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A Treat For World Philosophy Day
A Treat For World Philosophy Day

Philosophy is defined by dictionary.com as “the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct.” Judaism, being a religion, is a system of living according to set principles of belief. From as early as the time of th…

On Smoking
On Smoking

Today is National Smoke Out Day. Click through to learn the Jewish opinion on smoking.

Sweet
Sweet

“There is always room for sweet things.” Although this quote comes straight from the Talmud (Megillah 7b), it is a common sentiment among many cultures. In the lifetime of Abaye, the sage quoted above, sweet things referred to treats made with honey, d…

Kindness Day
Kindness Day

While giving charity (tzedakah) is an act of kindness (chesed), an act of kindness is not charity.

The Jewish Major General
The Jewish Major General

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Jewish Treats  presents a mini-biography of Major General Julius Klein (1901-1984), who served his country in both World Wars.

Lighting The Way To Peace
Lighting The Way To Peace

The very last act performed before bringing Shabbat into the home is the lighting of the Shabbat candles. While this mitzvah is considered one of the three primary mitzvot of a Jewish woman, Shabbat candles may also be lit by a man.

Hand on the Bible
Hand on the Bible

The classic courtroom image portrays a witness standing in the dock, right hand raised and left hand resting gently on the Bible. The witness is then asked: “Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”

Fully Present
Fully Present

In Hebrew, one word can say so much. For instance, hineni. This seemingly simple phrase is understood as a powerful statement of a person’s state of mind. Literally, it is translated: “Here I am.” It is a statement first pronounced in the Torah by Abraham, and it underscores one of the essential differences between Adam and Abraham.

Barry Commoner For President
Barry Commoner For President

In 1980, Barry Commoner, a prominent biologist, environmentalist and author of Jewish parentage, ran as a candidate for the President of the United States. As the third party candidate for the Citizens Party (which he founded), Commoner garnered .25% of the vote. While a few hundred thousand votes may seem like nothing among the millions of potential votes, his true goal was to raise the nation’s consciousness to the need for societal reform to benefit the environment.

Picking Up Pigskin
Picking Up Pigskin

The Jewish dietary laws prohibit Jews from eating any food products derived from animals that do not have both split hooves and chew their cud. It is not an uncommon assumption that Jews are forbidden, as well, to touch objects made from non-kosher animals. However, the fact of the matter is that if a Jewish football fan came upon an actual pigskin football (originally the game was played with an inflated pig bladder) that Jew would have no issue picking it up and taking a toss.

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