American Jews

When a Pennsylvania Leader Invited Jesus to Thanksgiving

In 1868, Philadelphia's Jews united in protest after their governor Christianized the holiday.

The Obligation To Give Thanks

The thanksgiving offering teaches us the importance of thanking God as a communal sharing of faith and appreciation.

Hanukkah 2018

In 2018, the first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, Dec. 2.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who wrestles him through the night. Jacob survives and is blessed by the angel and renamed Israel. Jacob meets his brother and, surprisingly, they embrace. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, is raped by Shekhem, who then proposes to Jacob that he marry her. Shimeon and Levi brutally murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom she and Jacob name Benjamin.

FULL SUMMARY
HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Vayishlach

Genesis 32:4 - 36:43

Obadiah 1:1 - 1:21

A Tale of Two Jacobs

This biblical patriarch’s life is marked by an unresolved conflict with his dark side.

Videos @ MJL

The Jewish Rainbow Connection

What’s the meaning behind the sign in the sky that God gives Noah?

Modeh Ani: Beginning the Day with Gratitude

Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.

What is a Mezuzah?

On the doorposts of houses and rooms.

Recipes

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup with Matzah Balls

Thanksgiving was a sacred holiday in my family growing up. There were a series of rituals, smells, sounds and foods ...

Vegetarian Yemenite Soup Recipe

The enveloping aroma of cumin, turmeric, coriander and black pepper just screams comfort food.

Mashed Potato Burekas

Perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you have some leftover mashed potatoes.

Quizzes

Tzedakah Quiz

Tzedakah, or righteousness, is often interpreted as charity, because Judaism views giving as the ultimate act of righteousness.

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

Liturgy & Prayers Quiz

How much do you know about liturgy and prayers for regular days, Shabbat and holidays?

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