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Who Is a Jew: Matrilineal Descent

Why is Judaism traditionally passed down through the mother?

Shavuot 2022

In 2022, this holiday begins at sunset on June 4.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Shavuot

Why some synagogues use paper-cuts as decorations, how Israelis celebrate with water, and other lesser-known facts about this springtime holiday.

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The mitzvah of the Jubilee year is a chance to begin again.

Zionism in Ukraine

How and why Ukraine was arguably the most important cradle for early Zionists.

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Jews and Ukraine: It’s Complicated

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops. God then describes the long list of punishments that will be inflicted on the Israelites if they do not follow God’s laws.

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Parashat Bechukotai

Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34

Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14

Anxiety: A Jewish Telegram

The first curse described in this portion hinders our ability to listen — even to ourselves.

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Shavuot Foods

A roundup of recipes for the springtime holiday.

Modeh Ani: Beginning the Day with Gratitude

Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.

Regina Jonas

How one of the first female rabbis was almost forgotten.

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Iraqi Chicken Stuffed With Spiced Rice Recipe

A slow-cooked comfort dish perfect for Shabbat lunch.

Mini Potato Kugels Recipe

Crisp on the outside, creamy within, nothing beats a great potato kugel.

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