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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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The Second Passover and Guarding of the Wheat

Not everyone knows that there's a Second Passover on the Jewish calendar, especially people who are not really familiar with Judaism. The Second Passover, which is known as Pesach Sheni was observed this year on May 14th.Pesach Sheni is always observed on the 14th of Iyar, and is held for anyone who was not able to bring the offering in [...]

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The Countdown to Shavuot Has Begun

The Festival of Weeks is almost here, although the countdown began weeks ago. For those who are unfamiliar with the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which is also known as the Festival of Weeks, it occurs this year on June 4. Shavuot is the second of three major festivals of agricultural and historical importance in Judaism.What is the Festival of Weeks?The Festival [...]

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You Are Invited to a Passover Seder

If you have Jewish relatives or friends, there's a good chance you will be invited to join their celebration of Passover at a Seder. If so, it would be useful to know something about the historical background and unique practices of a rite that will be practiced in varying ways by Jews of all levels [...]

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A Brief History Of Jewish Names

In the beginning Jewish people did not have surnames. Surnames for Sephardic Jewish people were introduced around the time of the 10 th century in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The popularity of this in Eastern Europe and Germany did not come till much later with the Ashkenazi Jewish people. When delving into the Avotaynu site of Jewish genealogy, a person of Jewish origin [...]

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