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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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Becoming a Mohel

A Mohel is a Jewish person trained to perform the mitzvah of Brit Milah. Becoming a Mohel is a serious job. There is a shortage of trained and qualified Mohelim around the world. To become a Mohel, you need to undergo both religious and surgical trainings. Get a medical training relevant to performing circumcision. File […]

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Netilat Yadayim - The Jewish Ceremonial Washing of the Hands

Netilat Yadayim is a traditional washing of the hands with a cup. This practice is commonly observed in Orthodox Judaism. Netilat Yadayim is usually done upon rising in the morning and before eating challah. Netilat Yadayim is a ceremonial cleansing. Your hands should already be clean before doing this ritual. Fill a large cup with […]

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Spiritual Elevation of Physical Reality

Judaism views marriage as one of the core aspects of Torah living. In fact, the first incident in the Torah involving people was the story of the marriage of Adam and Chava. In addition, the first commandment in the Torah is “Peru U’revu”-Be fruitful and multiply. The highlight of the marriage ceremony , that which […]

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Converting to Judaism

Becoming Jewish is a truly life-changing decision. The conversion is a serious act. Converting to Judaism would mean dropping the religious beliefs and customs of your previous religion. Your relationship with your family and friends may change. Your lifestyle will also change. If, after serious consideration, you still want to become one, here are a […]

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How to Bless the Children

Blessing the children on a Friday night is a nice Jewish custom that is practiced by many parents to bring spirituality into their families. There are many different customs practiced by different families in blessing their children. In some families, only the father gives the blessing, in others both parents. Some parents give the blessings […]

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How to Get Up From Shiva

Getting up from Shiva refers to the conclusion of the seven day period of mourning after a loved one has passed away. The last day of Shiva is a time which reminds the mourners to move on to shloshim, a less intense 30 days  of mourning. During the last day of Shiva, Shacharit services starts […]

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How to Observe Shloshim

Shloshim is a 30 day period of mourning following an intense week of Shiva. Some of the restrictions observed during the shiva week do not apply to shloshim anymore. Mourners can now leave the house and resume working. However, they are still restricted from attending social gatherings and festive occasions. They should also refrain from […]

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How to pay a Shiva call

We are not alone. This message of Judaism conveys about death and bereavement, were every law and every custom of Jewish mourning and has at its core the overwhelming motivation to surround the dying and the grieving with a supportive community. Some may say that facing death and grief elevates a person’s feeling of aloneness, […]

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Visiting a Jewish Gravesite

Visiting the gravesite is a way of showing our respect to the departed. While visiting the cemetery anytime after the grave marker has been erected is allowed, there are certain days when it is appropriate to visit the graves of our loved ones. It is especially appropriate to visit on the last (7th) day of […]

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How to Unveil a Jewish Tombstone

Even in the past, it was already part of Jewish custom to mark the grave of a loved one with a tombstone. In Genesis 35:20, Jacob built a tombstone for the grave of his wife Rachel. The purpose of erecting a tombstone is to indicate where a dead loved one is buried. It is also […]

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How to Celebrate Yahrtzeit

Jews celebrate death anniversaries solemnly. Yahrzeit rituals allow  mourners to honor the memory of the deceased. During Yahrzeit, we allow ourselves to re-experience the pain of losing our loved one while at the same time celebrating the life they lived . Light a Yahrzeit candle at sundown on the night before Yahrzeit. A Yahrzeit candle is a […]

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Death and Afterlife in Judaism

Jews view death not as a tragedy but rather a part of life and of God’s plan. The Jewish faith believes in an afterlife in which the deceased’s soul will dwell in a place where they will be rewarded or punished depending on how they have lived their life here on earth. Death is a means […]

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How to Plant a Tree in Israel to Memorialize a Dead Jewish Loved One

One of many ways to pay respect to the death of a Jewish loved one is to plant trees in his honor. By contacting the Jewish National Fund, a tree will be planted to memorialize your loved one. JNF offers memorial certificates to honor your deceased loved one. Visit the Jewish National Fund website. If […]

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How to Observe the Yizkor Service

Yizkor is recited four times a year as part of the memorial service. It is recited after reading the Torah on Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, on the last day of Passover, and on the second day of Shavuot. Some synagogues say Yizkor for those who died during the holocaust before the private Yizkor prayers. Light a […]

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The Jewish Way of Mourning

The Jewish way of mourning provides us a way to face our grief while at the same time help those who are grieving. The Jewish mourning tradition is based on two principles: Kavod Hamet (paying respect to the deceased) and Nichum Avelim (giving comfort to the mourners). The body of the deceased should be treated […]

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Jewish Memorial Gifts

Jewish funerals are unique in a way that it involves honoring the deceased while at the same time offering comfort to the mourners. Offering memorial gifts during this time is a great way to show the mourners your support and and to pay respect to the deceased. Jewish customs discourage sending flowers to the mourners. […]

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The Three Weeks

The gemara relates the story of Rabbi Akiva who was walking with several sages when they saw a fox emerge from the site of the destroyed Beit Hamikdash. The Chatam Sofer explains that a fox represents crafty slyness. In exile, we are less afraid of physical death and more afraid of our oppressors’ devious use […]

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Guidelines in Planning a Jewish Funeral Service

A Jewish funeral service is usually short and simple. The funeral service may be held at the funeral home, at the grave site or in the synagogue. Arranging a Jewish funeral service is easy when you know the details to consider. Seek the help of the Hevra Kadisha. A Hevra Kadisha is a burial society […]

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Making a Shiva Call

It is considered mitzvah to pay a home visit to the mourners or pay a shiva call. The focus of paying a shiva call is to give comfort and show compassion to the family of the deceased. Plan your visit. Listen for announcement during the funeral service for the mourner’s  schedule of receiving guests. Ideally, […]

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How to Prepare a Seudah Mafseket

Seudah Mafseket or the Yom Kippur Pre-Fast meal should provide enough sustenance for the day of fasting. You can still prepare a delicious meal for Seudah Mafseket despite a few food restrictions. However, keep in mind that the meal served should be low in salt and high in carbohydrates. Plan your menu. Rice and potato […]

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