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some items, such as feasts (e.g., Sukkot = Tabernacles).
Baal Shem Tov
Day of Atonement
Days of Awe
yetzer ha ra’
yetzer ha tov
Sample Questions and Issues:
and distinguish the various Jewish holy books and traditions: Tanakh,
Torah, Neviim, Ketuvim, Mishnah, Talmud, haggadah, halakhah, Targums,
midrashim, Talmudic tales.
Describe the following concepts in Judaism and explain their relevance to issues of justice and peace: covenant, chosen people, promised land, holy people, sense of persecution.
Who were the Maccabees? What part did they play in Jewish history? What Jewish religious holiday is associated with them, and what is the connection?
Explain the transition from early first century Judaism (centered around Temple worship) to Rabbinic Judaism.
Prepare yourself to recognize and identify some key Jewish beliefs, and to discern when they are being incorrectly described.
Be able to describe or identify major Jewish religious feasts: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), Tabernacles (Sukkot), the High Holy Days: New Year and the Day of Atonement (Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur), Hanukkah.
Why do Jews (of the great tradition) keep the Law of Moses?
Distinguish the following Jewish groups: Hasidic, Orthodox, Reformed, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Ashkenazic, Sephardic. What gave rise to each? How do they compare with each other?
Distinguish political, socialist, cultural, and religious Zionism.
Among the many persecutions of Jews throughout history, what was unique about the Nazi Holocaust? How did Christians respond to the tragedy that their Jewish neighbors were facing? Describe several Jewish theological explanations of the Holocaust from different Jewish traditions.