Fifty Synagogue Seminars

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Government Institutes, Jul 8, 2010 - Religion - 418 pages
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During the last twelve years, Dr. Baron has led fifty pre-Sabbath-service seminars at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, New York and/or the New London Synagogue. These didactic essays explore the Bible, theology, liturgy, social responsibility, and the arts - from Who wrote the Bible? to Mark Twain's Concerning the Jews. Each chapter examines a problem that had perplexed Baron, and for which he provides a detailed evidence-based review together with sources. He pursues each issue from hundreds or thousands of years ago to the present, including both the Diaspora and Israel. He looks at what countries bordering Palestine had discussed and practiced, and scrutinizes the attitudes of other Abrahamic and Eastern religions and their differing denominations. Finally, he attempts to assess the relevance of each topic for the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

Chapter TwentyNine The Decline and Fall of the Jewish Woman and Her Recent Renascence
196
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
213
Chapter Thirty Are We in Exile?
215
Chapter ThirtyOne Jewish Eugenics and Marriage Laws
222
Chapter ThirtyTwo Is There a Jewish Face?
226
Chapter ThirtyThree Jewish Sumptuary Laws
240
Chapter ThirtyFour Jewish Communal Sick Care from the 14th to 21st Century
247
Chapter ThirtyFive Is Thou Shalt Not Kill a Biblical Commandment?
254

Chapter Nine Three Biblical Mistranslations
54
Chapter Ten Jesus and Passover 30 CE
60
Chapter Eleven Isaac La Peyrère Biblical Criticism and American Racism
67
12 and I Kings 14117 152528?
74
Chapter Thirteen Final Report of the Synod of Yavneh 100 CE
80
THEOLOGY
85
Chapter Fourteen Our Androgynous GodMonad Dyad Triad or Tetrad?
87
Chapter Fifteen Monotheism and Akhenaten
94
Chapter Sixteen The Jewish Colony on Elephantine Island
102
Chapter Seventeen The Karaites of Lithuania
109
Chapter Eighteen Rashi on Lying in Bed
116
Chapter Nineteen Galileo Newton Biblical Cosmology and Chronology
124
Chapter Twenty Fundamentalism
131
Chapter TwentyOne Seven Proselyte Priests
139
LITURGY
147
Chapter TwentyTwo Our Babylonian Calendar
149
Chapter TwentyThree Our Babylonian New Years Days
155
Chapter TwentyFour Our Babylonian Week?
161
Chapter TwentyFive A Personal Passover
172
Chapter TwentySix Pomegranates
177
Chapter TwentySeven Covering the Head
182
Chapter TwentyEight Prayers for the Government
189
Chapter ThirtySix Corporal Punishment of Children in England and the USA
258
Chapter ThirtySeven Indias White and Black Jews
262
Chapter ThirtyEight Three Generations of the Lipmann Weiner Sonnenfels Family
268
Chapter ThirtyNine Doctors Religion and the Law
273
A Historical Analysis of Racism Nationalism Eugenics and Genocide
279
Chapter FortyOne The Experimental Psychology of Destructive Obedience and AntiSemitism
280
Chapter FortyTwo Genocidal Doctors
287
Chapter FortyThree Jethro Roger Williams and the Separation of Church and State
295
MUSIC
303
Chapter FortyFour Psalms and Hymns
305
Chapter FortyFive A Rejudaisation of Handels Messiah
308
Chapter FortySix Byrons Passovers and Isaac Nathans Melodies
311
Chapter FortySeven Kol Nidrei Max Bruch and His Hebrew Melodies of Byron and Nathan
323
Chapter FortyEight Handels Biblical Operas and Oratorios
326
ART
333
Chapter FortyNine Jewish Art Was Almost Always Figurative
335
LITERATURE
347
Chapter Fifty Mark Twain Concerning the Jews 1899
349
Index of Persons
357
Index of Subjects
369
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Jeremy Hugh Baron trained as a physician-scientist-scholar at Oxford, London and New York, leading to clinical and academic positions at university hospitals in London. Since 1996, he has held honorary posts in the schools of medicine of Imperial College, London and Mount Sinai, New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles in his biomedical field, and also on bioethics and social responsibility.

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