Welcome to Mixed Multitudes

MyJewishLearning.com was created to be a comprehensive source of Jewish information and in the past few years we have initiated this project by posting 2,500 articles and features. Total comprehensiveness is impossible, of course, so we continue to add content that will help you in your Jewish study and lives. But while Jewish learning is timeless, it should also be timely.

Recently, MJL has tried, more than ever, to create homepage content that is immediately relevant. This week’s lead, for example, marks the 50th anniversary of the Sinai Campaign. Last week, Jessica Kraft examined the life and work of Hannah Arendt, whose centennial is being commemorated this month. But sometimes world events aren’t in synch with editorial calendars. Sometimes, we at MJL want to explore issues more immediately than we can in our regular articles and features.

These factors have inspired us to create Mixed Multitudes, MyJewishLearning’s first blog. Here we will explore issues in Jewish life and learning in real time. Any theme related to our seven topic areas—History & Community, Holidays, Lifecycle, Daily Life & Practice, Texts, Ideas & Beliefs, Culture—is fair game. And in the open, democratic spirit of the internet all (or, at least, most) opinions and perspectives are, too. So welcome to Mixed Multitudes. We hope you enjoy our multitudinously mixed thoughts and opinions more than you enjoyed the multitudinously mixed nuts your crazy great-aunt gave you last Hanukkah.

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Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

How to Conduct a Passover Seder

The 14 steps of a traditional seder.

Hanukkah Gift Guide Roundup

Stumped for what to give your loved ones? We've got ideas!

6 Tips for Hosting a Solo Passover Seder

Having a Seder by yourself or with a small group doesn't have to be a lonely experience.

Passover 2021

In 2021, the first Passover seder is on Saturday, April March 27.

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

Lighting Shabbat Candles

Everything you need to know about kindling the Sabbath lights.

Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care

Jewish approaches to medical decision-making for the terminally ill.