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Shabbat and Meditation: Just Be It

How mindfulness can deepen your Shabbat experience — and vice versa

Is There a Jewish Afterlife?

Judaism is famously ambiguous about what happens when we die.

Similar Jewish Words You Don’t Want to Mix Up

From kibbitz/kibbutz to mitzvah/mikveh, we round up some easily confused Hebrew and Yiddish terms.

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How Hasidic Wisdom Can Improve Your Life

Hasidism is a philosophy of devotion, not self-help. But that doesn't mean it won't improve your life.

Where the Word ‘Anti-Semitism’ Comes From

Hatred of Jews has been around for centuries, but only in the 1800s did it begin to be referred to as 'anti-Semitism.'

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God commands Aaron and his sons to make the burnt and sin offerings at the Tabernacle. When God accepts the offerings, the people shout with joy. God describes to Moses the laws of kashrut.

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Parashat Shmini

Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47, Numbers 19:1 - 22

Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38 | Shabbat Parah

Parashat Shemini: When Silence is a Crime

According to one commentator, Aaron’s silence after the death of his sons only comes after he has finished crying.

Videos

Who Was Anne Frank?

The story of the young diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass

The widespread violence of Nov. 9-10, 1938 signaled an escalation in the Nazi reign of terror.

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

Body ink is a no-no, but it won't bar you from Jewish life.

Recipes

Pull-Apart Challah with Pizza Dip Recipe

So easy, so gooey, so indulgent.

Grilled Eggplant with Chermoula Recipe

Perfect for those hot summer nights.

The Syrian Frittata You Will Make Again and Again

An easy, baked egg dish with spinach and cheese.

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