As we approach the start of another Passover, the approximately 3270th celebration of the festival, it is time to reflect on exactly what the Exodus meant to us as a people. It was the giving to us of the Law by God, to be an everlasting agreement between Him and us. So how did we go so wrong?
The importance of history is that once you see where you came from you will have a better understanding of where you are heading. For those that say there are still good things we can learn from the Talmud, they are really saying we should forgive the breaker of 9 of the 10 commandments. Never!
What was true in the past is no less true today. The key to our long term survival, as a people loved by God, as His light unto the World, is the restoration of the faith according to our independent reading and understanding of the Torah as is the Karaite Way.
This takeover of the government by the Pharisees through the use of the Syrian army is glossed over as only the negative actions of Alexander Jannai and the Sadducees is emphasized by the Rabbanites. The fact that 1000s of Jews in the King's army died isn't even mentioned.
Had there not been the advent of Rabbanism, then there would have been no such thing as Karaism as everyone of us would be painted with only one label. So it is relevant to try and pinpoint the birth of Rabbanism in order to know at what point a counter had to either exist or be initiated.
Ezra from a Karaite perspective reveals a time of trouble when a power struggle ensued between the Babylonian exiles and Israelite Jews. Ezra & Nehemiah are read horizontally and in reference to Torah with independent historic records for clarification. This article is part of a series post-Daniel.
This section of Torah has been translated and overlaid with verses from the Quran. The Quran does not actually contradict the story of Abraham, as some of the modern Islamic scholars admit. The Masoretic text is supplemented by 3 alternative readings from the Samaritan and Dead Sea Scroll sources.
This article is a holistic essay about Jewish bioethics and marriage with insight from Rabbi Moshe Ban Maimon
Bethlehem Israel: Discover secrets of Bethlehem of Galilee & Bethlehem of Judah with maps, genealogies, Rachel's tomb, birth of Jesus, Hebron, Bethel & Harran.
According to Jewish tradition, it is customary to bring food to a house of mourning immediately after a funeral and for a week thereafter, during the period of mourning called "shiva." Mourners should not be burdened with taking care of their everyday needs, so family and friends band together to provide meals and food gifts.
Two verses in Leviticus (18:22 and 20:13) are frequently cited by people who condemn homosexuality and claim Biblical support. But are these verses (and others) really about homosexuality? An honest exegesis (critical analysis) of the text suggests otherwise.
The fact is that God has already told us through the Torah and the Tanakh what He thinks of Kabbalah and those that profess alternative beliefs or belief structures to those he ordained to Moses and Aaron. Not a single word is to be added or subtracted from the Torah and thus we are commanded. Hence God condemns Kabbalah and this is the belief of Karaites worldwide.
The fundamental rule to be remembered in the Sabbath observance is from the words of Ezekiel 20:12, “I gave them my Sabbath to be a sign between Me and them that they may know that I, Yahweh, sanctify them.” It is intended to be a day of delight as is evidenced in Isaiah 58:13 and the only burden enforced is joyous singing that must fill our hearts and our souls according to Psalm 92. Keeping all this in mind, the follower of Karaism can approach the Sabbath with its proper respect and devotion
The Torah (Old Testament) whether we want to admit it or not did undergo editing by the Pharisees. The removal of direct references to Moses's first wife, a beautiful black Princess from Ethiopia has been accomplished but not entirely successful with many inferences still existing. A Cushite is not a Cushanite no matter how the rabbis try to insist it is. The Kahana have always known about this African wife.
In Israel there is a city of blue-doors and a history touching upon some of the greatest Jewish mystical schools. One of the great Holy Cities of Israel Safed is not just a tourist destination, but Tzfat is much much more--a wonder