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The advent of Purim offers a perfect opportunity to shake off some of those pandemic blues and get in some high jinks.
How will you be Puriming?
Dr. Maya Rozman answers which holiday has the unhealthiest food and explains how to make mishloach manot healthier.
I now understand that your goal was not to keep Jews Jewish – but to keep haredim haredi
The building of the mishkan did not change God, but it changed Israel. God may be the same everywhere, but we are not.
How can one uphold both truth and peace, and then go so far as to claim that the world can only exist when both truth and peace exist?
A look at Purim in all its dimensions
Queen Esther is depicted as the epitome of feminine modesty, courage and self-sacrifice.
The headstones were transferred to a facility at the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, and will be used for academic research.
Parashat Yitro and Parashat Mishpatim are seen as a continuum.
Jewish Sufi seeker Ya’qub ibn Yusuf, born Joshua Heckelman in New York City, studied with great spiritual masters before opening Olam Qatan a generation ago.
The original practice in Ashkenazi communities was that each mourners’ Kaddish in the prayer service is recited by one person only.
We went from philosophy to the budget.
Why is it that someone who steals an ox is fined five times the value of the theft, whereas someone who steals a lamb is fined only four times the value of the theft?
Osnat was born in Kurdistan in 1590. Her story is an astounding one.
The many endangered dialects of Judeo-Arabic have been documented to varying extents, from Egypt to Morocco, from Syria to Yemen. And some young people are keeping the music alive.
Moses shows true emotion upon seeing Jethro.
The parasha is called Yitro because it begins with the story of Jethro coming to the Israelites’ encampment.
The world is a place of mystery, a simple person may hold the deepest secrets.
The book’s theme is that when big changes come, opportunities open up to transform religion and society, or in the author’s terms, “dance in the earthquake.”
“Mah norah hamakom hazeh,” she chants. “How awesome is this body. How awesome is this place. How awesome is this journey through time and space.”
The binding shall be put up for public auction next week in Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem.
The Exodus from Egypt and the exodus from Europe 3,000 years later are so similar that biblical critics in the far future might argue that they were one and the same.
All of us carry a great deal through life – memories, aspirations, relationships, burdens, natural gifts.
This Shabbat is termed Shabbat Shira for Shirat HaYam, the Song of the Sea, read in this parasha.
Congratulations to Ian Parkinson of the United Kingdom.
Help Jewish National Fund-USA and The Jerusalem Post say happy birthday to the trees.
CORONA HAS been a dramatic game changer in the way we experience time.
These blessings are meant to inculcate a sense of wonder as well as gratitude to God.
There are (at least) three different reasons for eating unleavened bread; and together with a fourth, symbolic reason, all of them tie together in one of those mystical weaves.
The Jewish nation left Egypt to fulfill its Divine purpose: to receive the Torah, establish in the Land of Israel a state that will operate on the basis of the laws and values of the Torah.
For those Jews positively inclined to consider a vegan diet, reading Schwartz’s book is like having a personal mentor.
Tree-planting ceremonies are traditional on Tu Bishvat in Israel, where the soil is holy
“Many secular readers, after they read this book, they said, ‘Oh, we want to be that kind of secular Israelis that are connected to their past without being controlled by the past, where can we start
Adelson, one of the most well-known Jewish philanthropists, will be buried Friday in Jerusalem.
Tu Bishvat is a somewhat subdued day of note relative to the other celebratory days of the Jewish calendar, and is not a festival that too many eagerly prepare for or look forward to.
People often use power, and when it is employed, it is not easy to overcome it. The Midrash teaches us that when power is met with empathy, consideration and compassion, it collapses and retreats.
Over the years, I have found that the best commentary to what happens in any given week is to be found in the 3,300-year-old text of the Torah portion.
The news of liberation comes to the slaves of Israel – but they are unable to hear it.
Network of left-wing Jewish organizations argues that legal adoption of IHRA definition could stifle free speech and suppress debate on Israel. Foreign Ministry laments opposition to further adoption
Reconciling modern scholarship with unquestioning faith
Moses’s personal struggles enable him to summon the strength despite his initial unwillingness.
Imeinu Doulas began modestly with a team of Jewish doulas, companions who are trained to care for and offer support to women in childbirth.
Regarding synagogue attendance, the rabbi of Posen confirmed that considering the contagious nature of cholera, overcrowding was indeed a problem.
One of the skills a leader needs is the ability to make speeches and persuade the masses, and this was something Moses felt he could not do.
Each month, a group of young Jews in Minsk meet either in person or online to consider a specific environmental dilemma and what Judaism has to say about it.
"The Kabbalah Coloring Book is really two books in one. It works for kids as a coloring book, and it works for adults."
It is truly remarkable that two short references in the biblical text could generate such a multifaceted woman in midrashic literature.
We should honor Menashe's memory and emulate his example.
There is a facet to Torah learning that is national rather than personal.
The fleeting moments of the wedding ceremony can have enduring significance
“But we’re Jewish, so why do we have a Christmas tree?” I recall thinking.
Pixar’s “Soul,” released on Friday on Disney+, is a tender balm of a movie about an aspiring jazz musician who dies on the day he gets his big break.
The coronavirus pandemic has continued to ravage Israel, with a notable rise in cases among the ultra-Orthodox population.
Henkin and his wife, Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founded a program for women to study the laws of family purity and answer Jewish legal questions on the subject.
As long as one accepts that “spread his tent” equals “encamped,” it seems inevitable to conclude, based on the text, that Jacob purchased Jerusalem.
Most online Torah study is done through transcriptions and recordings of lectures, but WebYeshiva offers something different: 60 hours a week of live classes online.
Again and again, the Bible repeated the connection between the exile in Egypt and the obligation to respect foreigners.
The metaphor for our year is the mask. Wearing it, not wearing it, different kinds of masks, the sense of being hidden and the fear that it connotes.
Platonic dialogue meets advanced Gemara class meets ‘The Moscow Puzzles,’ but accessible
The fast is unusual because it is the only fast that can fall on a Friday, as it does this year.
Different rabbis from different denominations give their opinions on which blessing to say.
The practice of not learning Torah is an interesting one and not the norm: There’s only one day on the Jewish calendar, the mourning holiday of Tisha B’Av.
First, Vayigash recounts the crime that shattered Jacob’s family.
Operation Tzur Yisrael assists over 200 new immigrants to integrate to the Jewish homeland
Those of us fortunate enough to live in Israel can personally visit the archaeological finds of the Maccabee period and walk through the modern city from which stemmed the revolution.
Zealotry and fundamentalism are among the greatest dangers to modern society.
A congregation that could not read from the Torah on Shabbat morning would read the entire Torah portion later in the afternoon.
He will also invest Rabbi Levi Duchman as Rabbi of the Emirati Jewish community.
The women are mainly celebrating the history behind Book of Judith.
Supermodel, food writer and sassy Twitter star Chrissy Teigen celebrated Hanukkah for the first time this year — and it’s truly one of the sweetest odes to the Festival of Lights we’ve ever seen.
The get was given just days after sanctions were imposed, ending a three-year battle.
For generations, Anglo Jewry began the Shema with 'Hear, Oh Israel,' until Rabbi Sacks gave a new translation.
“Will we find [anyone] like this, a man in whom there is the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41: 38).
Joseph is young, gifted and good-looking – promising in every way. And it almost destroys him.
"As someone who takes the Bible literally, I couldn’t not become a Jew."
Beyond the simplicity of this kid’s game is a powerful message hidden in the Nun, Gimel, Hay and Peh / Shin of the dreidel.
Featured character Mr. Dreidel is seen overcoming a coronavirus struggle many are familiar with.
We’ve had to learn how to adapt and bring what we could from our normal communal structures into our homes.
"may we be cured of plague and grievous disease."
My experiences here so far, while smaller and more limited due to coronavirus restrictions, have provided me with a remarkable new understanding of the history of that period.
The drama of Israel – the selling of Joseph, the slavery and redemption – seems to hinge on an accidental encounter in the field with a stranger.
It is a celebration of a miracle that was brought about by Jews refusing to be anything but Jews. Before meeting Greek culture, every theology and philosophy the Jews met was inferior to Judaism.