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Participants on the app recently began the tractate of Pesachim, which focuses on the holiday of Passover.
“2020 has been a particularly difficult year for the deaf and hearing-impaired population," said the International Young Israel Movement director.
As the debate over Abraham’s exodus from Babel resumes, it is incumbent upon us to try to read that invisible ink that leads to the Promised Land.
Research has indicated that intermarriage, divorce, and low religiosity are all linked, both within generations and across generations.
Peterson's search is for eternal values – virtues and themes that are “common across all human experience, across all time.”
Hate ultimately consumes and convicts the hater himself.
This week, we read the single parasha that describes the life of the Jewish nation’s second, middle, forefather – Isaac.
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed participated in panel discussion with Reform rabbis evoking ire of the chief rabbi and most recently leading rabbinical figures in the religious-Zionist community.
Jewish law prohibits building structures on Shabbat.
Rabbi Sacks led the ship of Torah right into the hearts of some of the world’s most gifted, influential people.
‘And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said: “Send me away unto my master”’(Chayei Sarah 24:54)
Amsterdam's Portuguese Jewish community adopted a seemingly strange image from Medieval Christian art
We were so privileged that one of the world’s finest minds was dedicated to thinking about these issues and writing about them, with immense sophistication, in a style that was accessible to all.
Thousands of Jews from across the denominational spectrum are signing up to get matched with a study partner and learn about Shabbat with a focus on connection, unity and growth.
Rabbi Asa Keisar hopes his new project will reduce animal suffering while promoting better Torah adherence.
This year on Rosh Hashanah, it was pure prayer with no background noise, and even the Shofar blowing was perfect.
All the movies will be accessible for $12 each, or in special packages of 5 or 10; there are all-access passes as well. The festival runs from Nov. 11-19.
It truly lives up to its title, Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible.
The coronavirus pandemic was certainly going to make a very different Yom Kippur for me and probably every other Jew on the globe.
Perhaps Kabbalah can serve as both a model and inspiration for Modern Orthodoxy to continue to think ‘outside of the box’ and still remain grounded to its traditional past and to Halacha.
Abraham’s life was based on giving.
The "Bring Shabbat Home" event will take place November 6 to 7 and offer an array of educational resources.
The move follows newly normalizes ties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors.
The site is set to be completed in 2022 on Saadiyat Island, and will contain houses of worship for the three Abrahamic faiths, meaning there will be a synagogue, mosque and church.
An inside look at what spreading the Gospel to Jews implies, in light of the recent controversy oncerning the now-defunct missionizing Shelanu TV.
The Torah introduces Avraham without providing the important background details that warranted his selection. Shouldn’t this great man be introduced along with his heroic credentials?
Other highlights include silver Torah shields from the 18th century, which are among the finest examples in existence today.
It comes down to what I categorize as the three “T”s: Tribalism, Tolerance and Tanach.
The items are part of a trove from the Sassoon family, a wealthy family originally from Iraq, that the auction house is bringing for sale next month.
New book claims biblical readings of political events lead to support for Jewish state.
This week’s parasha, Lech Lecha, opens with God’s instructions to Abraham.
What does 'lech lecha' mean, and how can we understand it as a calling to search for God?
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While evil and wicked behavior can be attributed to humanity, some may deny God’s existence because of natural suffering.
Israel was always viewed as the spiritual and physical homeland, no matter where the Jewish people lived.
Fasting on Yom Kippur enables individuals to transcend the physical and focus on matters of the spirit.
Throughout Jewish history, circumcision signifies the covenant between the Jewish people and God.
Jews have always had a special reverence and appreciation for books.
The Passover Seder commemorates the events of the Jewish experience in Egypt – from their enslavement to the miraculous events of the Exodus.
A Jew who does not observe the commandments or Jewish traditions is still considered Jewish.
The Torah provides a detailed list of foods that are kosher and those that are not.
Jewish sectors with a penchant for mysticism – such as many Sephardi traditions and hassidic communities – have been more likely to embrace the notion of a mystical shield provided by amulets.
According to some authorities, ‘The World to Come’ refers to the world inhabited by the righteous after death.
“It’s been an issue that has really had a lot of movement within the Jewish community and the Orthodox community. In the progressive Orthodox world there’s a lot of receptivity.”
What caused Noah to merit being the only survivor from whom humanity would continue after the flood?
We are definitely in need of good leadership. So what went wrong?
In one of the many passages addressing the creation of Adam, God wonders pre-creation how to proceed since both wicked and righteous will be brought into the world.
Meeting the critical environmental challenges that humans now face will take more than scientific and ecological knowhow.
JEWISH AFFAIRS: Ahead of the World Zionist Congress, the Jewish Agency’s David Breakstone on the challenges facing the Jewish people and Israel’s national institutions.
In this 2020 fall season, let us try to develop a true inner joy that is based not on our external assets but rather on our vulnerability, faith and resilience.
It will take a long time for Judaism 3.0 to develop.
A foreword to the book connects the Ben Levi legend to the perception of miracles in Jewish folk lore, and invites readers to marvel at the gorgeous art his story has inspired.
Was man created primarily good and virtuous or fundamentally evil and immoral?
Rabbi Amnon Bazak seeks to educate laity, suggest answers to theological tensions
The solution to loneliness is the relationship between man and woman, the “helpmate opposite him” that God creates.
Roman colonialists invented the word “Palestine” in order to insult the native Jewish population with the memory of their ancient enemies, the Philistines.
The document is meant to provide guidance on relationships and families of members of the religious LGBTQ+ community which has been severely lacking from religious literature, explained Lau.
Participants can share written prayers that will be placed in the cracks of the Western Wall.
See Simhat Torah times for your area.
Matan students, as well as the wider community in Israel and around the world, are invited to join in this meaningful and uplifting event.
Reuven Hammer’s last book explores meanings of the Bible on contemporary issues
Shas MK accuses police of covert agreements with radical hassidic groups in Mea Shearim to allow mass celebrations despite coronavirus lockdown
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and Rabbi Gershon Edelstein instruct not to hold hands during traditional holiday dancing, not to kiss Torah scrolls, and to keep distance ‘as far as possible.’
As we bid farewell to one of history’s most unusual, unorthodox Sukkot, the very soul of Simhat Torah has been winnowed down to a shell of its former self.
With the joy that is the theme of this holiday, Bracha's children have found their way home.
Once we start to read the Torah all over again, we need to be reminded of its absolute holiness, rendering it nearly inaccessible and unapproachable.
This celebration encompasses all layers of society, young and old, rich and poor, learned and less learned.
The holiday's celebratory dancing is a custom which is not required to fulfill any of the core obligations.
Being an American by birth, it has been important to me to search resources to find out how my forebearers there observed the holiday in the traditional manner.
A special feature of the service is calling all children under 13 years to the Reading of the Law.
Normally thousands of people attend, praying and singing to God.
Ultra-Orthodox leaders feel like they have to decide between risking the lives in the community or the life of the community.
An 18th-century tale engages the 21st-century reader’s imagination
The original sukkah-huts in the desert provided the first appreciation of human vulnerability.
Sukkot externalizes the internal joy of the purified person, the atoned, the person celebrating the beginning of the new year with a clean heart and good will.
One needs to enter the sukkah and be fully encompassed by it to fulfill his or her obligation to dwell in the sukkah.
See yom tov times for your area.
The very fact that we are Jews has never been controversial; And so, in spite of all the controversies, we have always felt as one essence, as one body.
In 5781, Unetaneh Tokef is even more relevant than in most recent years, as its words can be read as a direct commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president said a modified version of the Yizkor prayer, which is said to remember those who have died and is recited several times of year, including on Yom Kippur.
The greatest innovation found in Tanya is the concept of the two souls and the constant, daily battle that composes the human struggle.
"Jews come together over a shared text, and offer dialogue, discussion, debate, and criticism—always within the context of a community.'
RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: Corona restrictions have forged innovations that could alter the way Jews pray.
RBG became a moral icon, held up as a beacon of sagacity, fierce femininity and strident commitment to progressive justice.
Chabad will scroll the names of loved ones across the screen during the event, allowing all those participating to take a moment to mourn them.