Articles By Rabbi Maurice Lamm

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    Rabbi Maurice Lamm

    Maurice Lamm is the author of many books, including The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning. He is the president of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, and Professor at Yeshiva University's Rabbinical Seminary in New York, where he holds the chair in Professional Rabbinics. For years he served as rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation, Beverly Hills, CA.


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      Jewish Words of Comfort

      Judaism helps provide the words to comfort mourners.

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      Why Immerse in the Mikveh?

      Immersion in the mikveh (sometimes pronounced mikvah) actualizes the transition between the convert's old identity and his or her new one as a Jew.

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      Marriage & Community

      In entering into marriage, a couple takes on new responsibilities for the Jewish community and its future.

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      The Beit Din (Rabbinic Court)

      Final authority for conversion rests with the three-person beit din, which rules on a candidate's sincerity, knowledge, and potential for success as a Jew.

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      How Not to Comfort Mourners

      Compassionate thoughts sometimes lead to insensitive comments.

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      Choosing a Hebrew Name

      As with a literal newborn, the convert as a spiritual newborn selects a Hebrew name and adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.

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      The Ketubah Text (Part 2)

      The second part of the ketubah (marriage contract) details the additional gift promised by the groom, the lien on his property, and the acquisition sealing the contract.

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      The Conversion Process and the Covenant

      For the Israelites, acceptance of the covenant was twofold: identification with the people through circumcision in Egypt and acceptance of God at Sinai.

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      Marriage & God

      As part of God's creation, Jewish marriage creates a spiritual connection between human beings and with God.

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      Objecting to Conscientious Objection

      According to at least one scholar, Jewish tradition does not recognize the right of personal conscientious objection.


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