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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.

Quiz: Which Hamantaschen Are You?

Apricot, poppy seed or prune?

Converting to Judaism: How to Get Started

How to find an introductory Judaism class.

Judaism and Pets: Questions and Answers

What Jewish tradition says about cats, dogs and other companion animals.

Why Do Jews Send Mishloach Manot on Purim?

It is customary to send Purim gifts to friends and strangers.

All About Esther

The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.

Why Do So Many Orthodox Men Have Beards?

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

The Evolution of Israeli Cuisine

Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.

The Torah

Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.

Queen Esther: Destiny’s Child

The Purim story is a reminder of our essential power for human agency.

Similar Jewish Words You Don’t Want to Mix Up

From kibbitz/kibbutz to mitzvah/mikveh, we round up some easily confused Hebrew and Yiddish terms.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

Jewish approaches to medical decision-making for the terminally ill.

The 11 Best Ladino Expressions and Phrases To Know

Learn some choice phrases, including the most epic sneeze response ever, in this Sephardic language also known as Judeo-Spanish.