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Thursday, March 8th, 2007
6:10 pm
Parsha Ki Tisa
This week Moses' relationship with his girlfriend G*d settles in to become downright domestic. After the golden calf unpleasantness She virtually disowns the Hebrews. But then, because Moses has her number, she relents and agrees not only to let the Hebrews live but also to accompany them to Canaan. Finally, as an extra treat just for Moses, she displays the divine backside.

If we ever needed proof that G-d plays favorites with nations and individuals, that she's NOT the god of everybody, this is the parsha.

Monday, December 18th, 2006
10:31 pm
Equality of women among Qara'im
Dear Shira,

The issue of the equality of women among Qara'im has nothing to do with whether, or not a woman is thought of as the property of her husband, or her father, for this is Torah, and is not the equality spoken about among Qara'im.

The issue deals with whether, or not a woman can be a prophet, or a Hakhamah. Sefer HaTorah shows that a woman can certainly be a prophet, a judge, or a teacher; however, she cannot be a Kohan, or rule the nation as a Queen, for in truth our nation is supposed to be a nation ran by the Kohanim, and a descendant of Dawidh bin-Yishai.

Also, among Qara'im, a woman is equal in her observing certain miswoth that Rabbinical Judaism has deemed that women need not keep, but only men, such as the wearing of sisiyoth.

But in the case of property, unless her father has no sons, she is not equal to a man. And when it comes to the issue of adultery, the Torah clearly states that a man who is single and sleeps with a single woman is not guilty of adultery, a married man who sleeps with a single woman other than his wife is not guilty of adultery, but a man who sleeps with a another man's wife is guilty of adultery; whereas, a woman who is single and sleeps with a single man is not guilty of adultery, a single woman who sleeps with a married man is not guilty of adultery, but a married woman who sleeps with anyone other than her husband is guilty of adultery. But the Torah also states that to convict her that her husband must bring charges against her, or she must be caught in the act. If she is not caught in the act, or her husband doesn't bring charges against her then she is not guilty of adultery.

Among Qara'im women can also be cantors.

If you want further understanding, then I'll need more specific questions.

Yohanan bin-Dawidh
10:57 pm
Kol Ishah?
As I recall reading that women are equal in Karaism, I am a bit confused. Women have the status of belonging to father or husband, so a woman cannot be equal (the daughters of Z. notwithstanding, the seven whose father died leaving no son...) to a man. At least not where property rights are concerned. ??

What actually brought this question on what that of Kol Isha, a woman;s voice in song being prohibited (ok, not exactly -technically speaking women have 'taken it upon themselves' not to sing in the presence of men).

Is there such an idea in Karaite communities?

Cheers, Shira

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, December 17th, 2006
7:31 pm
Shalom Qara'im and all B'nei Yisrael:

In November 2006, I finally completed my conversion to Karaite Judaism and have been accepted by other Jews. It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of our nation of people atlast. :)
Saturday, December 16th, 2006
4:20 pm


There have been women among us who were great teachers; but, a teach among the Qara'im is not the same as a techer among the Rabbonim. To us a teacher is merely a guide, who must know Hebrew, and have knowledge of biblical exegsis; however, as our motto goes, "Study the Miq'ra (Tanak) for yourself, and rely not on anyone elses opinion!" our teachers are only guides to help people, but if a person disagrees with them, then it is not for them to condemn the person, or state, "Well I'm the teacher!", and in truth all Qara'im strive to be Hakhamim, both the women and the men. It is not their role to create halakha for the people. Sefer HaTorah already has our halakha contained within, they only help guide people within Sefer HaTorah, so those having difficutly can better understand what Sefer HaTorah does, and does not state.

Yohanan bin-Dawidh

4:15 pm
Abu Isa al-Isfahani
He is mentioned on http://www.karaite-korner.org, because of his anti-Talmudic ideas. It also mentions Ana ha'Nasi, who Rabbinical Judaism claims is the founder of the Qara'im, howiver this is incorrect, for the Qara'im are mentioned in Islamic writings dating over 3 centuries before Anan was born. The Qara'im are a product of the collaboration of various anti-Talmudic Jews who came together to fight the Rabbinical onset of Talmudic Judaism upon the people under the Caliphate who gave the Rabbis the power to do so. On person to fight against the Rabbis Talmudic Judaism was Abu Isa al-Isfahani, and thus he is mentioned on http://www.karaite-korner.org, whether we agree with his personal ideology, or not, which in many cases we do not.
4:11 pm
Answer to Shira

Dear Shira,

Saying a blessing is always good; however, blessing things such as Shabbath candles is not, but that is because due to the linguistics of the Torah, we feel that the Torah prohibits the burning of fire on Yom HaShabbath. And blessing YHWH for commanding us to do something that he commanded us not to do, is also prohibited, but to bless YHWH for the food we eat, or air we breathe, or even the life we live is completely acceptable; however, we do not follow the Rabbinical formula, but speak from our hearts most of the time, or state something found within Sefer HaTorah, or Sefer Tehillim on the matter.

As to gematria, it comes from Persia, and Zoroastrianism, and not of Hebrew origins, and is to us prohibited by words forund within Sefer HaTorah.

As to us, the peshat is the only correct way to look at anything, but do not confuse what peshat is, as so many people do, for sometimes the peshat is actually the most liberal of all meanings. Peshat merely means "plain meaning", not "literal meaning", thus when Sefer HaTorah speaks about "circumicion of the heart", it is not literally meaning "circumcision of the heart", but bringing our hearts in covenant with YHWH, since circumcision is a symbol of the covenant. This plain meaning of this is that we write the Torah upon our hearts, thus circumcising our hearts.

Yohanan bin-Dawidh

3:20 pm
This Saturday after Yom HaShabbath, begins Khannukah on the 25th day of the ninth month.

As you have read on these pages observance of Khannukah has a mixed review amongst Karaite Jews. Some feel that we should be observing a day of celebrating the rededication of the Temple, when our Temple currently is in ruins. Perhaps, under this view Khannukah will be observed at the future date of the future building of the Temple.

I remember Khannukah each year, not exclusively because it signifies the rededication of our Beyt Hamiqdosh, but because the event marks the rise of the Hasmonean sect of Sadduccean Judaism in which we triumphed over the former armies of Alexander the Great, drove the foe from the Holy Land, and made it clear that it is the duty of the Jewish people to reclaim our Temple from the Heathen foe even when they have defiled it.

There are military and political lessons to be learned from the Khannukah story which maintains its vitality and vibrance even unto this day.

May we as Jews celebrate victories and not defeat.

Am Yisra'el Khai!
3:17 pm
La sangre de Avel todavía grita desde la tierra,
La envidia de Qayin aún prolifera en la tierra,
El odio y los celos de Sha'ul hacia Dawidh todavía existen,
Y los helenistas todavía elogian filosofías paganas,
Aún están entre nosotros quienes desean volver a Mitsrayim,
Todavía hay asustados de los que habitan la tierra que nos prometieron,
Que se alcen de entre nosotros aquellos con el espíritu de Yohoshu'a y de Kalev,
Haz sonar la trompeta, Kohanim, y alaba a YHWH, pues él lucha por nosotros,
Que se alcen de entre nosotros aquellos con el espíritu de Saddoq,
Los que siguen siendo fieles a YHWH y a su Torá mientras que otros se desvían,
Que se alcen de entre nosotros aquellos con el espíritu de Makavi,
Patriotas entre los descendientes de Yisra'el que luchan por la Torá,
Lloro lágrimas de sangre por la pena de ver qué ha sido de mi gente,
Por Zion estoy de luto, cantando sus alabanzas, y pidiendo que YHWH nos recuerde,
¡Volvamos, hijos de Yisra'el y busquemos YHWH y su Torá!
6:20 pm
making brachot -mystical meanings and hidden knowledge
Rabbinical teaching says that the formulas for the brachot are important and should not be changed. Nonetheless, My Chavurah (Havurat Shalom has altered many prayers and brachot to use the feminine. I make brachot often (whenever I eat, etc) and generally use the femenine, but make the brachot despite being a half-hearted atheist (I do believe in something, but what is hard to say) because the energy and sparks, if released, can do good, and there is something fulfilling to me in making those brachot, but not in the traditional masculine.

I wonder what the Karaite view is on brachot, the formula of those prayers and brachot (I see that there is far more skepticism of gematria...), and what is the view in general on hidden knowledge, like Kabalistic or mystical knowledge. Is it forbidden or open, are there similar views to the Rabbinical views, or is the p'shat the only view?

Shavuah Tov,

Current Mood: contemplative
6:14 pm
Abu Isa al-Isfahani & should we put him on the interest list
Karaite Korner lists him as possibly having led a Jewish army against the Caliphate at the onset of imposition of the Talmud Bably upon non-Rabbinical Jews, but most searches turn his name up as a Messianic aspirant. Interesting... Thoughts?

Current Mood: pensive
6:12 pm
lady karaite teacher and similarites/diffs with Rabinical counter movements
Karaite Korner mentions a woman who was a teacher -I must go find the reference again and I'll post it here. It says that women are totally equal in Karaism. It makes me wonder about movements like Reform, Recon, Conservative, which were clearly reactions to Rabbinical Judaism, but Reform and Recon, in rejecting Rabbinical authority (or at least reclaiming the authority to interpret traditions anew with or without a Rabbi), seem to share something in common with Karaism. Thoughts?

Current Mood: ecstatic
6:08 pm
siddur -just downloaded a Karaite one...
I see that there are some formulas that look familiar, but others that do not. This one I think I downloaded from Karaite Korner, which seems to have extensive research posted, but I've not looked into sources. Does look quite interesting.

Current Mood: curious
Friday, December 15th, 2006
10:29 pm
Initial Post; Entrada Primera
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