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What is the Talmud? History of Judaism

By |2018-04-08T01:10:59+00:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The Mishnah is at the top center, the Gemara is in the center of the page, Rashi is on the right, and other later commentators are on the left and bottom. About 200 AD, rabbis from all over West Asia, some living under Roman rule and some under Sassanian rule, began to write down their discussions of how [...]

What’s a synagogue? History of Judaism

By |2017-08-25T12:00:25+00:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The remains of the Second Temple in Jerusalem Synagogue in Greek means a place for coming together, a meeting place, and that is what a synagogue (SIN-ah-gog) is. It is a building where Jews come together and pray to their God. In this way it is a lot like a Christian church. The most important difference is that [...]

What is a rabbi? Judaism – Religion

By |2018-09-10T09:58:12+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

The rabbi Maimonides, in a later medieval painting What does "rabbi" mean? Rabbi means "great one" in Hebrew, or "respected one". It's a Hebrew word related to the Arabic word rabb, meaning "lord." Saying "Rabbi" showed respect, like calling someone "Sir". More about the Hebrew language When did the word "rabbi" get started? In [...]