Modern Israel

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

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This day honoring fallen soldiers, which begins at sundown on Sunday, immediately precedes Israel's Independence Day.

This Week's Torah Portion

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

In the Torah portion Achrei Mot, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron on the procedures surrounding Yom Kippur. God describes all the laws surrounding sexual prohibitions. In Kedoshim, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about belief in supernatural beings.

FULL SUMMARY OF ACHREI MOT

FULL SUMMARY OF KEDOSHIM

Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27

Amos 9:7 - 9:15

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Enjoy the holiday known for blintzes and cheesecake and all things creamy and cheesy.

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How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?

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