Judaism

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.
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Shavuot: The architecture of a Jewish holiday

Months and years are dependent on the stars in their courses; a week is fashioned out of our own labors. In the Biblical context this has an added significance.

By MORDECHAI BECK
12/05/2021

Indifference, hatred are symptoms of madness gripping the world - opinion

There is a way to argue that is civil and humble. Sadly, it is too often abandoned or ignored because each side thinks that it is the arbiter of truth and the other is the enemy

By PAUL SOCKEN
12/05/2021
MICHAEL, ORLY and their two sons recite the Shema prayer before a Giyur K’Halacha conversion court.

My converts to Judaism should feel Jewish - opinion

Judaism was never static in its self-understanding of the nature of God or God’s relationship to the Jewish people.

By ELIE KAPLAN SPITZ
06/05/2021
Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in his office

Ohr Torah Stone launches pre-Shavuot learnathon named after Rabbi Riskin

In addition to marking Riskin's birthday, the learnathon also comes ahead of the Shavuot holiday, when it is customary for Jews to stay up all night studying Torah.

Parashat Behar-Behukotai: The power of ‘if’

The more we explore “if” the more lightning we find in the word.

06/05/2021

Parashat Behar-Behukotai: An answer of once in a half-century

In the agricultural context in which the Torah was received, land was the main source of income, and owning a lot of land was a source of wealth.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
06/05/2021

Where did the Red Sea split? Diagnosing biblical geography’s meaning

The answer can be found in Places in the Parasha – Biblical Geography and its Meaning, a fascinating book by Prof. Yoel Elitzur.

Kariv condemns Orthodox monopoly over religious life in maiden speech

First Reform rabbi to serve as MK says rights of ‘millions of Israelis’ violated by monopoly of Chief Rabbinate, says he will speak for Diaspora Jews in Knesset.

Women must respond to Meron disaster with more modesty - Kanievsky

In first comments regarding the death of 45 people during the Lag Ba’Omer celebrations, the leading haredi rabbi said the disaster was “a decree from Heaven” the reasons for that cannot be known.

The ultimate question after the Mount Meron tragedy: Why? - opinion

Many are calling for a full government investigation into what exactly caused the incident. Others are answering the question by looking inward in spiritual reflection.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
03/05/2021
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