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
How Jews do things that embody the ideals of Jewish tradition.
Mitzvah literally means "commandment" but is often used to mean "good deed."
Rabbis, philosophers and mystics offered many ways to categorize the mitzvot and explain their significance.
The sages proposed additional reasons to obey the mitzvot beyond those offered by the Bible.
On history, spirituality, obligation, and standing at Sinai.
The way a Jew is directed to behave in every aspect of life.
Jews of different stripes differ greatly with respect to their assessment of the role of Jewish law.
Orthodox Judaism seeks to preserve Jewish practice as inherited from the pre-modern period.
"Tradition and change" is the Conservative movement's motto.
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.
How can we unify the sacred with the profane?
Is sanctity in this life possible for all of us—or only for a few saintly people?
Holy living, achieved through actions that are ritually proper and ethically correct.
Insights from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Ethical thought in Judaism is as tightly bound to theology as it is to law.
Tikkun olam (literally, "world repair") has come to connote social action and social justice.
The foundations of Jewish service learning.
Or, why Bernie Madoff didn't lurk in dark alleys.
Jewish tradition embraces love and sex as part of the human drive for holiness.