Shabbat

Electricity on Shabbat

Why traditional Jews unplug (albeit with some workarounds) during the Sabbath.

Judaism and Dogs

Today domesticated canines are beloved pets, but traditional Jewish texts were uneasy about these creatures.

Ask the Expert: Does Jewish Law Permit Embalming and Open-Casket Funerals?

Jewish tradition requires that we treat dead bodies with the utmost respect and strictly prohibits any action that would desecrate them.

Kvitlech

The Hasidic practice of petitionary note writing.

Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.

FULL SUMMARY
HAFTARAH FOR CHUKAT

Parashat Chukat

Numbers 19:1-22:1

Judges 11:1-33

The Call of the Void

The famed red heifer is a key part of a biblical purification process. But why do we need laws to create a system of purity and impurity in the first place?

Jewish Meditation Moment

Meets: Tuesdays

Hosted by: My Jewish Learning

Online Jewish Yoga Studio

Meets: Mondays

Hosted by: Institute for Jewish Spirituality


recharge now

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

The Well of Grief

When a community comes together to dig the well of grief, streams of life-giving water can flow from the depths

Sharing the Burden

When the stakes are high, and crisis is imminent, we do not put all of the responsibility on a single charismatic leader.

The Divine in Your Words

How do we hold conflict now so we can still be family in the future?


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The World to Come

The rabbis of the Talmud had a lot to say on the World to Come, but little about what it actually is.

Jewish Art 101

An introduction to Jewish visual arts from Bezalel to the 21st century.

What Are Jewish Genetic Diseases?

As many as 1 in 3 Ashkenazi Jews are estimated to be carriers for one of about 19 genetic diseases.

Being a Guest at a Jewish Wedding: A Guide

From chuppah to glass-breaking, here’s what to expect at Jewish nuptials.

Albert Einstein

The genius physicist’s Jewish activism, while less famous than his theory of relativity, was significant.