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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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Judaism Beliefs

There are particular beliefs which Judaism displays and which need to be assessed in the particular role they have on the configuration of the religion.The central statement of Judaism is to be found in the Shema Israel passage of the Torah and proclaims that God is only one. This statement is the profession of Judaic faith, to be recited every [...]

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What Exactly Is The Kabbalah?

Introduction The Kabbalah is an ancient, mystical Jewish tradition based on agnostic and esoteric ideas said to emanate from a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Torah and Talmud. It enables those who are able to take the spiritual journey to gain a greater understanding of G.d and his relationship with man. The Kabbalah provides a deeper knowledge [...]

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Judaism Symbols

Judaism is not just a religion – it is also an expression of the history, culture and way of living of the Jewish people. It is also the first religion which claimed the existence of a unique God. Given the history of the Jewish people throughout time, as well as its division through space and the very much contested fundament [...]

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The Jewish Bar Mitzvah

IntroductionThe Bar Mitzvah represents a deeply significant and poignant religious occasion for Jewish people. Invested within this tradition is a sacred ritual and rite of passage as well as the acceptance of a social responsibility. It is a juncture in the coming of age for a boy as he accepts his adult responsibilities to his [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Gift Ideas

Buying presents for children on the ocassion of their birthday might seem very difficult, as one has to reconcile both the child’s wishes, which may prove to be quite expensive, and the need to buy a significant gift that would be remembered for a long time. In the case of buying a bar mitzvah gift, the situation is even [...]

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Rosh Hashanah and the Shofar Blasts

A common symbol of Judaism that is almost always found in the Jewish home is the shofar. A shofar is the horn of a kosher animal that has had the marrow removed so it can be blown into. The shofar is blown to commemorate Rosh Hashanah, also known as “The Feast of the Trumpets” or “The Day of the [...]

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Orthodox Jewish clothing

Jewish clothing is rather different from the clothing that people of other religions or confessions wear normally. Given the emphasis laid by the faith on the soul rather than external looks, Orthodox Jewish clothing is dominated by modesty rather than striking appearances. There are differences on the clothing rules for men and women, being rather tight with regard to the latter. [...]

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