Finding Meaning in an Ancient Farming Law
Why Shmita, the commandment to let Israel's farmland rest every seven years, is relevant even for today's urban Diaspora Jews.
Kaddish is a Mystery
The essence of Kaddish may be less in the meaning of the words than in the experience of reciting it with other Jews.
Jewish Practices 101
Jewish daily life and practice is how Jews do things--day in and day out, and week after week--that embody the ideals and standards expressed in Judaism’s sacred writings and its ancient (and modern) traditions.
Gemilut Hasadim 101
Lovingkindness--the act of caring for others--is a fundamental of Judaism.
Medieval Jewish Philosophers on the Reasons for the Mitzvot
Jewish philosophers since ancient times have explained the system of mitzvot, and individual commandments, in terms that made sense to their contemporaries.
Rabbinic Reasons For the Mitzvot
The Sages proposed additional reasons to obey the mitzvot beyond those offered by the Bible.