Shawn Lichaa was born and raised in an Egyptian Karaite family. An active member of the Jewish community, Shawn has taught Judaic studies at synagogues, served as the Director of Jewish Programming for Alpha Epsilon Pi: North America's Jewish Fraternity, and has worked extensively with the board of the Karaite Jews of America (KJA). Shawn has also served on the Board of Directors of BBYO, an international Jewish youth group. He is the primary contact for those inquiring about Karaism through the KJA's web-site (http://www.karaites.org/). Having received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Shawn currently practices law in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nehemia Gordon was born to an Orthodox Rabbanite family but embraced Karaite Judaism in his youth. An author, lecturer, and teacher, Nehemia holds a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and Archaeology and a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nehemia has served the Karaite Jewish community in various capacities including sitting on the Board of Directors of the Karaite Synagogue in Jerusalem, serving on Universal Karaite Judaism's "Religious Council" and "Supreme Council" and as a founding member of the World Karaite Movement and the Karaite Korner website (http://www.karaite-korner.org/). Meir Rekhavi embraced Karaite Judaism in 1981 while studying at a Rabbanite Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Mentored by Karaite Hakham Mordecai Alfandari, Meir is a founding member of the World Karaite Movement. As Chancellor and senior lecturer of the Karaite Jewish University, Meir presided over the first conversion of non-Jews to Karaite Judaism in 500 years. Author of a newly revised Karaite Passover Haggadah, Meir has published a series of studies at http://www.Karaites.org.uk/. Meir served in the Israeli Defense Forces, studied Biblical Studies and History through the University of London, and Computer Hardware Technology and Higher Mathematics at Leeds Metropolitan University.
As it Is Written: A Brief Case for Karaismby Shawn Lichaa, Nehemia Gordon, Meir Rekhavi
Karaite Judaism is the oldest form of Judaism in the world. Today most Jews live by the teachings of the Talmud written by the Rabbis 1500 years ago. In contract, Karaite Jews still adhere to the Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh) revealed by the Almighty to the prophets of ancient Israel. Karaites believe that our walk with God must be based on the Hebrew Scriptures, not on man-made religious doctrines and sanctified traditions. The Hebrew Scriptures contain a rich heritage of divine instruction, history, prophecy, wisdom, and poetry which enrich our spiritual lives. The read is invited to explore Karaite Judaism and the Karaite understanding of Scripture with some of the world's foremost Karaite scholars. This book answers common questions about Karaite Judaism such as: What do Karaites believe? When was Karaite Judaism founded? Do the Hebrew Scriptures support the idea of an "Oral" Law? Do Karaites take the Bible "literally"? Why don't Karaites light Sabbath Candles? How does the Biblical calendar work?
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