Lech Lecha

By the Numbers
20 Facts About Jewish Circumcision Everyone Should Know

Circumcision on the eighth day of a baby boy’s life has been part of Judaism since the dawn of our peoplehood. Learn 20 facts about this ritual that is so central to Jewish life.
Your Questions
Why Can Mere Humans “Bless” G‑d?

What exactly are we saying? I can understand blessing people, but does G‑d, the Creator and Master of all, really need our blessing?
What Is Schmaltz?
In the parlance of American entertainment, which was built on the foundation of Yiddish theater, schmaltz came to refer to drippy, over-the-top dramatization.
I’m Too Sensitive

Be proud of your sensitive nature. It helps you be intuitive, empathic and kind.
Video
The Lubavitcher Rebbe on Evolution

How the Lubavitcher Rebbe approached the perceived conflict between Torah and evolutionary science.
Parshah
Do the (Spiritual) Math

The journey of actualization is to break free of limitations.
The Quest for Self

Unlike mice, maple trees and angels, who are content to be what and where they are, the human being is constantly "on the go", forever striving to get somewhere, preferably somewhere where no one has been before. The problem is, there's nowhere left to go
Story
Hats In Kovno, Matches in Kiev

the factory burned down and I was left with no income. My poor wife lay ill in bed, too weak to go out. When there was not a coin left in the house, we decided to return to my father in Dvinsk.
Lifestyle
Sumac-Spiced Chickpeas

We are all the sons of one man.
— Joseph’s brothers to Joseph, Genesis 42:11