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Jewish Ritual Objects: A Guide

From challah covers to yahrzeit candles, what they are used for, how they look and where you can find them.

Jewish Business Ethics 101

Biblical and rabbinic sources emphasize regulation to prevent the weak from being exploited by the strong.

The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

Capital punishment: allowed in the Torah and Talmud, but rarely carried out by Jewish courts.

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Why Do So Many Orthodox Men Have Beards?

The Jewish reasons for facial hair, including sidelocks (payot).

Did God Write the Torah — and Does it Matter?

For many Jews, the Torah's authority does not derive from being a divine document.

What Is the Meaning of Chai?

The Hebrew word for life is a popular symbol and toast — and is linked to the number 18.

A Guide to Jewish Acronyms and Abbreviations

Common Hebrew (and Aramaic) shorthand translated and explained.