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The Whys of Our Ways

Exploring Jewish customs and traditions

A deeper understanding and exploration of Jewish customs and traditions, and how they have forged us into a more kind and compassionate nation.

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The mitzvah of circumcision and redeeming the firstborn son
Why is a male child circumcised at eight days? Why isn’t a female circumcised? What is a Pidyon Haben celebration, and why do we do it?
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The first haircut and entering adulthood
What is an upsherin, and what’s the message behind this ceremonious haircut? What transformation occurs at a bar or bat mitzvah, and how can we tap into this new energy?
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