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    study of the Talmud and its application to Jewish lives. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov and his followers “created a way of Jewish life that emphasized the ability of all Jews to grow closer to God [in] everything they do, say, and think” (Jewish-Library). He also led European Jewry away from Rabbinism and toward mysticism which encouraged the poor and oppressed Jews of the 18th century to live carefree and hopeful. His methods and style of learning made Jewish life more optimistic. Today, a large majority

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    Following its completion began the first large scale migration of Jewish people to the West, where they settled throughout countries bordering the Mediterranean and Europe. The migrations which occurred soon after the destruction of the First Temple led to the foundation of the Babylonian and Egyptian diaspora communities as well as various other settlements around the Mediterranean and throughout the Roman Empire. The rise of the first Jewish communal and cultural centers in the West date from the period

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    “We can really live with the tradition. We don’t think it should be mummified” Frank London of The Klezmatics Daniel Goldberg Over the years the name “Klezmer” has come to have a different significance for individuals, just as the Jewish identity itself has come to manifest itself differently within diverse populations and individuals over time. In the most general sense, Klezmer is the instrumental music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. The musicians are by tradition called klezmorim and

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    The popular author Chaim Potok struggled throughout his life with the sacred (Jewish religion and tradition) and the secular world. Potok suggested four possible responses for a person who faces confrontation with the sacred thought system and the secular thought system. First, the lockout response: a person escapes the conflict by erecting impenetrable barriers between the sacred and the secular and then remains in just one system. Second, compartmentalization: a person creates separate categories

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    and it survived only because of the fact that song and merry- making was required in weddings (Shepherd 1). Jewish music originated from ancient chants of prayer of the Levant about 3000 years ago. The musical ideology that resulted and that can be found in the bible today is among the most ancient forms of music, notated, although it is still in current use all over the globe today. Jewish music has been adapting often to new conditions, but it retains its identity in numerous broadly differing social

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    The first chapter, aptly titled “Understanding Israel” is a quick overview of the topics that are to be addressed throughout the book to let the reader get acquainted with general knowledge of Israel. Topics in this chapter include the strength of a Jewish National Identity even during the Diaspora (2), the Pre- and ante- Zionist movement (3), the makeup of the population (3, 8), the intermingling of secularism and religion within society (5), and how Israel’s political system has evolved. Because it

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    out their lives. A quintessential principle in the Jewish tradition is a belief in one God, who is the only divine being and creator of all living things. The monotheistic faith holds God as a power who is and will always be. God’s presence in the world forms the most fundamental part of Jewish beliefs, in that adherents must endeavour to demonstrate and be observant of God’s teachings in their everyday lives. A “community of faith” for the Jewish people is brought together by a common belief in

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    Herzl viewed religion in very similar ways. Their major works, After Auschwitz and The Jewish State described their view of a place where Jews from around the world could gather and call home. They believed this society should be fundamentally based in secular law rather than religious doctrine. It was more important for them to live freely as a culturally Jewish society, rather than living as a religiously Jewish society. I would suggest that the definition of religion would be the belief of a God

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    There are many connections between Jewish and Buddhist religious culture, and many of these connections can be analyzed through Jewish and Buddhist popular culture. These similarities have led to a phenomenon in which people who were born into Jewish families convert later in life to Buddhism or continue to practice both Buddhism and Judaism. These people are referred to as jubu. One particularly influential jubu was Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg, who was born into a Jewish family, later converted to Buddhism

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    “Philip Roth’s book is the bible for the Jewish people.” (Lecture). Through the practice with cultural tradition and try to assimilate with the gentile world, Roth reveals his gloom with complain to his psychiatric, Dr. Spielvogel to free from orthodox Jewish tradition in the American society. Inversely, through goy’s behavior, lifestyle, food, and their anti-Semitic psycho, dragged up him back to his tradition. Therein, the juxtaposition between two cultures fabricates him with an enormous confusion

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