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  Judaism in Israel - Definition, explanation
The great majority of citizens in the State of Israel are Jewish; the great majority of Israeli Jews practice Judaism as their religion.
Judaism's core belief, however, firmly remains a binding principle agreed upon by Jews of all backgrounds: the belief in one incorporeal God.
The "Orthodox" spectrum in Israel is a far greater percentage of the Jewish population in Israel than in the diaspora, though how much greater is hotly debated.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/j/ju/judaism_in_israel.php   (552 words)

  Judaism - MSN Encarta
Judaism, religious culture of the Jews (also known as the people of Israel); one of the world’s oldest continuing religious traditions.
Judaism originated in the land of Israel (also known as Palestine) in the Middle East.
Israel is to be a “kingdom of priests,” and the ideal social order that it establishes in accordance with the divine laws is to be a model for the human race.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761556154/Judaism.html   (1012 words)

 UNHCR - Israel: Information on conversion to Judaism in Israel
        It is possible to convert to Judaism and although the process requires motivation and serious studies of Judaism, it is not as difficult to convert as it has been reported in the media.
There are some places, especially in Jerusalem, that teach Judaism and all the main issues related to Judaim.
The Court does not want people to come to Israel for a few weeks, convert and then go back to their respective countries.
www.unhcr.org /home/RSDCOI/3ae6ab103c.html   (916 words)

 Judaism and Israel
The history of the present Government of Israel (GOI) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these occupied territories.
Palestinians have called on Israel to remove some of the 500 checkpoints that strangle commerce and restrict movement for 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank.
Unfortunately, the fanatic Vikings who lived near the former Temple Israel continually harassed the JC farmers and their families by cutting down apple trees and screaming at them when they went to harvest the apples that the land had been promised to them by Odin and that the JC should leave.
judaismandisrael.blogspot.com /index.html   (6028 words)

Judaism was born in exile, after the children of Israel were banished from their Homeland and scattered throughout the lands.
Because Judaism is not the religion of free men; it is the rebellion of an enslaved nation.
And Judaism describes an awkward way of life, for it is overloaded with annoyances and saturated with foolishness, such that it is altogethor seen as a disturbance.
www.amichai.com /mustread/judaism.htm   (1127 words)

 Judaism 101: The Land of Israel
The world outside of Israel is often referred to as "galut," which is usually translated as "diaspora" (dispersion), but a more literal translation would be "exile" or "captivity." When we live outside of Israel, we are living in exile from our land.
Jews were exiled from the land of Israel by the Romans in 135 C.E., after they defeated the Jews in a three-year war, and Jews did not have any control over the land again until 1948 C.E. Zionism and the Formation of the State of Israel
Israel also has a president, elected by the Knesset, and a Prime Minister, formerly elected directly but this system is in flux.
www.jewfaq.org /israel.htm   (1984 words)

 American Jewish Committee - Reform Judaism in Israel: Progress and Prospects - The Future for Liberal Judaism in Israel
The practices retained by Reform and Conservative Judaism in the United States tend to be those that are compatible with the American social environment.63 Many American Jews who want to be part of the general society and yet retain a degree of Jewish identification affiliate with the non- Orthodox branches of Judaism.
Israel is geared to the observance of Jewish holidays; kashrut is observed in most public institutions and many other places as well.
Reform Judaism in Israel: The Significance of Reform Judaism in Israel
www.ajc.org /site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=840313&ct=1051601   (965 words)

 Without Israel Judaism Is Pointless
Israel was established to spare Jews physical danger and antisemitism.
For him, the state of Israel is a "colonialist enterprise" and any solution to the conflict begins with the assumption that every centimeter of Israel is "usurped land" and the entire entity is illegitimate.
What many sentimental or left-wing Jews, both inside and outside Israel, do dream of is a multicultural Israel in which Jew and Arab live together in harmony in one land under a flag flying both the red crescent and the Star of David.
www.middleeastfacts.com /Articles/without-israel-judaism-is-pointless.php   (1799 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
In Judaism, the study of Torah refers to the study of all this literature, not simply to the Pentateuch (“the Torah,” in the narrow sense).
Preexilic Israel, first as a confederation of tribes and then as a kingdom, celebrated as its formative experiences the redemption from Egyptian bondage and, particularly, the conquest and settlement of the land of Canaan (the land of Israel).
The prior history of Israel now was reinterpreted in light of the events of 586, laying the foundation for the traditional biblical Pentateuch, prophetic canon, and historical books.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/religion/judaism.html   (4641 words)

 Israel: Judaism & Zionism
This is one of the most important (and hopeful!) pieces WWV has circulated this year and, interestingly, not long after we suggested that it was time for ordinary, decent, peace-loving Jews to expose the Zionist agenda.
The practical outcome of Zionism in the form of the State known as Israel is completely alien to Judaism and the Jewish Faith.
We have another problem and that is that the Zionists have made themselves to appear as the representatives and spokespeople of all Jews thus, with their actions, arousing animosity against the Jews.
www.lightparty.com /Peace/IsraelJudaismZionism.html   (2594 words)

  Zionism And Judaism...Comparing Apples To Rocks
Israel, I'd been told, was a democracy, a little good guy surrounded by a pack of big bad guys who were hell bent on driving the innocent state into the sea.
Anyone who listens to the mainstream media thinks that Israel is a helpless country which has to be constantly on guard against terrorist threats.
The only connecting thread appears to be their Judaism, a word without a clear definition.
www.rense.com /general65/compare.htm   (1843 words)

 Judaism 101: The Patriarchs and the Origins of Judaism
Of course, technically, it is incorrect to refer to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as Jews, because the terms "Jew" and "Judaism" were not used generally to refer to this nation until hundreds of years after their time; nevertheless, for convenience and in accordance with common practice, I will use these terms.
He blessed Jacob and gave him the name "Israel" (Yisrael), meaning "the one who wrestled with G-d" or "the Champion of G-d." The Jewish people are generally referred to as the Children of Israel, signifying our descent from Jacob.
Here, G-d revealed Himself to the Children of Israel and offered them a great covenant: if the people would hearken to G-d and observe His covenant, then they would be the most beloved of nations, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
www.jewfaq.org /origins.htm   (1412 words)

 Israel - The Role of Judaism
But the opposite is true; traditional Judaism has been playing a more dominant role since the late 1960s and affecting more of the political and economic dimensions of everyday life.
In the nineteenth century, Zionism often competed with Orthodox Judaism for the hearts and minds of young Jews, and enmity existed between Orthodox Jews of Eastern Europe and the Zionists (and those residing in Palestine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries).
Although Agudat Israel was originally opposed to the idea of a Jewish state, it came to accept the rationale for it in a hostile gentile world (especially after the Central and East European centers of Orthodoxy were destroyed in the Holocaust).
countrystudies.us /israel/43.htm   (657 words)

 How to ruin Judaism - Haaretz - Israel News
Judaism must revive the medieval concept of the "moser," under which Jews who hand over Jewish land to gentiles, inform against fellow Jews or hand over fellow Jews to gentiles are guilty of capital crimes.
Author's note: The distortion of contemporary Judaism to a perverse extreme is especially evident in the works of the self-appointed "Sanhedrin" of leading far-right rabbis, whose rabbinic court recently pronounced Israel Defense Forces West Bank Commander Yair Naveh, himself Orthodox, a moser for approving the eviction of 20 occupants of an illegal outpost.
Israel Discount Bank is now in the hands of Matthew Bronfman and his group.
www.haaretz.com /hasen/spages/835456.html   (975 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Holidays: Israel & Judaism
The rebirth of the state of Israel, and its victories over the enemies who sought repeatedly to destroy it, is a modern-day miracle for those who lived through this darkest time in Jewish history.
Israel is the place where Jewish spiritual and social possibilities ire endless.
Furthermore, to be a Jew in Israel is to bestow a sense of normalcy and calm in the hearts of the American Jewish visitor, who may not usually be aware of the sense of "otherness" to which they have become accustomed and, therefore, did not even know existed in their American lives.
www.myjewishlearning.com /holidays/Modern_Holidays/Yom_Haatzmaut/Prayer/Israel_JFL.htm   (430 words)

 "Non-Orthodox Press for Access to Israeli Mikvehs - Forward.com"
JERUSALEM — The Israeli movements for Conservative and Reform Judaism are protesting disparaging statements made last week by the government minister in charge of religious affairs, Yitzhak Cohen of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, who dismissed non-Orthodox conversions as “virtual” and undeserving of ritual immersion in publicly funded ritual baths.
David Lissy, executive director and CEO of the New York-based Masorti Foundation of Conservative Judaism in Israel, sent a letter to Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Daniel Ayalon, demanding that Cohen be rebuked for his “offensive and immature” comments.
Israel’s Conservative and Reform movements have long complained of being denied access to the country’s public mikvehs for ritual immersion, which is required for conversion by all three streams of Judaism in Israel.
www.forward.com /articles/non-orthodox-press-for-access-to-israeli-mikvehs   (884 words)

 Israeli Offensive May Transform US Judaism
Israel will have to make compromises to please Washington, perhaps including an end to, or even dismantling of, settlements in the Occupied Territories.
Israel's treatment of the Palestinians has slashed a grievous moral wound in the Jewish people and their religious life.
The new Judaism must learn to find Jewish self-respect in helping Israel build, together with Palestine and its other neighbors, the kind of Middle East community that the great Jewish thinker Martin Buber envisioned 80 years ago.
www.rense.com /general24/trans.htm   (833 words)

 URJ - Israel Information and Action
Residents of the region, from children to the elderly, must cope not only with the material and economic damage, but also with the emotional and mental anguish caused by the terrible feeling that, over the past month, their home was no longer a symbol of safety and calm and offered no protection from injury.
And the people of Israel are looking to the North American Jewish community to help restore Israel and its sense of community.
To help you as you organize efforts in your local communities, the Union for Reform Judaism, ARZA and other arms of the movement have prepared these resources.
urj.org /israel   (732 words)

 URJ - Judaism is healthier here than in Israel
Israel is awash in the less attractive elements of American culture: of Coca Cola and video arcades, pop music and Michael Jackson, soccer and soap operas.
But do not be deluded: Israel has succeeded in defending her borders militarily, but not spiritually; she can guard against tanks of foreign armies but not against the enticements of foreign culture or the infiltration of cable TV.
This means that Israel needs to renew and strengthen her peace with Jordan and Egypt, and to extend peaceful relations to an increasing circle of Middle Eastern countries; we will then look to the United States to lead these countries in monitoring the nuclear threat and ultimately dismantling it.
www.urj.org /yoffie/archive/isr   (1843 words)

 Israel, Judaism and Zionism
The practical outcome of Zionism in the form of the State known as ‘Israel’ is completely alien to Judaism and the Jewish Faith.
We have another problem and that is that the Zionists have made themselves to appear as the representatives and spokespeople of all Jews thus, with their actions, arousing animosity against the Jews.
On the contrary Zionism itself and its deeds are the biggest threat to Jews and Judaism.
www.nkusa.org /activities/speeches/bham022603.cfm   (2417 words)

 Israel and Judaism
Judaism and Scripture: The Evidence of Leviticus Rabbah.
Judaism in the Greco-Roman Period." ABD 3 (1992): 1037-54.
Judaism in the Mishnaic Period." ABD 3 (1992): 1083-89.
www.usfca.edu /fac_staff/elliottj/israelandjudaism.html   (3356 words)

 Looking for the 'Jew Inside,' Young Adults Grapple with Israel
Israel has committed $70 million over the next five years, but allocated only $8 million in its budget this year.
Even young Jews who feel they have no place within Judaism, who ran away from it after what many say were horribly ineffective Hebrew school experiences, are engaging their minds.
Educating them about Israel's struggles and history is meant to make them think about Israel's place in Jewish history and in their own history, Joel explained.
www.jewishjournal.com /old/birthright.1.21.0.htm   (1551 words)

 Judaism and Jewish Theologians Today
Early Reform Judaism was also anti­Zionist, believing the Diaspora was necessary for Jews to be "light unto the nations." Nevertheless, a number of Reform rabbis were pioneers in establishing Zionism in America, including Gustav and Richard Gottheil, Rabbi Steven S. Wise (founder of the American Jewish Congress) and Justice Louis Brandeis.
This ideology, which proclaimed that Judaism had developed in history while simultaneously insisting upon the centrality of halacha as the essence of Judaism, ultimately came to serve as the intellectual foundation for the Conservative Movement.
Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life which integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.
biblia.com /theology/judaismtoday.htm   (4045 words)

 Judaism ~ Israel Abrahams ~ eBookMall ~ eBooks
1), 'Judaism' signifies the religion of the Jews as contrasted with Hellenism, the religion of the Greeks.
Judaism, then, is here taken to represent that later development of the Religion of Israel which began with the reorganisation after the Babylonian Exile (444 B.C.), and was crystallised by the Roman Exile (during the first centuries of the Christian Era).
The exact period which will be here seized as a starting-point is the moment when the people of Israel were losing, never so far to regain, their territorial association with Palestine, and were becoming (what they have ever since been) a community as distinct from a nation.
www.ebookmall.com /ebooks/judaism-abrahams-ebooks.htm   (880 words)

 israel today > Judaism Lexicon
Looking at the white threads of the tassels is meant to remind the Jew of the 613 commandments of the Torah (the Five Books of Moses): “And it shall be...to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, so as to do them” (verse 39).
TZAHAL is the acronym for “Tzava Hagana L’Israel” (Israel Defense Forces or IDF).
Judaism teaches that the righteous can mediate in prayer between God and men.
www.israeltoday.co.il /default.aspx?tabid=139   (995 words)

 Judaism,  Messiah, Israel
Judaism - Messiah - Israel, Jerusalem - Sacrifices, Eucharist - Priests - Jewish feasts - Passover - Holocaust
Judaism and Christianity,, two kinds of Judaism andTwo kinds of Christianity
The Torah is the most sacred book of Judaism today, and dedicates 27 full chapters to the Altar, sacrifices, and priests (Ex.25-40, Lev.1-6, 23-25, Num.28-29)...
www.biblia.com /encyclopedia/3-judaism.htm   (1257 words)

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