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Education in Judaism

Education plays a very important role in the advancement of a culture, and this is especially true with regard to Judaism, which had to deal with division and hardship throughout its existence, and thus putting even more emphasis on the need of education within the society. When analyzing education in Judaism one needs to focus on how education was performed [...]

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The Significance of the Havdalah and the Havdalah Candles

Fire is one of nature’s greatest mysteries and this is an acknowledged fact in Judaism, which considers it one of nature’s basic elements. In the Kabbalah, the image of the colorful flame of a candle is considered to be a metaphor for the relation between God and man, the flame being a unique entity, however, changing its aspect all [...]

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Shabbat Candle Lighting

The candle is probably one of the most often neglected Jewish symbols, containing however very important meanings. Candles can be used for practical purposes, such as lighting or heating or for religious purposes. Also, in Judaism, fire as a symbol is interpreted as the connection of God with the world and the man He created. In Jewish tradition, the [...]

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Jewish Religious Music

Music plays a particular role in the religious practice, since its aim is to accompany the services, as well as provide a means of expression of feelings and instants of life. Religious music consists of choir music and instrumental parts. However, in recent days, religious music has evaded the restricted environment of the Church and can be listened to at [...]

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Women in Judaism

The role of women in any religion is a rather particular one, as throughout the evolution of time, women have intersected with religion and religious practices and precepts several times, inflicting thus particular characteristics to the respective religion regarding them.In Judaism, women have a particular role, as shown by the Torah, as well as religious traditions and practices. This is [...]

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Modern Judaica Art

Art is an expression of one’s feelings and beliefs, as well as a fair representation of a people’s history and evolution. This is also valid for Jewish art, which has shown, throughout time, the evolution of a people, as far as fine arts and Judaica art are concerned. It is also accurate to claim that the modern days have [...]

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Jewish Baby Gifts

In Judaism, procreation is one of God’s commandments, but also an emulation of His acts. Conceiving a child is an act of creating a new human being, as well as a repetition of the Creation. And since the Creation is a divine act, it is a common Jewish belief that a child has three parents – a mother, a [...]

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Tzedakah boxes

”Tzedakah” is not just a pleasant gesture, but rather an obligation to do charity work. While normally someone refraining from charity acts would be considered selfish, in Judaism it is considered an injustice not to offer Tzedakah.”Tzedakah” is often translated as ”charity”. However, the nature of the word is far from meaning simply ”charity”. The word ”Tzedakah” derives from the [...]

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The Kiddush Cup

According to the Torah, the Kiddush is a prayer usually recited on the eve of Sabbath or any other holy day, including the New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which highlights the sanctity of that specific celebration and ends with the following formulae “Praised be Thou, O Lord, who sanctifies the Sabbath” and “Praised be Thou, O Lord, who sanctifies Israel and [...]

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How to convert to Judaism?

Conversion from one religion to another is a rather complex process that needs to be performed after having completely assessed all the implications that it entails. The process of converting to Judaism comprises several elements: considering the religion, finding a rabbi for guidance and counsel, learning and studying about the religion, being evaluated by the religious court, circumcision, immersion, the offering, [...]

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