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RS Revision Notes

Topic 1

1A. Characteristics of G-d

1. Leader- "G-d commanded"
2. Creator- "G-d created the heaven and the earth"
3. Protector- "G-d saw it was good"
4. Powerful- "Let there be light. And there was light"
5. Generous- "I have given you everything"
6. Humble-…

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Open Miracles

Clear demonstration of G-d in the world
Act of G-d
Contravenes law of nature
Timely occurrence
E.g. Splitting of red sea
E.g. Burning Bush

A* Point- Open Miracles are another proof of G-ds existence

Closed Miracles

A possible logical explanation
Does not defy the laws of…

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Jews may chose to worship in Public and in Private. These are represented
as the Home and the Synagogue.

To remember
Concentration/ focus
Only fast on sad and serious days
Jews are forbidden to fast on happy occasions
Request- Fast for water
To learn

Food On Festivals…

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The Soul is...

The spiritual side of a person (that is part of G-d)
Individuality of a Person
A Soul provides life
The Soul is eternal
The body without a soul cant work. The Soul can live without a body but
the body cant live without the…

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Funeral Customs

Wash body
Quick burial
White clothing
Mourner not wear leather
Tear mourners clothes
Low chairs
Bury with old books
Saying Kaddish
Remove non- body from the body
Cover mirrors in Shiva house

Topic 6

6A. Jewish ideas about the origins of the world and humanity.


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The universe has one creator, which is god. This quote is a clear example of the
design argument.

Origin of Humanity

God said, " Let us make man in our image and likeness. Let him dominate the fish
of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock…

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If an organism has a trait that helps it survive or reproduce, it is more likely to
survive and be able to reproduce. A faster cheetah is more likely to catch a
gazelle and survive, and a faster gazelle is more likely to escape the cheetah
and survive.…

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6B. Jewish ideas about the place of humanity in the world and the
relation between people and animals.

The Place Of Humanity In The World


The center of the world is exactly where you stand
Babylonian Talmud Tractate Bechorot Page 8

The world revolves around you


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Absence of G-d
Has a purpose
Is evil good?
Created by G-d (Natural Disasters are Natural Evil)
Moral Evil (Humans vs. Humans)

Without Moral evil we can't define what is good as there is no balance

Jewish Beliefs about Satan

Judaism believes that Satan is a challenge…

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5. Rituals
6. Religious Leaders


1. Special Revelation (direct communication e.g. prophets)
2. Communal events (Mount Sinai)
3. Open Miracles (Splitting of the Red Sea)

General Revelation

Available to everyone
E.g. Nature

Special Revelation

Direct (G-d himself)
E.g. giving of Torah

Revelation In History



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