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Seinfeld: Jewish Food

You will get a real laugh from this excerpt from the show Seinfeld.
Seinfeld: Jewish Food

Jewish Mourning Rituals: An Overview

The death of a loved one is a very disorienting time, and isn’t something many people think about until it’s actually happening to them.
Jewish Mourning Rituals: An Overview

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What is Kosher?

Sep 03, 2022
This video is an introduction to what it means to be kosher.

Adopt a Jewish Mother

May 07, 2022
Rent a son! In Japan people actually hire someone to be a “father” or “friend” for a day.

Second Day of Festivals

Mar 04, 2022
Once the Beth Din had evidence that the new moon had been seen, (see FIXING THE CALENDAR) a new month was…

Tfillin

Oct 30, 2021
T'fillin, or phylacteries, are square black boxes traditionally worn on the head and arm.

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Tfillin

T'fillin, or phylacteries, are square black boxes traditionally worn on the head and arm.
Tfillin

Jewish Guide to Shiva Practices

Shiva is a weeklong mourning period following the burial of an immediate relative in a Jewish family
Jewish Guide to Shiva Practices

Haftarah

הפטרה (Haftarah), the name given to the reading from the Prophetic books which follows the Torah reading.
Haftarah

Schlep

Apart from its definitive meaning and use, this schlep video is a parody of Uber and Lyft taxi services.
Schlep

The Jewish Calendar

LUNAR-SOLAR CALENDAR The Jewish calendar is based mainly on the phases of the moon; but it also regulates itself to a lesser degree by the…
The Jewish Calendar

Tsitsit

The custom of putting Tsitsit, fringes or tassels, on the corners of garments originates in the biblical commandment:
Tsitsit

Alms (Tzedakah) Box

The Hebrew word "tzedakah" derives from the biblical word "tzedek" meaning righteousness or justice. Helping those in need is not merely…
Alms (Tzedakah) Box

Mitzvah

Have you done a mitzvah today? A mitzvah is a good deed, something done to benefit someone else without any selfish motives attached to it.…
Mitzvah

Archie Bunker Does Shabbat

Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker from All in the Family sit down to Shabbat dinner with the blessings over…
Archie Bunker Does Shabbat

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Whole Megillah

613 Mitzvot

The basic concept in Judaism relating to practice is the Mitzva, a commandment from HaShem.

How to Make Kiddish

Kiddush, like candles, sanctifies the Sabbath. Making kiddush is a simple religious act that sanctifies the Jewish Sabbath, making it…

What is a Get?

A get is a divorce under halacha, or Jewish law. The word can also refer to the document that grants the get, though its technical name is…

Shabbat Candles

One of the most well known Jewish customs connected with the observance of Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the lighting of lamps or candles before…

Mezuzah

A mezuzah is a little box that is nailed to the doorpost of a Jewish home. The Hebrew word mezuzah means doorpost. It is generally placed…

Minyan

In many Jewish synagogues a minyan is required for public prayer times. A minyan is a group of at least 10 Jewish men over the age of 13…

Kippah

A yarmulke in Yiddish, or a kippah in Hebrew, is a small head covering. Kippah literally means covering. Professor Jacob Lauterbach has…

Kaddish

There are several Jewish traditions surrounding the death loved ones. We say the mourner’s kaddish. It is not a mournful dirge, but rather…

Pointing to the Torah

When reading sometimes it is helpful to have something to guide us so we don’t skip a line of text.

Western Wall

The Western Wall is the western portion of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the Temple stood. The Hebrew for Western Wall is…

Kiddush-Jewish Tradition

Kiddush is from the Hebrew word for holy or sanctify, to set apart as holy. God set the Sabbath apart as holy. Saying the kiddush on Friday…

Jewish Wedding Rings

Even though we have modernized we still hold some sacred old traditions dear amongst the Jewish community. Jewish wedding traditions are…

Tzedakah

Tzedakah is from the word meaning righteousness. A tzadek is a righteous person.

Jewish Wedding

A chupah is a large covering that is often used at weddings to cover the bride and groom.

Tallit

A tallit is a prayer shawl. Tallitot (plural of tallit) are rectangular in shape and have fringes called tzitzits at the four corners.

Halacha

The word Halakhah comes from the root word halakh which means “to go” and it is the name given to the collective teachings of Jewish laws…

Jewish Calendar

LUNAR-SOLAR CALENDAR.The Jewish calendar is based mainly on the phases of the moon; but it also regulates itself to a lesser degree by the…

Yiddish Part Two

Prior to the Holocaust, Yiddish, a language more resembling Middle High German than anything else phonetically, was widely spoken by 11…

Yiddish Part One

The Yiddish language is a western Germanic oral and written dialect used by the Ashkenazi Jews of central and eastern Europe for the past…

Magen David

The Magen David is the six pointed star also known as the Star of David. Magen David literally means "shield of David." It is not certain…

Shema

"Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad." These wordsare the first words in every mezuzah. They are written in everytefillin and are…

Shofar

The shofar, made from a ram's horn, has been used by our people for thousands of years. The blowing of the shofar was used to call the…

A Salty Jewish Tradition

The Torah says “And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your…

Tanach

The Hebrew Scriptures, also known as the Tanak contains 39 books divided into 3 sections. The word TaNaK is an acronym: “T” for Torah, N…

Torah Reading

The custom of reading from the Torah on Saturday mornings is so old that it is difficult to be certain when it first started.

A Stone to Remember

Many cultures have different ways of dealing with death. One Jewish custom is to place a stone on the grave of someone who died.

Two Torahs?

Many understand the Torah to be the five books of Moses. And that is true but what many Jews call Torah is not the Torah but what is…

Redemption of the First Born

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons…

Challah

Bread plays a very important role in Jewish tradition. In the Torah when Holy visitors come to visit Abraham we read, “Abraham hurried to…

The Cantor

Music is very important in Jewish life and has a significant role in the worship services. Because of this a special person known as a…

The Name

Throughout the ages the Jewish people have been extremely careful to honor the name of God. Some won’t even spell the whole name in order…

Mezuzah on the Doorpost

If you visit a Jewish home one thing that you may see is a mezuzah. A mezuzah is a small container which is commonly rectangular in shape…

The Shochet-Jewish Tradition

Have you ever wondered what a shochet is? It is known that Torah observant believers keep a special tradition to avoid certain kinds of…

Circumcision-Jewish Tradition

Male circumcision is a well known Jewish tradition. Avraham (Abraham) was called by God and highly honored. God said “’I will cause you to…

Bar Mitzvah

When a young boy reaches the age of thirteen he is termed a bar mitzvah, which literally means a son of commandments or son of good deeds.…

Havdallah

Havdallah means “separation” and is a service used to separate the holiness of the Sabbath from the rest of the week. It separates the day…

Kosher

The word “kosher” literally means “proper.” When kosher is used to describe food it refers to those foods that are proper to eat. The Bible…

Daily Blessings

It is often said of Judaism that it is less a faith than it is a way of life. For Judaism enters into all aspects of our life. This is seen…

Sha'Atnez

Sha'atnez is the term used for clothing made with a mixture of wool and linen fibres. This mixture is clearly forbidden in two places in…

Oral Law

Orthodox believe that at Mount Sinai, God gave to Moses not only the written Torah but also oral interpretations and laws as well. They…

The Chuppa

In the Song of Solomon we read “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4. Love is a…

The Origins of Cholent

Slow cooked stews dominated Saturday menus in Jewish homes for millennia, in every continent, period, and culture.

Women Wearing a Tallit!

Is it permissible for a woman to wear a Tallit? Many Orthodox authorities rule it out because they claim that it is a positive commandment…

True Blue

It is very common to associate the color blue with the Jewish people. It is on the flag of Israel which was influenced by the prayer shawl…

Mekhitza-Jewish Tradition

A mekhitza is a dividing wall or barrier that is used to separate men and women. It could be simply a separate room, a curtain, or anything…

Candles

Candles are very special in Jewish tradition because they are said to represent the light from the menorah used in the tabernacle. Candles…

The History of the Calendar

Although the early history of the calendar is not clear, most scholars believe that the present calendar is a combination of two systems.…

Mixing Matters

"...You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." Deuteronomy 14:21 Many take this verse to mean it isn't kosher to have meat and…

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Halacha

The word Halakhah comes from the root word halakh which means “to go” and it is the name given to the collective teachings of Jewish laws…

The History of the Calendar

Although the early history of the calendar is not clear, most scholars believe that the present calendar is a combination of two systems.…

The Cantor

Music is very important in Jewish life and has a significant role in the worship services. Because of this a special person known as a…

A Stone to Remember

Many cultures have different ways of dealing with death. One Jewish custom is to place a stone on the grave of someone who died.

Redemption of the First Born

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Look, I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites to serve as substitutes for all the firstborn sons…

Women Wearing a Tallit!

Is it permissible for a woman to wear a Tallit? Many Orthodox authorities rule it out because they claim that it is a positive commandment…

Daily Blessings

It is often said of Judaism that it is less a faith than it is a way of life. For Judaism enters into all aspects of our life. This is seen…

The Origins of Cholent

Slow cooked stews dominated Saturday menus in Jewish homes for millennia, in every continent, period, and culture.

Yiddish Part One

The Yiddish language is a western Germanic oral and written dialect used by the Ashkenazi Jews of central and eastern Europe for the past…

Mekhitza-Jewish Tradition

A mekhitza is a dividing wall or barrier that is used to separate men and women. It could be simply a separate room, a curtain, or anything…

Haftarah

הפטרה (Haftarah), the name given to the reading from the Prophetic books which follows the Torah reading.

Schlep

Apart from its definitive meaning and use, this schlep video is a parody of Uber and Lyft taxi services.

Challah

Bread plays a very important role in Jewish tradition. In the Torah when Holy visitors come to visit Abraham we read, “Abraham hurried to…

Yiddish Part Two

Prior to the Holocaust, Yiddish, a language more resembling Middle High German than anything else phonetically, was widely spoken by 11…

Oral Law

Orthodox believe that at Mount Sinai, God gave to Moses not only the written Torah but also oral interpretations and laws as well. They…

Circumcision-Jewish Tradition

Male circumcision is a well known Jewish tradition. Avraham (Abraham) was called by God and highly honored. God said “’I will cause you to…

The Jewish Calendar

LUNAR-SOLAR CALENDAR The Jewish calendar is based mainly on the phases of the moon; but it also regulates itself to a lesser degree by the…

Mixing Matters

"...You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk." Deuteronomy 14:21 Many take this verse to mean it isn't kosher to have meat and…

How to Make Kiddish

Kiddush, like candles, sanctifies the Sabbath. Making kiddush is a simple religious act that sanctifies the Jewish Sabbath, making it…

Alms (Tzedakah) Box

The Hebrew word "tzedakah" derives from the biblical word "tzedek" meaning righteousness or justice. Helping those in need is not merely…

True Blue

It is very common to associate the color blue with the Jewish people. It is on the flag of Israel which was influenced by the prayer shawl…

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