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PRAYING DURING the priestly blessing at the Kotel, Sukkot 2018.

The Golden Calf Sin: How did it really happen?

Marc Chagall’s ‘Moses Beholds All the Work,’ from The Story of Exodus (1966)

Parashat Ki Tisa: Why break the tablets?

'The adoration of the Golden Calf’ by Nicolas Poussin

Parashat Ki Tisa: Sin, compassion and leadership

Leading ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky offered his followers personal blessings on Monday in return for receiving their coronavirus vaccinations.

Get the vaccine, get a blessing from the Rabbi Kanievsky

By HADASSAH BRENNER
A painting of Queen Esther by Edwin Long, 1878, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Parashat Tetzaveh: Character, clothing and masks

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Queen Esther's real name was Hadassah but when she became Queen, she was called Esther: the Persian name for Venus.

Purim: Commemorate Me for Future Generations

By RABBI YECHIEL WASSERMAN
‘NO, IN the Afterlife there are no halos or angels sitting on clouds playing a harp.’

Judaism and the afterlife: 'The truth has been hidden'

Puppets of Mordechai and Hitler made by Nechama Mayer-Hirsch in 1951.

Amsterdam museum's 'Haman as Hitler' Purim dolls have a storied tradition

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Rabbi David Rosman reads the Megillah on Purim while live-streaming to US Army troops stationed in Kuwait, Feb. 25, 2021.

Jerusalem Yeshiva live-streams Megillah reading to US troops in Kuwait

'Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther' by Rembrandt, 1660, at Moscow's Pushkin Museum

Queen Esther helped me become the hero of my own Persian Jewish story

By AYLIN SEDIGHI-GABBAIZADEH/JTA
A hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther

COVID-19 Purim: Tel Aviv Great Synagogue to livestream Megillah reading

Reading Megillat Esther in Gush Etzion, 2020

Megillah reading goes loud – or virtual – amid COVID pandemic

By SHLOMO BRODY
Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18, is read on February 13, Illustrative photo

Parashat Mishpatim: Optimism and pessimism square off

The first verse in Genesis teaches us we must not destroy the world, but preserve it.

What does the Bible say on the preservation of the environment?

By MIRIAM KATES LOCK
Crowding into a sealed room during the Gulf War, 1991.

Purim miracles: From Saddam to corona and beyond

Hanging a Haman doll in Jerusalem's Mea She'arim neighborhood

Purim’s Haman: Sometimes our enemies get it right

Peggy Cidor as a young Queen Esther in Tunisia

Purim in Tunisia: The sweet taste of being with family

"I'm confused. Who is on the line?"

Purim Shpiel: Sour grapesvine

By GREYER FATE CASHEW
A Jewish father and his children wearing their Purim costumes, in this case, inspired by the fictional character of Superman

This week in Jerusalem – A r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ ̶u̶p shpiel of city affairs

PASSING UP this signature Purim meal a year into the pandemic is painful.

How I fell in love with Purim in Israel

Making merry at a school Purim party in years past

Purim is a time of giving: Some memories to get by

Street performers will add a splash or two of color to the city streets

Purim parties kick off throughout Jerusalem in city-wide celebration

JPost celebrates Purim

The Jerusalem Post weighs in on this year’s very different celebrations

Hamantaschen from Jerusalem's Marzipan bakery

What is the Jewish holiday with the unhealthiest food?

By MAYA ROSMAN/103FM
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HAREDIM RALLY against coronavirus restrictions in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood on February 9.

A rabbi’s open letter to his haredi brethren

By AHARON E. WEXLER
mishkan tabernacle 311

Parashat Terumah: Making space

MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON, the beloved Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Parashat Terumah: Who wants imperfect deeds?

THE WRITER at Key Gate, the major entrance to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Purim: Looking back and looking forward

By DAVID GEFFEN
Queen Esther's real name was Hadassah but when she became Queen, she was called Esther: the Persian name for Venus.

Purim: Queen Esther has inspired artists through the ages

Stones placed in remembrance lie on grave tablets on the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetary as the sun sets in Jerusalem

Jewish gravestones found in Germany dating back to 11th Century

Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18, is read on February 13, Illustrative photo

Mishpatim: A continuum of doing and listening

YA’QUB IBN YUSUF, Jewish Sufi, at the First Station: Holding the door open for spiritual seekers in Jerusalem for 23 years.

Olam Qatan: Bridging Jewish, Sufi spiritual beliefs

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TITLE PAGE of the Posen ‘Pinkas’ that includes Rabbi Akiva Eger’s Kaddish enactment.

How pandemics in Jewish history shaped mourners' Kaddish

By LEVI COOPER
An illustration of a unicorn in the 14th century Duke of Sussex Bible, held in the British Library

Parashat Mishpatim: The soul and the law

YEMENITE TORAH scrolls

Parashat Mishpatim: A thief's dignity

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Osnat Barzani in "Osnat and her Dove"

Telling the forgotten story of Osnat Barzani, first female rabbi

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
A kippah and a pile of documents.

Time running out in race to preserve endangered Jewish languages

By SARAH BUNIN BENOR/JTA
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ABARBANEL SUGGESTS that Moses was reluctant to take any personal time offa

Parashat Yitro: The coming of Jethro

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
MOSES WITH the Ten Commandments is depicted in this 1659 painting by Rembrandt

Parashat Yitro: Can you forbid wanting?

MOSES ON Mount Sinai as depicted by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1895.

Parashat Yitro: What preceded the receiving of the Torah?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
ELIJAH, A prophet and a miracle worker; fresco from the Gracanica Monastery

Elijah the Prophet - unmasking open miracles

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
BIRDS FLY near factory emissions n Tangshan, China, in 2016. Waskow emphasizes the importance of using religion to fight climate change

Arthur Waskow wants Judaism to deal with climate change, tech challenges

By AARON LEIBEL
The Hebrew priestess movement aims to center womens’ voices

The Hebrew priestess movement aims to center womens’ voices

By ESTHER D. KUSTANOWITZ/JTA
Binding of the Vilna Gaon’s Tanach

Vilna Gaon's Tanach binding discovered in Jerusalem

Herzl immortalized in Dimona, Israel

The essence of the Exodus- From Egypt and from Europe

Exodus from Egypt (Edward Poynter)

Parashat Beshalach - What do you carry?

THE STORY ends with the familiar Parting of the Red Sea

Parashat Beshalach - Exodus from slavery to song

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Birya forest

Post chooses new logo for Tu BiShvat

JNF-USA forest in Rosh Ha'Ayin

Tu BiShvat: Vote for JPost's.com new 'tree logo'

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Taking it slow

Parashat Bo: Time after time

By MOSHE TARAGIN
IN THEORY, there should be precedents to guide our ritual response to such medical breakthroughs.

Are there blessings for receiving the coronavirus vaccine?

By SHLOMO BRODY
A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016

Parashat Bo: Multiple meanings of matzah

Exodus from Egypt (Edward Poynter)

Parashat Bo: Being ‘on the job’

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
RUDY’S VEGAN Butcher shop in London puts a new spin on meat.

Let them eat (eggless) cake: Connecting vegan ideals with Judaism

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
WITH SHVAT, nature rouses itself.

Tu Bishvat: Happy new year! (That is, if you’re a tree!)

Micha Goodman Identity Crisis

Why are secular Israelis obsessed with traditional Judaism?

By IDENTITY CRISIS/JTA
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Coffin of philanthropist Sheldon Adelson arrived in Israel

ALMOND TREES blossom on the Golan Heights

Tu Bishvat - The holiday that deserves an upgrade

By BARRY NEWMAN
THE FAMOUS Egyptian pyramids are a perfect example of ancient Egypt’s power and spiritual decay

Parashat Va'era: When power meets empathy

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, US, January 6, 2021

Just A Thought: The Capitol and holiness

By AHARON WEXLER
‘MOSES WITH the Ten Commandments,’ Philippe de Champaigne, 1648: Why not read them every day?

Parashat Va'era: Despair and destinations

A J Street panel meeting

Progressive Jewish groups oppose codification of IHRA antisemitism definition

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara meet with heads of the London Jewish community in 2017. Rabbi Louis Jacobs was one of England’s leading rabbis.

Controversial UK rabbi explored, analyzed in new book

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THE PARTING of the Red Sea during the Jewish nation’s escape from Egypt, an illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company

Parashat Shemot: What makes a hero?

Pregnant woman (Illustrative)

Imeinu Doulas: Providing spiritual support to prospective, new Jewish mothers

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
A DRAWING OF Nicholas I of Russia quelling a riot on the Sennaya Square in 1831 during civil disturbances associated with an outbreak of the cholera epidemic.

Judaism advises us to follow the doctors

By LEVI COOPER
‘MOSES WITH the Ten Commandments,’ Philippe de Champaigne, 1648: Why not read them every day?

Parashat Shemot: An unglamorous leader

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
Igor Litvin, right, started a Torah-based ecology club in Minsk, Belarus. Participants meet every so often to discuss an environmental dilemma and what Judaism has to say about it. (Dmitry Zemetkov)

With new clubs, Russian-speaking Jews bolster unique Jewish identity

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
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COLORING AS meditation.

Learning Kabbalah through coloring books

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
SERAH SERVES as a bridge connecting past promises to present and future events.

Serah Bat Asher: The one who remembers

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.

Parashat Vayechi: An unsung Torah hero

YEMENITE TORAH scrolls

Parashat Vayechi: Different but complementary

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
VEILED THEN-DEPUTY Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely stands with husband-to-be Or Alon at their 2013 wedding. Lester’s tome discusses the symbolism of the veil and other aspects of nuptial ceremonies.

Significance of Jewish wedding ceremonies analyzed in new book

By ROSS SINGER
A yolka tree in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (Yelena VereshchakaTASS via Getty Images)

For former Soviet Union Jews, NYE always involves a Christmas-style tree

By ASHLEY ZLATOPOLSKY/JTA
Jamie Foxx voices the main character in Pixar's "Soul." (Screen shot from YouTube)

How Pixar’s ‘Soul’ borrows from an ancient Jewish idea

By RABBI BENJAMIN RESNICK
SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: COVID-19 vaccine mandatory according to Jewish Law

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Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin and his wife, Chana, started a groundbreaking program for Orthodox women to answer questions of Jewish law.

Rabbi Herzl Henkin, pioneer of women’s leadership in Orthodoxy, dies

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
UNDER HIS vine: View of a field used for growing vines in the Judean Mountains outside Jerusalem.

Did the biblical Jacob purchase Jerusalem, or another city?

BROVENDER METHOD: Rosh Yeshiva and ATID president Rabbi Chaim Brovender.

WebYeshiva: Offering free online Torah education long before COVID-19

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
THE FLIGHT of the Prisoners, c. 1896-1902 – exile, concluded AB Yehoshua, is ‘in the molecules and atoms’ that form Jewish identity.

Parashat Vayigash: Exile as a moral foundation

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
YEMENITE TORAH scrolls

Parashat Vayigash: Unmasking

UNITED TORAH Judaism MK Moshe Gafni walks with Or Yehuda Mayor Liat Shohat during a tour at the Independent Education School of Science and Judaism in her city. The book explores how Judaism can still make sense in modern times.

Computer scientist explains and challenges religion in new book

By ZE’EV MAGHEN
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by David Roberts 1850

Asara B'Tevet, the siege of Jerusalem: Fast start and end times

A MAN receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Meuhedet vaccination center in Jerusalem on Monday.

What blessing should you say when you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
A giant menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg gate to celebrate Hanukkah in Berlin December 16, 2014

Many Jews refrain from learning Torah Christmas Eve, call it Nittel Nacht

By HANNAH LEBOVITS/JTA
Some 15,000 people take in Acheinu's Day of Jewish Unity at the Western Wall in 2017.

Parashat Vayigash: Can we save the unity of the Jewish people?

219 new olim from Ethiopia arrive in Israel

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef

Sephardi Chief Rabbi to visit UAE Jewish community, inaugurate new school

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