Lag B'Omer

What Is Lag B’omer?

This minor holiday is known for bonfires, weddings and haircuts.

What Is An Upsheren, or Halaqah?

Why some Jews ritualize their son's first haircut at age 3.

Lag B’Omer in Meron

Each year, a rabbinic grave is the site of one of the biggest parties in Israel.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves.

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Parashat Behar

Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2

Jeremiah 32:6 - 32:27

Finding Meaning in an Ancient Farming Law

Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.

Videos @ MJL

Keeping Kosher

An overview of what's involved in observing Jewish dietary laws.

Ask the Expert: Slanted Mezuzah

Why does the mezuzah go on a diagonal?

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Recipes

How to Make the Best Falafel at Home

Tips and tricks for your favorite chickpea dinner.

This Vegetarian Brisket Recipe Actually Tastes Like Meat

A satisfying vegetarian entree for holidays, picnics and Shabbat dinner.

How to Make Gravlax

Have you ever made gravlax? If you have, then you know how easy and simple it is. And if you ...

Quizzes

Jewish Sports Quiz

Test your knowledge of athletics in Judaism.

Bible Quiz

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

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

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

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