A Primer on the American Jewish Community 3rd Ed. by Jerome A. Chanes.

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Intellectual fulfillment was found in profound research into the inherited library of texts, starting from the Torah and including contemporary Talmudic commentaries. Seemingly out of nowhere, rabbinic giants emerged in the new Ashkenaz, the territory comprising the German-speaking area and the adjacent French area. As if by the intervention of some higher power, they 34 Words on Fire picked up where the Jewish Orient, particularly Babylonia, had just left off and moved to fill the vacuum. A number of Jewish laws derive from the early days of Ashkenaz.

Establishing the Davidic dynasty. Traditional Jews believe fervently that the true Messiah will be a direct descendant of David, king of Israel. Traditional Christians believe with equal fervor that Jesus, who will return as the Messiah, was a direct descendant of David. After David came his son, King Solomon, who reigned, the Bible reports, over a large, wealthy dominion. But early in the reign of Solomon's hapless son, Rehoboam, ten of the twelve tribes broke away. In 928 b . , they set up the renegade Northern Kingdom (the kingdom of Israel, also known as Samaria) under Jeroboam.

70 is variously called rabbinic Judaism, Talmudic Judaism, or normative Judaism. They all refer to the same thing but with different emphasis. Many people, including the vast majority of modern Jews, think that rabbinic Judaism is all about "religion" in some sense or other. Actually, Talmudic literature, in the service of research into what the Torah really means, covers an array of disciplines, including history, philosophy, geography, textual analysis and literary studies, and agriculture, among others.

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