mitzvot, which the Halacha only assists, not governs. Through the obeying of these mitzvot, they can form a strong bond with God, and build up a good relationship with Him. In order for Jews to be seen as good by not only themselves, but by God and by others, they must follow the mitzvot more strictly than the halachot, which are only provided as a guide about how to go about following each mitzvah.

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  6. Explain how observing the Torahs teaching on kashrut affects the Jewish way of life.

    It is also the sign of obedience to God. The rules about which animals, birds and fish are acceptable are placed in Leviticus. "You may eat any land animal that has divided hooves and that also chews the cud" This includes animals like lamb, beef, goat and most herbivores. The pig has divided hooves, but does not chew cud, so pork and all kinds of bacon are forbidden. "You may eat any kind of fish that has fins and scales" This includes most of fish, but forbids all other seafood, like shellfish or creatures like eels etc.

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  7. Can you be a proper Jew if you dont follow laws of Judaism?

    Orthodox Jews believe the entire Torah was given to Moses by God and remains authoritative for modern life in its entirety, furthermore Orthodox Jews reject the changes of Reform Judaism and hold fast to most traditional Jewish beliefs and practices. For example, Orthodox would not cook on the day of the Sabbath; it would have been prepared and cooked the day before.

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  8. 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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  9. Bar and Bat mitzvah

    Worn on mornings, Shabbat and special occasions missing out the afternoons and evenings of weekdays. Tefillin 13. Two boxes 14. One worn on the arm and one on the head 15. Black and kosher leather 16. The one on the arm is wound 7 times around the arm and held in the hand. 17. The tefillin are worn on weekday mornings everyday missing out Shabbat and any other special occasions. 18. The one on the head represents serving God with the mind and the one on the non-writing arm is placed close to the heart so that it symbolises serving god with the heart.

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  10. 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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    GCSE RE: Sabbath

    Before, during and after Shabbat has arrived a number of rituals need to be met out of respect for the holy day. There are two commandments Jews have to recognise. To remember and to observe the Shabbat. The mother of the house covers her head out of respect and covers her eyes as she wants to delay the pleasure of seeing Shabbat as this is special to them. The Jewish are permitted to be hospitable when it comes to Shabbat and they won't leave anyone out so, they greet family member and other Jewish guests, with the phrase Shabbat Shalom ???????

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  12. A01 Select and explain the important aspects of a Christian Wedding

    The Minister now gives everyone at the wedding the opportunity to declare if they know of a reason why the couple may not legally be married. A short pause allows for anyone to answer. If nobody speaks out the couple then make the promises that they will love, comfort, honour and protect each other during their lifetime.

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    The priest or minister can also make prayers up based on the teachings that can be found in the bible. The priest or minister may also say a benediction which is a blessing that is aimed at the congregation as a whole they are said at the of the service.

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    Judaism - history and major festivals.

    The jewish priests are also called Rabbis. Word Rabbi in hebrew means teacher. They are meant to study two holy books- the Talmus and the Torah. These are written either in Hebrew or in Aramaic. Jews celebrate their liturgies in synagogues. The most important place of the synagoge is a decorated cup board where the scrolls of the torah are kept. While praying, Jewish men wear a tallit, a ceremonial shawl which covers their shoulders. They also wear a small cap called kipa. Jewish woman pray separately from men. Orthodox Jews obey many rules concerning their everyday life, including dress code and food.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Shabbat is a day when the whole Jewish community are not allowed to work.

    The Sabbath starts at sunset. Amongst the Orthodox Jews, the practise is to stop working at least 30 minutes before Sabbath in case they accidentally work when the Holy Day has begun. It is custom to light two candles before the Sabbath begins on Friday. The two candles symbolise the two words of command in the two versions of the Ten Commandments.

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  18. Jewish Movements

    Once Rabbi Israel had died, his foremost disciple became the leader (Rabbi Dov Baer of Mezritch). He taught a few close disciples to prepare them to lead and when Rabbi Dov Baer died, the disciples he taught settled in Poland, Galicia, White Russia and the Ukraine. By the mid-1930s, there were several million Chassidim in Eastern Europe. The Chassidim decreased in size greatly during the Holocaust. There are now Chassidic communities in places such as Jerusalem, London and New York, but includes many other cities. They live in their own communities, with their own shuls, schools, yeshivot, etc.

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  19. Food Laws in the Jewish Tradition

    When it comes to dairy products it gets complicated. Dairy products are Kosher but cannot be eaten with meat, you have to wait 6 hours after eating meat to eat any dairy product. This is because it says in the torah; "And you will not cook the kid with the milk of its mother..." When cooking in a kitchen jews have to be very organised to separate the meat from the dairy. Most jewish kitchens will often have two sinks, two sets of cutlery, crockery and utensils so that meat and dairy can be prepared separately.

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  20. 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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  21. Describe some of the different ways in which the Sabbath is observed in Jewish homes and in the Synagogue

    There are over thirty activities forbidden on the Shabbat, as the Sabbath is supposed to be a day of rest in which Jews should only focus on God and their family The Sabbath can be practised at home or in the synagogue. This essay will highlight the different ways in which the Sabbath is observed in both scenario's. The Sabbath at home usually begins with the female of the house lighting two candles which remain burning until they burn out.

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  22. : 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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  23. How Does Having Religious Artefacts around the Home Affect the Life of a Jew?

    All of these objects can play an important part in a Jewish person's life. Having these objects can make you think, and give you time to think. When you stop to kiss a mezuzah as you enter a room, are you thinking about what you are doing the next day or would you think about something more special?

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  24. Roles Of Women In Judaism

    He did not make one inferior or superior to the other. He rather made men and women with different but complimentary strengths, which implies that they have different roles to play in relationships. Men are generally physically more powerful than women, but there is a lack of understanding of this trait on the part of men. The strength has been given not to dominate, but rather to serve and protect. Similarly, the appointment of married men as the head of the family does in no way imply that he has to "rule" and his decision is "final".

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  25. Outline Christian teaching on Wealth and Poverty

    In Timothy 6:9-10 it is said that "For the love of money is the root of all evil". This quote shows that all the evil, such as gambling, drug trafficking and murder are all caused mostly by the love of money. People love money so much they have to do all these things and hurt other people in order to get more money. In most cases people don't intend to do the damage but their love of money would be hurting a lot of people in the world and even their own families. Christians also believe that wealth is a good thing, but greed is not.

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