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Hoshana Rabbah : Conclusion of Sukkot

Hoshana Rabbah is the seventh day of Sukkot. This day is observed with a synagogue service. Hoshana Rabbah is a day of praise and worship. Hoshana Rabbah is the time when God sets the Book of Life. It is part of Jewish custom to greet your friends and loved ones with “piska tava” (a good […]

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Food for Sukkot

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday which is celebrated with festive meals and parties. Since Sukkot is also known as a harvest festival, the foods served usually include stuffed dishes, fruits and vegetables as a way to thank God for the good harvest. Serving stuffed food during Sukkot is part of Jewish tradition. Stuffed food served […]

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Men and women dating over fifties

Age is always an issue when it comes to love, some people might say it’s not a big deal, but it is. Especially if the person you’re interested in is not your peer. The good thing about the issues of the heart is that, you can never be too young or too old to experience […]

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Jewish Living: Sabbath

The word Sabbath derives from the Hebrew Shabbat which means to cease or stop. It was derived first in the Biblical entries of Genesis, telling the story of the seven days of Creation. Sabbath is observed as the seventh day of the week, on which we are required to rest, in remembrance of the creation […]

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Divorced moms and dads

Putting an end to a marriage is very intricate for most husbands and wives to do. Many former couples to be, find it a burden to process papers and attend hearings that cost a huge sums of money, the tormenting feeling, seeing the children having to choose between mom and dad, and it’s very challenging […]

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The Afikoman for the Passover Seder

Afikoman which means “that which comes after” or “dessert,” is half of the piece of matzo which is broken at the early stage of the Passover Seder. This is set aside and is eaten as dessert after meal. Back in the era of the First and Second Temples, the afikoman was the last thing eaten […]

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A Healthy Passover Meal

Who says you can’t enjoy Passover even if you are on a diet. Preparing for a healthy Passover Seder meal is easy with these simple steps: Instead of meat, serve fish. Fish makes a perfect main course. It is high in protein and less in fats and cholesterol. You can serve Cereal-coated Fish Fillet or […]

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Best Gifts for the Jewish Mom

Your mom is celebrating her birthday and you have no idea what to give her. She seems to have everything she needs. Every mom’s birthday is a perfect time to express the love and appreciation you have for your mother. More often than not, Jewish gifts specifically made for moms are hard to find but […]

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Jewish Cooking: Homemade Lox

Jewish cooking is a mix of cooking styles from many cultures (Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Spanish, German and Eastern European). One favorite Jewish dish is lox (cured salmon fillet). Lox is usually served on a bagel and is served with cream cheese and capers. Lox was introduced to the United States by Eastern European Jewish immigrants. […]

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Jewish Shiva: the first seven days of mourning

Shiva is a week long period of mourning done immediately after the funeral of a close relative which includes the father, mother, siblings, sons, daughters and spouse; they assume the role of “Halakhic” from the Hebrew word, which means mourner. Shiva is simply the Hebrew word for seven. The seven-day period of mourning gives the […]

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Traditional Jewish ceremonies

Baby naming ceremonies Every individual is born different. They say that no two individuals are alike, twins may look identical, but not everything about them is the same. But what’s special and unique about each and every one of us, is our names. One of the most exciting times for a parent is naming their […]

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Jewish Marriage Tradition: The Seven Blessings

A traditional Jewish wedding includes the recitation of the Sheva Brachot. This is also known as birkot Nesium which are seven blessings for the couple as part of nissuin. These blessings are recited by a Hazzan or Rabbi or the wedding guests. This is said over a cup of wine which is passed to the […]

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Jewish Traditions and the Bar Mitzvah

In Judaism, the Bar Mitzvah is an important time in a Jewish man’s life when he is given his own Jewish identity and his coming of age is celebrated. During this important time in a Jewish boy’s life, it is important to consolidate Jewish traditions into the Bar Mitzvah. Give the boy a tallit or […]

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Why Celebrate the Passover?

Passover is probably one of the most recognized words when you talk about Judaism. Passover is an important part of the Jewish religion. It is based on the story of the Israelites who were freed from slavery in Egypt. We celebrate Passover to remember the freedom of our ancestors, their redemption form the hands of […]

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How to Make Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards

Many people believe that Rosh Hashanah is the time when people are judged according to how they have lived their lives and are entered into the Book of Life for another year. Rosh Hashanah is a great time to greet people and one way to do this is by sending your loved ones a Rosh […]

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Gift Ideas for Jewish Baby Naming Ceremonies

If you’ve been invited to a Jewish baby naming ceremony, it is proper to bring a gift. There are lots of choices available in local shops for baby items and even online but if you want yours to be special, here are a few tips: The most basic items that you can choose are those […]

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Naming a Jewish Baby

Judaism plays an important role in naming a Jewish child. A Hebrew name is usually given to a child. This Hebrew name is considered as the child’s real name by which God calls him. There are many customs followed in Jewish baby naming ceremonies. Ashkenazi Jews name a child after a deceased loved one. This […]

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How to Observe Yom Ha’atzma’ut

Yom Ha’atzma’ut is a Jewish holiday commemorating Israel’s independence in 1948. This holiday is usually celebrated on or around the 5th day of the Jewish month of Iyar. Hallel should be said on Yom Ha’atzma’ut as well as Psalm 113-118. During the holiday morning, a portion of the Haftarah should be read. Torah reading is […]

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The Shema Yisrael

Shema Yisrael or Shema are parts of the section of the Torah and are highlighted in the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord of our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) Shema is considered as the most important prayer by many observant Jews. The Shema is an expression of […]

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Mincha: The Jewish Afternoon Prayer

Mincha or the Jewish afternoon prayer is the shortest prayer of the day usually said before sunset. Prayers of Mincha include: Ashrei Uva Letzion (during Shabbat and Yom Tov) Amidah Torah reading (during Shabbat and public fast days) Aleinu Tachanun (excluded during Shabbat, Yom Tov and certain festive days) Tzidkatcha Tzedek (during Shabbat) Since Mincha […]

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The Blessing of Wearing a Kippah

In other culture, removing one’s hat is an act of proper etiquette, especially when meeting someone, or when entering one’s home. In Judaism, wearing a kippah is a great sign of respect. The essence of wearing a kippah is indicated in the blessing we say every morning when we thank God for “crowning Israel with […]

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Jewish Music

Jewish Religious Music Just as Judaism is a beautiful religion, its music is colorful and diverse. Jewish music is mostly religious in nature though modern Jewish music, although some still religious vary from classical, romantic, and folk music. Religious Jewish music is synagogal and cantorial. The earliest Jewish music was patterned from the one used […]

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Misloach Manot for Purim

Giving food baskets to friends and loved ones is one of the major customs of Purim. This customs started as an act to make sure that every home’s table had food for Purim feast. Nowadays, giving food baskets is an act of friendship and is done to strengthen the bond of the Jewish community. Before […]

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The Mikveh Search

A Mikveh is a ritual bath symbolizing the transition from a person’s old identity and his new one as Jew. It is also a ritual done by Jewish women before marriage. Many synagogues have their own mikveh. Communities having a high percentage of Jewish population also have mikvehs. The nearest mikveh bath you can possibly […]

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Jewish Clothing - A Way of Life

Jews put great importance in dressing appropriately especially during prayer services. Clothing plays a significant role in Judaism. Jewish clothing provides religious identity and social status. The Torah forbids making garment by combining wool and linen. The Torah also requires putting fringes on the four corners of the tallit or prayer shawl as a reminder […]

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The Beauty of Jewish Courtship

Jewish courtship is a beautiful way of showing a woman that she is loved. Judaism provides the perfect avenue for romance which is anchored on respect and love. To follow a traditional Jewish courtship is a great act of love and respect not just for the woman but also for the Jewish culture. As with […]

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The Jewish Women: Inside the Synagogue

The Talmud states that women are generally exempted from doing Jewish religious activities. Orthodox Judaism stresses its importance especially that women have family obligations. There are a number of rules for Jewish women in the synagogues – some observed strictly by the Orthodox sect while other Jewish sects are more lenient about it (Conservative and […]

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Jewish Scholarships for Women: Supporting Jewish Women’s Education in the 21st Century

Women were historically exempted from obtaining a form of education beyond the practical aspects of Torah and rules in running a Jewish household. This has changed in the past 100 years, when education for Jewish women has advanced remarkably. There are a few educational scholarships available for Jewish women 1. The Jewish Foundation for Education […]

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How to Choose a Judaica Gift

A Judaica gift is a great option for weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvah and other Jewish occasions. Here are a few tips in purchasing Judaica items: It is important to determine how much you are going to spend for the gift. Judaica gifts can sometimes be expensive so it is important to set your budget […]

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The Karpas Ritual

The Karpas ritual (a vegetable which is dipped into salt water or vinegar) is part of a traditional Passover Seder. This symbolic ritual has many explanations as to why it is done. The vegetable is said to represent the humble beginnings of the Jewish people. The salt water symbolizes the tears shed by the Jewish […]

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