Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

The kabbalistic false messiah gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.

Yizkor: The Unending Conversation

Yizkor is part of an ongoing conversation with the dead, but what we don't realize is that we constantly converse with the dead in daily life.

Chai Ceremony

A new Jewish ritual for sending young people off to college.

Go on a Learning Journey with MJL

We have more than 20 free guided learning experiences — and the list is always growing.

Blessing the New Moon

The ritual of blessing the moon is not widely practiced--but carries deep spiritual meaning.

Orthodox Judaism Today

With rising numbers and increasingly stringent observance, Orthodoxy thrives even as it faces challenges.

A Gay Jewish Reading List

Earlier this week, Wayne Hoffman wrote about a funny thing and shared the meaning behind the names of a few of ...

The Surprising Connection between Purim and Yom Kippur

Purim and Yom Kippur appear to be complete opposites but the ancient rabbis say they are really two sides of the same coin.

Midrash Rabbah

Rabbinic interpretations and discussions of the Bible.