Beliefs & Practices

Beliefs & Practices

Must a Jew Believe in God?

The centrality of God in Judaism may not be as straightforward as you think.

Beliefs & Practices

Mitzvah: A Commandment

There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot.

Keeping Kosher

Kosher Food: What Makes Food Kosher or Not

The word "kosher" literally means "fit" or "appropriate."

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

Body ink is a no-no, but it won't bar you from Jewish life.

Ask the Expert: Can Women Wear Kippot?

Why do men wear yarmulkes, and women don't?

What is a Mezuzah?

On the doorposts of houses and rooms.

Common Prayer Words

50 of the most frequent Hebrew words that appear in the siddur.

How to Have an Aliyah

What you should know before you're called to the Torah.

Jewish Views on Cremation

Taboo in Jewish tradition, but increasingly popular nonetheless.

Guide to the Synagogue Sanctuary, From Ark to Yad

An introduction to the parts that make up a synagogue sanctuary.

Jewish Gender and Feminism 101

Debates about the role of women in Jewish life.

Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin

The clothing of Jewish prayer.

Jewish Business Ethics 101

Biblical and rabbinic sources emphasize regulation to prevent the weak from being exploited by the strong.

The Ten Commandments

The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.