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Tzedakah: History and Development

History and Development of Tzedakah. Jewish Tzedakah. Charitable Giving.

Tzedakah Themes & Theology

Although often translated as “charity,” tzedakah is not equivalent to charity. Rather, its root means “justice.”

About Jewish Lifecycle

About Jewish Lifecycle. Jewish Ceremonies and Rituals.

Yom Kippur Haftarah: Isaiah 57:14-58:14

The complete text (in English) for this Yom Kippur reading.

Biblical Concepts of Holiness

How can we unify the sacred with the profane?

Investigating the Individuals to Whom We Contribute

A contemporary Conservative rabbi reviews the Jewish legal literature for guidance on how much to ask about a person who solicits us for tzedakah--or whether to give to all who request our help.

Why Do We Have Lifecycle Rituals?

Overview of why Jewish ritual and what it does.

Jewish Immigrant Literature

Yiddish-speaking Jews put faith in the language of their new country and left an indelible mark on American letters.

Judaism on Greed

The notion that humans are merely stewards of wealth, not its owner, can play into the hands of the greedy.

Religion and Education in Israel

Diversity and tension within both sectors.

The American Jewish Family Today

How the structure of the Jewish family has adjusted in the contemporary era.