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Judaism

Norman Solomon.

February 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 168 pages.

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction outlines the basics of practical Judaism — its festivals, prayers, customs, and various sects. Modern concerns and debates of the Jewish people include...

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Kabbalah

Joseph Dan.

June 2007; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies. 144 pages.

Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction looks at the history and character of the systems developed by adherents of the Kabbalah and examines the key ancient texts of this tradition, including...

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Uriel Acosta

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(1585–1640), religious skeptic born in Portugal of Marrano parents. His study of the Hebrew Bible led him to doubt Christianity; to live openly as a Jew, he escaped with his ...

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Acquisition

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies — Law.

(Heb. qinyan). The methods of acquiring property lie at the heart of both proprietary and contractual rights in Jewish civil law. A formal qinyan is necessary to effect the transfer ...

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Acts of Alexandrian Martyrs

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

A group of disparate texts, written between the first and the early third century ce, and known solely from papyri fragments found in Egypt. The texts usually take the form ...

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Avraham Adadi

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(1800–1874), North African rabbinical authority born in Tripoli, Libya, where he helped devise a comprehensive system of popular education for the young. To support this, he and the other...

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Fall of Adam

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

While it is incorrect to say that post-biblical Judaism attaches no special significance to Adam's fall or knows nothing of original sin, it is certainly true that, with the exception of...

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Adar

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(), name of Assyrian–Babylonian origin for the twelfth month of the religious year, sixth of the civil year. Its zodiacal sign is Pisces. The feast of Purim, which falls on ...

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Adass Jisroel

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(Congregation of Israel) or Adass Jeshurun, names chosen by strictly Orthodox German congregations that left Reform-dominated communities to become independent separatist congregations (Aus...

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Adda’ Bar Ahavah

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(3d cent.), Babylonian amora’, to be distinguished from the fourth century Babylonian amora’ of the same name (cf. B. B. 22a–b). He was reputedly born on the day that R. ...

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