Articles By George Robinson

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    George Robinson

    George Robinson, author of Essential Judaism, is the recipient of a Simon Rockower Award for excellence in Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Jewish Week, and The Detroit Jewish News.


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      Kabbalah in Spain

      From the 13th through the 15th century, the Iberian Peninsula was the home of most major kabbalists.

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      Planning a Brit Milah (Bris)

      What to do besides calling the mohel.

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      Genesis Means Origins

      The first book of the Bible tells of the origins of the world and of a very interesting family eventually known as the children of Israel.

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      Interest-Free Loans in Judaism

      Jews have a tradition, based in biblical law, of interest-free lending, primarily--but not exclusively--to other Jews.

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      Hasidic Mysticism

      Hasidism spread mystical ideas to the masses of East-European Jewry.

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      The Zohar

      The most influential work of Jewish mysticism was, for centuries, shrouded in mystery.

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      Shabbat Rest and Renewal

      Two elements that are the essence of Shabbat.

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      Isaac Luria & Kabbalah in Safed

      After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the center of kabbalistic study moved to the town of Safed in northern Palestine.

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      Mitzvot: Contemporary Understandings

      For Jewish religious thinkers in our time, the question "why observe mitzvot?" has become a central and critical concern. Some answers echo earlier periods, some are new.

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      Kabbalat Shabbat

      Welcoming the Sabbath and Ma'ariv


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