Beliefs & Practices

What Is A Mikveh?

Whether you're dunking for conversion or for any other reason, here's what to expect at the ritual bath.

Purim 2020

In 2020, Purim begins at sunset on Monday, March 9.

Jews of Iran: A Modern History

Iranian Jewry under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies and warns the Israelites not to worship other gods. Moses ascends Mount Sinai to meet with God for 40 days and 40 nights, leaving Aaron and Hur in charge.

FULL COMMENTARY
HAFTARAH COMMENTARY

Parashat Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 - 24:18

Jeremiah 34:8 - 34:22; 33:25 - 33:26

Ascending the Mountain

The work of covenant involves a lot less feeling and a lot more action.

Videos @ MJL

How To Make Your Own Gragger

Instructions for constructing a Purim noisemaker

Hannah Senesh

How this Hungarian Jew became a national heroine of Israel.

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Recipes

Easiest Hamantaschen Recipe, Ever

Supermarket pie crust takes the hassle out of these traditional Purim cookies.

Rosewater and Pistachio Hamantaschen

The Persian-inspired flavors of these hamantaschen have a rich yet subtle, fragrant flavor.

Here’s the Secret to Keeping Za’atar Fresh

Make sure you are storing you za'atar properly.

Quizzes

Nature & the Environment Quiz

How much do you know about green issues in Jewish thought and practice?

Who Wrote This Text?

Can you match the canonical Jewish texts with their authors?

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