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Modern Israel

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

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What Is Midrash?

These writings, which fill in gaps in biblical texts, falls into two categories: halacha and aggadah.

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What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day

Why We Read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot

The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.

Shavuot Quiz

How much do you know about this spring holiday?

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

Beyond the Three Weeks

The month of Av brings with it forgiveness similar to the experience of Yom Kippur.

Kinot for Tisha B’Av

The liturgy for the 9th of Av includes Lamentations and special additional elegies.

The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

Ghosting God

Freeing yourself from 'the busy trap'

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

Do Not Open This Napkin

Holiness and secrecy are intricately enmeshed in the Torah.

Finding Meaning in an Ancient Farming Law

Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.

The Toothpaste Sacrifice

Like toothpaste, derogatory speech cannot be returned to the tube.