Conversion

How to Pick a Hebrew Name

One of the joys of being "like a newborn baby" after the conversion is that you get to pick a Hebrew name--which is easier than you may think.

Who Is a Jew: Matrilineal Descent

Why is Judaism traditionally passed down through the mother?

Can A Jew Get Body Piercings?

While most contemporary Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex when it comes to extensive piercings or piercing other body parts.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses continues his speech to the Israelites. He tells them they will have to annihilate people who are not believers in God. Moses reminds them not to forget God’s commandments even after they enter the land of Israel, and that they must continue to fear God.

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Parashat Eikev

Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25

Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3

Cause and Effect

Eikev shows us that everything we do — or avoid doing — has consequences, even if we don’t see them now.

Videos @ MJL

Jewish Refugees During and After the Holocaust

Jews fleeing the Nazis had difficulty finding countries that would take them in.

Types of Jews

The many ethnic and religious subgroups within the Jewish community.

Embracing A Jewish Henna Wedding Tradition

This custom is a treasured part of Moroccan Jewish and other Mizrahi marriage celebrations.

Recipes

Sunken Plum Cake Recipe

A sweet, versatile cake for end of summer and the holidays.

Berry Spinach Quinoa Salad

This bright summery dish can be spruced up further with figs, plums or peaches.

Quizzes

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

Conversion Quiz

How much do you know about conversion to Judaism?

Bible Characters Quiz

Heroes, villains, prophets and problem children, we've got 'em all. Test your knowledge of them.

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