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By the Numbers
7 Joyous Events That Happened on the 15th of Av

A list of the joyous events that occurred on the 15th of Av, as detailed by the sages of the Talmud.
10 Keys to Understanding Many Ashkenazi Family Names

Goldstein, Schapiro, Landau, Posner, Isaacs, Schwartz, Weiss, Moskowitz, Goldberg, Rosenberg … the list goes on.
Your Questions
Why Is the Ketubah Written in Aramaic?

Why was it originally written in Aramaic, not Hebrew? And why is it still written in that language today?
Parshah
The Challenge of Scripted Prayers

Can a person’s relationship with his Creator be expressed in a scripted prayer? Is it possible to dictate the feelings one should be conveying to G-d?
Quiz
Take the Jewish Wedding Quiz

Essay
The Dancing Maidens of Jerusalem

The souls of Israel include “beautiful” souls, souls “of prestigious lineage,” and “ugly” souls, each of whom contribute their own unique dimension to our relationship with G‑d.
Story
The Chassid and the Fool at the Leipzig Fair

“I don’t understand,” he complained. “You wanted to spend Shabbat with the rebbe, and you promised to hurry with your prayers. Now you’ve ruined all our chances of reaching Lubavitch on time!”
From Catholic Italian to Jewish Rabbi: David Martinetti Shares His Story

The rabbi walked toward me with a smile, extended his hand warmly, and offered me my first Jewish greeting: ‘Shalom.’ I froze, completely overwhelmed.
Melachah of the Week
Losh - Kneading

Lifestyle
And the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant . . .
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days G‑d made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.

— Exodus 31:16–17
Print Magazine

Much of what we know about nuclear energy can be applied to education:

  1. In normal times, it’s enough to tap into a student’s external energy. But in our times, as we approach a new era, we need to tap into the innermost, nuclear powers of the heart, mind and soul.
  2. Real change comes from within. The job of a teacher is...