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Is it permissible to read works of the apocrypha?
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There is one place in the Talmud where Rabbi Akiva states that it is heretical to read from the "outside works"; this was understood by some to refer to the apocrypha. Yet he may have been referring ...

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Is it permissible to read works of the apocrypha?
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Part of the apocrypha was used as the basis for two important parts of the Jewish liturgy. In the Mahzor [High Holy day prayer book], a medieval Jewish poet used Ben Sira as the basis for a beautiful ...

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Did 'Rationalist' Rishonim naturalize miracles? If so, why?
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Maimonides refers to the existence of miracles: In his “Guide for the Perplexed” III:17, he discusses how people without intellectual perfection are left to nature, while those who gain intellectual ...

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Did 'Rationalist' Rishonim naturalize miracles? If so, why?
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By the Talmudic era (200 – 600 CE), the idea of miracles that contravened the laws of nature were harder to accept. Some rabbis of the Talmud taught that miracles were natural events that had been ...

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Does Orthodox Judaism Recognize Reform Conversions?
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In theory Orthodoxy could choose to accept some or all Reform Jewish comversions, if the Reform and Orthodox community worked together and had common standards. In fact, in the 1950s Rabbi Joseph ...

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