FAQ

Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?

All denominations of Judaism prohibit assisted suicide and euthanasia, but there is some room for nuance.

Why Jews Put Stones on Graves

Although the custom of placing them on a grave probably draws upon pagan customs, the stones also symbolize the permanence of memory.

Afterlife and the Messiah 101

Judaism isn't entirely clear on what happens after we die.

Does Judaism Allow Birth Control?

The Jewish tradition encourages procreation, but some forms of contraception are less problematic than others.

Is There A Jewish Work Ethic?

In traditional Judaism, work is regarded as necessary — and better than idleness — but is not an intrinsic good.

Jews and Premarital Sex

The Torah doesn't explicitly outlaw sex before marriage, but it doesn't approve of it either.

How to Put on Tefillin

A step-by-step guide to putting on tefillin to pray in the morning.

What “Mazel Tov” Means

Hebrew words of celebration and congratulation.

Who is the Messiah?

Jewish sources have not, as a general rule, focused attention on the specific personal qualities of the Messiah.

What Is Shatnez?

The biblical prohibition against mixing wool and linen.

The World to Come

It's an individual Jew's ultimate reward, but the nature of the World to Come has always been disputed.