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Shabbat’s Angel Companions
Shabbat’s Angel Companions

In the Talmud (Shabbat 119b), Rabbi Josi the son of Judah is quoted as saying:On the eve of Shabbat, two ministering angels accompany a person home from the synagogue. One angel represents the positive forces and one angel represents the negative …

The Question of Tattoos
The Question of Tattoos

Where once they were demarcations of sailors, soldiers and convicts, tattoos have become a common form of self-expression in Western society.

Becoming a Rabbi
Becoming a Rabbi

In honor of National Clergy Appreciation Month (October), Jewish Treats presents a history of “the Rabbi.”

JDate: Reversing the Intermarriage Trend
JDate: Reversing the Intermarriage Trend

A new survey out today says the American Jewish community is growing less observant and intermarriage rates are increasing. At JDate.com, our mission is to strengthen the Jewish community and ensure that Jewish traditions are sustained for generations to come. To state the obvious, the new statistics from the Pew Research Center study are alarming and hit close to home.

Original Vegetarianism: Here’s The Beef
Original Vegetarianism: Here’s The Beef

Adam and Eve were vegetarians. When God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, the Torah tells us that God said: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat…” (Genesis 2:16).

“The Seventh Descendant”
“The Seventh Descendant”

A popular theme among writers of fantasy is the special nature of the seventh son. In works of this genre, this child is often blessed with a natural gift of magic, or a destiny for greatness.

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Tonight starts the holiday of Shemini Atzeret, literally the Gathering of the Eighth, a connected, yet independent holiday, that immediately follows Sukkot.

What Is Isru Chag?
What Is Isru Chag?

The day after vacation is often a time of distraction and disorientation. The same is true of the day following a religious holiday, especially after one of the week-long holidays (Passover and Sukkot) during which one focuses for an entire week on spi…

Beating the Willows
Beating the Willows

During Sukkot, there is a mitzvah to wave the four species (lulav, hadassim, aravot and etrog – palm, myrtle, willow and citron) every day except on Shabbat.

Hoshana Rabbah
Hoshana Rabbah

Rosh Hashana is known as the Day of Judgment (Yom Hadin), the day on which God judges the world. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the day on which God finalizes His verdict on the judgments of Rosh Hashana.

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