Shabbat

What Is the Kiddush?

Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays with special blessings over wine.

Judaism and Dogs

Today domesticated canines are beloved pets, but traditional Jewish texts were uneasy about these creatures.

Ask the Expert: Should I Light a Yahrtzeit Candle For an In-law?

Lighting memorial candles is well-established Jewish custom, but not obligatory under Jewish law.

Kvitlech

The Hasidic practice of petitionary note writing.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Balak, the king of Moab, asks Balaam to curse the Israelites after he sees them defeat various nations in battle. Balaam’s donkey sees an angel of God and refuses to move any further. Balaam hits the donkey. God speaks through the mouth of the donkey to tell him not to curse the Israelites. Instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blesses them.

FULL SUMMARY
HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Balak

Numbers 22:2-25:9

Micah 5:6-6:8

The ‘Worst’ Torah Portion

Worlds are created — and destroyed — through words.


recharge now

Our weekly Shabbat newsletter, Recharge, features a thoughtful, timely essay to enrich your Shabbat. Here are a few of our recent pieces:

Motivated By Love

Sometimes right and wrong look so similar it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between them.

The Well of Grief

When a community comes together to dig the well of grief, streams of life-giving water can flow from the depths

Sharing the Burden

When the stakes are high, and crisis is imminent, we do not put all of the responsibility on a single charismatic leader.


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