Judaism

Everything you need to know about Judaism and being Jewish: the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, Jewish rituals and more.

Why do good things happen to bad people? New book tracks answers

Thinking about Good and Evil - Jewish Views from Antiquity to Modernity by Rabbi Wayne Allen summarizes all the Jewish views on theodicy.

Bible scrolls from around the world - in pictures

A photo essay captures the stories of six Torah scrolls from around the world - Yemen, Siberia, France, Germany - which all ended up in Israel.

By ILANA SHTOTLAND
14/10/2021

Why is Abraham the chosen one?

Shouldn’t this great man be introduced along with his heroic credentials? Why is this his past résumé kept confidential?

By MOSHE TARAGIN
13/10/2021

The sweet and less sweet in Angrist’s Nobel Prize - analysis

The various reactions to Angrist’s achievement – and the fact that it was significant news here – says much about both the Jewish and the Israeli psyche.

12/10/2021

A year without Rabbi Sacks

Rabbi Sacks taught us all, every parent, every teacher, every academic, every lay leader, every philanthropist and every child that we held the key to a better tomorrow.

By TANYA WHITE
10/10/2021

Jews, drugs and rock ’n’ roll: The Jewish stories behind a heavy metal cult classic film

“Heavy Metal Parking Lot,” a mini-documentary that accidentally achieved iconic status via underground word-of-mouth, turned 35 years old this year.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/10/2021
Yoav Dassa Mosaic of Noah's Ark.

Noah’s ark is a weird bedtime story

On its face, the story of Noah and the flood, with its parade of animals, is just right for kids. In truth, it’s a weird and woolly story that gets weirder and woolier the more you think about it.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
09/10/2021

The fall of universalism and the religion of secularism's rise

The European “secular religion” is missionary, aggressive and exclusive and “mono-atheistic.” It also doesn't work.

08/10/2021

Parashat Noah: The tower’s indispensable teaching

What was the aim of the builders of the tower of babel? This question has received many answers.

07/10/2021
The Tower of Babel

Parashat Noah: End of the negative collective

Why did God punish those building the tower if unity is usually considered a positive value, not one seen in a negative light?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
07/10/2021
‘NOAH’S ARK on Mount Ararat’ (1570) by Flemish painter Simon de Myle.

Parashat Noach: Escape from dystopia 

As Jews, we don’t just believe in the possibility of better tomorrow – we actively yearn and pray for it.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
07/10/2021
Fresh vegetables are sold at the shuk (market)

Jewish law: How to purchase produce during shmita

Many Talmudic sages believe that shmita restrictions today stem only from a rabbinic decree. A few even assert that our observance of these laws is a pious custom.

By SHLOMO M. BRODY
30/09/2021

Is the Garden of Eden story a parable of the 'original sin'?

God tells Adam if he eats of the fruit he will die. He and Eve eat but do not die. Why not?

30/09/2021
Reading a torah scroll

Parashat Bereishit: Man and Earth

This Torah portion tells the story of God creating the world and the events that occurred in the beginning of days.

The High Holy Days and childhood nostalgia

The liturgy of the synagogue resonates with me, and I enjoy singing along with whoever is leading the service, as I grew up with a father who took me every Friday night and Shabbat to shul.

Sukkot, Simhat Torah and the duet between God and Man

The transformation of the second day of Shmini Atzeret into Simhat Torah is a direct outcome of the Jewish exile from our homeland.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
30/09/2021

Becoming a Soulful Parent: A path to the wisdom within - book review

An excerpt from the new book about prayer and connecting to the need to yearn.

By DASEE BERKOWITZ
29/09/2021

On Simhat Torah, a call for inclusion

On Simhat Torah, we dance in celebration. For the differently-abled, this may be a time of not joy — but frustration. The differently-abled may dance differently, but we should always dance together.

By Simcha Scholar
27/09/2021

Reflections on Simhat Torah and ‘simha B’Torah’

It’s instructive to explore the background of Simhat Torah. Doing so allows us to decide how to express our personal delight and happiness in Torah in a variety of ways

By MALKE BINA
27/09/2021

Kabbalah of Information: The Theory of Likeness

The Book of Shemot, Parashat Terumah: "The Ark shall be a precise blend of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide and a cubit and a half high."

By EDUARD SHYFRIN
27/09/2021

Hoshana Raba, Simhat Torah: What you need to know about the holiday

A rundown of the rules, times, history, and meaning of the unique Jewish holidays.

26/09/2021
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