Judaism & Culture


The 10 Days of Repentance

We are taught that each of the “Ten Days of Repentance” between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is connected to one of the Ten Commandments.
September 28, 2016
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Rosh Hashana Omens

What is it about symbolism, particularly the eating of symbolic foods, that has found such a prominent place on the most hallowed of days?
September 22, 2016
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The Three Weeks of Jewish Mourning

The Jewish people worldwide are now observing a period known as "The Three Weeks" in which they mourn and bemoan the destruction of Jerusalem.
July 24, 2016
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Ancient mosaics, coins found in synagogue ruins

Ancient mosaics depicting Noah’s ark and the parting of the Red Sea have been discovered by university scholars and students excavating a synagogue in Israel that dates to the fifth century.
July 12, 2016
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Who’s a Jew?

Let us explore the complicated and controversial question of “Who’s a Jew?” First, it would be worthwhile to understand what the word "Jew" means.
July 12, 2016
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The Fifth Cup of Wine

We pray that next year the prophecy of the Fifth Cup will be fulfilled - and the entire nation of Israel will be joined together in the Land of Israel.
April 7, 2016

Judaism’s Four Holy Cities

According to Jewish tradition, many major historical events took place on the Temple Mount. It was where the creation of the world began.
March 31, 2016
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Appreciating Your Spouse

Secret #1: Always give your spouse your best, and always show appreciation for whatever he or she does for you!
March 29, 2016

What Does Judaism say about Angels?

Angels are seen to play an important role in preserving the relationship between God and humans. They frequently carry Divine messages intended for people.
March 13, 2016
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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
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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
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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