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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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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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Parshat Re’eh- Dwelling of G-d: Shilo vs. Jerusalem

Click to Enlarge Naaleh.com presents Rabbi Hershel Reichman teaching about this week’s parsha, Parshat Re’eh In Parshat Re’eh, we read about the various resting places of the Holy Ark. The Torah refers to the final resting place of the Ark as “Menucha V’Nachala”. Chazal say, “Menucha”-tranquility, refers to Shilo and “Nachala”-a resting place, signifies Yerushalayim, […]

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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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