Modern Israel

Ethiopian Jews in Israel

Ancient traditions in a new Jewish state.

Jewish Vacations: The Catskills

A mid-20th-century haven for Jews trying to get away from it all.

Tefilat Haderekh, The Traveler’s Prayer

A Jewish prayer that asks for a safe journey.

This Week's Torah Portion

Matot-Masei

In the portion Matot, Moses describes the laws of oaths. The Israelites battle the Midianites. The tribes of Reuven and Gad request to dwell outside of the Land of Israel. In Masei, the tribes of Reuven and Gad promise to help out the other tribes while not living in the land of Israel. God tells Moses exactly where each tribe will live. God clarifies the laws of murder. The daughters of Zelophehad receive their inheritance.

FULL SUMMARY OF MATOT
FULL SUMMARY OF MASEI

Parashat Matot-Masei

Numbers 30:2 - 36:13

Jeremiah 2:4 - 28; 3:4

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How the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses' discomfort with violence.

Videos @ MJL

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The story of the young diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

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Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Recipes

11 Jewish Side Dishes for Your Summer BBQs

The most essential salads and side dishes for all summer cook-outs.

Schav

This flavorful cold soup was a favorite of the Jews of Eastern Europe.

The Best Jewish Cookbooks to Give as a Wedding Gift

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

Quizzes

Tisha B’Av Quiz

How much do you know about Tisha B'Av?

Weddings Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish weddings?

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

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