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Compassion
12.10.2011
What is the precise definition of the emotion “compassion”? Is there a difference between compassion and pity? Vadim Kelebeyev writes about the different characteristics of compassion, about the complex attempts to define it, and about its various appearances in Jewish culture read more>
 
 
What Is God’s Name?
13.06.2011, by Reflections
Why is God’s name considered holy? Has it always been holy? What is unique about God’s Hebrew name and how has it affected religious thinking around the world throughout the generations? A conversation with Hillel Ben-Sasson, doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem researching the meaning of God`s explicit name in Jewish thought read more>
 
 
Tashlich at Rosh Hashana: A Leisure Pastime that Became a Mitzvah
10.10.2010, by Reflections 10
A study of the texts written by Christians and converted Jews paints a surprising picture of the sources for the custom of Tashlich during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In this article, Dr. Eli Freiman explains how Tashlich began as a light-hearted pastime on Jewish festivals along the rivers of Ashkenaz, and only over the years becoming a meaningful and deeply religious ceremony read more>
 
 
Devekut
29.07.2010, by
Cleaving to God (devekut), up to the point of intimate spiritual closeness, is the most important value in the life of the faithful. However, as shown by Dr.Adam Afterman, devekut was a marginal commandment in the time of the Sages. Only under the influence of external philosophies did the great medieval Jewish thinkers give it a new meaning and a more significant status read more>
 
 
The Shechina
30.06.2010
The Kabbalistic literature has transformed the Shechina into an entity that expresses the connection between the divine and the human. Unlike the eternal and exalted God, the Shechina is close to man. His troubles are its troubles and his suffering is its suffering. Biti Roi discusses the shaping of an imperfect, dynamic and multi-faceted divinity which stands alongside the believer in coping with the turbulence of life read more>
 
 
Amalek
30.05.2010
The commandment to wage war on Amalek in every generation paradoxically ensures that Amalek is not eliminated from the pages of history. Yoske Achituv attempts to understand the contemporary significance of our biblical arch enemy. Is the eternal war against Amalek the lot of the nation of Israel, or is it the lot of God? And if we compare our current enemies to Amalek, is the implication that we will never be at peace with them? read more>
 
 
Purity and Impurity
28.03.2010
The laws of purity and impurity were carefully set out in order to organize the Israelite camp around the Tabernacle and its holiness. This institutionalized an ecological-ethical system that related to various bodily situations. Yair Furstenberg investigates whether it is possible to separate our recoil from what we find disgusting and our tendency to classify it as inferior and describes the way in which physical revulsion is translated into an ethical hierarchy that shapes our view of the world read more>
 
 
Revenge
19.01.2010, by
‘Inglourious Basterds,’ the new movie by the director Quentin Tarantino, describes a Jewish campaign of revenge against the Nazis at the peak of World War II which leads to a change in the course of history. This is a brutal, scathing, baseless and breathtaking fabrication and its sweeping cinematic manifestation raises questions regarding the gap between the fantasy of revenge in the cultural sense and the desire to fulfill it. Yoske Ahitov examines these questions and describes how Jewish culture deals with the issue of revenge and its place in the space between the text and the idea, on the one hand, and the act and execution, on the other. He further examines the question of whether grandiose fantasizing about revenge can free a person from the longing for revenge, or whether it in fact intensifies the desire to fulfill the fantasy. read more>
 
 
 
   
 
   
 

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