Judaism

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

IF THE woman in question is guilty, the bitter waters will have an effect on her body.
Trial by ordeal: The ritual used to test women accused of adultery

While the husband has all of the power and none of the responsibility, it is possible to see the ritual as having a positive effect for women.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
27/05/2020
AN AMERICAN synagogue sanctuary adorned with greenery in honor of Shavuot.
Shavuot 5780: A holiday of process

Every day, we decide if we are receiving the Torah and adopting the worldview and lifestyle it proposes.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
27/05/2020
‘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?

THE MISHNA describes people presenting their first fruits with the fanfare of a majestic parade thro
Israel and the Diaspora share a new song for Shavuot

This active opportunity to learn Torah and ask questions is the essence of what receiving the Torah is about.

By ILANA FODIMAN-SILVERMAN
27/05/2020
The state of conversion in Israel

The Conversion Authority is reluctant to perform conversions.

By SHERYL ABBEY
27/05/2020
YAEL BELENKY, manager at Giyur K’Halacha
The Giyur K’Halacha option

Giyur K’Halacha has become Israel’s leading alternative conversion court network.

By SHERYL ABBEY
27/05/2020
FORMER JEWISH Agency chairmain Natan Sharansky speaks at an ITIM Annual Conversion Conference with R
In Ruth’s footsteps: Israeli converts tell their stories

The Magazine and Giyur K’Halacha, Israel’s leading nongovernmental conversion court, present personal stories of Israelis who have recently converted to Judaism.

By SHERYL ABBEY
27/05/2020
Rabbi Wintroub's letter to Rabbi Kook, 1929.
1929 letter to Rabbi Kook over Jewish ownership of Western Wall discovered

"For my great astonishment I do not have the power to elaborate as I just learned the wall is to be registered as the Arabs' property due to the fear the government would carry out pogroms."

By LEON SVERDLOV
22/05/2020
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22/05/2020
THE MANAGEMENT team at Anchor Steel and Conveyor Company, 1965
The takeover of the Levites and emergence of a Jewish elite

As he planted the seeds for a new anchor of Judaism – Zionism, Herzl recognized the importance of having an elite.

21/05/2020
THE POWER of tzitzit: A haredi man gets dressed after immersing in a mikveh  near a water spring in
Parashat Bamidbar: The book of the holy nation

The commandment of tzitzit is for every Jew, and it teaches us that every Jew is part of a framework of identity and belonging, with a purpose and a role.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
21/05/2020
WOMEN PRAY at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood
May a woman be a leader in the Orthodox Jewish community?

“I fully believe that the Halacha [Jewish law] has to respond actively and positively to the burning challenges of the times, and, in our days, high on these priorities is the status of women."

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/05/2020
‘IT IS the text that brought the people into being.’
Torah: The unavoidable and disturbing text

Reading the text requires the courage to confront oneself. It means standing in front of a mirror and asking oneself the daunting question of who we really are.

Shavuot in American history

By being confirmed on Shavuot, a teenager in the 1940s was receiving and accepting the Torah as one of the chosen people.

By DAVID GEFFEN
27/05/2020
Rabbi Victor H. Weissberg: A legacy of Jewish life

Weissberg’s life is a testament to his passion for learning Torah.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Jews keeping up with traditions despite coronavirus outbreak

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in one of his recent daily news briefings, “Normal is something that’s a long way off.”

By ILANA BELFER/ JTA
16/05/2020
Orthodox rabbis are increasingly split over safety of communal prayer

In April, as the governor of Texas began reopening the state, the rabbis banded together again, telling their congregants that they all would keep their synagogues closed.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
16/05/2020
Zoom Judaism helps us in crisis - Opinion

This moment offers the Jewish community an opportunity to reconnect with home Jewish practice.

By AVIGAYIL HALPERN/ JTA
16/05/2020
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15/05/2020
MEN OBSERVE social distance during a morning prayer in Meron on May 1.
Introducing Jewish Law live: Halachic discourse in time of coronavirus

While I remain very interested in these topics, the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the need for quick halachic answers to new types of questions that have emerged in this period.

By SHLOMO BRODY
14/05/2020
COLLECTING ONIONS in a field in the Judean Valley. The farmer must let his fields lay fallow during
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: Humility as a condition for Torah

Every seventh year, farmers in the Land of Israel must let their fields lie fallow and surrender the harvest to society – Jews and non-Jews – and even to animals.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
14/05/2020
Tovia Singer: Gospel channel targets vulnerable Jews in attempt to convert

While Singer said there is “nothing new about Evangelical fundamentalist Christians seeking to convert Jews to Christianity,” he noted that the method that GOD TV is using is “completely novel.”

By JEREMY SHARON , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/05/2020
An Orthodox Jewish man wears a mask while talking on a cellphone in the Orthodox Jewish community of
Minyanim in our community a dangerous violation of Jewish law - comment

As an Orthodox Jew and an ordained rabbi, I am fully aware that the Torah and CHAZAL/Rishonim/Achronim/Halacha mandate that we pray every day.

By RABBI HERSHEL BILLET/JTA
09/05/2020
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08/05/2020
After a year of trial-and-error, the Hebrews built a Tabernacle – so that God could dwell within the
Parashat Emor: A life of ‘kiddush Hashem’ – sanctifying the Name of God

What is missing in our earthly existence that is filled by the sacred?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
07/05/2020
AN EMBROIDERED hallah cover: ‘So it’s not proper to embarrass the inanimate bread, but your wife you
Do we worship Hashem or Halacha?

At the end of the day, as last week’s Torah portion proclaims, Hashem holds most dear the principle in which he packages His halachot and mitzvot: “And you shall live by them.”

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01/05/2020
Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Partnership, faith and humility

Man has the choice of being passive, enjoying the world as a guest, or being active and creative.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
30/04/2020
Then-Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper (right) looks at a Bible with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel
Who wrote the Bible?

Rabbi Prof. Joshua Berman tackles conflict between biblical criticism and traditional beliefs about the Bible’s authorship

By MARTIN LOCKSHIN
02/05/2020
Animal sacrifice in Judaism: From spiritual ecstasy to self-perfection

The main purpose of bringing a sacrifice is to clear ourselves of sin, exactly as Yom Kippur does for us today.

By JACOB DALLAL
30/04/2020
Animal sacrifice in Judaism: From spiritual ecstasy to self-perfection

The main purpose of bringing a sacrifice is to clear ourselves of sin, exactly as Yom Kippur does for us today.

By JACOB DALLAL
30/04/2020
Remembering the stories of Israel's military heroes on Independence Day

In the 222 pages of the paperback, Peter Bailey tells the fascinating and heroic stories of all 40 recipients of the Medal of Valor

27/04/2020
After 72 years, Israel's Declaration of Independence still stands

It is not easy for any society to maintain consistent adherence to the demands of its constitution.

By JANE BIRAN
27/04/2020
WILL THE bonds with the Diaspora break?
The 5 million members of the Palestinian Jewish Diaspora

Jews from Palestine – including my own father Harry – formed a Palestinian Jewish Diaspora in other parts of the world.

‘TODAY THE State of Israel’s identification with Jewish nationhood is under attack from all sides.’
What does ‘a Jewish state’ mean?

Should there be a separation between shul and state?

27/04/2020
Remembering why we are in Israel on the 72nd Independence Day

We found here a beautiful country, unique in the variety of its scenery and climate.

Remembering the surprising history of Israeliana

The uniqueness of Israeliana seems to be that it is the collection of material items produced by a society that may not have been wealthy, but had a powerful sense of ideology.

A murder-mystery story from the British Mandate era

The curious case of Major Farran’s Hat

27/04/2020
Our Common Destiny: The ties that bind Israel and the Diaspora

“Many people are deeply concerned that the challenges with which our people are wrestling today are leading to greater friction and division than ever before.”

The changing face and focus of Zionism 72 years after Israeli independence

As old connections to Judaism fade, Zionism is turning into a primary manner Diaspora Jews relate to their Judaism.

27/04/2020
Meet Naomi Stuchiner winner of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Stuchiner is a beacon of light in a world darkened by the coronavirus outbreak.

Meet Prof. Noam Vered, the 1st woman to win the Israel Prize for Talmud

As a child I felt that Talmud is a conversation that links people and creates joy and also has something different from everyday life, something higher and beautiful.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
27/04/2020
Rivlin's telediplomacy during the coronavirus pandemic

Rivlin says the coronavirus crisis ‘has made us feel more than ever that we are one family with a shared history, shared values and a shared destiny’

IDF intelligence’s constant eye on coronavirus and Iran

While the enemy may be different, “this is very similar to our usual work.”

The Israeli flag is displayed on the Tel Aviv municipality building on Rabin Square, as Israel celeb
Israel still stands strongly on 72nd Independence Day

It has not been easy, it has not been without pain and incredible sacrifice, but it has worked.

29/04/2020
Burial societies, funeral homes are busy. Cremation isn’t the answer.

Just as morgue workers will need to safely handle corpses of those victims who desire cremation, Jewish burial societies can efficiently and carefully bring our beloved to their final resting spots.

By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY/JTA
25/04/2020
'Final moments' prayer uploaded online for isolated coronavirus patients

The recorded prayer, fewer than ten minutes long, has since been played in a number of hospital rooms, allowing for patients, even among isolation, to have the prayer read to them.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/04/2020
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24/04/2020
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Iyar: Making days count‏

The month of Iyar is filled with rich ideas focusing on time, making time count and improving who we are.

By DEVORAH KUR
23/04/2020
Limited priestly blessing takes place during Passover at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, April 12, 2020
Is the coronavirus revolutionizing the way Jews pray?

The closure of synagogues in Israel, the US, in Europe and elsewhere has raised questions about alternative strategies including online prayer services and online Jewish education.

By YOEL COHEN
07/05/2020
A mikveh [ritual bath]
Our proximity to holiness requires our utmost caution

The strict barriers put up between impurity and holiness mean that throughout their lives, humans will invariably be barred from approaching God’s presence in the holiest of places.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
23/04/2020
LEPROSY, PLATE LXX from Prince Albert Morrow, 1889
Parashat Tazria-Metzora: What benefit is there to quarantine?

When we examine these Torah readings, we must start with a basic premise: These were not contagious illnesses, and the purification process did not include any acts that were hygienic or medical.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
24/04/2020
Kaddish
How the Kaddish prayer can bridge two worlds together

The Kaddish reminds us of all that is holy and eternal in our lives and in the lives of those that have passed on.

By ZALMAN EISENSTOCK
23/04/2020
Shacharit sevice takes place over Zoom
Synagogues are planning for a socially distanced High Holidays

American synagogues have been conducting services virtually — or not at all — for more than a month.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
22/04/2020
A Tango in Auschwitz - a song of optimism sung in the Nazi camps

“I’m still young, I want to live”; even in their darkest hour, the prisoners of the Nazi camps wrote songs of hope.

By AMIT NAOR / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
20/04/2020
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17/04/2020
After a year of trial-and-error, the Hebrews built a Tabernacle – so that God could dwell within the
Inauguration of the Tabernacle first step in evolution of Judaism

THE INAUGURATION of the State of Israel on the fifth of Iyar is akin to the inauguration of the Tabernacle on the first of Nissan – the beginning of a new era of Judaism.

20/04/2020
THIS IS a good time for strengthening deep family relationships: Gedalyahu family, 1948, Petah Tikva
Parashat Shmini: Clarity and lucidity of a spiritual leader

Clarity, lucidity of thought, and decisiveness are necessary to be able to distinguish between the sacred and the profane.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
16/04/2020
Prayer at the Western Wall, Jerusalem
Praying for everybody during coronavirus, Jews and non-Jews

How can we daven to God with language that is so ‘narrowly focused’ when the clear agenda of our tefillot is global?

By MOSHE TARAGIN
16/04/2020
Cantor Israel Nachman
Cantor- the messenger of prayers: Israel Nachman on the joys of hazzanut

Today, Nachman serves as cantor at the Tel Aviv International Synagogue (TAIS-Temple Beth El) and is well-recognized for his talents, having given concerts all over Europe.

By BASIA MONKA
16/04/2020
THE BOSKOVICE Torah scroll resides today in Congregation Brith Sholom in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Torah scroll of Boskovice finds a new home in Pennsylvania

In 1899, when the Torah scroll had already reached the venerable age of 85, it may have been read during the bar mitzvah of my father, Nathan Ticho.

By CHARLES TICHO
16/04/2020
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14/04/2020
‘Serenade for Nadia’: Can people live without knowing their past?

Why is it so important to face and embrace the past when it is filled with atrocities and pain? This is one of the main questions of the book.

By HILLA PALMON
15/04/2020
Making sense of Passover (from a non-Jewish point of view)

The Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz described Jewish practices in ways that made sense to me.

By TERRANCE MINTNER
14/04/2020
Sea at sunset
Counting my COVID-19 blessings

The key to survival right now (besides social-distancing and handwashing) is to ensure that the positive thoughts overwhelm the negative.

By KEN GRUBER
13/04/2020
The Art of Saying Todah

We frequently lack a sense of gratitude because we lack a proper sense of perspective.

Olim standing together in the fight against coronavirus

What are aliyah organizations doing to help and how are olim coping?

Part the Red Sea and pass the matzah: Passover on screen

A guide to some depictions of Passover on the big and small screen

A Giant Dream (Howard Fox)
A tourist in Utopia – The bizarre realist art of Howard Fox

A painter of cities since the age of nine, Howard Fox combines Jewish art with a deep fascination with the realistic art tradition.

Prayers, amulets and spells to ward off plagues

The sages of Safed created amulets, the Jews of Italy wrote prayers and other Jews warned of less conventional plagues.

By CHEN MALUL/ NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
14/04/2020
Pesach concert online
Coronavirus Passover concerts expecting big crowds - online

The intermediate days of Passover are usually some of the most fun-filled times of the year in Israel, but this year, the music is online.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/04/2020
The Virtual Minyanim Website
A guide to finding a minyan online during coronavirus

As a community service, The Jerusalem Post has organized some of the options available online for easy access.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/04/2020
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10/04/2020
The Fellowship is committing to help an additional 15,000 elderly aged 75 and above with packages of
Corona Passover: Kindness prevails

This year, with COVID-19 front and center, acts of kindness and charity have helped countless people get ready for the holiday, while under lockdown.

By AARON KATSMAN
10/04/2020
Seder, alone

Well, that was odd.

09/04/2020
The Passover Haggadah has always been a source of light in Jewish history

This is going to be a Pesach like no other.

By RABBI WARREN GOLDSTEIN
09/04/2020
Parsha Shevi’i shel Pesach: Last day of Passover

The nation left Egypt the next morning, and for six days it wandered through the Sinai desert until it reached the shores of the Red Sea.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
09/04/2020
Happy Passover to Ilan Chaim

Over his career, Chaim has written hundreds of op-eds on political and societal issues as one of The Jerusalem Post’s lead editorial writers.

Sing a song of Seder for Passover

I am grateful for my amazing family, near and far, who are handling this crisis with courage and creativity.

Coronavirus Passover Seder calculations

My cancer is no longer in remission and past treatments have left my white blood count so depressed that if I came down with COVID-19 I might not make it.

09/04/2020
A Passover short story: This tradition thing

“This is the way my mother did it, and her mother did it, and one day you’ll do it for your kids, too.”

The poor man’s Passover prayer

Many things, this year. All over the Jewish world, people will be celebrating a very different Passover under the shadow of the current plague.

By GILA FINE
09/04/2020
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08/04/2020
Coronavirus: Observing Passover in the time of the 11th plague

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jews everywhere find new ways to celebrate the biblical holiday

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
08/04/2020
The poor man’s Passover prayer
The poor man’s Passover prayer

This year, as we sit down to our incomplete Seder tables, celebrate our imperfect Passovers, let us hold fast to the words of Kol Hamira.

By GILA FINE
08/04/2020
Could coronavirus generate increased dynamism in Jewish law post-outbreak?

There is no doubt that these unique times have generated some unique rulings because of the exceptional time we are living through.

Holocaust-era Passover artifacts, images in new online Yad Vashem exhibit

Passover haggadah, matzah covers, and photos from Nazi occupied Europe of Jews fulfilling religious obligations of Passover holiday despite the intense hardship and difficulties.

Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky: Despite coronavirus, Jews are connected

Ahead of the Jewish people’s first “coronavirus Passover,” the legendary hero shares a message of hope

A peek behind the curtain

With the spread of coronavirus inducing worldwide panic, the public is starved for information more than ever; ‘Post’ editors reveal how they’re providing this essential service.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
A still from the film showing Moses leading his people out of Egypt.
The need for another timeless tale

The 1998 animated film the Prince of Egypt tells the story of the Children of Israel’s leap of faith as they escaped bondage.

06/04/2020
Footprints in the sand
Exile and Redemption

The story is about a process that contains both Exile and Redemption at every moment.

06/04/2020
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