Fire Symbolism in Jewish Law and Ritual
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Dr. Fishbane explores the nature and importance of fire in Jewish rituals, and its roots in Jewish religious text.
"Rituals convey symbolic meanings. Rituals are not simply mechanical or rote procedures for the sake of religious traditions, but actions that carry messages that strengthen its collectivity.
This essay is designed to explicate the implicit message found in the Jewish contemporary rituals that involve fire.
Prior to expounding on these rituals, I will discuss the phenomenon of fire in history and religion, fire in Biblical and Jewish thought, the concept of symbols and symbolism and the theoretical model to analyze the rituals in which fire is the central prop."
From the Intent
Table of Contents
The Phenomenon of Fire
Accounts of Fire in the Torah
The Theoretical Framework
Contemporary Jewish Fire Rituals
I. Sabbath Candles
Prayers and Charity at the Time of Candle Lighting
Accepting the Start of the Sabbath when Kindling the Lamps
II. The Saturday Night Havdalah Ritua
The Laws of Ner Havdalah
III. Fingernails and Palm of the Hand
Appendix: The Yahrzeit Light
Rabbis Cited in this Work
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