Conversion

How to Pick a Hebrew Name

One of the joys of being "like a newborn baby" after the conversion is that you get to pick a Hebrew name--which is easier than you may think.

Historic Rituals for Welcoming Jewish Daughters

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

The Best Jewish Cookbooks to Give as a Wedding Gift

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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.

FULL SUMMARY
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.

Videos @ MJL

How to Say Friday Night Kiddush

This blessing over wine is commonly recited at home.

Men’s Head Covering in Synagogue: Reform Judaism’s Views

Changing ideas about whether men should wear a kippah (skullcap) during prayer reflect development and maturation of American Reform attitudes toward tradition.

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

What you need to know about this Jewish prayer recited in memory of the dead.

Recipes

How to Use Schmaltz

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

Tabbouleh

A summer salad.

How to Make Mujaderra

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

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Jewish Ethics Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish ethics?

Halacha Quiz

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

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