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The Shema

An affirmation of God’s singularity, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment.

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10 tips for making families, friends and guests of all backgrounds feel comfortable and welcome on your big day.

Shavuot 2018

What you need to know about this holiday, which starts at sundown May 19.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In the Torah portion Achrei Mot, God speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who were killed for coming too close to the presence of God. God instructs Moses and Aaron on the procedures surrounding Yom Kippur. God describes all the laws surrounding sexual prohibitions. In Kedoshim, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about belief in supernatural beings.

FULL SUMMARY OF ACHREI MOT

FULL SUMMARY OF KEDOSHIM

Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27

Amos 9:7 - 9:15

Do Not Open This Napkin

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Recipes

Charred Salmon with Lemon Herb Israeli Couscous & Fava Beans Recipe

Crisp lemon vinaigrette, seasonal produce, and fatty charred salmon is a fabulous combination.

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A healthy frozen treat to enjoy all year.

Harissa Lamb Meatballs Recipe

A delicious way to add some spice to dinner.

Quizzes

Shavuot Quiz

How much do you know about this spring holiday?

Bible Quiz

How much do you know about the contents of the Bible and about biblical scholarship?

Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

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