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Genesis 32:3-36:43

Jewish History Themes 101

An overview of some of the issues and controversy involved in writing and interpreting Jewish history.

Who Was the Chofetz Chaim?

This influential 20th-century Jewish figure established his reputation first and foremost as an opponent of lashon hara, evil speech.

Yom Kippur Theology and Themes

The 10 Days of Repentance, are the window of opportunity for the human dynamic to influence the Divine decrees. On Yom Kippur we make our final plea to God.

Preparing for Yom Kippur

What to do in the days and hours before the Day of Atonement.

The History of Yom Kippur

Where did the Jewish Day of Atonement come from?

Yom Kippur In the Community

What to expect in synagogue on the Day of Atonement.

The Critical Study of Jewish History

The academic study of Judaism, known as "Wissenschaft," began in 19th-century Germany.