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Jewish Dictionary
An index of common Jewish terms, as well as sayings in both Hebrew and Yiddish.

Jewish Culture
Judaism has a rich culture encompassing different ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations and languages.

Jewish People
Many important men and women have made Judaism what it is today. In this section you can learn about prominent biblical characters as well as Jewish leaders, writers and philosophers.

Who Are the Haredim?
In the world of Jewish observance and identification, it is the haredim that are perhaps the most visually identifiable and, yet, most misunderstood.

What Are Tefillin in Judaism?
Tefillin are two small leather boxes worn by Jewish men during morning services. One box is attached to an arm; the other is affixed between the eyes,

What Is Brit Milah (Bris)?
Brit milah or

Hebrew Names for Girls (R-Z) and Their Meanings
Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters R-Z, as well as their meanings.

Hebrew Girls Names With Their Meanings (G-K)
Naming a new baby can be an exciting task. Learn Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters G to K and their meanings.

Hebrew Names for Boys (N-Z)
Naming a new baby can be an exciting (if somewhat daunting) task. Learn Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters N to Z and their meanings.

Hebrew Names for Boys (A-G)
Naming a new baby can be an exciting (if somewhat daunting) task. Learn Hebrew boys' names beginning with the letters A to G along with their meanings.

What to Wear to Synagogue
When attending synagogue services for the first time for services people wonder: What should I wear? Find answers to this question in this article.

Judaism Basics
What do Jews believe? What are the different movements in Judaism? How are they similar and different? What are some of the daily practices, like kashrut, that shape Jewish life? This section has information about all the basics of Jewish living.

The Role of the Rabbi in Judaism
The rabbi is the spiritual leader of a Jewish community. He/she leads services, conducts life cycle events and serves as a counselor and role model.

Get to Know the Countless Blessings in Judaism
Jews make a point to thank God for all things, big and small. That's where we get the myriad Jewish blessings, whether ha'motzi over bread or the birkat ha'gomel for surviving danger.

Blessing the Children on Shabbat
In Jewish homes a special blessing is said over the children on Friday evening as Shabbat begins. Learn to say these blessings and why they are said.

The Afterlife in Judaism
What happens after we die? Though Judaism does not have a definitive answer, over the last few centuries a few possible responses have emerged.

Why Are There Four Jewish New Years?
The Jewish calendar traditionally has four new years days, each with a different purpose. This is not so different from the American calendar.

What Foods Are Kosher for Passover?
Observing Passover requires a certain amount of kosher do's and don'ts. In addition to eating matzah, Jews can't eat leavened bread during Passover.

What Is a Dybbuk in Jewish Folklore?
According to Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is a ghost or disturbed soul that possesses the body of a living person. Learn how to get rid of a dybbuk.

Who Was Miriam in the Bible?
In the Bible, Miriam is the older sister of Moses. She is also a prophetess who plays an important role in the Israelite exodus from Egypt.

What Are the Four Questions on Passover?
The Four Questions are an important part of the ways in which Passover customs and foods distinguish the holiday from other times of the year.

Best Ways to Prepare for the Yom Kippur (or any) Fast
Tips for preparing for the Yom Kippur (or any) fast, including what you should do two weeks before, kicking bad habits and preparing the day before.

Best Ways to Prepare for the Yom Kippur (or any) Fast - Part 2
Tips for preparing for the Yom Kippur (or any) fast, including what you should do two weeks before, kicking bad habits and preparing the day before. Page 2.

What is a Hasidic Jew? About Ultra-Orthodox Judaism
Hasidic Judaism is one movement within Haredi Judaism. The Hasidic Jews are unique in their focus on the joyful observance of God's commandments.

Jewish Holidays
The Jewish calender is filled with holidays. Learn more about their spiritual significance and historical origins in this section.

Chanukah
The festival of lights commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and is celebrated every year sometime in November or December by means of oil. Jews enjoy latkes or jelly donuts fried in oil and light a chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) for eight nights.

Fast Days
From the big names like Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur to the lesser known fast days, they all hold significance in the Jewish calendar.

Passover
Known as Pesach, this spring holiday commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Jews celebrate with a Passover seder, eating unleavened bread called matzah, and more!

Shavuot
This holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah at Sinai to the Israelites. Jews celebrate with dairy-related foods and desserts and all-night study sessions!

Simchat Torah
A holiday of singing, dancing, and excitement, Simchat Torah celebrates the culmination of the final reading of the yearly Torah reading cycle!

Sukkot
Also known as the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles, this week-long holiday has Jews the world over living and eating in temporary structures to commemorate the 40 years in the wilderness.

The High Holidays
Known as the High Holidays or High Holy Days, the holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are the culminating holidays of the Jewish year. Full of repentance and reflection, they are some of the most well-attended days for synagogues the world over.

What is Purim?
What is Purim? What is Purim Katan? Get to know all of the customs and observances central to the fun and festive celebration of Purim.

What Is a Hanukkah Dreidel and How To Play
A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. It is used during the holiday Hanukkah to play a popular children's game.

Sukkot - How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog
One of Sukkot's special mitzvot is to recite blessings over the Four Kinds. Learn how to wave a lulav and etrog in order to fulfill this mitzvah.

Lilith in the Torah, Talmud and Midrash
According to Jewish mythology, Lilith was Adam's first wife. Learn more about references to Lilith in the Torah, Bible, Talmud and Midrash.

Ruth in the Bible - Biography
According to the Book of Ruth, Ruth was a Moabite woman who married into an Israelite family and converted to Judaism. Learn about Ruth in the bible.

How to Be a Mensch - Mensch Meaning


Hanukkah Songs to Celebrate the Holiday
Singing is a wonderful way to celebrate any holiday and Hanukkah is no exception. Here are eight popular Hanukkah songs with lyrics and translations.

Choosing a Hebrew Name - Jewish Names for Babies
One of the many things new parents must decide is what to name their baby. Here is a brief guide to choosing a Hebrew or Jewish name for your child.

Elijah's Cup and Miriam's Cup - Passover Seder
The Passover seder incorporates a variety of symbolic items, among them, Elijah's Cup and Miriam's Cup. Learn more about these two vessels.

Guide to the Synagogue - Jewish House of Worship
Learn more about the Jewish house of worship, the synagogue, from the bimah where the rabbi and cantor conduct services, to the aron kodesh.

Hebrew Language History and Origins
Learn about the history of the Hebrew language as an ancient language and the development of Hebrew as a modern language today, spoken in Israel.

Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles - Jewish Holidays
Sukkot, or the Festival of Booths, is a Jewish harvest holiday that falls five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot hearkens back to times in ancient Israel.

What Does Bar Mitzvah Mean?
What does bar mitzvah mean? Find out what it means to

Hebrew Names for Boys and the Hebrew Word for Warrior
Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters H-M, along with their meanings and references to biblical characters, like the Hebrew word for warrior.

King Solomon's Temple Is the First Temple
King Solomon built the first Jewish temple as a place of worship and a monument to God. Solomon's temple was destroyed in 587 B.C.E. by the Babylonians.

The Meaning of Jews as the Chosen People
According to Jewish belief, Jews are the Chosen People because they were chosen to make the idea of one God known to the world. Learn more about it.

The Meaning of Chai (Symbol) in Hebrew
Chai (חי) is a Hebrew word and symbol that means

Common Hanukkah Food Traditions
Like many Jewish holidays, there are traditions for Hanukkah foods. Fried foods such as sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts) and latkes are popular.

Kippah (Yarmulke) - Jewish Religious Garment
A kippah or yarmulke - the Hebrew word for the skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men - is one of the most recognizable symbols of Jewish identity.

King David - Biography of a Jewish Leader
King David was the most brilliant leader of ancient Israel and the first king of a united Israel. Read a King David biography to learn more.

The Concept of Jewish Sins and Yom Kippur
The concept of Jewish sins is different than Christianity. There are three: sins against God, sins against another person, and sins against yourself.

How to Light the Chanukah Menorah and Hanukkah Prayer
There are many ways to light the chanukiyah. Are you curious about the direction to light? To use candles or oil? The hanukkah prayer? Read on.

Introduction to Shavuot, the Jewish Holiday
Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews. Learn about the origins and modern day customs for celebrating.

What Is Rosh Hashanah? What You Should Know
What is Rosh HaShanah? Most importantly, it's the Jewish New Year. Here are the 8 most important things you should know about Rosh HaShanah.

What Is the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is one of the most important Jewish holidays and is one of two High Holidays. It is the day when God decides the fate of each person.

Popular Jewish Girl Names for Babies
Naming a new baby can be an exciting (if somewhat daunting) task. Here are a few popular Hebrew names and Jewish girl names to get you started.

The Passover (Pesach) Story
The Passover story is recounted in the biblical book of Exodus. It begins with the enslavement of the Hebrews and ends with their freedom.

Rosh HaShanah Food Customs - Jewish New Year Traditions
Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. Over the centuries it has become associated with many food customs. Learn more about Rosh HaShanah food.

The Jewish Holiday of Passover (Pesach)
Passover is one of the most widely celebrated holidays and commemorates the biblical story of Exodus, when Hebrew slaves were released from bondage.

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Greetings
What are the correct ways for a non-Jewish (or Jewish) person to respectfully convey Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur greetings to Jewish friends?

What Is a Bar Mitzvah? A Definition
This article is about the religious ceremony and party referred to as a bar mitzvah. When a boy comes of age at 13, he has become a

What Is Hanukkah? - About Chanukkah
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It usually falls in late November or December on the secular calendar.

Where Does the Legend of Lilith Come From?
According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam's first wife. When she left her husband, God created Eve as Adam's second wife. Here are her origins.

Hebrew Girls' Names With Their Meanings (A-E)
Hoping for baby name inspiration? Look through this list of Hebrew girl names beginning with the English letters A-E, along with their meanings.

Tzedakah: Charity in Judaism
What is tzedakah? What does Judaism say about giving charity?

Jews and Shoes - Does Judaism Permit Barefoot Prayer?
One of the more peculiar Jewish traditions involves the wearing -- or not wearing -- of shoes while praying. So what does Jewish law say about shoes?

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About Judaism: Its History, Traditions, People
Join About.com on a journey through the Torah, the life-altering bar mitzvah, the mystical hamsa, Jewish holidays, conversion to Judaism, and more.

What is the Jewish holiday of Shavuot?
Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai with many customs like eating dairy that interestingly have no origins in Torah.

Jewish History
Highlights about Jewish life in antiquity and under Islamic and Christian rule in the early medieval period. You can also learn about Judaism in the late medieval and modern periods in this section.

Holocaust
This section is devoted to the history of Judaism, from ancient times to the present, including the Holocaust and more.

What is Shlissel Challah?
There is a tradition of baking the unique

Judaism: Why "G-d" Instead of "God"?
A common question about Jewish practice is why Jews tend to spell the name of God as G-d, and the explanation is all about reverence and respect.

The Behemoth in Jewish Mythology
The behemoth is a mythical, gigantic ox-like beast with bones as hard as bronze and limbs as firm as rods of iron that appears in the Book of Job.

What Are the Four Questions at the Passover Seder?
The Four Questions highlight the ways in which Passover customs and foods distinguish the holiday from other times of the year.

What is the Symbolism of Candles in Judaism?
Candles have many symbolic meanings in Judaism and are used on a wide variety of religious occasions.

Who Was King David?
One of the most well-known and successful kings of ancient times, David is viewed as the first true unifier of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel.

The Jewish View of Jesus
For Judaism, Jesus of Nazareth was an ordinary Jewish man living during the Roman occupation of Israel in the 1st century C.E.

High Holidays of Judaism: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
The High Holidays comprise Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the powerful 10

Passover: Matzah 101
On Passover, Jews remember the harrowing experience of the Exodus from Egypt by eating matzah. How much do you know about the unleavened bread?

Passover: The Three Matzot
During the Passover seder, Jews have on the table a seder plate with three matzot placed one on top of the other. But why?

What is Midrash in Judaism?
When the Written and Oral Torah are complicated to understand, midrash attempts to help fill the gaps and make Judaism more accessible and relevant.

Hebrew Girl Names and Their Meanings (L-P)
From Peri to Liora, here are Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters L-P, as well as their meanings and origins.

Who Was Vashti? - Role in the Book of Esther
In the biblical Book of Esther, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus, the ruler of Persia, who is ousted for not abiding the king's command.

Chabad-Lubavitch Judaism 101
One of the most well known movements within Judaism today, Chabad-Lubavitch Judaism is known for loving kindness, outreach, and its dynasty of Rebbes.

What is the Jewish Calendar?
Although the secular calendar is based on the Earth's rotation around the sun, the Hebrew calendar calculates its days, months, and years differently.

Who was Jezebel in the Bible?
Jezebel's is described in 1 and 2 Kings as a worshiper of the god Ba'al and the goddess Asherah — not to mention as an enemy of God's prophets.

Jewish Accomplishment: the Nobel Prize Anomaly and More
With an estimated 7.4 billion people on earth, Jews comprise just .2 percent of that, making Jewish achievements like Nobel Prizes astounding.

How Satan Is Viewed in Judaism
In Judaism, Satan is not a sentient being but a metaphor for the evil inclination or yetzer hara that exists in all humans, tempting us to do wrong.

Who Was Moses?
One of the most well-known individuals in countless religious traditions, Moses overcame his own fears and insecurities to guide the Israelite nation.

Prayer Service for the Jewish New Year
Learn about the prayers and Torah readings in the Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, prayer service.

Birth Control in Judaism
What does Judaism say about birth control? Does Jewish Law prefer the use of condoms or pills as contraceptive methods?

Family Purity Laws, Niddah, Mikvah
Judaism's Family Purity Laws (Laws of Separation) forbid a man to have sexual relations with a menstrating woman, called a niddah, and until she has become ritually pure by visiting the mikvah.

All About Marriage and Weddings in Judaism - Jewish Weddings
What is the Jewish view of marriage? Learn about marriage according to Judaism. Learn about the Jewish wedding ceremony. What makes Jewish weddings special?

Who is a Jew via Descent
Who is a Jew is a controversial question today. What is the source of the law of matrilineal descent in Judaism? Why does Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism accept patrilineal descent, while Orthodox and Conservative Judaism only consider those with Jewish mothers to be Jews?

What is the Shehechiyanu Blessing?
Great emphasis is placed on every occurrence and experience, big and small, and the shehechiyanu blessing allows Jews for the expression of gratitude.

Satmar Hasidic Judaism
Satmar Hasidism, which originated in the town of Szatmrnmeti (now Satu Mare, Romania), is a branch of ultra-orthodox Judaism founded by Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum in the 18th century. Like other Haredi Jews, Satmar Hasidic Jews live in insular communities, separating themselves from comtemporary secular society. Like other Hasidic Jews, Satmar Hasidim approach Judaism with joy. Like the Neturei Katra sect, Satmar Hasidim oppose all forms of Zionism.

Common Jewish Genetic Disorders
Jewish Genetic Disorders are a group of conditions which are unusually common among Ashkenazi Jews -- Jews who have ancestors from Eastern and Central Europe. They include Tay-Sachs, Gaucher's Disease, Canavan Disease, Bloom's Syndrome and more.

FAQ: Jewish Naming Customs
Learn how to choose and give a Hebrew name to your baby. Read FAQ about Jewish naming customs.

Biography of Famous Jewish Leader
Rabbi Akiva (Akiba Ben Joseph) was one of the greatest of the Tannaim (Scholars of the Mishnah, the earliest written form of the Oral Torah). He was also a founder of rabbinic Judaism. Read a biography of this famous Jewish leader.

Theodor Herzl - Founder of Zionism - Biography of Famous Jewish Leader
Theodor Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist who founded modern political Zionism. Read a succinct biography of this famous Jewish leader.

Moses and the Exodus from Egypt
Moses, or Moshe in Hebrew, led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The story of the Exodus from slavery to freedom is told each year at the Passover Seder. Read this biography of a Jewish leader.

Family Shabbat Fun
Top ten ways for Jewish families to make Shabbat (Sabbath) a family fun time together.

Branches of Judaism - Orthodox Judaism
Orthodox Judaism is the most traditional branch of Judaism. Orthodox Judaism believes that both the Written and Oral Torah are of divine origin, containing the exact words of God without any human influence.

Ten Steps to Preparing for Passover - Passover Prep Guide
If you take it one step at a time, there is no reason to feel overwhelmed by Passover preparation. Use these Ten Steps to Preparing for Passover to reduce the holiday stress.

Jewish Holidays
Curious about the Jewish holidays? Learn more about the High Holidays, Passover, Chanukah, and more!

Rabbi Marc Disick
Rabbi Marc Disick is a Reform Rabbi who is available to answer questions from About.com readers.

Life Events
What are the major life events in Judaism and how are they celebrated/observed? From birth until death, Judaism is filled with rituals and celebrations that mark the different stages of our lives.

Places to Celebrate Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel
Do you want to celebrate your bar or bat mitzvah in Israel? These are the top places in Israel for bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies.

Conservative Judaism - Ask the Rabbi
Conservative Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner answers questions about Judaism from a Conservative perspective.

Neturei Karta- Ultra-Orthodox Jews - Jewish Sect
Neturei Karta refers to an ultra-orthodox, anti-Zionist, extremist sect Judaism. Neturei Karta is a loosely governed group united primarily by its anti-Zionistic ideology. The name Neturei Karta is Aramaic for Guardians of the City, as they plan to watch over Jerusalem until the Messiah comes and creates a true Jewish homeland.

Surviving Austrian Anti-Semitism and a Nazi Raid
Holocaust Survivor Hank Stanton describes how he endured Austrian Anti-Semitism and survived a Nazi raid.

Surviving Austrian Anti-Semitism and a Nazi Raid
Holocaust Survivor Hank Stanton describes how he endured Austrian Anti-Semitism and survived a Nazi raid. Page 2.

Surviving Austrian Anti-Semitism and a Nazi Raid
Holocaust Survivor Hank Stanton describes how he endured Austrian Anti-Semitism and survived a Nazi raid. Page 3.

How To: The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks in Judaism, which start on the 17th of Tammuz with a fast and culminate with the fast of Tisha b'Av. Do you know the laws?

B'nei Mitzvah
Everything you need to know about becoming a bar or bat mitzvah.

Customs for Newborns
From the brit milah to the pidyon ha'ben, get to know all of the tradition surrounding the birth of a newborn in Judaism.

Jewish Wedding Traditions
Everything from the Jewish wedding ceremony, sheva brachot, life as a married couple, Jewish views on divorce, and more.

Jewish Mourning Traditions
The various traditions surrounding Jewish mourning, a vital lifecycle event.

Bereavement
In Judaism, there are many rituals surrounding death and dying, for the individual who has died, their immediate family, and extended family. Learn more about bereavement in Judaism.

Conversion to Judaism
Curious how you can convert to Judaism? In this section you'll find a step-by-step guide to conversion and information about each denomination's view of the conversion process.

Interfaith
A guide to navigating the waters of interfaith relationships. How does one reconcile Judaism with non-Jewish holidays like Christmas and Easter? Can Jews go to church?

Jewish Prayers and Worship
A guide to Jewish prayers and services, as well as important rituals like putting on tefillin or lighting Shabbat candles.

Four Important Numbers in Judaism
What is the importance of Judaism and the number 18? What about seven? Explore the importance of the numbers four, seven, 18, and 40 to Judaism.

Chanukah Songs: Hanerot Halalu and Maoz Tzur
After the blessings over lighting the Chanukah candles and the lighting of the new light for that night, Hanerot Halalu and Maoz Tzur are sung.

Is Passover Seven or Eight Days?
Why is Passover eight days in the Diaspora but not in Israel? Here's a complete explanation of why the calendar is the way it is!

What Are Hamantaschen?
Hamentaschen are triangular-shaped pastries that are traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim.

The Purim Shpiel Throughout History
Explore the lengthy history of the beloved Purim shpiel, a classic jovial production, from the 1400s through modern times.

The Yiddish Word Dictionary
There are many Yiddish words that have made their way into American English, but do you know what kvetch, shiksa, bubkes, mazel tov, and more mean?

Does the Star of David have religious significance in Judaism?
Learn more about the origin and meaning of the Star of David.

What Are the Symbols of the Passover Seder Plate?
Passover is full of ritual symbols that retell the Exodus story. Many of these displayed on the seder plate — the centerpiece of the seder table.

What is a Passover Seder?
In the Spring, Jews gather around an elaborate table and tell the story of the Exodus with the haggadah as a part of the Passover seder meal.

The Story of the Jewish holiday of Purim
Celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, Purim's story is a tale of overcoming the odds in the face of evil.

Definition and Symbolism of Charoset
Charoset, a sweet and sticky condiment, is one of the many symbolic foods eaten by Jews during the Passover seder.

What is the Jewish holiday of Purim?
A festive Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in the biblical Book of Esther.

Who was King Solomon?
King Solomon played an epic role during a renaissance for the Israelite nation, but ultimately his impressive reign ended disastrously.

How to Make Matzah
In their hurry to leave Egypt, the Israelites didn't have time to wait for bread to rise, and the result was matzah. Here's a guide to make your own!

Judaism on War and Violence
What does Judaism say about war, violence, and peace? Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores what the Torah has to say about the tenuous topics.

Rocks on Jewish Graves
Most people leave flowers when visiting the grave of a loved one, but in Judaism, visitors leave stones on a gravestone. Why?

Rosh Chodesh Definition and History
Rosh Chodesh literally means

The Five Books of Moses in the Torah
The Five Books of Moses, also called the Torah, are the biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Definition of Afikomen for Passover
The Afikomen is a piece of matzah that is traditionally hidden during the Passover seder.

History of Adam's First Wife Lilith
According to Jewish mythology Lilith was Adam's first wife. Learn more about references to her in medieval texts and modern feminist texts.

10 Commonly Asked Questions About Judaism
Ten of the most common questions asked about Judaism. From questions about Jewish beliefs to our most sacred text, this article is a great place to begin learning about Judaism.

Forms of the Jewish Kaddish Prayer
The Kaddish prayer is one of the most important prayers in Judaism. Learn more about the Kaddish and its different forms in this article.

Seven Fruits and Grains of Israel
The Seven Species are the seven agricultural products associated with the ancient land of Israel as mentioned in the Torah.

History and Meaning of Hanukkah Gelt
Hanukkah gelt refers to either money given as a gift on Hanukkah, or more commonly today, to a coin shaped piece of chocolate.

Jewish Tashlich Ritual of Rosh HaShanah
Tashlich is a ritual that traditionally takes place on the first day of Rosh HaShanah.

Jewish New Year Meaning and Customs
Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur.

About the Holiday of Shavuot
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, writes about beautiful customs associated with Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Kosher Sex - Chat with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about Sex in Judaism
What is kosher sex? This Internet Chat transcript records answers from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about sex in Judaism. Page 4.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Sex in Judaism
What is kosher sex? This Internet Chat transcript records answers from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about sex in Judaism.

Kosher Sex - Chat with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about Sex in Judaism
What is kosher sex? This Internet Chat transcript records answers from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about sex in Judaism. Page 2.

Sex, Masturbation, and Fidelity in Judaism
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach answers your questions about cheating, sex education, and masturbation in the context of Judaism. Page 3.

Reconstructionist Judaism Explained
Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life that integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.

Judaism's Naming Ceremonies for Girls
How are Jewish families today celebrating the births of their daughters? Does Judaism have naming ceremonies for baby girls like they have the bris for baby boys?

Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Jewish People
Why is Jerusalem sacred to Jews? Why are Jews opposed to dividing Jerusalem by giving Palestinians control over parts of the city, including the Temple Mount, in return for the Palestinians' promise for peace?

Historical Reasons Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Jewish People
Ever wonder why Jerusalem is sacred to the Jews? Read about the history of this city and gain insight into the current conflict. Page 2.

Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Jewish People
Take a look at this history of pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the Western Wall. Page 3.

Why Jerusalem is Sacred to Jewish People
A look at the history of Jerusalem from the end of WW2 to the beginning of the 20th century. Page 4.

Traditional Jewish Views on Homosexuality
While traditional Judaism views homosexual acts as wrong, more liberal branches of Judaism are allowing for the ordination of gay and lesbian rabbis and are allowing their rabbis and congregations to perform or host same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Judaism and Homosexuality - Liberal Judaism - Conservative Rabbis - Reform Congregations
A breakdown of how Conservative and Reform Judaism view homosexuality, same sex marriage, and gay and lesbian rabbis. Page 2.

The Effects of the Holocaust on the Next Generation
Evidence shows that the children of Holocaust survivors, referred to as the Second Generation, can be deeply affected both negatively and positively -- by the horrific events their parents experienced. The intergenerational transmission of trauma is so strong that Holocaust-related influences can even be seen in the Third Generation, children of the children of survivors. Page 2.

The Holocaust and its Survivor's Children
Evidence shows that the children of Holocaust survivors, referred to as the Second Generation, can be deeply affected both negatively and positively -- by the horrific events their parents experienced.

The Effects of the Holocaust on the Children of Survivors
Evidence shows that the children of Holocaust survivors, referred to as the Second Generation, can be deeply affected both negatively and positively -- by the horrific events their parents experienced. The intergenerational transmission of trauma is so strong that Holocaust-related influences can even be seen in the Third Generation, children of the children of survivors. Page 3.

Biblical Names or Modern Israeli Names
What does Judaism say about names? Why do Jews often give their children Hebrew names in addition to English names? Is the Bible or modern Israel the best source for Hebrew names?

Gift Ideas for a Bar Mitzvah
If you're celebrating, chances are you're going to want to get a meaningful gift for the bar mitzvah. Here are some of our suggestions!

What do Jews Believe? The 13 Principles of Jewish Faith
What do Jews believe? The Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith are considered the

Sex in Judaism
Does Judaism prohibit premarital sex? You might be surprised at the answer to how Judaism views sex and intimacy.

What is Purim Katan?
Most people have heard of the festive Spring holiday of Purim, but most have not heard of Purim Katan. So what is Purim Katan?

What is Challah?
Challah is a loaf of yeast-risen egg bread that is traditionally eaten by Jews on Shabbat, on ceremonial occasions and during festival holidays. The word

What is the Mikvah?
A mikvah is so critical to a Jewish community that the Talmud prioritizes building a mikvah over a synagogue! How much do you know about mikvah?

Bark Mitzvahs for Dogs
Are Bark Mitzvahs for dogs actually spiritual events in the lives of American Jews today or simply an excuse to party?

Jewish Sites for Women
These sites for Jewish women focus on the interests and concerns of Jewish women today. Do Judaism and feminism conflict? How do Jewish women feel about their role in Jewish prayer and ritual? What challenges do Jewish mothers face? Find information from Jewish women's health issues to favorite books.

Jewish Sites for Teens
These top 10 Jewish Sites for Teens may encourage Jewish teenagers to learn more about and connect with their Jewish heritage.

Loyalty in Judaism
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood (California), a Reform Congregation committed to Lifelong Learning, gave this Yom Kippur sermon called Loyalty - Don't Give Up. Page 2.

Loyalty in Judaism by Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh
Check out this Yom Kippur sermon by Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh and gain some insight into how to follow the laws of the Torah in the modern day. Page 4.

Loyalty in Judaism
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood (California), a Reform Congregation committed to Lifelong Learning, gave this Yom Kippur sermon called Loyalty - Don't Give Up.

Loyalty in Judaism
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh of Temple Israel of Hollywood (California), a Reform Congregation committed to Lifelong Learning, gave this Yom Kippur sermon called Loyalty - Don't Give Up. Page 3.

Primary Political Parties of Israel
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Passover: The Forbidden Foods
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Decorating the Sukkah
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Hanukkah Traditions and Activities for Kids
Holidays give us a wonderful opportunity share Jewish traditions and stories with our children. Here are some ideas for ways you can celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with your family.

Jewish Sects - Later Sects - by Yoseif Yaron
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Curious what you'll need for your Passover seder? Check out this list of Passover seder essentials.

What is the Mourner's Kaddish in Judaism?
In Judaism, there is a well-known prayer called kaddish that takes many different forms. But what is the mourner's kaddish?

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Mobster: Biography
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The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other, a large-scale attitudinal survey conducted by The Pew Research Center in 2006, puts the cards on the table when it comes to Muslim views of Jews.

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The Gap Year
Check out some of these gap year programs in Israel that offer the chance to study about Judaism, Israel, and Hebrew, volunteer, travel, and more!

What is Maariv in Judaism?
What is the maariv service in Judaism? Learn about the traditional evening prayer service, where it originates what's involved, and more.

What is the Shema?
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Rosh HaShanah Dictionary and Greetings
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The Wedding Ring in Judaism
In Judaism, the wedding ring has become the most vital part of the wedding ceremony. Learn about which hand is used, the requirements, and more.

Waxey Gordon | Jewish American Mobster | Boardwalk Empire Character
Waxey Gordon was a Jewish-American mobster during the early to mid-1900s who was involved in gambling and bootlegging operations on the East Coast.

Hedy Lamarr | Jewish Actress and Inventor
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The Process of Mourning in Judaism
There are many steps to mourning in Judaism, from the announcement of death through the next 12 months of mourning. Do you know about Jewish mourning?

Bark Mitzahs for Dogs
Are Bark Mitzvahs for dogs actually spiritual events in the lives of American Jews today or simply excuses for a party? Page 2.

What Is Yizkor?
Yizkor, which means remembrance in Hebrew, is Judaism's memorial prayer.

How to Light Yahrzeit (Memorial) Candles
A Yahrzeit (Yiddish for

Charity and Judaism: Maimonides' Ladder of Tzedakah
According to Maimonides, there are eight levels of tzedakah, or charity, that range from setting the poor up in business to charity giving grudgingly.

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The Four Species play an important role in the holiday of Sukkot, where they take the form of a lulav and an etrog.

What is Nittel Nacht?
A perplexing vestige of a darker time in Jewish-Christian relations, Nittel Nacht is still observed on Christmas Eve by some Hasidic Jews.

Holocaust Records Archive Unveiled
In 2006, the ITS Holocaust Archive in Bad Arolsen unveiled 50 million pages and 16 miles of shelves of archives on the victims of the Nazis.

Branches of Judaism - Conservative Judaism
Conservative Judaism generally accepts the binding nature of Jewish Law (halacha), but believes that the Law should change and adapt.

What is Kol Nidrei?
Kol Nidrei is both the opening prayer and the name for the evening service that begins Yom Kippur.

Tu B'Shevat 101
One of the four New Year's on the Jewish calendar, Tu B'Shevat is considered the New Year for the trees and there are new and evolving ways that the holiday is celebrated around the world.

Biography of Golda Meir
Known as the Iron Lady of Israeli politics, Golda Meir played a major role in the formation of the State of Israel, the modern political landscape, and so much more.

What is a Shofar in Judaism?
The shofar is a Jewish ritual object most often made from a ram's horn that is traditionally blown on Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.

Support Israeli Soldiers Through Solidarity with IDF
These funds and organizations offer you a way to show solidarity with Israel through supporting Israeli soldiers and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

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An amulet shaped like a hand, the hamsa is thought to protect against the

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Holocaust Survivor: Sarah Shefer (nee Eckstein)
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Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, explains prayers for the Government and the State of Israel in honor of Israel's 58th Independence Day 2006 (Yom Haatzmaut 5766).

Prayers for the Government and the State of Israel - Part 2
Prayers for the government and the state of Israel are explained in honor of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut. Page 2.

Prayers for the Government and the State of Israel - Part 3
Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, explains prayers for the Government and the State of Israel in honor of Israel's 58th Independence Day 2006 (Yom Haatzmaut 5766). Page 3.

Prayers for the Government and the State of Israel - Part 4
There are many versions of the Prayer for the State of Israel, but this group of rabbis wrote the first edition. Page 4.

How Do I Search for Chametz Before Passover?
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Where Do I Light Chanukah Candles?
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What Is the Torah? (Judaism's Most Important Text)
The Torah is Judaism's most important text. It contains the Five Books of Moses and is the source of the Ten Commandments and the 613 mitzvot.

What is the Talmud?
The Torah might be the cornerstone of Judaism, but the Talmud, with it's Q&A style, is what has shaped modern Judaism as we know it.

Is Thanksgiving a Kosher Holiday?
In 2013 Jewish dinner tables across America were set aglow as Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincided. The question is: Does Thanksgiving fit into Judaism?

Bat Mitzvah: Definition and Overview
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Seder Rituals and Vocabulary
Prof. David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, writes: There is no question that the Seder, which is celebrated on the first night of Pesah or on the first two nights in the Diaspora is the central ritual of the holiday of Passover. But what is the origin of the Seder and the Haggadah? Page 2.

What are the 613 commandments?
Most people know the 10 commandments, but Judaism has 603 additional commandments. Take a look at 50-199. Page 2.

The 613 Commandments of Judaism
Most people are well aware of the 10 commandments, or mitzvot, but many do not know that Judaism has 603 additional commandments.

List of the 613 Commandments
Judaism recognizes a total of 613 commandments. Learn 200-349 here. Page 3.

Why Judaism Has 613 Commandments
The 10 commandments are well known, but did you know that Judaism has 603 additional commandments? Here's a look at 350-449. Page 4.

What are the 613 commandments?
Most people are well aware of the 10 commandments, or mitzvot, but many do not know that Judaism has 603 additional commandments. Page 5.

Jewish Sects - Second Diaspora Sects - by Yoseif Yaron
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Jerusalem
Jerusalem has a long and rich history. Learn more about the first temple period and Solomon's reign.

What or Who is a Cantor in Judaism?
In Reform and Conservative Judaism, a cantor is the person who leads the congregation in prayer along with the rabbi.

The Meaning of Shomer
What does it mean when someone is shomer kashrut or shomer shabbat?

A Look at the Origins of the Seder and the Haggadah
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The Literary Forms of the Seder and the Haggadah
Prof. David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, writes: There is no question that the Seder, which is celebrated on the first night of Pesah or on the first two nights in the Diaspora is the central ritual of the holiday of Passover. But what is the origin of the Seder and the Haggadah? Page 3.

The Literary Forms of the Seder and the Haggadah
Prof. David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, writes: There is no question that the Seder, which is celebrated on the first night of Pesah or on the first two nights in the Diaspora is the central ritual of the holiday of Passover. But what is the origin of the Seder and the Haggadah? Page 4.

John Kerry's Jewish Roots
John Kerry's Jewish past reflects the story of many European Jews who shed their Jewish heritage en route to America at the turn of the century.

Traditional Passover Food
This is a list of some of the classic and common foods you'll find in a Jewish household during Passover. Check out these traditional Passover foods!

Definition of Shiksa (Yiddish Word)
Shiksa is a Yiddish word that refers to a non-Jewish woman who is either romantically interested in a Jewish man or who is a Jewish man's object of affection.

What is a Siddur?
In Judaism, the siddur, or prayerbook, is the ultimate guide for Jews to traverse the multitude of daily prayers and blessings.

Passover Fun for Kids
Don't slave away looking for fun Passover activities for your kids, because we've got tons of fun and educational ideas right here!

The Four Mitzvot of Purim
There are four major mitzvot, or commandments, associated with Purim. Do you know what they are?

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On Shavuot, many Jews participate in all-night Torah study as part of their celebration of the holiday that God gave the Five Books of Moses to the Jews.

What is a Shalom Zachor?
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What is a Chumash?
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Personalized Chanukah Pajamas
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Get Crafty This Chanukah!
Help your kids get creative with a subscription to Kiwi Crate and their Handmade Chanukah box!

Baby's First Menorah
Teach your youngest kids about Chanukah with this wooden menorah set with 19 different pieces.

Chanukah Stuffed Toys for Kids
With the popularity of the

Chanukah Goes Frozen
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Uncle Goose Hebrew ABC Blocks
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Star Wars-Inspired Mezuzahs
Star Wars meets Chanukah with mezuzah cases made out of LEGO!

Rebecca's Chanukah Set
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Falling in Love on Tu b'Av
Often called the Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu b’Av is not a very well known holiday in the Jewish calendar but it has a very rich history.

Traditions for the Month of Elul
The Hebrew month of Elul is chock full of holiness and activities that prepare for Jews for judgment on the High Holidays. Are you preparing?

Top 9 English-Language Israeli Newspapers Online
For current information on what's happening in Israel, we've curated a list of the top Israeli newspapers online so you can go straight to the source.

The Best Live Israel Video News Online
There are countless sources for free and live Israel video news online, and we've rounded up our list of the top seven here.

What Are Selichot Prayers in Judaism?
The High Holidays are all about reflection and repentance, and the reflection begins with special prayers asking for forgiveness called selichot.

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An index of categories in the

What is the Birkat Ha'Gomel Blessing in Judaism?
In Judaism, there are blessings for everything, including surviving a dangerous situation. This is the birkat ha'gomel blessing.

What is Hallel?
If you've ever been at synagogue and been surprised by what seems like a random addition that has you flipping the pages, it's probably the hallel prayer!

Ima Shalom
Tracing the historical Imma Shalom, a well-known woman of the Talmud, is difficult if not impossible given the few texts and traditions available today.

Finding Your Bashert
You may have heard a Jewish friend talk about the dating game and finding their bashert, but have you ever heard someone mention finding their zivug?

Who were the Am Ha'Aretz?
Who were the am ha’aretz? The term, found in the Rabbinic sources, literally means “people of the land,

Why is Honey Important in Judaism?
On every Rosh HaShanah table is the beautiful honey dish, but why is honey so important in Judaism? Find out its origins, weird facts, and more.

5 Amazing Shofar Facts
From the world's largest shofar ensemble to the unique African Kudu Yemenite shofar, here are five fascinating shofar facts!

What is the Dead Sea? Here's 3 Things You Never Knew
What is the Dead Sea? What is the etymology of Dead Sea? Where does the Dead Sea appear in the Bible? All this and more, right here.

How to Say the HaMotzi Blessing
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What is Shabbat?
The Talmud says that to observe Shabbat is equal to all of the other commandments combined! But what is Shabbat? How do Jews observe Shabbat?

What is Yom Yerushalayim?
Israel's youngest national holiday, Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Six-Day War.

What is a Melavah Malkah?
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The Jewish Holiday Calendar Guide 2015-16
This calendar contains the 2015-16 Gregorian calendar dates for all holidays for the Hebrew calendar of the Jewish leap year 5776.

Jewish Holiday Calendar 2015-2016
This calendar contains the 2015-16 Gregorian calendar dates for all holidays for the Hebrew calendar of the Jewish leap year 5776.

What is Tzom Tammuz?
Tzom Tammuz is probably one of the lesser known of Judaism's many fast days. Occuring in the summer, it kicks off the

Fast Days in Judaism
Judaism is chock full of fast days, where Jews are commanded to abstain from work and

What is an Eruv?
Considered by some to be a loophole, the eruv is an important part of religious Jewish life that allows Jews to move freely on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

What Are the Different Types of Eruv?
Whether you're cooking, traveling, or carrying, there's an eruv to help mix and combine the proper spaces so you don't break the Sabbath or a holiday.

What Are Tzitzit? What is a Tallit?
Falling into the category of

What is a Mitzvah?
The word mitzvah is well-known outside of the Jewish world, but its meaning is often misunderstood and misused. So just what is a mitzvah?

What Do I Buy a Bat Mitzvah Girl?
When a girl turns 12, she takes on adult responsibility in Judaism. If you're looking for a meaningful gift for a bat mitzvah, we've got some tips!

What is the Birkat ha'Mazon?
What is the birkat ha'mazon? If you've eaten a meal with bread made from barley, wheat, spelt, oats, or rye, you're obligated to thank God.

Jewish Sects - Second Temple Sects - by Yoseif Yaron
A clear and comprehensive explanation of why a Jew can not believe in Jesus.

Jerusalem Second Temple Period
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Ask the Rabbi -Hebrew Calendar and Jubilee Year
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Eating Lamb for Passover Seder
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner answers a question asking if Jews can eat lamb for the Passover Seder meal.

Origin of the Word Judaism - Yahadut
millennium bce rabbi barry hebrew words jewish holidays lifecycle events: What is the origin of the word Judaism?

Jewish Unveiling Ceremony
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner answers a question about unveiling ceremonies.

Ask the Rabbi: Can I Convert If I Have Tattoos?
It has been a while since I shared an

What is Elijah's Role in the Passover Seder?
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Was Lilith a Vampire?: Jewish Mythology on HBO's True Blood
Last night's episode of HBO's 'True Blood' has viewers asking: Who was Lilith? And was she a vampire?

What's a Segulah?
If you've been to a Jewish celebration of any kind, you might have witnessed a segulah without even knowing it! What are they and what do they mean?

Jewish View of Intermarriage
What is the Jewish view of intermarriage? Why are Jews opposed to intermarriage? How do the various denominations of Judaism differ in their attitudes toward intermarriage?

Jewish View of Intermarriage
Given the reality of intermarriage among American Jewry today, should the American Jewish community be disowning or reaching out to intermarried couples and families? Page 2.

Judaism's View on Suicide
Suicide is a difficult reality and has plagued mankind since the times of the Tanakh. But how does Judaism address suicide?

What Are the Noahide Laws?
Many who are considering conversion to Judaism opt to commit to the seven Noahide Laws, the minimum moral duties required by the Torah for everyone.

The Western Wall: A Quick History
The Kotel has stood as a symbol of Judaism for thousands of years, but have Jews always been able to pray there?

What is the Western Wall?
Although many think that the Kotel was an actual wall of the Second Temple, it was actually a retaining wall of the greater Temple Mount area.

Can a Conversion to Judaism be Revoked?
For converts to Judaism, one of the most pressing topics is the risk of having a conversion annulled. But is it even a possibility under Jewish law?

What is a Ger?
Although the term ​

What is the Book of Tobit?
Although not considered canonical by Judaism, the Book of Tobit is a fascinating book with magical undertones and subtle comedy.

What is a Minyan?
In Judaism, it's permissible for men to pray on their own, but it's considered truly sacred to pray in a public environment as part of a minyan.

The Jewish Science Movement
Many have heard of the Christian Science movement, but most have not heard of Jewish Science, the focus of physical healing through spiritual health.

Olam Ha Ba - Jewish Views of the Afterlife
Though Judaism does not have definitive conception of the afterlife, Olam Ha Ba is one rabbinic response to the question of what happens after we die.

Yael - Women in the Bible
According to the biblical Book of Judges, Yael was the wife of Heber the Kenite. She is famous for killing Sisera, an enemy general who was leading his troops against Israel.

Gehenna - Jewish Views of the Afterlife
According to Jewish tradition Gehenna is an afterlife realm where the souls of the unrighteous are punished.

Gan Eden - Jewish Views of the Afterlife


Understanding the Ayin Hara
If you're familiar with the hamsa or have heard someone say

Jewish Women and Tefillin
Books like Rashi's Daughters have muddied the truth behind whether women have historically or religiously worn tefillin. What's the ruling?

Judaism and the Environment
With a strong foundation in Jewish law, Judaism and environmentalism go together like apples and honey.

The Jewish Divorce
In Judaism the entire process of divorce begins with the

A 12th-century Noble, Norman Religious Thinker Turned Convert
This is the vivid 12th-century testimony of a noble, Norman religious thinker turned convert to Judaism, which was discovered among hundreds of thousands of Jewish documents in the Cairo Genizah.

The Havdalah Ceremony in Judaism
Have you heard of havdalah? Get to know the ritual that separates the sacred and profane, Shabbat and the rest of the week.

What is a Mezuzah?
Curious how to affix a mezuzah? What makes a mezuzah

What is Shomer Negiah?
Curious why she won't shake your hand? A foreign concept in a modern, tactile world, shomer negiah is a basic observance of Orthodox Jews everywhere.

What is Bikur Cholim?
The mitzvah (commandment) to visit and help take care of the sick is one of the most important that a Jew can observe. Learn how bikur cholim works!

Legend of the Androgyne - The Biblical Story of Creation
In rabbinic literature the androgyne was a creature that existed at the beginning of Creation in Genesis 1. It was both male and female and had two faces.

Hair Covering in Judaism
In Judaism, Orthodox women cover their hair beginning when they get married. But why?

What is a Brit Yitzchak?
In Judaism, there are many traditions for the night before a brit milah or bris (circumcision), but what are the Brit Yitzchak and Vacht Nacht?

The Shmita Year
Every seven years, farmers who own land in Israel fulfill the mitzvah of shmita by taking a year off from working their land. What is this ancient and rare mitzvah (commandment)?

The Ten Days of Repentance
Between the holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are ten days with a unique custom and one main focus: atonement.

The Sights, Sounds, and Punny Food of Rosh HaShanah
Chock full of unique and punny traditions and observances, Rosh HaShanah marks the kick-off to a special relationship between God and humankind.

What is a shtreimel?
If you've seen a religious Jewish man walking around with a relic of furry, colder days in Russia, you might be curious about the shtreimel!

The Shalosh Regalim: Trek to Jerusalem for the Holidays
Known as the shalosh regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals include Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.

Sukkot: Preparing for the Ushpizin
One of the most beautiful parts of Sukkot, the holiday that finds Jews sitting, eating, and sleeping in temporary huts, is the mitzvah of ushpizin.

The Culmination: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Celebrated with immense joy, Simchat Torah is when Jews celebrate the conclusion and restart of the annual Torah-reading cycle.

What is the Haftarah?
Each week and on festivals, after the reading of the Torah comes a timely, brief supplement of sorts called the haftarah. But what is the haftarah?

What Is Tisha B'Av?
Tisha B'Av is a Jewish day of mourning - and a fast day - that commemorates the destruction of the two Temples.

What Is the Jewish Holiday of Simchat Torah?
Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar.

Passover: Picking the Right Haggadah
The Passover seder can be a lengthy and daunting experience, so having the right haggadah can make or break the holiday. Having a haggadah chock full of fascinating facts, insights, and graphics can provide you, your guests, and your children with endless possibilities.

Purim Food Customs - Fasting and Festivities
From observing the Fast of Esther to eating hamantaschen cookies, food plays an important role in the Jewish holiday of Purim. Learn more about Purim food customs in this article.

Jewish Hand Washing Rituals
Required before eating a meal at which bread is served, hand washing is a mainstay in the religious Jewish world beyond the dining room table.

The Difference: Menorah versus Chanukiyah
Many know the chanukiyah as a menorah, but there's actually a large difference in the two pieces of Judaica.

Passover: The Four Cups of Wine
The reasons for drinking four cups of wine as the Passover seder are many, and here are just a few of them!

Shaving in Judaism
Shave and a haircut? If you’re Jewish, you have to think twice. The laws about shaving in Judaism are diverse and different communities observe different customs.

What's in a Name? Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews
Understanding the history of the terms Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews is key to experiencing the evolution of a nation and people.

What is a Golem?
Finding its way into pop culture for years, the golem is a mystical creature that finds its origins in the Torah and is embellished in Jewish legend.

Zocher ha'Brit
Although seeing a rainbow after it rains might feel typical or expected, in Judaism there's a special blessing that is said because the rainbow serves a special purpose.

What is a Kittel?
A unique white robe-like garment, the kittel is worn by Jews on special days and during specific lifecycle events.

Judaism Glossary of Jewish Leaders
Learn who has led the Jewish People throughout the centuries through this Glossary of Jewish Leaders.

Jewish Calendar - When Did It Start
Rabbi Shraga Simmons explains when the Jewish calendar began.

Jewish Leaders - Abraham
Abraham was the first Jew, the Father of the Jewish People.

Ask the Rabbi - Reasons for Keeping Kosher
Rabbi Shraga Simmons answers a question about why Jews keep kosher.

Ask the Rabbi - Clothing Worn by Jews
Rabbi Shraga Simmons answers a question about clothing worn by Jews.

Top 5 Myths About Jews and Judaism!
Horns? Sex through a hole in the sheet? These myths and urban legends about Jews and Judaism could fill a library!

What is Kiddush?
What is kiddush in Judaism? It is a central part of the every Shabbat, holiday, and other special life event ... and so much more.

A Straight Spine
The spine of a lulav must be completely straight, but are there leniences?

Extras: Hadassim and Aravot
What about the hadassim (myrtle branches) and aravot (willow sprigs)? Check out the laws for two of the four species on Sukkot.

The Origins
Check out this

Spine Length for a Lulav
The laws for the spine of a lulav are detailed and complex, check them out.

The Lulav's Leaves
There are requirements and laws for the leaves of the lulav. Do you know them?

Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews
Most Americans are unaware of the fact that the United States is among the countries that have, in fact, expelled Jews, through General Order No. 11.

A Guide to Jewish Wedding Gift Customs
The Jewish wedding is an elaborate and seemingly complicated ceremony, but choosing the right gift for the newlyweds doesn't have to be.

The Red Thread of Judaism
If you’ve ever been to Israel or spotted a Kabbalah-loving celebrity, chances are you’ve seen the ever-popular

Why do Jews eat dairy on Shavuot?
If there's one thing everyone knows about the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, it's that Jews eat lots of dairy. But why do Jews eat dairy on Shavuot?

What is Aishes Chayil?
Every Friday evening, before the festive Shabbat meal, Jews the world over sing a special poem to honor the Jewish woman: Aishes Chayil or Eishes Chayil.

How to Count the Omer
For 50 days starting from the second day of Passover, Jews the world over count the omer, culminating with the holiday of Shavuot. Do you know how to count the omer?

What is Chad Gadya?
The fun song Chad Gadya is sung at the end of every seder, but there is more than meets the eye with this cute tune that children love.

What Makes Wine Mevushal?
Wine might seem an unlikely candidate for concern about kosher ingredients, but pagan ritual plays an important role in the rules of mevushal wine.

Cos Eliyahu
At the Passover seder, the Cos Eliyahu (Elijah's cup) serves a very practical purpose in that it resolves a dispute by the rabbis. Page 5.

Kiddush Cup
Because there is special Kosher-for-passover wine, it's common to have a special kiddush cup that is used only for Passover. Page 6.

Kosher-for-Passover Wine
How much wine do you need for the Passover seder? We've got the answer and more. Page 9.

Matzah Cover and Afikomen Bag
At the seder, the matzah cover and afikomen bag are often decorated beautifully and in the theme of Passover. Page 3.

Matzah Plate
You need a place to put the matzah, because of its significant role in the seder meal, and this is known as a matzah plate or matzah tray. Page 4.

Miriam's Cup
Miriam's Cup is a modern addition to the seder table that is meant to honor the valor and importance of women in the Jewish narrative. Page 8.

Passover Pillow Cover
At the Passover seder, every time wine is consumed or matzah is eaten, Jews lean to the left on a pillow in order to live like royalty. Page 7.

The Haggadah
What is the Haggadah? It's a guidebook that retells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and provides a guide for the entire meal. Page 2.

The Seder Plate
Perhaps the most important component of the seder, the seder plate holds specific components that are central to the retelling of the Exodus.

Your Passover How-To Guide
The Passover seder is a lengthy meal with a variety of ritual, tradition, and, most importantly, objects to complete the seder experience.

Apple and Honey - Rosh HaShanah - The Jewish New Year
One of the most popular and well-known food customs on Rosh HaShanah has to do with dipping apple slices into honey. This sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year.

The Great Revolt and the Destruction of the Second Temple
The Great Revolt was the first of three major Jewish rebellions against the Romans. It eventually resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple.

Albert Einstein Quotes | Famous Quotations
Albert Einstein was a Jewish theoretical physicist who developed the Theory of Relativity.