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The accidental chosen people

In the ancient Near East there wasn’t much of a difference between a tribal community and a religious community. Every ethnic community had its own ethnic god. Thus, argues Reuven Firestone in his lecture Who Are the Real Chosen People? … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be Jewish…

You don’t have to be Jewish to learn a lot from Rabbi Reuven Firestone’s fascinating talk, An Introduction to Islam for Jews(website), a preview of his book of the same title. Firestone, a professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies … Continue reading

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