As It Is Written

As It Is Written
A Brief Case for Karaism

by Shawn Lichaa
Nehemia Gordon
and Meir Rekhavi








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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 contrast, 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?

About the Authors:
  • Shawn Lichaa descends from the ancient Karaite Jewish community of Egypt and is extensively involved with the Karaite Jews of America based in Daly City, CA which primarily represents Karaites of Egyptian extraction. Lichaa worked for Alpha Epsilon Pi, North America’s Jewish Fraternity as the Director of Jewish Programming, forging relationships with partner organizations and inspiring the next generation of Jewish youth to become active participants in Jewish causes. He is currently attending the University of California, Berkeley Law School and hold a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Nehemia Gordon holds a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and Archaeology from the same university. Fluent in Hebrew, Gordon has worked extensively with ancient manuscripts and on the publication and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Gordon is a co-founder of the World Karaite Movement, organizes the annual Aviv Search, and publishes monthly New Moon sightings from Israel. Gordon is also the author of The Hebrew Yeshua vs. the Greek Jesus, an investigation into the Hebrew background of the New Testament.
  • Meir Rekhavi studied under the late Mordecai Alfandari and is a a co-founder of the World Karaite Movement. Rekhavi is the editor and translator of the Biblical Passover Haggadah and serves as the Chancellor of the Karaite Jewish University. Many of his online studies are published at www.Karaites.org.uk.

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