Facts About Noah

The Holy Scriptures – Jewish Publication Society (1917) pages 8-11 Bereshit: Chapter 6 9. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was in his generations a man righteous and whole- hearted; Noah walked with God. 10. And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11. And the earth was corrupt before God, and the […]

The Seventh Day

It is forbidden for Noachides to celebrate Shabbat in the manner of a Jew. It is permissible for Noachides to light a candle in honor of the Seventh Day that was given to Adam and Noah and recite a blessing thanking G-d for creation and acknowledging that G-d rested on the seventh day. It is […]

B’nei Noach in the Talmud

Sanhedrin 56a and 60b – blasphemy, seven laws, sexual misconduct, eating live meat, idolatry 56a Our Rabbis taught: seven precepts were the sons of Noah commanded: social laws; to refrain from blasphemy, idolatry; adultery; bloodshed; robbery; and eating flesh cut from a living animal. 56b R. Hanania b. Gamaliel said: Also not to partake of the blood […]

Book Review: American Reform Judaism: An Introduction

Book Review: American Reform Judaism: An Introduction Author: Sana Evan Kaplan Publisher: Rutgers University press Year: 2003 Pages: 262 American Reform Judaism: An Introduction is an overview of the history, controversies, challenges, and reformation of Reform Judaism in America. Professor Kaplan begins his exploration of Reform Judaism with a brief history of the movement from […]

Five Lesser Known Jewish Movements

Most people basically believe there are only three major movements in the U.S. today: Reform, Conservative and Orthodox. The truth is there are many established and fledgling movements growing all around the world. The differences between Jewish movements today is not so much a matter of theology, rather more a matter of how literally the […]

Wisdom Literature and Deuteronomic Theology in the Hebrew Bible

By Lacy LeBlanc “‘Wisdom is a term that can be used to indicate certain books which deal particularly with (biblical) wisdom, or it can refer to a movement in the ancient world associated with ‘teachers’ or sages, and it can also suggest a particular understanding of reality which presents some contrasts with other biblical books.”1 […]

Creation Accounts of the Ancient Near East: Influences on Ancient Israel’s Cosmogonies

By Lacy LeBlanc The differences between the creation accounts in Genesis and those from other areas of the Ancient Near East are striking. There is no mythology in Genesis.1 There is no epic battle in Genesis.2 The accounts in Genesis do not perfectly match any one creation story from Israel’s ancient neighbors. In fact, the […]

An American Lynching: The Leo Frank Story

Leo Frank is the only Jew to be lynched on American soil. The site of his lynching is down the street from the OneShul office.