Can rabbis have girlfriends?
Forbidden relationships in Judaism (איסורי ביאה Isurey bi’ah) are those intimate relationships which are forbidden by prohibitions in the Torah and also by rabbinical injunctions.
Is the Torah the Old Testament?
The meaning of “Torah” is often restricted to signify the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), also called the Law (or the Pentateuch, in Christianity). These are the books traditionally ascribed to Moses, the recipient of the original revelation from God on Mount Sinai.
How is the Torah treated with respect?
The Sefer Torah is the Torah scroll, which are is handwritten by a specially trained scribe onto vellum (a prepared animal skin). This is treated with the utmost respect. It is an honour to be asked to read from it at a service in the synagogue , and importantly no one is allowed to touch it with their bare hands.
What is the difference between Orthodox and Reform Judaism?
The main differences between an Orthodox synagogue and a Reform synagogue is that men and women are allowed to sit together in a Reform synagogue, whereas they must sit apart in an Orthodox synagogue. Reform Jews also allow the ordination of women, which is a practice that is not permitted by Orthodox Jews.
Where is the Torah kept?
Can you touch the Torah?
The scrolls are not directly touched when unfurled on the Bimah (raised platform in middle of the synagogue). A pointer or Yad (hand) is used instead. This is in the shape of a hand with an outstretched finger. The reading or chanting is performed by a person who has been trained in this task.
Do Orthodox Jews have a bat mitzvah?
Orthodox Jews do not accept Bat Mitzvah and do not allow girls to count as part of the minyan or to lead services.
Can you convert to Orthodox Judaism?
In general, branches of Orthodox Judaism consider non-Orthodox conversions either inadequate or of questionable halachic compliance, and such conversions are therefore not accepted by these branches of Judaism. Conversely, both Conservative and Reform Judaism accept the Orthodox conversion process as being valid.