Encyclopaedia of Judaism

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The Encyclopaedia of Judaism Online offers more than 200 entries comprising more than 1,000,000 words and is a unique reference tool.  The Encyclopaedia of Judaism Online offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and systematic presentation of the current state of scholarship on fundamental issues of Judaism, both past and present. While heavy emphasis is placed on the classical literature of Judaism and its history, the Encyclopaedia of Judaism Online also includes principal entries on circumcision, genetic engineering, homosexuality, intermarriage in American Judaism, and other acutely contemporary issues. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it reflects the highest standards in scholarship. Covering a tradition of nearly four thousand years, some of the most distinguished scholars in the field describe the way of life, history, art, theology, philosophy, and the practices and beliefs of the Jewish people.

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Ethics of Judaism

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Author(s): Kellner, Menachem
The word ethics is used and understood in many different ways. This being the case, before describing Jewish ethics in particular, we begin by defining ethics in general. Questions of ethics are, broadly speaking, questions of value. The province of ethics within the commonwealth of evaluative issues is determined by the particular values it seeks to understand, define, and elucidate. These are generally accepted to be good and evil, right and wrong. Ethics, that is, deals with 1) the ends that …

Ethiopia, Judaism in

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Author(s): Kaplan, Steven
The history and practice of Judaism in Ethiopia presents a unique chapter in the history of Judaism throughout the world. The Beta Israel (Falasha), the vast majority of whom resided in Ethiopia until the early 1990s, preserved a form of non-Talmudic Judaism well into the second half of the twentieth century. Since their immigration to Israel, this religious system has undergone radical changes. The bulk of this article is devoted to the description and analysis of their re…