American Jews

Jewish Vacations: The Catskills

A mid-20th-century haven for Jews trying to get away from it all.

The Shema: How Listening Leads to Oneness

Judaism's foundational prayer calls on us not merely to listen, but to remember that there is one force of connection uniting us all.

The Mourner’s Kaddish Is Misunderstood

The prayer does not praise (or even name) God. Here’s why.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, the Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover. They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.

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Parashat Beha’alotcha

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

Zechariah 2:14 - 4:7

Ceding Control — and Seizing It

One word in this portion means both “wind” and “spirit” — and the duality is striking.

Videos @ MJL

From Pastor’s Daughter to Rabbi

Raised in the Lutheran church in Pennsylvania, Heidi Hoover embraced Judaism -- and then the rabbinate.

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Recipes

Tabbouleh

A summer salad.

One-Pot Chicken Soup with Seasonal Vegetables Recipe

There's nothing easier or more delicious than this slow-cooked stovetop soup.

Lahmacun–Turkish Pizza–with Chopped Salad and Herb Tahini Recipe

Top store-bought dough with chopped salad and an herb tahini dressing to recreate this Turkish street food.

Quizzes

Sephardic Judaism Quiz

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

Thinkers & Thought Quiz

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

Halacha Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish law and its foundational texts?

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