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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…

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.

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