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Rema (Even Haezer 4:37, citing Beis Yosef) says of the Karaites "they are all possible mamzerim, and they should not be accepted if they want to return [to Rabbanite Judaism]." (Interestingly, Rambam, Hil. Mamrim 3:3, seems to disagree: he advocates trying to help them do teshuvah.) It seems that there is some dispute about this nowadays, though. This ...


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The statement "all the words of the Law" is modified by the next phrase "the blessing and the curse". The simple meaning of the verses is that Joshua explained benefits of keeping the law and vice versa. Not necessarily all commandments. There are interpretations of the verse that all commandments were taught, but your question is based on a literal ...


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I am a Karaite Jew, born and raised in an Egyptian Karaite Jewish family. I attend Congregation B'nai Israel, the only Karaite synagogue in the United States. I co-authored a primer on Karaite Judaism (As it is Written) and I run a blog on Karaite Judaism (ABlueThread.com). I consider myself Jewish. I consider myself Jewish before considering myself a ...


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Evidence for an oral torah: In addition to what Hacham Gabriel said, the written torah itself provides evidence that it is incomplete, e.g. in D'varim 12:21 God tells Moshe to slaughter animals "as I have commanded you", but nowhere in the written torah is how to do that discussed. Thus, there must have been some supplementary instruction that Moshe ...


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Joshua tought the oral law as well. Just because it doesn't specify the MILLIONS of Halachot it doesn't mean he didn't teach them. The Torah is the basic outline for the commandments, but without the Oral Torah we are clueless. Like it says "don Tefilin." What are Tefilin? What shape? What color? How does it stay on my head? He didn't just say "put ...


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I don't know about Karaites, but see this post at RationalistJudaism that this was the position of Rambam, as well as that of some Yemenite midrashim: http://www.rationalistjudaism.com/2010/06/manna-and-maimonides.html "Rambam seems to have shared the view found in certain Yemenite Midrashic texts (and see too Ibn Ezra to Shemos 16:13), that manna is ...


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There is a text called שירת הקודש של ביתא ישראל - Holy Song of the House of Israel It is centuries old. It contains religious poetry including prayers.


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By way of background, I am a Karaite Jew (from an actual Karaite family). I run a Karaite Jewish blog (ABlueThread.com); and I actually have an entire article on this topic. See my post here: http://wp.me/p43Sek-sm And here is an explanatory video: http://youtu.be/gARsacJ5oWs?t=2m To Summarize: Karaites require completely cutting of all four signs (two ...


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Currently, there exists a small Karaite community which claims to follow only the written law from teh tanach. On a website purporting to represent them, they give a history which lists other sects which, over history, have mirrored their beliefs (including "Sadducees, Boethusians, Ananites"). It is important to note two other points, though. One is the ...


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You can find a side by side listing of the two texts highlighting all the differences here from page 17 to 238. (Click on the book image to get started.)


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It is not inconsistent to say that Joshua read only the written Torah yet read every word that was commanded (in the written Torah). It's like a student who gets a C on a test for not including in the answers very basic information that was expected, and then complains to his professor, "But I memorized the textbook that you yourself wrote, and I wrote down ...


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To the best of my knowledge the primary opposition to having pre-lit candles in your home on Sabbath didn't come until the Karaites, hundreds of years after the "Pharisees." (Well the Pharisees had to deal with Zoroastrians who would ban any fire outside of their temples on certain days, but that's an entirely different issue.) I'm inclined to believethat ...


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A Jew does not convert when allegiances are switched within the various Jewish movements. A Karaite Jew with a Karaite Jewish mother will have no problems becoming an Orthodox Jew if he seeks to observe as a Sephardic Orthodox Jew. This statement is made on the basis of a statement by the Orthodox Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Netanya, Rabbi David Chelouche, who ...


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They are largely intermarried, so I think they would likely need to convert. However, everything they do for lifecycle events is invalid in Halachah. Therefore, it is just as easy to speculate that the vast majority of those from an uninterrupted Jewish line (without conversion) are Mamzerim, as it is that the vast majority of those who come from anyone ...


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That's one reason given as to why we eat cholent (which stays on the fire - or nowadays, more likely, in the crockpot - through most of Shabbos). I don't believe I've ever heard of this as a reason for Shabbos candles.


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The Ramabam in hilchos Teffilin 4:3 says that if one wears teffilin on his palm or head teffilin on his forehead then he is doing the practice of the Sadducees. The karaites never wore teffilin at all so that seems to be one difference. The Karaites claim no connection to them since the Sadducees lived in Judea and they lived in Egypt also the Sadducees ...


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I believe that the work you are referring to is Chizuk Emunah, "Faith Strengthened" by Isaac Troki, it is my recollection that this was relatively well received in traditional circles as well.


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Most Karaite prayers are scriptural passages, mostly from Psalms. For example, they say Shema Yisrael every morning, without the Baruch Shem Kavod or the blessings before and after it (they also only say the one pasuk rather than the three paragraphs that we consider as the Shema). Their existing siddurim derive from the siddur of Aaron ben Yosef, a ...


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The Sadducees and Karaites are distinct historical movements, though similarities in their approaches to Tanakh suggest they may be related in some sense. This Karaite website, answers this question with We know very little about the beliefs of the Sadducees. We do know however that like the Karaites they believed only in the authority of the Tanach ...


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This can seem like a pretty significant proof-text but there are several issues that need to be pointed out. No one would suggest that the Torah transcribed every word of Moshe spoke. People, as we know from the explicit text, consulted Moshe on a variety of issues for specific guidance. This responsibility was diffused to the Sanhedrin. Neither are ...


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No. They would not. To be a Karaite someone must convert. Here is a news article on the subject: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/33048/a-conversion-for-the-ages/ To convert requires a year or more of intense study, and then the same oath that Ruth took (Ruth 1:16). Your people are my people, and your God is my God. But no Mikveh, so this ...


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The Rambam discusses this, and is very severe about someone who does so from his own ideas (in contrast to a child who was raised this way): Rambam - Shoftim - Mamrim - Chapter 3 Halacha 1 A person who does not acknowledge validity of the Oral Law is not the rebellious elder mentioned in the Torah. Instead, he is one of the heretics and he should be ...


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJsg2CXPiYw this is a good video on how they pray


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From what we know of the Sadducees, they not only rejected the authority of the Oral Torah, but they also did not believe in the afterlife. To my knowledge, the Karaites do believe in the afterlife.



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