Jewish Practices

Saving a Life (Pikuach Nefesh)

Saving a Life (Pikuach Nefesh)

The preservation of human life takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism. When life is involved, all Sabbath laws may be suspended to safeguard the health of the individual.

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Shabbat & Holidays

Shabbat 101

Shabbat 101

The Jewish day of rest.

Friday Night

The traditional Shabbat evening rituals are best shared with family and friends.

Five-Year Calendar

Jewish holidays through 2015.

Celebrating Passover

Including how to make a seder.

How to Light Hanukkah Candles

A hilarious video.

Ethics

Tzedakah

Tzedakah

The Hebrew word for charity also means righteousness.

Lashon Hara

Talking badly about others is forbidden in Judaism.

Jewish Business Ethics

Some contemporary issues.

Gemilut Hasadim

Visiting the sick, comforting mourners, and other acts of kindness.

Tikkun Olam

Repairing the world.


Keeping Kosher

Keeping Kosher

Keeping Kosher

A brief how-to.

Kosher Food

What's kosher, what's not.

A Personal Perspective

Boundaries, rules, cravings, and keeping my kashrut fresh.

Ethical Kashrut

Bringing animal treatment, workers' conditions, and environmental issues to a kosher table.

Not All or Nothing

Reform Jews have good reason to choose to observe some or all of the traditional dietary restrictions.

Prayer & Spirituality

Why Pray?

Why Pray?

Prayer enriches our lives in many different ways.

Common Prayer Words

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

Shabbat Liturgy

The structure and themes of Shabbat prayers.

Blessings

Index of common berakhot.

Prayer as a Way of Being

Beyond services and synagogue, the challenge of living a prayerful life.

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