Celebrating the Shavuot

From the Evening of May 28th until May 30th 2020, the Jews celebrate the Feast of Shavuot. Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks,” is celebrated seven weeks after Pesach (Passover). Since the counting of this period (sefirat ha-omer) begins on the second evening of Pesach, Shavuot takes place exactly 50 days after the (first) seder. Hence, Read More

The Jewish Background of Baptism.

Although the term “baptism” is not used to describe the Jewish rituals, the purification rites in Jewish law and tradition, called tvilah, have some similarity to baptism, and the two have been linked. The tvilah is the act of immersion in natural sourced water, called a mikva. In the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish texts, immersion in water for ritual purification was established Read More

Anti-Eschatology: Maimonides on the Messianic Era and the World to Come.

  Besides various passages in the Tanakh (Hebrew/Jewish Scripture) which deal explicitly or implicitly, or which can be interpreted as dealing, with aspects of aḥarit ha-yim (“the end of days”, i.e., some time in the future), there exists a broad spectrum of diverse Jewish eschatological literature, including naturalistic, apocalyptic, individual, national, and universal themes going back to Read More