Mourn

Timeline of Jewish Mourning

Key Jewish milestones after the loss of a loved one

How to Pray for Happiness

The prayer Eilu Devarim reflects the seeming paradox that focusing on others more than ourselves makes us happier.

Judaism and Suicide

Taking one's life is officially a violation of Jewish law, but many contemporary rabbis recognize that most suicides result from struggles with mental illness.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Joseph promises Jacob that he will bury him in Canaan. On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe, and then blesses each of his sons. Jacob dies and is embalmed. Joseph affirms to his brothers that he has forgiven them for their misdeeds. Ending the Book of Genesis, Joseph dies.

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Parashat Vayechi

Genesis 47:28 - 50:26

I Kings 2:1 - 2:12

Abundant Love: The Wisdom of Jacob

On his deathbed, Jacob finally sees his children stand together.

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Judaism and Mental Illness

While Jews were instrumental in establishing the field of psychology, the Jewish community is not always comfortable dealing with those who suffer from psychiatric conditions.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberach

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

Why We Say Birkat Hamazon

This series of blessings recited after meals is about much more than just food.

Recipes

Barbecue Brisket and Beans Recipe

If a sweet pulled brisket got married to a can of baked beans, this dish would be their delicious baby.

Spinach Goat Cheese Tart with Herb Butter Crust

Perfect for Shavuot, a Shabbat lunch, Sunday picnic or even Yom Kippur break-fast.

Meatballs with Tahini and Tomatoes Recipe

The rich, nutty flavor of sesame adds a special pop to this creamy dish.

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Jewish Names Quiz

Do you know the meanings of popular Jewish names?

Bible Quiz

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

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

How much do you know about Judaism's leading thinkers and their philosophies?

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