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Shabbat Day Songs
Shabbat Day Songs

Zmirot are the songs that celebrate the holiness and beauty of Shabbat.

Can I Return It?
Can I Return It?

Every legal system, including halacha (Jewish law), has its letter of the law, its spirit of the law, and the gray areas in-between.

Franz Rosenzweig
Franz Rosenzweig

To students of Jewish philosophy, the works of Franz Rosenzweig are a must read.

Nittel Nacht
Nittel Nacht

Jews of the 21st century may comment, or even grumble, about the pervasiveness of Christmas in our society, but, let’s be honest, in this day and age, the effects of the holiday season are rather benign.

Digging For One’s Roots
Digging For One’s Roots

In the world of new holidays known to many only through the internet, today is “Roots Day.”

Preacher Man
Preacher Man

One does not often associate preachers with Judaism. There are, however, certain distinct personalities in Jewish history who are known for their ability to inspire through their oratory.

No Nicknames
No Nicknames

Did you have a nickname growing up? Did you use it, or was it a name reserved for use by your closest friends or just family?It is fascinating to note that Jewish law frowns upon bequeathing nicknames. This does not mean “Billy” instead of William …

A Lost Language of Scholarship
A Lost Language of Scholarship

When most people think about Jewish language they think of Hebrew or Yiddish, and sometimes of Ladino. In honor of UN Arabic Language Day, Jewish Treats would like to recognize the important role that Judeo-Arabic has played in Jewish life.Judeo-Arabic…

The Tribe of Issachar
The Tribe of Issachar

As the ancestors of the tribes of Israel, the lives and personalities of each of the twelve sons of Jacob significantly impact the history and behavior of the tribe members who descended from them.

Yogurt by Greeks
Yogurt by Greeks

Greek yogurt may be all the rage in food today, but did you know that it was the Greek-Jewish Carasso family who created Dannon yogurt? The descendant of a prominent Sephardic family, Isaac Carasso (1874-1939) was born in Ottoman Selonik (modern Thessa…

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