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Ishmaelites & Edomites
Ishmaelites & Edomites

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the “Abrahamic Faiths,” since…

Shortcut Through Shul
Shortcut Through Shul

It is a common complaint that our society, always in a hurry, lacks…

Above Scrutiny
Above Scrutiny

“The cobbler’s children have no shoes!” So declares the pithy aphorism regarding one of the ironies of life. Centuries prior to the first recording of this phrase, however, the Talmud discussed…

Hail to Brotherhood
Hail to Brotherhood

In the earliest days of humankind, a man named Cain asked God the now famous question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). Cain’s question was meant to be a distraction from the inquiry into why he had murdered his brother Abel. Cain’s…

The Jews of Crete and the Purim of Candia
The Jews of Crete and the Purim of Candia

The  Jewish presence on the Island of Crete is rather ancient, with records of a Jewish community…

Marriage, Matzo Ball & Summer Camp Jokes Marriage, Matzo Ball & Summer Camp Jokes

JDate launched a video ad campaign on Hulu and YouTube this week that will hit cable TV airwaves later this month

The Tragedy of the Idol
The Tragedy of the Idol

Ever since Moses saw the Israelites dancing around the Golden Calf and smashed the two tablets of the law, the 17th of Tammuz has been an inauspicious day for the Jewish people, a day on which numerous tragedies occurred. One of the famous tr…

The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks

“When Av enters, we must lessen our rejoicing,” declare the Talmudic sages in Ta’anit 26b.In truth, however, this period of “sadness” begins on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (observed today) and lasts exactly three weeks – until Tisha …

The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz
The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

Everyone knows about Yom Kippur. There are, however, several other fast days in the Jewish calendar that are not nearly as well known. Tomorrow, on July 15, the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz will be observed.As mentioned in the Talmud, five events are com…

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