Frequently Asked Questions on Soc.Culture.Jewish
Part 6: Jewish Thought
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- News Headers
- Question 12.1: What is the Jewish concept of G-d? Do Jews think of G-d as an angry old man with a long white beard?
- Question 12.2: Can one doubt G-d's existence and still be a good Jew?
- Question 12.3: Does modern science (e.g., "big bang" theory, evolution, the age of the world) contradict traditional readings of
- Question 12.4: Does modern science contradict liberal readings of the Torah?
- Question 12.5: Can one be Orthodox and a scientist too?
- Question 12.6: I've heard that Jews consider themselves "chosen." What does that mean?
- Question 12.7: What is the Jewish concept of the Messiah?
- Question 12.8: What do Jews say happens when a person dies? Do Jews believe in reincarnation? In hell or heaven? Purgatory?
- Question 12.9: What was the job of a prophet?
- Question 12.10: It seems that prophecy was once central to Judaism; why don't we have prophets today?
- Question 12.11: Who were the prophets? How many?
- Question 12.12: What is the Jewish view on the question of "free will."
- Question 12.13: What about angels, demons, miracles, and the supernatural?
- Question 12.14: What do Jews hope/expect of the future?
- Question 12.15: How can Jews reject (insert true belief here)?
- Question 12.16: Why do Jews need organized religion or Jewish laws? Isn't it good enough to be a good person? How about gentiles?
- Question 12.17: How does Judaism differ from Xianity, Marxism, Communism, Humanism and other -isms?
- Question 12.18: Where can a Gentile learn about Judaism?
- Question 12.19: What does Judaism say about non-Jews and their role? What does G-d demands of gentiles to get to Olam Ha'aba ["The World-
- Question 12.20: What do Jews believe about Good and Evil?
- Question 12.21: What is the Jewish position on Capital Punishment?
- Question 12.22: What is the Jewish position on communicating with the dead?
- Question 12.23: What is the significance and importance of suffering and punishment in Judaism?
- Question 12.24: Why are there different names for G-d?
- Question 12.25: What is the "Book of Life"?
- Question 12.26: How does one atone for sins?
- Question 12.27: What does Judaism say about the punishments in the Torah?
- Question 12.28: What does the Torah mean by Abomination?
- Question 12.29: Why does the Torah talk about Other Gods?
- Question 12.30: What is the purpose of life? Why did G-d create man?
- Question 12.31: How does tithing work in Judaism?
- Question 12.32: Does Judaism permit organ donation?
- Question 12.33: Is numerology part of Jewish Mysticism?
- Question 12.34: What is Jewish thought on Gog and Magog?
- Question 12.35: What does Judaism believe about Satan?
- Question 12.36: In Judaism, what are some of the laws related to gleaning and tithing for the poor?
- Question 12.37: What is the Jewish view of Salvation, i.e., how a person from a given religion is ''saved''?
- Question 12.38: Can a Jew donate blood?
- Question 12.39: How does halacha, the messiah, and the prophets affect the daily life of a Jew?
- Question 12.40: What must one do to lead "a good life" in Judaism?
- Question 12.41: I've heard about 36 taddiks?
- Question 12.42: What is the theological understanding regarding the affect of the expulsion from Eden?
- How do I obtain copies of the FAQ?
- Who Wrote the FAQ?
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