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Why Is Kiddush Said Over Wine?

A series of fascinating reasons culled from more than 2 millennia of Jewish scholarship.
Why Are Jews So Ethnocentric?

The problem with rabbis is you always talk about the Jewish future, Jewish continuity, Jews marrying Jews. What about the rest of humanity?
Parshah
Self-Made Holiness

The Torah discusses two categories of holy animals which must be offered in the Temple
How Are We to View Jews By Choice?

Are converts looked down upon in Judaism?
Effort That Has Value

Torah study is the only instance where labor without achievement is rewarded.
Bechukotai In Depth
A condensation of the weekly Torah portion alongside select commentaries culled from the Midrash, Talmud, Chassidic masters, and the broad corpus of Jewish scholarship.
Story
Miracle in a Bucket of Water

“Rebbe,” she sobbed, “you are my last hope! My husband left me years ago, and I desperately want to move on with my life. Tell me, oh, tell me. Where shall I turn?”
Where Rabbi Akiva Saw Joy

The students broke into tears. Looking up, they noticed that Rabbi Akiva was laughing.
Feature
Bibliaphilia

A reflection on why Jews kiss Torah books
Women
My Mother’s Unintentional Gift

They loved their grandchildren and great grandchildren, who raided their "kosher cupboard," and they were proud of the young rabbis in our family, but our uncompromising lifestyle choices mystified them.
The Queen's Querulous Quest

“I have been searching for laughter and joy and happiness all day,” said the queen.
Lifestyle
Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Also those who are far from G-d's Torah and His service... one must draw them close with strong cords of love -- perhaps one might succeed in bringing them closer to Torah and the service of G-d. And even if one fails, one has still merited the rewards of the fulfillment of the Mitzvah, "Love your fellow"
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Tanya ch 32)
Print Magazine

Don’t be afraid of the other person because he is different from you. There is far more in common between any two human beings than there are differences.

As for the differences, think of them as the hooks that hold us together.
Differences are the thing we have most in common.


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