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The “What Is” of Judaism

Learn all about Judaism’s special mitzvahs, beautiful traditions and inspiring holidays, their meaning, and the first steps to start doing Jewish.

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Want to know what Judaism is? Start with this fun video.
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Learn the inner reasons, historical context, and basic how-to instructions for lighting Shabbat candles.
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What are we to make of this ancient Jewish ritual and what do they mean to us today?
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What do you know about kosher? What makes some foods kosher, and what does kosher mean? Get the answers here!
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Learn the basics of this special mitzvah: showing what’s inside, where to place it, how to do it, and its extraordinary impact.
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Learn the secret of the hidden Mitzvah that is the bedrock of Jewish life and the tempo to which the Jewish marriage dances.
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We all know the mitzvah to love your fellow Jew, but how do you love another as yourself?
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The Jewish people may be called the People of the Book; but why do Jewish homes have so many Torah books? And what makes a book a holy Sefer?
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Giving charity is the quickest, simplest way to have an impact on the world. Most people think tzedakah is the Hebrew word for charity, but there’s a big difference. Learn what Judaism says about tzedakah.
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Every seven years, on the holiday of Sukkot, every single Jew would gather in Jerusalem and listen to the king read from the Torah. Why was this so special and how is it relevant today?
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What is Yom Kippur all about? Unpack layers of meaning embedded in the requirement that we neither eat nor drink for the duration of this most holy and solemn of days.
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Sukkot is a Jewish holiday celebrated by taking off work, celebrating in a hut, and waving unusual bouquets. This video will give you the whole story.
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(It's not what you think it is)
We know the facts on why we celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. But is that all? Could it be that the inner meaning of the holiday has been hidden from plain sight?
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What is the story behind this popular Jewish holiday? Watch this short 3-minute video to learn how good overcame evil, light won over darkness, and miracles triumphed over morass.
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Who says puppets are just for kids? Learn the Purim story, plus a life-lesson from an adorable team of animated puppets.
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Your one-stop primer on Passover’s rituals, history, meaning, and more.
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Unpack layers of Biblical and rabbinic text to understand the inner mechanics of this sometimes-overlooked but super-important holiday.
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