Judaism & Culture

writing a Torah

The Holy Task of Writing a Torah

There are thousands of laws related to the writing of Torah scrolls and other sacred texts. The most important requirement, perhaps, is that the scribe be a pious and God-fearing person.
March 1, 2016
milk and honey

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

The Holy Land is often referred to as a land flowing with milk and honey. What does this mean? Is the expression literal or symbolic?
February 25, 2016

Jewish Cuisine: Soup, Cholent and Side Dishes

Sephardi-style cholent, known as hamin, uses rice instead of beans and barley, and chicken instead of beef. A traditional Sephardi addition is whole eggs in the shell which turn brown overnight.
February 24, 2016

The Chanukah Miracle – Seven Days or Eight?

Was the Chanukah miracle a seven-day or an eight-day occurrence? Why is the holiday celebrated for eight days rather than seven? There's a wealth of discussion on this topic.
December 13, 2015

Unlikely Friends: Jews and Muslims Together on Facebook

Being a part of this group has opened my eyes to the fact that not every Arab or Muslim in the world is a war mongering, death-loving anti-Semite.  It showed me that there are Muslims who are quite the opposite...
January 15, 2015