Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.
Five books of story, law, and poetry divided into 54 weekly portions.
Personalities of the Bible
As the herald of the messianic age and a recurring figure in Jewish folklore, Elijah's legacy surpasses that of virtually all the other prophets of Israel.
This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.
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.
The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.
Beliefs & Practices
In addition to Yom Kippur, there are many public and private fasts in Judaism.
From bonfires to hanging menorahs to an extra candle, here are some lesser-known Jewish Hanukkah traditions from all over the globe.
This ancient mystical text introduced many concepts that would be more fully developed by the tradition of Kabbalah.
Sages & Scholars
Maimonides has long been a figure of extraordinary authority. Yet his understanding of Judaism was highly controversial.
A philosopher, physician, rabbinic scholar and more, Maimonides was the most famous Jew of the premodern age.