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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…

Rabbi Aharon Kotler
Rabbi Aharon Kotler

Rabbi Aharon Kotler, whose 50th yahrtzeit is today, arrived in the United States in 1941. The Va’ad Hatzalah brought Rabbi Kotler out of Nazi controlled Europe, where he had been a highly regarded scholar and the head of the Yeshiva in Kletsk. At the t…

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?”

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