Shabbat

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What you need to know about this ritual welcoming the Sabbath.

A Crash Course in Early Jewish History

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How to make your wedding both authentically Jewish and personally meaningful.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.

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Parashat Vayigash

Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28

Come Together

Just as Judah approached Joseph, Jews of all stripes must show we can be one united people.

Videos @ MJL

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberach

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

The Amidah

Moving from praise to petition to thanksgiving, the Amidah inculcates a sense of connection to God.

Recipes

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You won't miss refined sugar or butter with this sweet treat featuring cinnamon and cardamom-spiced nuts covered with honey syrup.

Spinach Goat Cheese Tart with Herb Butter Crust

Perfect for Shavuot, a Shabbat lunch, Sunday picnic or even Yom Kippur break-fast.

How to Make Perfect Roast Chicken, According to an Expert Bubbe

A brief history of roast chicken and how to cook it perfectly every time.

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