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."

9 Jewish Things About Pomegranates

Why this ancient fruit is a Jewish symbol.

The Jewish View of Sin

Each person has the inclination to do both good and bad.

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

What is Sin?

A modern interpretation of sin and repentance.

Can A Jew Get Body Piercings?

While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts.

What Is the Torah Portion?

How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.

Jewish Ritual Objects: A Guide

From challah covers to yahrzeit candles, what they are used for, how they look and where you can find them.

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

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

Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

Jews and Guns

Jewish law forbids hunting, and few Jews own firearms.

Do Jews Believe in Satan?

In Jewish texts, the devil is sometimes an adversary and sometimes an embodiment of evil.

Ask the Expert: Can Women Wear Kippot?

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