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Archived Since:September 18, 2009

Blog Post Archive

The May Roundup!

It's been a busy month for this Judaism expert with a move to the U.S. in order to fulfill the mitzvah (commandment) of bikur cholim. However, I haven't been too busy to stop here and there and produce some interesting and timely articles for mass consumption! Have you seen this month's new content?... Read Full Post

Exploring the World of Challah

Every Shabbat (Friday-Saturday) Jews the world over eat plenty of challah, whether it's dipped in honey or salt or hummus, you can guarantee that it's a favorite aspect of the weekend in the Jewish world.... Read Full Post

The Passover Basics

With just a few days left, Jews everywhere are busy with last-minute cleaning and recipe planning. Whether you're observing the holiday or not, there are some interesting tidbits about the holiday out there.... Read Full Post

Prepping for Passover!

Passover is right around the corner (only a few weeks away), which means I'll be busy filling in all the gaps of Passover content in the coming month. So far, I've looked into why Jews drink four cups of wine at the seder and why there are three matzot at the seder, too.... Read Full Post

A Mid(dle Ages)-Life Crisis

I have a particular fascination with the Middle Ages and, paired with conversion narratives, I've found some excellent bits of history over the years. It might not be your cup... Read Full Post

Of Conversions and the Noahides

As a convert to Judaism myself, I get a lot of emails from people asking whether, instead of converting, I'd considered following the seven Noahide Laws. These laws are considered by the great sages of Judaism to be universal moral commitments...Show More Summary

Chag Purim Sameach!

Although I won't be making hamantaschen this year (I'm gluten free and it's just easier to buy them, honestly), the costumes are decided and our mishloach manot theme is set to match. The family is honoring the classic cinema favorite...Show More Summary

The February Roundup

It's been a busy month, and I want to throw out an apology for not having more content available this month! I would love to know any questions or topics you'd like to see covered here on's Judaism page, because the more I know you the more I know what will be interesting for you to read about!... Read Full Post

What's the Deal with Fasting?

Judaism is chock full of fast days, where Jews are commanded to abstain from work and "afflict" themselves. Most are tied to the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE and the Second Temple in 70 CE, so why do we continue fasting today? Are we being punished for the stubbornness that led to the destruction of each Temple?... Read Full Post

Tu B'Shvat Activities for Kids

One of four new years festivals in the Jewish calendar, Tu B'Shvat is a celebration of the trees. On this holiday, Jews take part in special seder meals and eat special foods grown on trees like olives, figs, grapes, honey, carob, and pomegranates. Show More Summary

What Is the Behemoth?

Though Halloween isn't a Jewish holiday, with all the spooky fun going on in October now seems the perfect time to learn about Jewish mythical beasts and superstitions. First up: the Behemoth.... Read Full Post

Halloween: To Celebrate Or Not to Celebrate?

It's October and as far as emails in my inbox go, that always means one thing: lots of questions about Halloween and whether or not it is OK for Jews to celebrate the holiday. :)... Read Full Post

Simchat Torah 2012

Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. During the year, a specific portion of the Torah is read every week and on Simchat Torah the final portion is completed with the last verses of Deuteronomy. Directly afterwards, we read the first few lines of Genesis and begin the reading cycle again.... Read Full Post

Why Do We Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot?

There are three major traditions associated with the celebration of Sukkot: building a sukkah, eating in the sukkah and waving the lulav and etrog. The lulav and etrog are actually four different kinds of plants (called the "Four Kinds" or "Four Species") that are brought together and waved while reciting blessings. Show More Summary

Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert Einstein was a German-born Jewish theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. His contributions to science revolutionized our understanding of physics and the universe. During his prolific career Einstein also shared his thoughts on everything from the nature of understanding to the importance of curiosity. Show More Summary

How to Build a Sukkah for Sukkot

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur may be behind us, but that doesn't mean the holiday season is over. A mere four days after Yom Kippur comes Sukkot, an eight-day harvest festival also known as "The Feast of Tabernacles."... Read Full Po...

Have An Easy Fast

Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and begins today at sundown. Also known as "The Day of Atonement," during this holiday Jews focus on teshuvah (repentance), prayer and fasting. The purpose of these actions - all of which are viewed in a joyous light - is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God.... Read Full Post

How to Prepare for the Yom Kippur Fast

If you haven't started preparing for the Yom Kippur fast yet, there's still time. From cutting back on caffeine and focusing on complex carbs, to preparing a balanced seudat mafseket (final meal before the fast), taking steps to prep your body for a period without food and water can enhance your ability to focus on the spiritual effects of fasting.... Read Full Post

The Meaning of Kol Nidre on Yom Kippur

Kol Nidre is an ancient legal formulation that means "All Vows." During its recitation a person asks God to annul any promises that may have been unintentionally made to God (not to other people) during the preceding year. Over the centuries...Show More Summary

L'Shanah Tovah

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sundown and if you're wondering how to wish fellow Jews and Jewish friends a "Happy New Year," here's the answer: "L'Shanah Tovah." L'Shanah Tovah literally means "For a Good Year."... Read Full Post

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