Weddings & Marriage

Being a Guest at a Jewish Wedding: A Guide

From chuppah to glass-breaking, here's what to expect at Jewish nuptials.

Guide to Jewish Food Terms

Commonly used words and phrases for "noshers" and "fressers."

Jews and the African Slave Trade

Like many others, Jews participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but they by no means dominated it.

This Week's Torah Portion

Chukat

In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the red heifer. Miriam, who is the sister of Moses and Aaron, dies. Moses hits a rock to bring forth water rather than speaking to it. At the end of the portion, Aaron dies.

FULL SUMMARY

Parashat Chukat

Numbers 19:1 - 22:1

Judges 11:1 - 11:33

The Call of the Void

The famed red heifer is a key part of a biblical purification process. But why do we need laws to create a system of purity and impurity in the first place?

Videos @ MJL

The History of Yiddish

Yiddish originated in Germany, but was eventually spoken by Jews all over Europe.

What Is A Mikveh?

Whether you're dunking for conversion or for any other reason, here's what to expect at the ritual bath.

Who Was Anne Frank?

The story of the young diarist who became a symbol of the Holocaust.

Recipes

How to Make Cold Borscht

A smooth, pureed soup of beets garnished with mint and citrus.

Shabbat Chicken with Dried Fruit Recipe

This go-to chicken recipe, with a glossy and delicious sauce, is perfect for Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat.

The Best Jewish Cookbooks to Give as a Wedding Gift

From fresh Israeli cuisine to classic brisket, this list covers it all.

Quizzes

Kabbalah & Mysticism Quiz

How much do you know about this area of Jewish contemplation and spirituality?

Weddings Quiz

How much do you know about Jewish weddings?

Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

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