Jews Around the Globe

The Jews of Italy

Jews have been present on the Italian peninsula from the time of Judah Maccabee.

Friendship in Jewish Thought

Life without amiable companionship was unthinkable to the sages of the Talmud.

Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation

This ancient mystical text introduced many concepts that would be more fully developed by the tradition of Kabbalah.

Ask the Expert: Are Tomatoes from the Vine, Ground or Tree for Jewish Blessings?

As far as food blessings are concerned, what matters is how the food grows — not its botanical classification.

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.

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Parashat Beha’alotcha

Numbers 8:1-12:16

Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Parashat Beha’alotcha: The Grand March Toward the Good

This Torah portion illustrates what happens when we put our individual needs first.

Jewish Meditation Moment

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Our weekly Shabbat newsletter, Recharge, features a thoughtful, timely essay to enrich your Shabbat. Here are a few of our recent pieces:

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Hope and Curses

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