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Can Jews Be Part Of "No Beard Day"?
Can Jews Be Part Of "No Beard Day"?

Today is National No Beard Day.The Torah states in Leviticus 19:27: “Do not cut the hair on the corners of your head; Do not cut the corners of your beard.” This is one of the rare prohibitions in the Torah that only applies to men.The “corners of yo…

Avoid The Court of Sodom
Avoid The Court of Sodom

Every once in a while, there are outlandish news reports that make people shake their heads, sigh, and wonder what the world is coming to.

Honoring The Boss
Honoring The Boss

According to Wikipedia, in the United States and Canada, October 16 is the traditional day for employees to thank their bosses. In honor of “Boss’s Day,” Jewish Treats presents wise words from the Talmud regarding the “Ultimate Boss” – the Al…

Rachel’s Tomb
Rachel’s Tomb

Kever Rochel, the Tomb of Rachel, in Bethlehem is considered to be the third holiest site in Jewish tradition, after the Temple Mount and The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The Jews of Genoa
The Jews of Genoa

In honor of Columbus Day, Jewish Treats presents a brief history of early Jewish life in Columbus’ hometown of Genoa (also called Genova). Although it is generally presumed that Jews settled in Genoa (Northeast Italy) during the Roman era, the earl…

Personal Preparations
Personal Preparations

The celebration of Shabbat is meant to be the high-point of the week. Indeed, it is considered proper for one to spend time each day preparing for the coming Shabbat. In order to ensure that people understood the appropriate ways of honoring Shabbat, t…

At The Mercy Of British Kings
At The Mercy Of British Kings

Most people recognize Richard the Lionheart and his brother John from the saga of Robin Hood.

The First Rabbi In America
The First Rabbi In America

The first ordained rabbi to serve in an American congregation was Rabbi Abraham Joseph Rice (originally Reiss, 1802-1862). After studying in Germany, in Wurtzburg and then Fuerth, Rice was prevailed upon by his fellow rabbis to join the increasingly la…

Algerian Purims
Algerian Purims

Previously, Jewish Treats has presented the history of “Minor Purims,” days on which particular communities commemorate being saved from tragedy. (See Purim of Florence and Purim of The Curtains). Algiers has two such dates…

Who Was Hagar?
Who Was Hagar?

Stating simply that Hagar was the second wife of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael simplifies an incredibly complex character whose emotions and motivations are fleshed out in the Oral Traditions and transcribed in the Midrash.This is Hagar’s basic s…

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