FAQ

Beliefs & Practices

Does Judaism Allow Organ Donations?

Frequently asked questions about Jewish views on these life-saving procedures.

Afterlife

Is There a Jewish Afterlife?

Judaism is famously ambiguous about what happens when we die.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

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

What Do Jews Believe About Jesus?

How Judaism regards the man Christians revere as the messiah.

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 So Many Orthodox Men Have Beards?

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

Why Does Rosh Hashanah Last for Two Days?

The Jewish new year celebration is two days long.

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 Mourning FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Jewish traditions related to death and mourning,

Your Guide to Reading the Hebrew Bible

Learn the many chapters that make up the Tanach and find out where you can find more information about each.

How to Learn Yiddish

A guide to courses, tools and programs for mastering the 'mamaloshen.'