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Rise and Fall: Part II: Solomon's Temple
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

The First Temple of Judaism, also known as Solomonís Temple was envisaged and planned by his father, David, who was given divine direction to have a special house of worship built but because he was a man of war was told to wait and let his son actually construct the edifice. David...

Rise and Fall: Part I: The Jewish Temples
By Rafi Kleiderman - January 10, 2009

An essential part of the Jewish story and indeed the history of Judaism is the building and subsequent destruction of their Temples. The Temples are a major part of the lives and living of the Jewish people throughout the ages. They were first prophesies and promises from HaShem and...

Good and Evil: Part IX: Golem
By Barry Leibovitz - January 3, 2009

The golem is one of the most mystical creatures in all of Jewish folklore. It is perhaps best known as an artificial creature that is made by magic and although it is mentioned in early Jewish religious texts, most notably in Psalms 139:16 it became most widely known in the Middle Ages...

Good and Evil: Part VIII: Lilith
By Barry Leibovitz - January 2, 2009

One of the few female stars in Jewish folklore is Lilith or Lilit. She was believed to be the first wife of Adam but refused to accede to his authority and ran away. Adam then asked for and received a new wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib and became a much more compliant and...

Good and Evil: Part VII: Curses
By Barry Leibovitz - December 31, 2008

One of the most interesting parts of Jewish folklore for both Jews and non-Jewish people is the development and use of curses which are designed to bring harm or damage to another person. Even more interesting is that many of those who have made the curses and those who are their...
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