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Jewish Genetic Diseases: Frequently Asked Questions

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

The History of Jewish Bootleggers

Why were Jewish immigrants so heavily involved in the illegal alcohol business?

Leonard Cohen: Poet, Prophet, Eternal Optimist

A famous songwriter whose novels and poems explored Jewish identity and spirituality.

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Wrestling With the Rough Stuff

Leaning into the hard parts of Jewish tradition.

Zionism in Ukraine

How and why Ukraine was arguably the most important cradle for early Zionists.

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Jews and Ukraine: It’s Complicated

Jews have a long and rich history in Ukraine going back more than a millennium. It was once one of ...

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Welcome to Recharge, a weekly collection of Shabbat readings to refresh your soul. Each Saturday morning we’ll bring you a ...

Journey Into the Book of Ruth

Unlike other books in the Bible, Ruth is a story that largely makes us feel good. The book does not ...

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves.

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Parashat Behar

Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2

Jeremiah 32:6 - 32:27

Finding Meaning in an Ancient Farming Law

Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.

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Shavuot Foods

A roundup of recipes for the springtime holiday.

Why Some Jewish Women Go to the Mikveh Each Month

What is niddah, or taharat ha mishpacha, and who observes it?

Does Judaism Allow Organ Donations?

Frequently asked questions about Jewish views on these life-saving procedures.

Recipes

My Grandma’s Perfect Cheesecake Blintz Recipe

Although Shavuot technically celebrates the wheat harvest, it is known as a holiday where our plates are bursting with dairy. ...

Broccoli and Cottage Cheese Pancake Recipe

Savory cheese pancakes to enjoy any time.

Eitan Bernath’s Chocolate Tahini Cake Recipe

And it's topped with a halva crumb topping to die for.

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Judaism on Prostitution

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A Prayer for the Planet

Instead of assuming that humans can fix every problem, the prayer humbly asks God to bless creation again.

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