Mitzvot & Jewish Law
Some halakhists celebrate the impact of our modern, empiricist, voluntary society on Jewish law. Others bemoan it. But all modern Jews strive to bring the essence of the past solidly into the future.Read More
CommandmentsJewish Practices 101
How Jews do things that embody the ideals of Jewish tradition.Mitzvot
Mitzvah literally means "commandment" but is often used to mean "good deed."Classical Understandings
Rabbis, philosophers and mystics offered many ways to categorize the mitzvot and explain their significance.Justifying the Commandments
The sages proposed additional reasons to obey the mitzvot beyond those offered by the Bible.Contemporary Thinkers
On history, spirituality, obligation, and standing at Sinai.
Jewish LawHalakhah (Jewish Law)
The way a Jew is directed to behave in every aspect of life.Contemporary Attitudes
Jews of different stripes differ greatly with respect to their assessment of the role of Jewish law.Orthodox Judaism & Halakhah
Orthodox Judaism seeks to preserve Jewish practice as inherited from the pre-modern period.Halakhah in Conservative Judaism
"Tradition and change" is the Conservative movement's motto.The Approach Reform
Seeking guidance from the Jewish legal tradition, without a belief in its binding nature.
Holiness (kedushah) in Judaism is a theological concept that has often borne a social agenda.Biblical Concepts of Holiness
How can we unify the sacred with the profane?Holiness for All
Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?Kedushah in Rabbinic Judaism
Holy living, achieved through actions that are ritually proper and ethically correct.Holiness in Time and Space
Insights from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Holy ActionsEthical Behavior
Ethical thought in Judaism is as tightly bound to theology as it is to law.Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World
Tikkun olam (literally, "world repair") has come to connote social action and social justice.Acts of Lovingkindness
The foundations of Jewish service learning.Justifying Unholy Behavior
Or, why Bernie Madoff didn't lurk in dark alleys.Making Sex Holy
Jewish tradition embraces love and sex as part of the human drive for holiness.