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Kids cell phones, Necessity or Luxury?

Kids nowadays would do anything to have a cell phone. Well, who could blame them? , Even adults are having a hard time lasting the whole day without their gadgets and gizmos, what more, children. With those designs and features specifically designed just for kid’s needs. That include a colored screen, camcorder, camera, and with […]

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Celebrating Christmas with the Jews

For most people, December 25th is the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but most Jews do not think of Christmas that way, In fact, Jews are uncomfortable about Christmas, they say that  they don’t have anything against people celebrating Christmas, They just don’t want to celebrate it. For the Jews, it is […]

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A Deeper Understanding of The Star of David

The Star of David is made up of two triangles which are superimposed over each other and is one of the most popular Jewish symbols. You will see this symbol on mezuzahs, kipot and menorahs but apart from it being a Jewish symbol, what do we really understand about the Star of David? In Hebrew, […]

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Why Can’t I Have Fun? - A Guide in Answering One of Your Child’s Difficult Questions

What if your child asks you why there are many rules in Judaism?  He asks you why he can’t have “fun” like many of his peers. How would you respond to that? Will you ignore your son and tell him to just follow the rules? Are you going to be defensive? Explaining to a child […]

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The Kosher Way of Cooking

To prepare kosher food, you should be equipped with kosher utensils, a kosher kitchen, kosher ingredients and knowledge on the Jewish dietary laws. These laws forbid the consumption of certain foods and impose the methods of slaughtering, cooking and serving it. Buy your ingredients from Jewish grocery shops or butchers selling kosher meat. A meat is considered […]

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Shiva - Seven Days Mourning

Shiva means “seven” in Hebrew . In the Jewish tradition, Shiva refers to the seven days of mourning which begins immediately after the funeral of a love one. This custom was said to come from one of the verses in Genesis, where Joseph mourns the death of his father Jacob for a week. In Jewish […]

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How to Bake Jewish Nut Cake for Passover

Passover is a great time to prepare good food. Make Passover extra special with a homemade Jewish nut cake. Kids and kids at heart are sure to enjoy this sweet, nutty treat. For this recipe, you will need 6 eggs, 6 tablespoons of ground walnuts, 1 lemon, 7 tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, […]

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Judaism and the Jewish Community - How They Have Influenced the Modern World

Judaism and the Jewish Community - How They Have Influenced the Modern World

Judaism is an ancient religion dating back to thousands of years ago as documented in old Jewish writings. It is in fact one of the oldest religions to survive the present day. Because of this, Jewish traditions and culture have inspired other religions like Christianity and Islam. The many facets of Judaism have affected the […]

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A Closer Look at How Women Are Valued in the Jewish Faith

The role of Jewish women has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted. Women’s role in the Jewish community is not as inferior as some critics have assumed. Traditional Jewish laws stipulate that the roles of  women are different from men but not necessarily inferior. Judaism believes in the equality of people. In Judaism, God is not […]

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How to Observe the Tradition of Sefirat HaOmer

Sefirah or Sefirat HaOmer (Counting of the Grain) is a Jewish tradition that lasts for 50 days. It is a period of mourning. It is during this time of the year that we symbolically count the process between the freedom of the Jews from slavery in Egypt and the granting of the Torah. Start counting. […]

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How to Chant the Torah

Reading the Torah during Shabbat and other Jewish holidays is an integral part of a synagogue service. It is a great honor to read the Torah in the synagogue. Simchat Torah is celebrated annually to mark the completion of the year’s cycle of reading. Learning how to chant the Torah on your own can be […]

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The Ritual of Urechatz During Passover

Jews usually perform the ritual of hand washing before eating a holiday meal and a blessing is recited after the ritual. During Passover Seder, this ritual is called Urechatz and no blessing is recited. Urechatz is done in preparation for eating Karpas, a vegetable dipped in salt water. Prepare a pitcher of water, basin and […]

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How to Say the Hallel for Passover

The Hallel is a Jewish prayer consisting of Psalms 113 through 118. It is recited during Passover and other joyous Jewish holidays. Hallel is usually recited after the Grace after Meals in the Passover Seder service. Recite the special Passover Hallel. The first two Psalms are sung before the Passover meal and the last two […]

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How to Cook Cholent for Shabbat

Cholent or hamin is a traditional Jewish stew usually eaten for Shabbat lunch. This stew is prepared on a Friday and is simmered overnight.  It is kept warm until eaten for Shabbat lunch by placing it on a hotplate or slow oven. The cholent’s basic ingredients are barley, onions, kidney and lima beans, large chunks […]

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How to Prepare the Shabbat Table

Shabbat meals are festive affairs involving discussions of the Torah and family conversations. It is also during Shabbat meals that members of the household bond. Setting the table for Shabbat can be a fun weekly activity for the whole family. Here are a few tips in setting up your traditional Shabbat table. Clean your table […]

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How to Honor Miriam at the Passover Seder

A Miriam’s Cup is a Jewish ritual object that is placed on the seder table. It is said to symbolize Miriam’s well that provided water for the Israelites in the desert. Instead of wine, it is filled with water and is placed beside the cup of Elijah. Prepare for a goblet and put it beside […]

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How to Choose a Ketubah for a Jewish Wedding

Deciding on the right Ketubah for your wedding is a personal process. A Ketubah is a type of Jewish prenuptial agreement. The ketubah is an important part of a traditional Jewish wedding. Consult your wedding officiant for the choice of text (Orthodox or Conservative) . Decide on your budget and choose your ketubah. Visit your […]

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Jewish Wedding Traditions: Breaking the Glass

Breaking the glass is part of Jewish wedding ceremonies. This ritual often concludes the wedding ceremony. The groom stomps on a glass with his foot and the guests shout “Mazel Tov.” Several meanings are associated with the smashing of the glass during a Jewish wedding. Some believe that this symbolizes the fragility of marriage, while others believe […]

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How to Apply Reform Judaism Into Your Life

Reform Judaism is a branch of Judaism that believes in the modernization of Judaism and Jewish traditions and that it should be compatible with participation in the surrounding culture. This branch of Judaism believes that Jewish laws should be regarded as set of guidelines rather than list of restrictions. Join a local Jewish class in your area. […]

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How to Apply Conservative Judaism Into Your Life

Conservative Judaism is a branch of Judaism that believes in the truthfulness of Jewish scriptures, but that these writings were transmitted to human and, therefore, have human component. Conservative Judaism views Halakha as binding yet emphasizes a non- fundamentalist teaching of the Jewish faith. To practice Conservative Judaism, you will have to study its foundations and beliefs. […]

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How to Apply Orthodox Judaism Into Your Life

Orthodox Judaism is a branch of Judaism that follows a strict interpretation and application of the laws and ethics declared in the written and oral Torah. Learning about Orthodox Judaism needs serious commitment. To put it into practice, you will need to follow major lifestyle modification. Observe modesty at all times. You should live your […]

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Understanding the Roles of a Jewish Cantor

A Hazzan or Cantor is a person who leads the prayer in a congregation. Over the years, cantors have assumed a variety of religious roles in addition to leading the congregation in prayers. In addition to leading prayer services, a cantor is responsible for teaching the youth to lead the Shabbat services and to chant […]

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How to Choose a Jewish Wedding Ring

Wedding rings play an important role in traditional Jewish weddings. A verbal wedding declaration is invalid without the wedding ring. A Jewish wedding ring must be made of solid gold. No holes should break the circle. This continuity symbolizes hope for an everlasting marriage. Learn more information about Jewish wedding rings. Know the history of giving […]

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How to Prepare Charoset for Passover Seder

Charoset or charoses is a sweet, chunky dish usually served during Passover Seder. It is made of mixed fruits and nuts. Its color and texture symbolizes the bricks and mortars that the Israelites made when they were enslaved in ancient Egypt. The word charoset comes from the Hebrew word cheres which means clay. Charoset is a favorite […]

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The Process of Obtaining a Gett

A Gett is a Jewish divorce document that should be obtained in addition to civil divorce to officially terminate a marriage. The Torah acknowledges the necessity of divorce in unavoidable circumstances. However, divorce is used only as last resort when all other options fail. As soon as you decide to separate, you should contact a Rabbi for […]

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How to Become Tzniut

Tzniut is a Hebrew term which means modesty and humility. This trait is very important and refers to modesty both in dress and behavior. The Talmud tells us that humility is an important characteristic of Jewish people. Choose your words carefully. Avoid swearing and saying words of sexual context. In Orthodox Judaism, unmarried men and women are forbidden […]

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Becoming a Rabbi

There are different Rabbinic ordination requirements for various Jewish denominations. A Rabbi is a religious teacher. He is responsible for doing sermons, counseling and representing the Jewish community to the outside. Below are some of the essentials of becoming a Rabbi: The most basic requirement of becoming a Rabbi is to become Jewish. If you […]

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How to Dress According to Jewish Standards

The human body is a sacred creation of God. Jewish law requires total respect of our body and to honor it by dressing modestly. Although different branches of Judaism have diversities in dressing properly based on Jewish laws, there are, however, basic requirements to which all these variations conform. Married women should cover their hair when they […]

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Steps to Becoming a Jewish Scribe

The job of a Jewish Scribe or Sofer is to transcribe Torah scrolls and other religious writings. Becoming a Sofer is not an easy job and requires a lot of extensive training and great skills. A Jewish Scribe must be a God-fearing person and should be faithful to the holiness of the Torah. A Sofer […]

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Living Jewish

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Many refer to Judaism as a way of life of Jewish people. Incorporating Judaism in your daily life is a major step. Visit places that are significant to the Jewish religion. Consider visiting Jerusalem and Israel as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington […]

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