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Modern Israel

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

Midrash

What Is Midrash?

These writings, which fill in gaps in biblical texts, falls into two categories: halacha and aggadah.

FAQ

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

Praying for the Welfare of the State of Israel

While following a tradition of praying for the government, this prayer has some significant differences.

Reflections on Remembrance: Memorial Day and More

Memorial Day is approaching, and while I’m usually swept up in the parades, beach trips and community cookouts, this year ...

Holocaust Remembrance: Particular or Universal?

This evening begins Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day set aside to remember the experience of the ...

Shavuot Quiz

How much do you know about this spring holiday?

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

LGBT Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Day

When the last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, Gad Beck, died in 2012, it was a poignant reminder that both ...

Holocaust Survivors

As the number of Holocaust survivors declines every year, efforts have been made to preserve their testimonies.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

Why We Read The Book of Ruth on Shavuot

The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.

Did Moses Write the Torah?

Although modern traditionalist Judaism uniformly affirms the divinity of the Torah, classical sources disagree on what role Moses had in its production.

Why Some Holidays Last Longer Outside Israel

Israelis and liberal Jews observe fewer days for some holidays than traditional Diaspora Jews.