Shabbat

Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It

How mindfulness can deepen your Shabbat experience — and vice versa

Blessing the Children

This Friday night practice is taken from the priestly blessing.

What Are Kohanim, or Jewish ‘Priests’?

Descendants of the biblical figure Aaron, kohanim enjoy special privileges.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God continues to describe the different laws of sacrifices. A distinction is made between sin offerings, burnt offerings, and homage offerings, with each following its own process. God then commands the priests to make another offering that ordains themselves in their positions.
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Parashat Tzav

Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36

Jeremiah 7:21 - 8:3; 9:22 - 9:23

In Praise of Public “Guilt Offerings”

Because asking for forgiveness is a holy act.

Videos @ MJL

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Does Judaism Allow Organ Donations?

Frequently asked questions about Jewish views on these life-saving procedures.

How to Say Adon Olam

This poem about God's majesty is recited both before and after services.

Recipes

Gingersnap and Apple Challah Recipe

No, this isn’t a Christmas cookie. The flavors are straight out of the Germanic regions, like Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, and Austria, ...

Moroccan Fish and Crispy Rice Cake with Saffron Crust

Vibrant red, yellow, and green colors, a spicy aroma, and delicate textures all come together in this perfect dish.

The Most Outrageous Matzah Ball Soup Recipe

With rice, noodles AND matza balls, this soup is a carb fest -- and it's glorious.

Quizzes

Sephardic Judaism Quiz

Sephardic Jews have a rich history, and over time they have developed their own traditions, customs, and laws.

Israeli Food Quiz

Can you tell your hummus from your shakshuka?

Quiz: Jewish Athletes

Can you name these famous Jewish athletes?

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