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Articles by MJL

The Origin of the Shehechiyanu Blessing

The Shehechiyanu is a blessing that expresses gratitude for new, or special, experiences.

How to Get Your High Holidays Questions Answered

You have questions about the High Holidays, My Jewish Learning has answers.

Excerpt: ‘Dolly City’ by Orly Castel-Bloom (1992)

The first pages of this novel introduce its terrifying protagonist.

Excerpt: “King of the Jews” by Leslie Epstein (1979)

Leslie Epstein's controversial novel explores Jewish power dynamics in the Lodz Ghetto.

Excerpt: Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman (1960)

Vassily Grossman's "Life and Fate" was smuggled out of Stalinist Russia, where it takes place.

How to Bless the Four Species on Sukkot

Al Netilat Lulav is the blessing traditionally recited prior to waving the lulav and etrog.

Excerpt: The Family Mashber by Der Nister (1939)

The first pages of "The Family Mashber" set the stage for what's to come. Take a look.

The Shofar Blasts

The ram's horn is blown on the High Holidays in three specific ways.

Excerpt: Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska (1925)

Anzia Yezierska's book explores the early 20th-century immigrant experience, and women's place in it.

El Shema

Una afirmación de la singularidad de Dios, su recitación diaria es vista por los judíos observantes tradicionalistas como un mandamiento bíblico.