FAQ

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

Jews and Guns

Jewish law forbids hunting, and few Jews own firearms.

Do Jews Believe in Satan?

In Jewish texts, the devil is sometimes an adversary and sometimes an embodiment of evil.

Why Do Jews Put Stones on Graves?

Learn the reasons for this distinctive mourning practice.

What is a Mezuzah?

On the doorposts of houses and rooms.

Hair Coverings for Married Women

Why most Orthodox women cover their hair, whether with wigs, hats or scarves.

Being a Guest at a Jewish Wedding: A Guide

From chuppah to glass-breaking, here's what to expect at Jewish nuptials.

Jewish Calendar: Solar and Lunar

How the Hebrew calendar works.

Counting the Jewish Years

How the Jewish year is numbered.

Jewish Views on Cremation

Taboo in Jewish tradition, but increasingly popular nonetheless.

Are Jews Allowed to Gamble?

In Jewish tradition, gambling is frowned upon, but not prohibited.

The Death Penalty in Jewish Tradition

Capital punishment: allowed in the Torah and Talmud, but rarely carried out by Jewish courts.