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Jewish Teachings in Good and Evil
Words: 3535 Length: 12 Pages Document Type: Research Paper Paper #: 93710553
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Jewish Understandings of Human Nature: The Good and Evil Inclinations
With several millennia of history and experiences behind them, it is reasonable to posit that many people of the Jewish faith have sought to better understand human nature and its dichotomous aspects of good and evil. The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the relevant literature concerning the history of the Jewish understanding of the good and evil inclinations of humankind and the various approaches to it taken by different Jewish religious scholars. In addition, an examination of the contemporary relevance of the good and evil inclination to Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness is followed by an analysis of the similarities and differences between different Jewish ways of thinking about these issues. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings concerning the Jewish understandings of human nature are presented in the paper’s conclusion.
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Ely, Peter B. “Moral Evil.” Theological Studies, 75, no. 4, 929-933.
Freeman, Tzvi, “Who are the Jews?” Chabad (2018). Available: library/article_cdo/aid/3852163/jewish/Who-Are-the-Jews.htm.
Glazer, James S., “What are the main differences between a Jew and a Christian?” Reform Judaism (2018). Available:
Griffith, Jeremy, “Human Nature” World Transformation Movement (2011). Available:
Hanukoglu, Israel, “A Brief History of Israel and the Jewish People” Israel Science and Technology (2018). Available:
Hoberman, John, “Legacy of Rage: Jewish Masculinity, Violence, and Culture, by Warren Rosenberg.” Shofar (Winter 2005), 23, no. 2, 175-179.
Jacobs, Louis, A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion, New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Available: 20110803125333955.
Mare, Mechon, “Human Nature.” Torah 101 (2018). Available:

Visit to Jewish Temple
Words: 1056 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Research Paper Paper #: 47792832
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The service I attended was a Shabbat (Sabbath) on the morning of Saturday, June 2 at the Beth Shalom temple. I arrived at 9:50 for the 10AM start. The congregants were dressed with varying degrees of formality, and most arrived in family groups. In a modern building, the area of worship was a small chapel with capacity for about two hundred people. On this day, the room was about half full. Arranged like a small auditorium, the chapel had a sort of stage rather than an altar. On the stage was a dais, and behind that was simple piece of furniture covered with a cloth; I later learned this was the arc.
The rabbi and the cantor (singer) were both female. The service opened with songs, which the congregation sang along with as the cantor sang and played from an acoustic guitar. After the initial songs, the rabbi read…

“History and Development of Shabbat,” (n.d.). My Jewish Learning.
“History of the Reform Movement,” (n.d.). My Jewish Learning.
Molloy, M. (2013). Experiencing the World’s Religions. [Kindle Edition].
Rich, T.R. (2011). The nature of Shabbat.

Mysticism in Literature Souls on Fire
Words: 594 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 18833631
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Souls on Fire: Mysticism in Literature

Author, humanitarian, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s Souls on Fire examines the strain of charismatic mysticism in Hasidic Judaism through biographical details of its founder Baal Shem and the stories surrounding Shem that proved to be foundational in shaping the Hasidic movement. Unlike other types of religious writing, mysticism focuses less upon analysis and more upon collapsing the divide between human and divine. Wiesel characterizes mystical writing by its “fervent waiting, the longing for redemption,” and stories in the mystical tradition typically feature “the link between man and his Creator,” an emphasis on spiritual wandering away rather than institutional stability, and miracles (Wiesel 5). Words are given significance in the mystical tradition less because of their meaning but more because of the emotional impetus behind those words. They are tales of “passionate involvement” that even the teller may wink and suggest are not true,…

Works Cited
“Kabbalah and Hasidim.” The Pluralism Project. Harvard University. Web. February 26, 2019.
Wiesel, Elie. Souls on Fire. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1982.

Religion and Ethics Golden Rule
Words: 374 Length: 1 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 62109186
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Religion is too often used as a justification to do harm to others, thereby negating the core function of religion in providing psychological salve, ethical frameworks for resolving conflicts, and for stimulating social cohesion. All religions from the traditional African religions Mbon (1994) outlines to the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all refer in some way to the Golden Rule: that treating others the way one wishes to be treated is the ultimate moral compass (Molloy, 2013). In the New Testament, the Golden Rule is framed as “Do for other people whatever you would like to have them do for you,” (Matthew 7:12). Other religions from Buddhism to Bahai also teach the Golden Rule, showing how important this universal precept is for cultivating compassionate societies and healthy human relationships (Robinson, 2016). Of course, the golden Rule needs no religious grounding at all. The Golden Rule makes logical sense,…