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Shabbat Shabbaton – Complete Rest
Shabbat Shabbaton – Complete Rest

In Exodus 31:14-17, the Torah once again reminds the Jewish people to keep Shabbat. In this section, however, Shabbat is referred to as Shabbat Shabbaton, which is translated as a complete rest. According to the great Biblical commentator Rashi (Rabbi …

Tombstone
Tombstone

In Judaism, the dead are given great respect. One important tradition that reflects the Jewish faith’s respect for the deceased is the placing of a tombstone upon the grave. From a practical perspective, the tombstone makes it possible for people to …

The Tribe of Reuben
The Tribe of Reuben

As the forefathers of the twelve tribes of Israel, the lives and personalities of each of the sons of Jacob impacted on the history and behavior of the tribe members that descended from them.As the descendants of the eldest son, the tribe of Reuben sho…

For National Novel Writing Month: Laura Z.
For National Novel Writing Month: Laura Z.

Although three of her published novels were structured around a Jewish storyline, Laura Zametkin Hobson did not wish to be perceived as a Jewish American novelist. She saw being a writer and being a Jew as two separate aspects of her identity.Hobson, t…

A-Hunting We Won’t Go A-Hunting We Won’t Go

Ah, Fall. The crisp air, the beautiful foliage and, for those who live in rural areas, the hunting season! Yes, this is the time of year when, permit in hand, hunters take to the woods for sport. The permissibility of hunting according to Jewish law is…

A Poet from the Ashes
A Poet from the Ashes

“There is nothing in the world for which a poet will give up writing, not even when he is a Jew and the language of his poems is German.”One can only imagine the great burden Paul Celan (born Paul Antschel) must have felt when he, a Jewish survivor of …

It’s Not a Big Chicken
It’s Not a Big Chicken

If there is one thing that is guaranteed to be in supermarkets in November, it’s turkey! In fact, many supermarkets even give them away to promote large purchases of other groceries.As you put the turkey into the oven, take a moment to think about th…

Turkey’s Pheasant Roots
Turkey’s Pheasant Roots

Of all the foods that could have become the feature food of America’s Thanksgiving feast, it seems almost poetic that it would be the turkey. When one researches this most American of birds (indigenous to North America), one finds that the turkey is…

Judah, Son of Jacob
Judah, Son of Jacob

When Judah, the fourth son of Leah and Jacob, was born, Leah said, “This time let me gratefully praise God” (based on the Hebrew infinitive, l’hodot, “to praise”). Judah first demonstrated leadership when he suggested that his brothers sell J…

Kosher Salt
Kosher Salt

The term “kosher” does not usually refer to a style of cuisine, but rather to food that meets the requirements of Jewish dietary laws. However, there are a few products that do use the word “kosher” as an adjective, such as kosher salt. Since s…

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