Prayer Musings

Aleinu: A Call to Divine Service

This prayer calls on us to discover where the brokenness of the world overlaps with our particular human gifts.

Intermarriage and the American Jewish Community

Once taboo, "marrying out" is now commonplace and — outside Orthodoxy — widely accepted.

Jewish Genetic Diseases: Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about screening, risks and ethical concerns.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophesy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obliges but is told that it was a test of faith and offers a ram to sacrifice instead.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Vayera

Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

II Kings 4:1 - 4:37

As You Remembered Sarah

The Torah chronicles the pain of infertility — and the ongoing hope for a child.

Videos @ MJL

What Is A Kippah?

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

Keeping Kosher

An overview of what's involved in observing Jewish dietary laws.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberach

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

Recipes

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Traditional breakfast buns get a sweet, Middle Eastern update from Molly Yeh.

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Conversion Quiz

How much do you know about conversion to Judaism?

LGBTQ Jewish History Quiz

How much do you know about LGBTQ Jewish history?

Quiz: Ceremonies for Newborns

How much do you know about welcoming baby boys and girls into the covenant?

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