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A Guide to Jewish Acronyms and Abbreviations

Common Hebrew (and Aramaic) shorthand translated and explained.

Jewish Immigration to America

The size and character of the American Jewish community has been defined by the 3.5 million Jews who have emigrated since the 17th century.

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.

Get Started with Jewish Genealogy

Need help tracing your Jewish roots? Start here.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to atone for all of the Israelites’ sins.

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Parashat Tetzaveh

Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

Ezekiel 43:10-27

Parashat Tetzaveh: Pinterest for Priests

The Torah’s elaborate description of the priestly vestments reminds us that clothing has the power to change how we feel.


ALL ABOUT KING DAVID

King Solomon

Son of King David, builder of the temple, author of three biblical works and the wisest of men, Solomon looms large in Jewish tradition — and beyond.

Fourteen Things You Need to Know About King David

The mighty warrior and sweet singer slew Goliath, stole the throne, and conquered Jerusalem—and that’s just a start!

Who Was Bathsheba (Batsheva)?

King David’s wife and King Solomon’s mother came on the scene because of David’s wandering gaze.

Tour of Jewish Mexico City

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Every Friday, in our Recharge newsletter, My Jewish Learning publishes a thoughtful, timely essay to enrich your Shabbat. Here are a few of our recent pieces:

Between Nationalism and Ethics

National pride and unity are important, but it is ethical behavior that makes a people worthy of divine favor.

Altering the Mind to See More Clearly

What Jewish mysticism can teach us about psychedelics.

Hearing Amidst the Storm

Revelation doesn’t happen in a moment of calm, but amidst chaos and fear.


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Gummies, oil and other products containing CBD raise concerns for Jews who keep kosher.

Judaism and Astrology

The notion that the planets influence human affairs cuts against the core Jewish belief in free will, but many ancient rabbis believed it anyway.

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

The second-century sage was the inspiration for many legends and may have died as a martyr.

The 22 Best Yiddish Words to Know

A brief glossary of important and commonly used Yiddish words and phrases.

20 Black Jews You Should Know

From Yiddish theater to the rabbinate, Black Jews have risen to prominence and enriched all aspects of Jewish and American life.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Converts

Tips from a Jew by choice who’s heard it all.


PURIM IS COMING!

Reading the Megillah

The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

From Esther’s vegetarianism to the Jewish leap year, things that might surprise you.

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.

The Purim Meal

Eat, drink, and be merry is not without controversy.

Vashti: The Forgotten Queen of Persia

The rabbis imagined the Bible’s Vashti as both evil villain and tragic heroine.