Judaism

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

 An ice cream assembly line at the Ben & Jerry's factory near Kiryat Malachi, July 2021

Parashat Eikev: The land of milk and ice cream

Are we too emotionally invested in cultural icons? Should we be insulted by a decision of the board of Unilever/Ben & Jerry’s?

By MOSHE TARAGIN
29/07/2021
 Pope Francis greets Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz at the Vatican, 2016

Rabbi Steinsaltz expands on Jewish philosophy, sages in new books

In two new books, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz moves from translating the Talmud to understanding and encapsulating the human condition.

Synagogues made COVID-safe High Holiday plans. Then came Delta.

Several synagogue leaders said they would be planning multiple options for services with the understanding that some of those plans would be scrapped at the last possible moment.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
27/07/2021

Is there justification in Judaism to exempt haredim from the IDF?

While the government seems rightly more focused on integrating haredi citizens into the workforce, it will remain hard to avoid the draft issue

By SHLOMO BRODY
24/07/2021

Understanding the concept of infinity in Judaism

When we put our hands over our eyes during the Shema, we are close to understanding the kabbalistic understanding of infinity.

23/07/2021
‘MOSES ON Mount Sinai’ (c. 1895-1900) by French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme.

Parashat Va'etchanan: Faith in one God – faith in goodness

The significance of God’s revelation at Mount Sinai, an event described in this parasha, far surpasses the creation of a new religion or the cohesiveness of a new nation around its God.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
23/07/2021

Major nonprofit Jewish funeral hall shifts approach to end-of-life issues

Plaza not only has helped reduce the costs of funerals and bring unprecedented transparency to the process, but it has become a leader in educating and supporting the community in end-of-life issues.

By STEWART AIN/JTA
22/07/2021
A COUPLE enjoys Tu Be'av in 2020

Celebrating love on Tu Be'av

After having fallen out of practice for centuries, today Tu Be’av is experiencing a bit of a rebirth in Israel

By ADAM GREENWALD
21/07/2021
‘THE DESTRUCTION of the Temple of Jerusalem,’ Francesco Hayez, 1867

Tisha Be'Av 2021 - What you need to know

On Tisha Be'Av, people should not greet one another with verbal greetings * Sitting on a chair is forbidden until after halachic midday * Sitting on the floor or in a low chair is permitted.

18/07/2021

Thoughts on Tisha Be’av - comment

This exile was the second time we had been uprooted and torn from the homeland. Just seven centuries prior, the Babylonians too, led us out of Judea into an uncertain captivity.

By AHARON E. WEXLER
18/07/2021

Why was Jerusalem’s Western Wall built?

Some years ago it was rumored that the Wall was weeping, for the tragic situation of Jews in Israel during its ongoing terrorist attacks.

Rabbi Yoel Kahn, leading student of Lubavitcher Rebbe, passes away

Kahn was known for transcribing Schneerson's talks and teachings and disseminating them to communities around the world for over 70 years.

Parashat Devarim: The beginning of history

The Torah is insistent that no human is perfect, and it is in the rough and tumble of daily life that we show our spiritual striving.

15/07/2021

Parashat Devarim: God as Moses’s temporary student

In this week’s parasha, Devarim, Moses focused on the years when the Jewish nation wandered in the desert and on the trials and tribulations they experienced there.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
15/07/2021

Book review: Meaning and destruction of the Temples

Lamentations – Faith in a Turbulent World, by Dr. Yael Ziegler, remedies our overall reluctance to better understand Lamentations and conveys the book’s complex concepts and ideas clearly.

The Jewish story: From generation to generation

For hundreds of years my family lived, thrived and persevered in the small Moravian town of Boskovice. And then, in one dreadful blow, they were all gone. Today there isn’t a single Jew in the town.

By CHARLES TICHO
15/07/2021

Can modern Jews ‘grieve?’

Emotionally sensitive people sympathize with the suffering of other people even when personally unaffected. At a minimum, Tisha Be’Av demands this level of mourning.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
15/07/2021
Ultra-Orthodox residents walk through of the Mea She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem, August 2020

Enough with the ‘ex-Orthodox’ drama

Netflix has introduced a number of shows about ultra-Orthodox communities, all with the same message: erase the past. But perhaps the past can still be embraced by those who have left.

By ALLISON JOSEPHS/JTA
15/07/2021
Then-Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper (right) looks at a Bible with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel

Jews, Christians to read Isaiah's prophecies together this week

Participants will each read a chapter from the Book of Isaiah, the main character who prophesied the destruction of Babylon and the return of the Jewish people to Israel.

CELEBRATING A  new Torah scroll at the Lvov synagogue in Safed.

Why is it ever okay to write down oral Jewish law?

"The truth is that the oral Torah was never written down. The meaning of the Torah has never been contained by books" - Abraham Joshua Heschel.

By LEVI COOPER
08/07/2021

Parashat Matot-Masei: The art of listening

The two-and-a-half tribes who ask for their land to be outside the stated borders of the land of Israel serve as a subtle but beautiful example of what it is to ask, and what it means to listen.

08/07/2021
‘PRIESTS OF the Tabernacle,’ with high priest at center, wearing the ‘hoshen hamishpat.’ (Illustrati

Parashat Matot-Masei: Nurturing those who service God

This week, we read two connected parashot – Matot and Masei, in which we learn about the way that the kohanim and Levites should live.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
08/07/2021
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