Beliefs & Practices
The centrality of God in Judaism may not be as straightforward as you think.
There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot.
The word "kosher" literally means "fit" or "appropriate."
End of Life
Jewish approaches to medical decision-making for the terminally ill.
How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.
Clothing & Appearance
The Jewish reasons for facial hair, including sidelocks (payot).
Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?
For many Jews, the Torah's authority does not derive from being a divine document.
In addition to Yom Kippur, there are many public and private fasts in Judaism.
The Hebrew word for life is a popular symbol and toast — and is linked to the number 18.
Common Hebrew (and Aramaic) shorthand translated and explained.
The history of the weekly portion — and the different schedules on which it's done.
While most Jewish authorities believe ear piercing is fine, the matter grows somewhat more complex with other body parts.
How the Five Books of Moses are divided up into weekly portions.
From challah covers to yahrzeit candles, what they are used for, how they look and where you can find them.