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Archive | July, 2017

Talmud: The Hebrew Oral Teachings

The Talmud (Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד‎ talmūd “instruction, learning”, from a root LMD “teach, study”) is a central text of Rabbinic Judaism. It is also traditionally referred to as Shas (ש״ס‎), a Hebrew abbreviation of shisha sedarim, the “six orders”, a reference to the six orders of the Mishnah. The term “Talmud” normally refers to the collection  Full Article…

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Temple Mount

The Temple Mount (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎‎, Har HaBáyit, “Mount of the House [of GOD, i.e. the Temple]”), known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif (Arabic: الحرم الشريف‎‎, al-Ḥaram al-Šarīf, “the Noble Sanctuary”, or الحرم القدسي الشريف, al-Ḥaram al-Qudsī al-Šarīf, “the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem”), a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is the  Full Article…

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Growing tensions in al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem

The last couple of weeks have seen daily demonstrations and confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories. Tensions have risen in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City after Israel shut down al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the first time since 1969, after a deadly gun battle between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli  Full Article…

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War over Water

The “War over Water” , also the Battle over Water , refers to a series of confrontations between Israel and its Arab neighbors Nations from November 1964 to May 1967 over control of water sources in the Jordan River drainage basin. The analysis of the Israeli-Syrian conflict seems to focus more on the Religious and international Alliances today. Issues that are fundamental to understand the dynamics  Full Article…

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Aliyah: Law of Return

The Aliyah or Law of Return (Hebrew: חֹוק הַשְׁבוּת‎, ḥok ha-shvūt) is Israeli legislation, passed on 5 July 1950, which gives Jews the right to live in Israel and to gain Israeli citizenship. In 1970, the right of entry and settlement was extended to people with one Jewish grandparent and non-Jewish people who were married  Full Article…

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Israeli policemen killed in shooting attack in Jerusalem

Israel shuts down the al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem after security forces kill three armed Palestinians. Two Israeli policemen died after Palestinian gunmen reportedly opened fire near al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, before they too were killed in a gunfight. Israeli police said the three gunmen reached one of the gates near the  Full Article…

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Kabbalah

Kabbalah (in Hebrew קַבָּלָה‎ literally “parallel/corresponding,” or “received tradition”) is an esoteric  method, discipline, and school of thought that originated in Judaism. A traditional Kabbalist in Judaism is called a Mekubbal (מְקוּבָּל‎). Kabbalah’s definition varies according to the tradition and aims of those following it, from its religious origin as an integral part of Judaism,  Full Article…

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