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Abortion and Judaism

The Jewish position on abortion is nuanced, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.

Hanukkah 2022

In 2022, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 18 and lasts until sundown on Monday, Dec. 26.

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My Darfur Tallit

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Zionism in Ukraine

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

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Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses sends 12 spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them convince the people that it will be too difficult to conquer the land. God responds to their lack of confidence by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God commands the Israelites to put fringes on the ends of their clothing.

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Parashat Sh’lach

Numbers 13:1 - 15:41

Joshua 2:1 - 2:24

The Perils of Groupthink

The story of the spies offers an object lesson in the importance of diversity -- and the danger of homogeneity.

Videos

Jews and Sports

While Judaism isn't famous for grooming star athletes, there's a rich history nonetheless.

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Regina Jonas

How one of the first female rabbis was almost forgotten.

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These mini challah rolls will remind you of traditional Eastern European mohn pastries.

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