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life in his nostrils; and the man became a living creature” (Gen 2:7). Other words that describe the animating spirit that defines life, ‮נשמה‬‎ and ‮רוח‬‎, likewise relate to respiration. The ‮מגוייד‬‎ and the ‮גוסס‬‎ mentioned in our Mishnah are nearly dead, but they are still breathing

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In: Hakol Kol Yaakov
Author: Susan Grossman

celebration of menses and immersion in the mikveh as a Jewish Our Bodies Ourselves , an affirmation of the wholeness of our bodies, created in God’s image and functioning according to God’s will, with the generative potential that enables us to be partners with God in creating life. 8 Some Jewish

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In: Hakol Kol Yaakov
Author: Paul Heger

unconventional opinions of some indi- vidual rabbis, have concluded a priori that abstinence—that is, some type of asceticism—was advocated and practised by the rabbis, and thus was part of their theology and of their theory on the optimal way of life. When the bulk of the evidence seems to oppose our

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In: Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature
Author: Paul Heger

a woman אשה with her fellow woman, בחייה while your wife is living,” conflicting with the common interpretation which refers to a prohibition to marry two biological sisters at the same time. He came to this conclusion because the word בחייה in this verse is similar to בחייהם, used in the CD

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In: Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature

-modern Judaism evinced intellectual stagnation and an antiquated rabbinic culture, he tended to view Jewish life in the last third of the eighteenth century largely through the lens of the maskilim (practitioners of Haskalah). 5 The present study approaches these issues from a different vantage point. It

In: Law’s Dominion
Authors: Elliot N. Dorff and Marc Gary

Rabbi Roth in all these ways I take as a mark of a life well lived, for Rabbi Roth has modeled for two generations what it should mean to be a teacher, a rabbi, and a Jew. I treasure his deep learning and analytic mind, his remarkable teaching ability, his devotion to the Jewish tradition, his

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In: Hakol Kol Yaakov
Author: Laura S. Lieber

-dwellers, like their non-Samaritan compatriots, thrived within a richly agrarian society; as Yizhar Hirschfeld writes, “The majority of village dwellers earned their living as farmers, cultivating grains, vegetables, grapes, and olives, herding sheep, and raising cattle. Numerous presses for wine and oil attest

In: Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature

salient features of Jewish communal life during the past two millennia. 1 With the firm support of the monarchy and, to a lesser extent, of the local authorities, Jewish communities exercised jurisdiction in both civil and religious affairs. Under the terms set forth in the royal privileges, they

In: Law’s Dominion

happiness through living a life in which human potential is realized. This flourishing is accomplished through the perfection of character and virtuous living, by exercising the human capacity for reason, guiding oneself by reason, and engaging in activities that actualize the virtues of the rational soul

In: Intention in Talmudic Law
Author: Paul Heger

then present grounds for refuting her theory. Ezra and Nehemiah’s extension of biblical intermarriage restrictions with the Canaanites to all Gentiles was motivated by the precarious situation of the small Jewish community of returnees as a people with a distinct culture in the midst of a multitude

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In: Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature