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  • 1984 - 1,705 words
    The film segment chosen was the final scene from Stanley Kubrik^s 2001 A Space Odyssey made in 1968. As the name would suggest, the film is set almost entirely in the future. Already having projected itself over 30 years into the future, it would be safe to assume that this motion picture offers a wealth of imagery and futuristic vision. It does. It is towards the end of the film, however, that Kubrik offers this to us on a much greater scale. In these few minutes, we are presented with the dawn of a new era: a near incomprehensible evolution of humanity. Through many complex design devices, the set design successfully achieves a vision for the future that is neither dystopian, nor entirely ...
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  • Reconciling Religions - 976 words
    The main difference between the three great world religions of today, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is the way each religion views the man known as Jesus of Nazareth. For many Jews, Jesus is a scholar, or perhaps a rabbi in the Jewish community, who overstepped his boundaries into self-proclaimed divinity; to some Jews, Jesus Christ did not exist at all. To Christians, he is the son of an all-loving and all-powerful god. Finally, for the people of the Islamic faith, Jesus is another prophet in the long line of prophets in the Jewish tradition. Despite this major difference, however, these three religions are very compatible, holding many of the same values and principles. It is these pri ...
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  • Jew - 1,906 words
    This is a far more difficult question than you might expect. Judaism has no dogma, no formal set of beliefs that one must hold to be a Jew. In Judaism, actions are far more important than beliefs, although there is certainly a place for belief within Judaism. The closest that anyone has ever come to creating a widely-accepted list of Jewish beliefs is Rambam's thirteen principles of faith. Rambam's thirteen principles of faith, which he thought were the minimum requirements of Jewish belief, are: prayer is to be directed to G-d alone and to no other moses's prophecies are true, and Moses was the greatest of the prophets The written (first 5 books of the Bible) and oral (teachings now contain ...
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  • Dealing With Antisemitism - 1,352 words
    ... hirties and forties as the news from Europe grows more and more dreadful into David's budding years as a scholar buds, David learns that curiosity can be a dangerous enemy of faith. Mr. Potoks story cannot be recommended to everyone. Its prose is simple and smooth, but a heavy earnestness pervades it all (New Yorker 193). The book centers on the conflict between the religious life and the life of imagination. What " finally, boils down to be a story in which its hero must eventually confront- yes the conflict between orthodox and modern approaches to the scriptures (Huapt 373). All beginnings are hard. In the Beginning opens as David Lurie, now a famous Biblical scholar, now guiding his ...
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  • Gnosticism - 1,373 words
    Gnosticism in contrast to Christianity and Judaism Gnosticism is one of the oldest known religions, and its origin is traced back to 539 B.C. Gnostics have been harshly criticized since the beginning of their religion, and Gnosticism has adapted to different cultures beliefs throughout history (Arendzen). The term gnosis means knowledge, the basis of Gnosticism. However, Gnosticism is not based on factual or rational thought. Instead, it is based on the relational knowledge of God, and it also heavily focuses on the divine and spiritual nature within oneself (Gnosticism). Although it is difficult to define Gnosticism, one of the best definitions describes it as a mixture of rites and myths f ...
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  • Analysing Shylock's Dual-role As Villain And Victim - 1,505 words
    Shakespeare presents Shylock as both a villain and a victim in 'The Merchant of Venice'. To what extent is this true? Shylock is shown as a villain because he has attempted to kill Antonio, he's abused Jessica's freedom and cares more about his money than his daughter. He is, however, presented as misunderstood and a victim, because not only is he physically abused in the text (he is spat on and kicked), his business is undermined, and he is an alien in his own city. A modern audience would not understand Shylock's personality as well as an Elizabethan audience, or at least as Shakespeare would have seen Shylock, because the racial tensions between Christians and Jews at Shakespeare's time h ...
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  • Examination Of Music History - 1,264 words
    A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become." - W.H. Auden. This quote best explains the complex art of music. Music is an elaborate art form that will always remain ever changing. Music developed drastically from it's beginning in the Prehistoric era to the 14th Century. The exact origin of music is unknown. It is known that music was used in prehistoric times in magical or spiritual rituals but no other use is known. This knowledge is borne out of the fact that music still forms a vital part of most religious ceremonies today. The history of Greek music is problematic. Although there are frequent references to musical performance in G ...
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  • Why Did Jews Play Such A Disproportionate Part In The Cultural Life Of Fin De Siecle Vienna ? - 2,298 words
    ter> "Mythenbildung ist wie kristallisation in der gesattigten salzlosung: es wird dann im entscheidenden augenblick alles mythisch" Arthur Schnitzler (Buch der Freunde) (1) Viennese Jews proportionally did have more representatives in the cultural sphere. This can be because they had the means, ways and opportunity to exploit their situation to pursue the arts. Steven Beller states quite unequivocally "Whether it be Freud, Schoenberg, Schnitzler or Wittgenstein, the number of individuals at the top level of Viennese culture - or rather that type of culture for which Vienna is today so famous - who are of at least partly Jewish descent is so large that it cannot be ignored." (2) And indeed ...
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  • Are Asher Lev's Paintings Disrespectful To His Parents? - 1,544 words
    ter> Are Asher's paintings of the Cruxifixion an ultimate act of disrespect towards his parents? Asher Lev paints against the values of his family and community. He disregards Jewish traditions and observance by pursuing his passion for art. His individuality has him disobeying the Rebbe, the mashphia, his mythic ancestor as well as his parents. Asher does not intend for his artwork to be harmful, but that they convey truths and feelings. Yet, the Brooklyn Crucifixions cause shame for his observant Jewish parents. In that way, he disrespects their teachings and wishes. He challenges the Jewish belief on modesty in creating nude works and disturbs the Hasidic community in his Christian image ...
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  • The Orthodox Jewish View - 798 words
    1. The Orthodox Jewish view holds that God revealed his will to Moses at Mount Sinai in a verbal fashion. According to Jewish tradition, this dictation is said to have been exactly transcribed by Moses. The Torah was then exactly copied by scribes, from one generation to the next. Based on the Talmud (Tractate Gittin 60a) some believe that the Torah may have been given piece-by-piece, over the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert. In either case, the Torah is considered a direct quote from God. However, there are a number of exceptions to this belief within classical Judaism. Over the millennia scribal errors have crept into the text of the Torah. The Masoretes (7th to 10th ce ...
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