Shabbat

Shabbat 101

A weekly observance, the Sabbath is more than just a day off from labor.

The Jewish Leap Year Explained

Why the Jewish year sometimes adds an extra month of Adar and how that changes holidays and Torah readings.

Top 15 Pop Culture Jewish Prayer Moments

From Gene Wilder to Larry David, we round up our favorite examples of Jewish prayers in music, film and TV.

Get Started with Jewish Genealogy

Need help tracing your Jewish roots? Start here.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to atone for all of the Israelites’ sins.

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Parashat Tetzaveh

Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

Ezekiel 43:10-27

Parashat Tetzaveh: Pinterest for Priests

The Torah’s elaborate description of the priestly vestments reminds us that clothing has the power to change how we feel.


Daf Yomi


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

The Purim Spirit of Medieval Frankfurt

The choice to create a second Purim speaks volumes about how our people value resilience.

Between Nationalism and Ethics

National pride and unity are important, but it is ethical behavior that makes a people worthy of divine favor.

Altering the Mind to See More Clearly

What Jewish mysticism can teach us about psychedelics.


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When and why Jews say an abbreviated Amidah. Full text and translation of Havinenu included.

The 22 Best Yiddish Words to Know

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20 Black Jews You Should Know

From Yiddish theater to the rabbinate, Black Jews have risen to prominence and enriched all aspects of Jewish and American life.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Converts

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PURIM IS COMING!

Reading the Megillah

The Scroll of Esther, which tells the Purim story, is chanted in synagogue twice on Purim.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Purim

From Esther’s vegetarianism to the Jewish leap year, things that might surprise you.

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

The Fast of Esther

The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.

The Purim Meal

Eat, drink, and be merry is not without controversy.

Vashti: The Forgotten Queen of Persia

The rabbis imagined the Bible’s Vashti as both evil villain and tragic heroine.