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Universalism

Israel, God’s Chosen People?

In Deuteronomy, YHWH chooses Israel to be his holy (kadosh) and treasured (segulah) people. What does this mean in its original context, and can it be reconciled with contemporary universalist notions?

Dr. Rabbi

Michael Marmur

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Aleinu: God of All, or God of the Jews?

The Aleinu prayer begins, עלינו לשבח לאדון הכל, “It is for us to praise the Master of all,” which creates theological tension: If God is presented here as the Master of all, why is it only Jews who are to praise God?

Prof. Rabbi

Reuven Kimelman

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The Portrayal of Abraham in The Testament of Abraham

Dr.

Malka Zeiger Simkovich

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The Vision of 6th Century Chanukah in Zechariah

The Significance of the Rabbinic Choice of Haftarah for Shabbat Chanukah

Prof.

Eric M. Meyers

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Maimonides' Purim and Chanukah Message of Peace

Both Chanukah and Purim are celebrations of Jewish victory over their enemies. Nevertheless, in the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides, making use of aggada, turns these into holidays of peace.[1]

Prof.

Menachem Kellner

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