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Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim
Kitniyot and Gerbrouchts…Oh You Ashkenazim

Ashkenazi or Sephardi? Hungarian, Yekke (German), Lithuanian?At no other time on the Jewish calendar is it so important to know your ancestry as it is on Passover…

Seeing Through Deceptions
Seeing Through Deceptions

The Exodus from Egypt, which culminated in the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, was a defining moment in Jewish history. Not only does the Torah narrate the events of the Exodus, but, quite a few of the mitzvot are specifically mandated with a refer…

The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility
The Cedar and the Hyssop: A Lesson In Humility

One of the most challenging categories of Jewish law is the one associated with lashon harah…

The Queen of Beauty
The Queen of Beauty

Helena Rubinstein was 23 years old when she emigrated to Coleraine, Victoria, Australia. Born in Cracow in December 1870, Rubinstein was the…

Jokes On Us
Jokes On Us

“Knock. Knock” “Who’s There?” “Jewish” “Jewish Who?” “Jewish Treats”….Ok, not so funny, but, when you get to the bottom of it, April Fools Day (or All Fools Day) is hardly a Jewish holiday. Wait, perhaps you are wondering how a …

OMG! Passover is Coming
OMG! Passover is Coming

The intensive physical and emotional preparations for Passover come from one seemingly simple commandment…

Parasha of the Month
Parasha of the Month

This Shabbat is Parashat HaChodesh, the Sabbath of “The Month.”The Torah portion that is read as the Maftir (additional reading) after the conclusion of the reading of the regular weekly Torah portion, commands that the Jewish p…

My Kids’ Inheritance
My Kids’ Inheritance

There’s a cute bumper sticker that says “I’m spending my kids’ inheritance.” If you were to ask whether the great Jewish scholars would approve of such an attitude, you might be surprised by the answer.The Talmud states, “Rab said to R. Ham…

Navy Man
Navy Man

In honor of the anniversary of the founding of the United States Navy in 1794, which is tomorrow, March 27th,  Jewish Treats presents a biography of Uriah P. Levy, the U.S.’s first Jewish commodore. Today is Levy’s yahrtzeit on both the Jewish…

Read That Back
Read That Back

Did you know that even in the days of the Talmud there was such a position as court stenographer?The establishment of a court system and a clear system of justice are fundamental mitzvot  for Jewish society. It is not surprising that the Talmudic …

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