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How Coca-Cola Became Kosher

While the iconic soft drink has been on the market since 1886, only since 1935 has it been certified kosher, including for Passover.

What Were the Nuremberg Laws?

Passed in September 1935, they provided the legal framework for the systematic persecution of Jews in Germany.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh to demand freedom for the Israelites. Pharaoh refuses, and God unleashes plagues on the Egyptians. Pharaoh promises to free the Israelites, but God hardens Pharaoh’s heart. The portion ends with the plague of hail stopping and Pharaoh changing his mind once again.

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Parashat Vaera

Exodus 6:2 - 9:35

Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21

Who Really Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart?

Was God responsible for the Egyptian leader's intransigence?

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Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberach

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

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Recipes

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How much do you know about welcoming baby boys and girls into the covenant?

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Jewish Languages Quiz

How much do you know about Hebrew, Aramaic and other languages spoken by Jews?

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