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Spanish Jews

Spanish Jewry goes back to at least 965 BCE, the time of the Roman Empire and era of King Solomon. Jewish history has felt a lot of sufferings and persecutions throughout time, and the events that took place in the Spanish Inquisition should be remembered as one of the most cataclysmic and darkest events in […]

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Jewish Comedian

Jewish Comedian

Jewish comedians played a significant role in the evolution of the American culture over the last century. Jewish comic geniuses such as, Henny Youngman (1906-1998), Milton Berle (1908-2002), Groucho Marx (1890-1977) and the Marx Brothers, Andy Kaufman (1949 - 1984), Mort Sahl (born 1927), Gilda Radner (1946-1989), Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) and many more, have enriched […]

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Time out from dating

Dating is fun and exciting, it can also be mysterious, like on your first dates or blind dates. The overwhelming feeling of anticipation especially if you really like the person you’re going out with. It feels great if everything works out fine .On the other hand, the downside to dating, is the “break up”. Getting […]

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The 7 Jewish wedding blessing

These Blessings are very important part of a traditional Jewish wedding celebration. The 7 blessings were taken and adapted from ancient rabbinic teachings, it starts with the blessing said with a goblet of wine, and ending with the traditional breaking of a glass to remember that even during the happiest moments of  their life, they […]

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The Farbrengen: Planning for a Joyous Chassidic Gathering

Wondering how to host a Farbrengen? A farbrengen (joyous gathering) is a Chassidic gathering that involves discussions of Torah concepts, lively music and a lovely meal. Here’s how to plan for a special Farbrengen. Plan the venue. Choose a bigger venue to make sure that you have enough space for unexpected visitors. Look for a […]

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How to Kosher Meat

Back in the old days, the process of koshering was done at home, most of the time involving all members of the household in the different steps. Nowadays, koshering a meat is usually done in butcher shops. However, some Jewish families still choose to kosher their meat. Koshering is the process of slaughtering meat following the […]

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How to Prepare Your Own Jewish Wedding Program

Jewish wedding programs are a great way to outline the events of your wedding. The program is specifically important if you have guests who are non-practicing Jews or if you have an interfaith wedding. It will guide your guests to unfamiliar rituals incorporated in your wedding. Here’s how you can create your own Jewish wedding […]

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The “Jewish Christmas” Dilemma – Understanding the Significance of Hanukkah

Oftentimes, Hanukkah is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many believe that Hanukkah and Christmas are two similar celebrations mainly because they are celebrated at almost the same time and because Hanukkah is called the Festival of Light. Some Jewish parents are tempted to turn Hanukkah into a holiday that’s similar to Christmas. This can […]

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Understanding Jewish Family Laws

The basic laws pertaining to Jewish families are primarily based on the teachings of the Torah. Judaism acknowledges the family as the basic building block of society. Jewish traditions emphasize the importance of the parents’ roles in guiding their children through their religious, emotional, educational and material needs. Orthodox Judaism follows more strict family guidelines […]

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The Jewish Men in a Modern Society

For more than a thousand years, the role of Jewish men was never changed until the emergence of the Feminist movement and the revolutionary forms of Judaism which are now known as Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. Nowadays, the role of Jewish men depends on his geographic location and his Jewish orientation as well as […]

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Dealing with Anti-Semitism

The Jewish community has endured years of discrimination since the beginning of Jewish history. Since ancient times, Jews have been persecuted and even punished for refusing to adapt to the principles and doctrines of the non-Jewish society. In a modern world where anti-Semitism is said to be a thing of the past, acts of oppression […]

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Fasting the Last Minute?

Fasting is not just a Jewish tradition that should be followed. To fast is a humbling act of respect to God.  There are many fast days that you will observe in Judaism. Some fast days last for 25 hours while others last for less than a day only. It is important to prepare for these […]

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How to Dispose a Damaged Torah Properly

The Torah is one of the most sacred objects in the Jewish religion. The highest ideal of all Jews is Torah study. Unlike ordinary books, a damaged Torah cannot just be thrown away. It should be treated with respect and buried in a cemetery. Seek the advice of an expert sofer to determine whether the […]

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How to Live Jewish in a Non-Jewish Community

Judaism is a way of life. Being situated in an area where your chance to practice your Jewish orientation is limited should not stop you from upholding your Jewish upbringing. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your Jewish identity. Continue to practice family traditions and customs. Being away from your Jewish roots […]

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Moving back to Israel

Israel, The promised land of milk and honey. The Jews from the 19th century came to a puerile land to establish farms and nurture the distant dream of a Jewish homeland, today, one of the reasons why Jewish Professionals are drawn to Israel is more likely because of the world-class Israeli industries. If your mind […]

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Dating Jewish

Dating Jewish

Dating a Jewish or someone from another religion can be a difficult and very challenging situation, even when the couple is deeply in love. Religion plays an important role in relationships, even if we don’t want to, the differences in opinions in faith will always come out because it is through religion that we create our […]

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Kabbalah! Cult or religion?

During the 6th and 13th century, the Jews in some parts in Europe developed kabbalah. With it’s less than two dozens spelling, Kabbalah or Qabalah to some, from the Hebrew letters qof-bet-lamed means to “receive” or to “accept”. According to tradition, when man received the written law (the 10 commandments) from god, it was said […]

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Jewish Comedy

Humor is a part of every culture and religion including Judaism over the last century. In the United States and Canada, it started with Vaudeville, (Vaudeville was a theatrical genre of variety entertainment from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Each performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together […]

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Proper Care of the Torah and Other Religious Books

Proper care of Torah will definitely extend the life of these sacred scrolls. Careful use of the Torah is also a sign of respect to God and his teachings. It is therefore important to take good care of the Torah as well as other religious articles. Keep the Torah and other Jewish prayer books in a […]

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Elul: A Time for Reflection

Elul: A Time for Reflection

Elul is a time to come closer to God.  This is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. According to the Talmud, the Hebrew word Elul is taken from the Songs of songs 6:3, “I am my beloved’s and my Beloved is mine.” It is also […]

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The Basic Shabbat How-To

Shabbat is a day of rest and reflection in Judaism. We are not to work during Shabbat so it is important to prepare for this day ahead of time. Plan your menu ahead of time. Contact your guests and know if they have some special dietary restrictions. Make a To-do-list and a separate list for […]

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The Ha-motzi Blessing - Acknowledging God As Our Provider

Ha-motzi is a blessing said before eating bread. It is one of the most said blessings and is usually recited on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Here’s how to say the blessing for the challah: Everyone present must wash their hand for the bread. The head of the household will make the blessing for everybody. […]

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The Shabbat Guest

Have you been invited to a Shabbat meal? If it is your first time to have a Shabbat sleep-over, you may wonder the hows and whats of being a Shabbat guest. Here are a few tips to become a good Shabbat guest: It is best to inform your host ahead of time for any food […]

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How to Say Birkat Hamazon

Birkat Hamazon or bentching (Grace After Meal) is a set of Hebrew blessings recited after ordinary meals and chanted aloud on special occasions like Shabbat and Jewish festivals. Grace After Meals is a prayer expressing our appreciation to God for providing us our needs. During Shabbat and Yom Tov, start by singing the Shir Ha-ma’alot […]

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How to Say the Kaddish

The Kaddish is a Jewish prayer usually recited at funerals. Sons are required to say Kaddish for eleven months after the death of a parent. The Kaddish is also recited at morning and evening prayer services, during Shabbat and other holidays, and on days of fasting. Kaddish which literally means sanctification is a prayer affirming […]

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The Stages of Jewish Mourning

The Stages of Jewish Mourning

Judaism provides a perfect approach in coping up with the emotional and spiritual difficulties a person may feel in the event of a loved one’s death. Judaism’s approach to mourning is divided into five stages: Aninut. The period from the moment one learns the death of a loved one until the burial. Aninut is when […]

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Jewish Marriage - Make it Last!

Judaism puts high value on marriage. The Torah and the Talmud both view a man without a wife as incomplete. Marriage is a symbol of unity between two individuals and the fulfillment of God’s commandments. It is therefore the couple’s role to protect this union and to make it work. In today’s world, it is […]

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How to Achieve Your Rosh Hashana Resolutions

Rosh Hashana is a great time to make positive changes in our life. It is during this time of the year that we go through a process of introspection and commit ourselves to better thoughts and actions for the year to come. Here’s how you can keep those resolutions and make them work for you. […]

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Jewish Mother and Four Children Rescued from Arab Village

Yad L’Achim has pulled it off again. The anti-missionary and anti-assimilation organization was able, within hours of receiving word of a Jewess trapped in an Arab village with her four children, to rescue the five and find them a safe haven outside Israel. The story began just a week ago, when a tearful man arrived […]

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How to sit Shiva

The thought of death always makes people uneasy and uncomfortable. In Judaism, sitting Shiva is a week long period of mourning done immediately after the funeral of a close relative. Close relative includes the father, mother, siblings, sons, daughters and spouse, they assume the role of “Halakhic” from the Hebrew word, which means mourner. In […]

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