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.

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).

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.'

9 Things to Know About the Daf Yomi (Daily Page of Talmud)

 How to participate in the longest-running Jewish book club (even if you can’t read Hebrew).

What Is the Meaning of Chai?

The Hebrew word for life is a popular symbol and toast — and is linked to the number 18.

A Guide to Jewish Acronyms and Abbreviations

Common Hebrew (and Aramaic) shorthand translated and explained.

How to Have Someone Buried in Israel

What to do if you or a loved one wants a final resting place in an Israeli cemetery.