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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.

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.

A Day of Disaster

Many calamitous events are said to have occurred on Tisha B'Av.

Modern Israel at a Glance

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

Holocaust Survivors

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

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

Why Some Holidays Last Longer Outside Israel

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

Converting to Judaism: How to Get Started

How to find an introductory Judaism class.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

Judaism and Pets: Questions and Answers

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

Why Do So Many Orthodox Men Have Beards?

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