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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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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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Parshat Ki Tavo: Parsha Journeys

Parshat Ki Tavo discusses the blessings that were given on Har Grizim and the curses that were given on Har Avel. While both mountains were situated near each other and enjoyed the exact same climatic conditions, Har Grizim was lush and verdant while Har Avel remained barren. Rav Hirsch explains that this is a timeless […]

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