Shabbat

Havdalah: Taking Leave of Shabbat

We say goodbye to the Sabbath in a bittersweet ceremony that employs wine, fragrance, and candlelight.

The Lowdown on High Holiday Tickets

Why many synagogues are "pay to pray" -- and options for those on a budget.

The 10 Best Yiddish Words You’ve Never Heard Of

These Yiddish terms aren't widely known, but they're a lot of fun to use.

This Week's Torah Portion

Shoftim

In this Torah portion, Moses reviews the justice system for the Israelites. Moses talks about the limits future kings should have on their possessions. Moses explains that the priests and Levites should not be paid and should survive on donations from the people. Finally, Moses explains the laws of warfare.

FULL SUMMARY

Parashat Shoftim

Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9

Isaiah 51:12 - 52:12

“Grow, Grow”

Why the Torah equates human life with the life of a tree.

Videos @ MJL

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Embracing A Jewish Henna Wedding Tradition

This custom is a treasured part of Moroccan Jewish and other Mizrahi marriage celebrations.

Tallit (The Prayer Shawl)

The corner fringes on this ritual garment remind the wearer of all the commandments in the Torah.

Recipes

9 Jewish Things About Pomegranates

Why this ancient fruit is a Jewish symbol.

How to Braid Challah for Shabbat, Holidays or Anytime

Our how-to video will help you conquer the art of braiding challah for any occasion.

The Best Jewish Cookbooks to Give as a Wedding Gift

From fresh Israeli cuisine to classic brisket, this list covers it all.

Quizzes

Jewish Humor Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish humor?

Weddings Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish weddings?

Talmud Quiz

How much do you know about this influential and complex body of Jewish teachings?

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