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German-Jewish Cuisine

The roots of Ashkenazic cuisine lie in medieval Germany.

Why Do We Have Lifecycle Rituals?

Overview of why Jewish ritual and what it does.

Jewish Immigrant Literature

Yiddish-speaking Jews put faith in the language of their new country and left an indelible mark on American letters.

The Purpose and Meaning of Sex in Judaism

Judaism approves of sex and sexual pleasure, valuing it as a means toward procreation and companionship.

Sex Outside Marriage: Modern Rabbinic Views

A selection of statements from rabbis of various denominations.

Some Meanings of Brit Milah

The message to the one who is circumcised: The covenant involves pain and sacrifice as well as honor and sanctity. And it is part of who you are, branded into your flesh at birth.

A Historical View of Pidyon HaBen

From biblical to contemporary times, how Jews have practiced this ceremony of redemption of the first-born.

Jews and Non-Jews: Interfaith Relations

Interfaith relationships between Jews and non-Jews is a hard-hitting issue that affects the entire Jewish world.

Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering in Judaism

Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.

The Parameters of Abortion in Judaism

Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.

Polish and Russian-Jewish Cuisine

Ashkenazi food moves east.