Everything you need to know about Judaism and being Jewish: the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, Jewish rituals and more.
Even though there are no real ritualistic demands, it has some uncommon customs, including tikkun leil Shavuot, an all-night vigil of Torah study.
The revelation at Mount Sinai of the Torah remains a mystery as to what exactly happened and what exactly was heard.
What better place than a strong, loving, community like synagogues for a young person who needs a family?
Ever since some one million immigrants came to Israel from former Soviet countries, a battle has been waged over conversion.
Modern-Orthodox rabbis hope to use the current political crisis to retrieve the Rabbinate from ultra-Orthodoxy’s tutelage.
The festival of the giving of the Torah demands that we prepare ourselves, that we spend the night immersed in learning.
Long before science fiction contemplated revisiting and revising events of former years, the Bible did so, in the Book of Ruth.
And the most pervasive question of all: Why did God allow this to happen?
The fact that such a big publication brought up the matter of gets reveals the importance of the issue & the deepness of the imbalance power between men and women on that matter.
In addition to marking Riskin's birthday, the learnathon also comes ahead of the Shavuot holiday, when it is customary for Jews to stay up all night studying Torah.
Getting these decisions right can be the difference between triumph and travail.
The more we explore “if” the more lightning we find in the word.
In the agricultural context in which the Torah was received, land was the main source of income, and owning a lot of land was a source of wealth.
The answer can be found in Places in the Parasha – Biblical Geography and its Meaning, a fascinating book by Prof. Yoel Elitzur.
Anyone who has been even a little bit fat for more than five minutes in our fatphobic culture is already deeply familiar with the sense that they don’t fit in.
Every year, tens of thousands of Jews from all backgrounds arrive at Mt. Meron to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'omer, but why is this particular mountain so significant?
While you may have never heard of this holiday, Lag Ba'omer is popular and widely beloved in Israel — and it’s time we Americans learned to enjoy it, too
In Jerusalem, I see the fulfillment of 2,800-year-old prophecies. It is a place where the fabric between the spiritual and the material is so thin that it elevates everything.
The omer is a period of mourning but is also agriculturally significant.
From the festival of matzah to the festival of hametz
As we approach Lag Ba’omer, let us race along capturing the “wins” and insert them into our daily activities.
Until now, Orthodox synagogues in Israel have only appointed women to serve in positions of spiritual leadership alongside male rabbis, never by themselves.
The 33rd day has a special significance. Until then it is not permitted during the sefirah to cut the hair, wear new clothes, attend public entertainment or to get married.
The Environmental Protection Ministry suggested unifying bonfires with other social groups - without making the actual bonfire larger - to drastically cut pollution without sacrificing tradition.
The RA will be working to update ethics codes with Sacred Spaces, an organization that works with Jewish communities to address sexual abuse and power abuse.
What was the initial trigger for an unprecedented hassidic commentary on an aggadic work?
If you are not to hold a grudge, what ought one to do?
The commandment that envelops this parasha throughout is “You shall be holy!”
“Each day has a teaching and exercise to help ground the teaching and propel one along the path of transformation and growth. It is a very experiential book."
The distinction between time-bound and non-time-bound mitzvot appears only when distinguishing the differences between men and women.
Coming off a pandemic, when so many have been isolated, we might be inclined to view all isolation as punitive.
From the stories in the Torah of people with leprosy, we can infer what the social impairment is that leads to this impurity: gossip, slandering the name of someone else.
Affiliation today is primary for today’s Jews, and as a result, they struggle with issues of identity.
Dreaming of a world in which the trauma of the Jewish past can be healed through psychedelic experiences, where chemically assisted mystical encounters are a normative part of Jewish spirituality.
After publishing a list in 2018 of Orthodox rabbinical courts in the Diaspora recognized for performing conversions and divorce, the Chief Rabbinate will again scrutinize all such processes.
The continuous emancipation of the Jewish nation can be viewed through examining a series of “first” Passovers.
The deeper lesson of the Torah’s teaching is not that one must have tragedy at the very moment of triumph, but that everything contains its opposite.
Kashrut is a significant part of Jewish identity. The basic principle of kashrut is that what a person puts into his body affects not only his physical health but the purity of his soul as well.
We believe that an approach to strategic giving can be modeled similarly to the approach many use to set up an investment portfolio.
On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem and Tzohar invite the public to take part in the “Generations Light the Way” project by lighting memorial candles in memory of the six million.
The course, which has taken five years to develop, launches on Tuesday, April 6.
Can a parent request a child not to recite kaddish for them?
Passover asks us to confront evil in the world and consider how to combat it.
The historic event we mark on this day is the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea.
The search for hametz is paralleled by the search for COVID-19. Without the search where would we be?
Tears blurred my own eyes as I looked at the person who had endured for so long, and now chanted these holy words with such feeling, in our sukkah, so many years later.
‘Someone who wants to think needs to know how to read, and the best training for this is reading the Tanach’
From St. Petersburg manuscripts to the Washington Haggadah.
"From sorrow into joy... from darkness into great light."
“I mean, there’s so many d’var Torahs you can do for Pesach, bro,” he said. He recited the story of Moses and said how he could never see himself as being capable of doing what the Biblical hero did.
'In Jerusalem' spoke to individuals who lost a family member this past year, as well as to two mental health professionals to find out more about how COVID has changed the practice of sitting shiva.
Jewish participants explained the significance of the texts in the Haggadah and the attendees “celebrated together to find what we have in common.”
Perhaps because of the pushback against the custom, observance of it has actually waned significantly.
The event was spread across two days this year to allow as many people as possible to attend despite the coronavirus pandemic.
New Passover book showcases ‘profound and actionable’ lessons from the Seder
The Superhero Haggadah is interspersed with essays, divrei Torah, humorous MCU spins on various songs sung during the Seder and questions-and-answers sections.
The ancient artifact was simply wrapped in a plastic bag wedged in the pockets of a nearly otherwise empty cloth bag in the trunk of a car.
Liberation from slavery underlies our basic Jewish values
Our oral tradition is founded upon the Socratic method of “questions and answers” lobbied between study partners or chavrutot. On Seder night, questions are particularly pivotal; multiple irregularities are introduced into the Seder to prompt questions.
See Shabbat, Passover times for your area.
I would like to share some ideas I have collected and developed over the years, and perhaps they can bring something new to your ancient Seder.
Tamid can mean both “forever” and “regularly.” In that double significance is part of the secret of Jewish survival.
Once a year, we do not suffice with mentioning the Exodus from Egypt, but retell the story of our nation’s genesis in detail.
Let me tell you the story about one exceedingly famous Haggadah and the other one a metaphor for our own time.
"It was Dr. King who took the Hebrew Bible and made it a modern liberation manifesto, thereby demonstrating to the Jewish community, the contemporary power of Jewish prophecy and values."
This year, as most Israelis enjoy mask-less, unsocially distanced but doubly vaccinated Seders, we still need this message. Our election do-over picked at social and political scabs.
With this particular book of the Bible, its focus on the sacrificial system becomes a stumbling block for many trying to derive meaning from its text.
Some will find such gifts to be not in the best possible taste, but if you take them with a grain of salt – or maybe salted water – they could be fun.
Synagogues, congregations and communal groups can now host Seders with up to 1,000 participant screens.
There are ways to convey God's blessing even without touching.
With menus ranging from brisket and matzah ball soup to chraime and chicken tagine, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We’ve rounded up the best of them below.
The alleged cause of the rise in demand for Shmurah Matzah was due to a campaign initiated by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
The lecture, Hebrew Manuscripts Treasures in the Saint Petersburg, and other collections with a focus on the Passover Haggadah will take place on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
Married, midlife, Ashkenazi soulful Jewish female seeking spiritual community to join for online interaction. No in-person meetings. Serious virtual connections only, please.
Four reasons, two medieval and two modern, that will help us understand something deep about the Torah and our tradition.
By offering a sacrifice, a person expresses the maximum nullification he can feel: giving life to God.
Nothing is holier than life itself, not even when we combine all the divinely-given commandments.
The leadup to Passover will be particularly intense, with virtual lectures, cooking classes, musical performances and podcasts on offer. All the content is free, and much of it available in English.
“Clubhouse provides a frictionless, inclusive and low barrier environment in which one can explore their Jewish identity in both meaningful and deeply personal ways."
Popular Jerusalem eatery offers kosher cured, smoked ‘lamb bacon’ in its rabbinate licensed restaurant but Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar orders restaurant to change the term
Rechter told legislators that the voices of thousands of Holocaust survivors across the country were too often absent from the organizations responsible for assisting them.
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: Five years after first being approved, then, the Kotel Agreement remains suspended but not forgotten.
Women were actively part of the miracle of the Exodus, so where are they in the Hagaddah?
Reading this week’s Torah portion reveals several different staircases connecting the Mishkan and Shabbat.
We notice a phrase that is repeated often while the Torah describes the execution of the directions: “As the Lord commanded Moses.” This phrase is repeated no fewer than 19 times.
“It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.” – The Bee Gees, 1967