FAQ

Jews and the African Slave Trade

Like many others, Jews participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but they by no means dominated it.

How to Choose a Siddur, or Jewish Prayer Book

It helps to know what lies behind the muted bindings and the denominational labels of today's wide array of possibilities.

Similar Jewish Words You Don’t Want to Mix Up

From kibbitz/kibbutz to mitzvah/mikveh, we round up some easily confused Hebrew and Yiddish terms.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God makes a covenant with Abram promising to make his descendants a great nation. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham. Abraham has a child with Hagar and names him Ishmael. God then promises Abraham’s barren wife, Sarah, that she will have a child.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Lech-Lecha

Genesis 12:1 - 17:27

Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16

Lech-Lecha: A Call for Unity

What we can learn from Abraham's other child.

Videos @ MJL

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Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

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Who Was Anne Frank?

The story of the young diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Recipes

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Set your slow cooker for a hearty, Israeli-inspired dinner.

Quizzes

Quiz: Jewish Athletes

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Jewish Soups Quiz

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Holiday Foods Quiz

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