Judaism

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

 MY ROLE is that of a fellow thinker.

The importance of teaching in Judaism

The Yizkor prayer is seen in a siddur.

Why do we say the Yizkor prayer?

PUTTING UP sukkot in Mea She'arim on October 2.

Sukkot: The sukkah – God’s embrace

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
A BOY looks out through a window of a sukkah in Ashdod

Sukkot, and the lesson of reaching out to help others

 RABBI MARK WILDES (right) with his son (left) and comedian Elon Gold.

The 40-day challenge: A Q&A with Rabbi Mark Wildes

By PENINA HOROWITZ
 BRITISH CHIEF rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is honored at the 2016 Templeton Prize ceremony. Most of the translation was completed by Sacks, though an esteemed committee finished portions after his passing.

Rabbi Sacks's Jewish Hebrew-English Bible for the 21st century

By MARTIN LOCKSHIN
 RABBI YEHUDA MATUSOF holds his eight-day-old grandson during a circumcision ceremony in Brussels. The book discusses circumcision and a wide variety of other practices and attitudes toward the Jewish body.

Examining Jewish bodies

 SHOPPING AT the Arba Minim market in Tel Aviv.

Sukkot miracles that saved us

 A SUKKAH transports us back to the house we built for God.

Sukkot: Divine providence during a 'random' epidemic

By MOSHE TARAGIN
EXALTING IN Sukkot at the Western Wall

Sukkot: What you need to know about the week-long holiday

 India's Bnei Menashe celebrate Sukkot

India's Bnei Menashe Jews to celebrate Sukkot

Shabbat candles

Sukkot candle-lighting times for Israel and US

MK MOSHE GAFNI is removed from the Knesset plenum by a security guard earlier this week.

Yom Kippur was a missed opportunity for MKs to make amends - opinion

 Zabulon Simantov, an Afghan Jew, prays at a Jewish cemetery in Kabul November 5, 2013. In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country. He has become something of a celebrity over the years and his rivalry with the next-to-last Jew, who died in 2005, inspired a play.

Afghan's last Jew signs divorce papers without a Jewish witness - report

 Sabbatai Zevi (illustration).

On This Day: 345 years since death of Jewish apostate Shabtai Zvi

Shabbat candles

Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv.

Yom Kippur: What you need to know about the holiest day in Judaism

Shabbat candles

Yom Kippur candle-lighting times for Israel and US

 Kibbutz Tirat Zvi, in the Bet Shean valley. August 05, 2019.

Yom Kippur: Embracing a day of reinvention

By MATAN PELED
 Orthodox Jews pray outside, as they keep a distance of 2 meters, as required by the restrictions to prevent the spread of the Covid-virus.  September 27, 2020.

COVID is an unprecedented way for Jews to connect to God

By SCOT A. BERMAN
 Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur act as an anchor for the Jewish people.

Here's how Yom Kippur is the holiest 'meeting' of the year

By MICHAEL FRIEDMAN
 A hand putting a note into cracks in the Western Wall.

Finding national inspiration in history and tradition

By KENNETH BRANDER
 Women at the Western Wall.

Understanding the Ten Martyrs

By RABBI YOSEF ZVI RIMON
 Moses was a leader with humility, which is what we should be looking for today.

Yom Kippur poem Hineni examines the power of humility

 HAS THE Torah reader fulfilled the Shema requirement even without intent?

In Jewish law, are commandments about intent or performance?

By LEVI COOPER
 An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy carries palm branches during preparations for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood September 24, 2015.

The PTSD holiday: Sukkot

A manuscript of Romaniote piyyutim (liturgical poems), 1853

Parashat Ha'azinu: Poem of a nation shaping its land

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
 CONSTRUCTING THE sukkah.

Sukkot in Israel is unlike Sukkot anywhere else

By DAVID GEFFEN
ARTIST BARUCH NACHSHON painting in his studio.

Israeli artist, mystic Baruch Nachshon dies at 82

 A DEPICTION OF Hagar and Ishmael being saved by an angel, by Benjamin West (1738–1820).

High Holy Days: Tears, prayer, agency and redemption

By ZEHAVIT GROSS
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