The scandalous message of the cross

Once when I was a teenager an evangelical friend asked me why we Catholics put so much emphasis on the cross, since this is the main symbol of the Church, after all we use the cross from the top of the church building to the small necklaces, for the most devout. He further said that Read More

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What are the Megillot?

The Five Scrolls or The Five Megillot (מגילות in Hebrew) are parts of the Ketuvim (“Writings”), the third major section of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). The Five Scrolls are the Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, the Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and the Book of Esther. These five relatively short biblical books are grouped together Read More

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Explaining the Shabbath.

The Sabbath is commanded by God Every week religious Jews observe the Sabbath, the Jewish holy day, and keep its laws and customs. The Sabbath begins at nightfall on Friday and lasts until nightfall on Saturday. In practical terms the Sabbath starts a few minutes before sunset on Friday and runs until an hour after Read More

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Did Jesus call the Jews to abandon Judaism?

by Joel Moreira, nds Reading an article of Ronald J. Allen about pericopes of Acts of Apostles, I have found some interesting comments regarding the relationship of Jesus’ teaching and the Jewish people and I supposed this excerpt was worth taking a look: ‘Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Read More

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Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments goes on display in Israel

The world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel’s leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization’s most pivotal moments.The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world’s most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, has never before been publicly displayed in Read More

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The Messianic Idea in Judaism

Belief in the eventual coming of the mashiach is a basic and fundamental part of traditional Judaism. It is part of Rambam’s13 Principles of Faith, the minimum requirements of Jewish belief. In the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, recited three times daily, we pray for all of the elements of the coming of the mashiach: ingathering of Read More

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