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Historic Rituals for Welcoming Jewish Daughters

Long before the creation of contemporary ceremonies for girls, some Jewish communities had special customs.

What Is the Haftarah, and Why Do We Read It?

Each Torah portion is paired with a passage from the Prophets.

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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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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

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.

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How to Say Adon Olam

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

What Is A Kippah?

Also known as a yarmulke or skullcap, a kippah is a headcovering for Jews.

The Mourner’s Kaddish: A Memorial Prayer in Praise of God

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Recipes

How to Use Schmaltz

Delicious uses for leftover chicken (or other poultry) fat.

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This DIY project is super Jewish, easy, and good for your gut.

How to Make Mujaderra

Easy, vegetarian Middle Eastern comfort food that is hearty and delicious.

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Halacha Quiz

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