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Your Questions
Why Don’t We Invite People to a Brit Milah?

Many have the custom to simply make the time and place known, without inviting anyone in particular to attend. Here's why.
Does Oy Gevalt Really Mean?
It is perfectly normal to say, “Oy gevalt, my cake flopped again!” even though there is no violence and not much of an emergency.
By the Numbers
10 Inspiring Orphans Who Significantly Impacted Judaism

Meet 10 Jewish leaders who were orphaned at a young age and went on to add richness and beauty to Jewish life until this very day.
9 Ways to Talk Like a Jew

We may not remind people of their past misdeeds, insult someone, tease them, bully them, threaten them or in any way use words to cause them pain or anguish. Even hinting at something that might cause them pain is not allowed.
Parshah
Is Excessive Wealth a Virtue or a Vice?

Isn’t wealth the negative consequence of greed and unbridled ambition? Is wealth a virtue or a vice?
Heroic Humility

As any child of a super charismatic parent knows, growing up in the shadows can be hard. Part of that is due to our worship of the extrovert.
Women
What It's Like to Ask for Help All the Time

Being afraid to go out the door or being afraid of falling was like walking through life alone.
Beltani: How I Made Peace With My Imperfect Life

As women, we have incredible demands placed upon us, and a significant number of people in our lives who rely on us to be strong, to hold things together for them. There is often an invisible pressure that is not seen but felt—to be the perfect version of ourselves, to never let anyone see that things are not, in fact, as perfect as we try to project out to the world.
Story
Seeing Is Believing

“Look outside. You see this wagon loaded with straw rolling down the road? Walking behind it is a Jew . . ."
Lifestyle
Iconic Australian Chocolate Crackles

An Australian birthday party staple
Art: Shopping in the Shouk for Shabbat

It's better to eat in order to pray than to pray in order to eat
— Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866)
Print Magazine

How will you fix a soul?

A soul doesn’t need fixing. It needs to be uncovered.

Blind yourself to its muddy crust. Dig deeply and deeper yet, sift through the darkened embers, search for a spark that still shines. Fan that spark until a flame appears, find the mitzvah that will serve as its oil and wick. Until all is...