Shavuot

How to Greet Someone on Shavuot

Traditional greetings for the holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah.

Friendship in Jewish Thought

The benefits of friendship are appreciated by Jewish tradition: Ecclesiastes wrote, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls, fo

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, God describes the service of the Gershon family of Levites. The laws relating to the suspected adulteress and the nazirite are given. God tells Moses and Aaron the priestly blessing. The heads of tribes bring gifts to the Tabernacle.

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Parashat Nasso

Numbers 4:21-7:89

Judges 13:2-25

Parashat Nasso: Getting the Message

Two linguistic features of this Torah portion remind us of the need to speak carefully even when our message is true.

Shavuot Yizkor Service

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Jewish Meditation Moment

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recharge now

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

Time Wars

The ancient rabbis were well aware that control of the calendar was linked to their authority over the Jewish people

Find a Rabbi

Jewish weddings don’t require a rabbi. But here’s why it’s a good idea anyway.

Hope and Curses

The curses listed at the end of the Book of Leviticus are less a warning than an empowering message that the past need not be repeated.


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