Oldest monotheistic religion, originating in Mideast more than 3,000 years ago with patriarch Abraham. Leading strains of Judaism include Conservative, Orthodox and Reform. Jews have Old Testament as their holy book. There are some 14 million Jews in the world, mainly in US and Israel.
In biblical times, Shavuot was primarily an agricultural celebration.
If the sages considered the Ten Commandments so important, why did they eliminate them from the daily prayers?
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the entire world. Can we suggest a particularly Jewish angle to this pandemic?
Many Jews around the world have the tradition to eat dairy for at least one of the meals on the holiday of Shavuot.
Leaders in the community have long been stressing the difference between Judaism and Zionism in order to distance themselves from Israel and prevent Iranian Jews from being considered pariahs.
Simply put, there is nothing good about the virus. It's a silent, vile, deadly killer. It's ripped loved ones from families, torn apart communities, made ordinary citizens suspicious of each other.
One of our happiest occasions, usually attended by every family member and friend who can make it, was being held with just six adults, all donning protective masks.
"Tekhelet has been a symbol of Jewish identity for thousands of years, and it is no coincidence that it was chosen to represent the State of Israel on its flag."
A 2013 study found that more than a third of American Jews have attended Jewish overnight camp. In many cases, children attend the same camps as their parents.
In total, the organization is reducing its workforce by 10%. JDC is also drawing $5 million from its $170 million endowment and imposing salary freezes until the end of 2021.