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The Shmittah Food Co-Op
The Shmittah Food Co-Op

In the land of Israel today,  they are well into the year of Shmittah, which is…

Thank You Nurses
Thank You Nurses

Today, May 12, is International Nurses Day, and so, today, Jewish Treats honors a woman who…

The Second Commandment
The Second Commandment

You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor any manner of…

Why Honoring Your Parents is About Much More than the Parents
Why Honoring Your Parents is About Much More than the Parents

At one point or another, almost every parent (religious or not) quotes the Ten Commandments to…

A Period of Mourning
A Period of Mourning

The period of mourning* (for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who died of plague) associated with…

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?
Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

Akiva ben Yosef was once an ignorant and illiterate shepherd. So poor and downtrodden a figure was Akiva…

Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree
Rabbi Shimon’s Favorite Tree

On Lag Ba’omer, Jews around the world honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva who delved into…

Kabbalah and The Divine
Kabbalah and The Divine

While the study of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) has always been a part of Torah study, it only gained public prominence in…

Moving Plans
Moving Plans

It is not uncommon to picture the era of the rabbis of the Talmud as a world in which the vast majority of Jews still…

The First Jew in the Colonies
The First Jew in the Colonies

When does American Jewish history begin? Some would say that it begins in 1492, when Columbus…

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