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.

Shavuot: Time for renewal of covenant and unity

In biblical times, Shavuot was primarily an agricultural celebration.

‘MOSES WITH the Ten Commandments,’ Philippe de Champaigne, 1648: Why not read them every day?
Whatever happened to the Ten Commandments?

If the sages considered the Ten Commandments so important, why did they eliminate them from the daily prayers?

HALF A ton of matzah was flown from Israel to Ethiopia in time for Passover, distributed along with
COVID-19 and the Jewish question

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the entire world. Can we suggest a particularly Jewish angle to this pandemic?

A volunteer hugs Nir, a cow fitted with prosthetic leg at "Freedom Farm"
Demand for dairy products skyrockets leading up to Shavuot holiday

Many Jews around the world have the tradition to eat dairy for at least one of the meals on the holiday of Shavuot.

Iran's chief rabbi says Zionists 'do not represent Judaism'

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.

I hate the coronavirus – opinion

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.

Bris instruments
The balcony bris during the coronavirus pandemic

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.

Nentanyahu gives Pompeo Israeli flag made with traditional dye

"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."

How summer camp has become an American Jewish institution

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.

JDC aid organization lays off 53 staffers around the world

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.

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