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@rlefraim wrote, SHABBAT SHALOM.
שבת שלום
לכל העם היהודי

JUST A THOUGHT FOR SHABBAT
1) #ShabbatShalom
In the late 19th Century & through the 20th, there was a theory of Jewish survival that came about that said that the Jewish People’s survival as an identity was due to antiSemitism. I have heard and read both Jewish and Gentile academics saying just that for many many years 2)
The problem is, that it is untrue. All Jews had to do to avoid antiSemitism is convert to Christianity or Islam. 3)
#Antisemitism #JewishSurvival
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on #Metsora called "The Power of Speech". You can read it in full here: bit.ly/2Gi0xKg and download the accompanying Family Edition here: bit.ly/2Ub95Gf. #ShabbatShalom
Language, in Judaism, is the basis of creation, revelation, and the moral life. It is the air we breathe as social beings. Hence the statement in Proverbs (18:21), “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Judaism emerged as an answer to a series of questions: How can finite human beings be connected to an infinite God? How can they be connected to one another?
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Here is a thread from my Covenant & Conversation essay on #Yitro called "Mount Sinai and the Birth of Freedom". You can read it in full here: bit.ly/2DxebYz & download the accompanying Family Edition here: bit.ly/2FZp7zK. #ShabbatShalom
The revelation at Mount Sinai – the central episode not only of the parsha of Yitro, but of Judaism as a whole – was unique in the religious history of mankind.
Other faiths (Christianity and Islam) call themselves religions of revelation, but in both cases the revelation of which they spoke was to an individual (“the son of God,” “the prophet of God”).
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What is so special about #Shabbat? Three things. First, it introduces in the most vivid way the idea of limits. We can’t produce, consume and deplete our resources constantly with no constraints and no thought for future generations.
Second, it creates for one day a week a world in which values are not determined by money or its equivalent. On Shabbat you can’t buy or sell or pay for someone’s services. It is the most tangible expression of the moral limits of markets.
Whether in the synagogue or at home, relationships are determined by other things altogether, by a sense of kinship, belonging and mutual responsibility.
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