Judaism

Everything you need to know about Judaism and being Jewish: the weekly Torah portion, Jewish holidays, Jewish rituals and more.

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at Lambeth Palace in 2001 after being honored as a doctor of divinity in recognition of his leadership in the Jewish community and his contribution to inter-faith relations
A salute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks – a light unto his nation
The book cover
Penetrating the depths of the words of Genesis
By Rivkah Lambert Adler
JPost reader Tu Bishvat photos
Vayishlach: The tree of tears
By DAVID WOLPE
Peter Paul Rubens, The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau, 1624
Two names, two spiritual attitudes
A BROADSHEET warns of cholera symptoms and recommends remedies; London, 1831.
An amulet to cure a pandemic
By LEVI COOPER
Crispy, fried and perfect latkes
Hanukkah latkes - watch how to make the perfect ones
By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
TIBERIAS GREAT Synagogue
So many synagogues: Tiberias
By JACOB SOLOMON
People are see gathering at a Beit BINA event.
Israeli secular movement BINA to open centers across Israel
Jacob and Rachel by William Dyce (1853)
Parashat Vayetzeh: Someone hears your crying
Thanksgiving reminds us of the enduring power of Judaism to enrich the human condition.
Parashat Vayetzeh: Serving religion for Thanksgiving
By MOSHE TARAGIN
Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US
Eliezer Melamed: Our intention is not to make them religious, but, rather, to fight assimilation and strengthen Jewish identity.
Religious Zionists' attitude toward non-Orthodox is slowly evolving
'Two sisters,' Finnish National Gallery
The twinned relationship of Leah and Rachel
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
Rachel and Leah 88 248
Parashat Vayetzeh: Transformation
By DAVID WOLPE
‘HAVING CHOSEN God, the Torah is God’s response to us.’ Pictured: The Yanov Torah, rescued from the Holocaust.
40,000 participate in Daf Yomi via OU app
Deaf and hard of hearing students celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs over Zoom amid coronavirus pandemic.
74 bar and bat mitzvahs for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth held over Zoom
Shabbat candles
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UGANDAN CHILDREN.
The exodus from Babel continues‏
Nir and Rita's wedding
Why shouldn’t a Jew intermarry?
JORDAN PETERSON: Psychology professor, rock star and considered by many to be this generation’s most important thinker.
Jordan Peterson turns to Genesis for lessons on civilization in peril
WHAT WE need now: Love in Tel Aviv.
Love and hate in the time of corona
Parashat Toldot: Courageous, conservative, or a survivor?
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Rabbi Eliezer Melamed
Senior religious-Zionist rabbis denounce contact with Reform leaders
Shabbat candles
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COLORFUL UMBRELLAS with ‘dancing feet’ adorn the the Suzanne Dellal Center plaza, in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek in 2018
How can we keep dry on a winter Shabbat at outdoor prayer services?
By SHLOMO BRODY
Lord Jonathan Sacks, theologian, author, and former Chief Rabbi of the UK.
Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, of blessed memory - Memorial
Eating and drinking, illustrative
Parashat Chayei Sarah: Avraham Avinu’s wonderful death
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Illustration from a mid-15th century manuscript depicting a Pelican piercing its own breast so that its young may drink from its blood.
Are bloodsucking pelicans a Dutch Jewish symbol?
By DIKLAH ZOHAR
Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: 'His output was astonishing and we were the beneficiaries.'
Remembering Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
By GIDEON SYLVESTER
Learning Space
Thousands sign up with Partners in Torah for Shabbat Project
Israeli vegan food
Vegan Kosher: New label on offer uniting two major food trends
Shabbat candles
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'Limited' priestly blessing at the Western Wall
The exodus from Israel
By SHOSHANA TITA
Film festival (Illustrative)
6 Jewish-themed films to watch through this year’s DOC NYC festival
By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
Rabbi Sacks' soul-nourishing book on the parsha
By DEBBIE SANDLER
Jewish worshipers perform the ‘tashlich’ ceremony, whereby they symbolically cast away their sins, in Tel Aviv
Yom Kippur under corona
By BASIL PORTER
THE KABBALISTIC Tree of Life, with the names of the 10 sefirot and 22 paths.
On Kabbalah and Modern Orthodoxy
By AHARON E. WEXLER
ABRAHAM WAITED at the entrance of the tent for an opportunity to do hessed.
Parashat Vayera: Divine revelation vs others’ needs‏
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
A challah bake in Tel Aviv celebrates Shabbat with The Shabbat Project
Shabbat project promotes ‘Bring Shabbat Home’ amid coronavirus pandemic
Rabbi Yakov Nagen on a visit with a neighbor in the Hebron hills
Ohr Torah Stone launches interfaith dialogue initiative
The spectacular Abu Dhabi skyline
The Abrahamic House in Abu Dhabi will foster interfaith reconciliation
Shannon Nuezen: I wanted to learn the truth and beauty of Judaism
Shannon Nuszen: From missionary to observant Jew
This experience of direct divine revelation launched the exceptional religious history of the Jews
Are all religions valuable?
By MICHAEL TARAGIN
The two pairs of tefillin of the Ben Ish Hai.
Tefillin of famed author Ben Ish Hai to go on auction
The study of Tanach does not receive the time or attention it deserves in most Orthodox educational systems.
Three ways for Orthodoxy to improve
Sotheby jewelery auction
Sotheby's auctioning 18th-century Torah shield for $1 million
By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
josh reinstein canadian knesset 248.88
Adherents to Faith-Based Diplomacy See Political Boost for Israel
By THE MEDIA LINE
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See yourself as responsible for repairing the world: "Make this world better"
Parashat Lech Lecha: The responsible one
Tzipori Park (Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
What does the 'lech lecha' phrase mean?
By MICHAEL COHEN
David and Shlomo: A volunteer from Latet, and one of the Aid for Life beneficiaries
Improving the world means widening our circles of care
By DAVID WOLPE
President Reuven Rivlin surrounded by the signatories who convened at the President's Residence on Sunday, to sign an anti-racism pact initiated by Israelis Against Racism, February 2, 2020
We must work together to ensure our security
By DINA SIEGEL VANN
Participants carry Israeli flags at the 'Celebrate Israel'' parade along Fifth Avenue in New York City in 2017
Strong Jewish identities will safeguard Israel's future
By DR. LAURA SHAW FRANK
A BINA participant teaches a child as part of the social action program
It's time to leave our differences aside and connect
A man holds up his cellphones to the Western Wall
Do I need to believe in God to be Jewish?
Satellite view of Israel and the Middle East
How is Judaism linked to the State of Israel?
THE JEWISH CALENDAR year that ended last week, 5780, featured unforgivable errors  that will take the country years to recover from.
Why do Jews Fast on Yom Kippur?
Brit mila
Why do Jews circumcise?
A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.
Why are the Jews called the people of the Book?
A SUGGESTION for the Seder: Leave an empty chair at the table for the person who cannot attend, but at the empty place setting, includes items they would have brought.
Why do Jews celebrate Passover?
A baby sits in front of an Israeli flag
What makes a person Jewish?
A HADIR Shabbat spread.
What is the reason for the Jewish dietary laws?
Amulet from 'Segulot u'refuot' (Charms and Cures); this manuscript is a compendium of remedies for all sorts of ailments.
Rabbi Akiva Eger had anti-plague amulets
By LEVI COOPER
Sun penetrating the clouds above the mountains near Chengdu, China. "It looks like Genesis to me," says Tomer
Do Jews believe in heaven?
Nadiv Schorer, right, married Ariel Meiri in 2020 with Orthodox rabbi Avram Mlotek officiating.
Small but growing number of Orthodox rabbis are officiating gay weddings
By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
Water flows furiously at Samach River during heavy rains, on the Golan Heights in January.
Parashat Noah: Two stories and one promise
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Albert Einstein
Judaism can provide the answer to our current crisis of leadership
By RABBI DR. RAPHAEL SHUCHAT
Over and over, the midrash recognises the equal potential for good.
Genesis reminds us that God chose to make humans despite their fallibility
By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
Green bonsai tree
New 'Eco Bible' explains what the Hebrew Bible says about ecology
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DAVID BREAKSTONE: The younger generation needs to understand Israel as work in progress with all its faults, but with aspirations to become a light unto the nations.
Word Zionist Congress to reframe and reclaim Zionist ideals in diaspora
Alain and his daughter, Leni, build a sukkah in Jerusalem before the week-long holiday celebrated in early October
On Sukkot, a sense of belonging and true resilience
By RONEN NEUWIRTH
KING FAISAL I at Versailles during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where he advocated for Zionism. The French expelled him from Syria in 1920.
The decades that transformed Judaism
A mural illustration from the book by Avi Katz
The vivid legend of Rabbi Ben Levi
At our core, we still possess majestic potential to affect our world and author history
Bereshit: Repairing Humpty Dumpty
By MOSHE TARAGIN
MOUNT EBAL.
Judaism confronts the modern intellect‏
By ALAN JOTKOWITZ
MAN WAS not created for himself
Parashat Bereishit: Different and together
First edition of King James Bible
Christianity deeply rooted in Judaism, new Bible translation claims
LGBT flag on Jerusalem's King George Street, July 31, 2018
Rabbi Lau releases guide for religious LGBTQ+ Jews: Not good to be alone
Christians at the annual Jerusalem March on Thurday, September 27th, 2018.
Virtual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, global prayer session takes place today
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RABBANIT SHANI TARAGIN and advanced halachic scholars at Matan this past summer.
Matan holds special Hoshana Raba night of live stream study - watch
RABBI REUVEN HAMMER
A year with the sages: Making the ancient relevant
By JACK RIEMER
Followers of the Belz Hassidic movement attend a wedding in Jerusalem.
Police investigate Belz hassidic community over coronavirus violations
‘HAVING CHOSEN God, the Torah is God’s response to us.’ Pictured: The Yanov Torah, rescued from the Holocaust.
Senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis call to reduce dancing on Simhat Torah
ON SIMHAT Torah, what blessing can be found in all this?
Simhat Torah and the lockdown’s legacy
ALLYSON GAIL SPENCER at age 7 with Aaron in the cotton fields of North Carolina.
From the backwoods to Israel’s Torah
We can only catch a glimpse of the book’s outer layer; otherwise, we get burned
Simhat Torah: The joy of mission impossible
IDF SOLDIERS celebrate the Torah, 2019.
Rejoicing with the Torah
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
YEMENITE TORAH scrolls
Simhat Torah in the corona age
By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY
SIMHAT TORAH smiles.
Expressing happiness on Simhat Torah in the US
By DAVID GEFFEN
THE VALUE of water: After the rain in a Golan Heights vineyard.
Simhat Torah: The joy of the Torah
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman praying at the Kotel on Monday, October 5, 2020.
Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall in the shadow of coronavirus
Shabbat candles
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HAREDIM ON a Jerusalem street. Leading rabbis are asking ‘Does the death toll justify shutting down communal life?’
Amid coronavirus, haredi leaders must choose lives or lifestyle
FRENCH EMPEROR Napoleon Bonaparte’s conquests form the backdrop to the novel.
An emancipated Jewess during the Napoleonic era
By MARTIN LOCKSHIN
BUILDING THE sukkah in Safed, 2019.
Sukkot of innocence and experience
By MOSHE TARAGIN
SHOPPING THE ‘arba minim’ market near the Jerusalem shuk in the lead-up to Succot 2019.
Sukkot: a time of joy and unity
By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
BLESSED RAIN falls in Tiberias in February.
Thoughts on Sukkot
By AHARON WEXLER
Jewish worshippers perform the Tashlich ceremony, whereby Jews symbolically cast away their sins ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, as Israel is set to tighten its second nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown amid a rise in infections season in Ashdod, Israel September 24
Yom Kippur - United individuals
By MENI EVEN-ISRAEL
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