How my family created and passed down cultural traditions, and how the Conservative Teshuvah on Kitniyot impacts our life outside the academy.
Halakhah specifically encourages us to separate meat and dairy products and prohibits us from eating them together.
Despite the odds, when things feel out of your control, when you feel abandoned – do not despair and do not simply pray – ACT.
Some foods, neither meat nor dairy in origin, are known as pareve and government standards may differ from Rabbinical definitions.
The Torah says that which animals are kosher and may be eaten (after an appropriate process) and others are not.
Given the importance of kashrut in Jewish life, it is unfortunate that so much about it is so widely misunderstood.
The Torah requires specific methods of slaughter, inspection, and preparation before acceptable animals may be eaten.
Mistakes will happen in a kosher kitchen. While some are easily corrected, others require a bit more effort. Here’s what you do.
The determination of Kashrut of different alcohols is largely dependent on the process by which they are made and ingredients used.
There were places where the tefillin were no longer black, but nearly see-through. What they needed was a good thick coat of paint.
If we try to look past the tangible, if we focus on the other, in relationship, we can come to see the Divine, even if only for a second.
Putting up a mezuzah is a millennia-old public expression of Jewish identity: a meaningful way to mark liminal times in our lives and homes.
Rabbi Mordecai Miller reflects on the Shema with 7 questions: Throughout my life, I’ve tried to understand what this sentence really means.
Rabbi Julie Schwarzwald on wearing Tefillin: As I go about my work and my mundane routine, I am regularly reminded of what is holy.
Tefillin, ritual black boxes used for prayer, are a powerful and physical way of connecting to God. Here’s how to do it.
Jewish spirituality doesn’t live in a book. Our bodies can guide our awareness and blessing. What could this practice look like in your life?
What is the mystery of Eyn Keloheinu? How do we unravel the contradiction that seems to be present within this prayer?
Moving well beyond niddah, mikveh is now used to mark any and all transitional and transformative moments.
Our bodies are wonderful and wondrous. Asher Yatsar helps us recognize our physical selves and offers a moment of gratitude to The Creator.
In the game of Jewish geography, you connect with who you don’t know by connecting through who you do know. But is the game good for us?
What does “Barukh HaShem” really mean? What is the origin of this phrase? If we don’t believe in God, how do we relate to the phrase?
Sara Beth Berman teaches us: Everything you need to know about clothing the body that holds your precious soul for the High Holidays.
When and how to do Rosh Hashanah Candle Lighting. We usher in Rosh Hashanah by lighting candles, just as we do on Shabbat.
Selichot are special prayers recited in anticipation of the High Holidays introducing us to the themes of the upcoming holidays.
The ritual preparations for the High Holidays begin a full month in advance with the onset of the month of Elul.
Seliḥot, a series of penitential prayers, are recited in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Repentance. Here’s what to recite.
Being called to Torah is a moment of sacred encounter. Here’s how to call Non-Binary Jews to the Torah based on the CJLS Teshuvah in 2022.
Luaḥ information for the observance of erev Tish’ah Be’av and the following day generously provided by Rabbi Miles Cohen.
The Torah provides many examples and legal provisions which are the foundation of our understanding of tzedakah.
Prayer is not just a recitation of words. But rather, prayer is an expression of a great many modes and experiences in Judaism.
T’fillah, Jewish prayer, is rooted in self-judgment, reflection, and connecting to something greater than ourselves.
Tahanun is the name for a series of penitential prayers that follow the Amidah during the Morning and Afternoon Services.
Jewish tradition does not see contributions to the community’s welfare as mere charity, but rather as tzedakah, literally “acts of justice.”
Rabbi Bradley Artson explains how Mitzvot function as an indispensable manifestation of a meaningful Jewish life.
We thank God, spend time in community, sing heartily, read holy texts, and revel in rest. What can I expect at a Shabbat morning service?
Rabbi Suzanne Brody shares her poem that embraces a variety of midrashim about what happened at Sinai when we received the Torah.
The Minhah Service on Saturday Shabbat afternoon contains a number of significant additions to the weekday Afternoon Service.
Yakira Keshet offers a poem to commemorate Shavuot, her journey to Judaism, and the presence of our souls at Mount Sinai.
My Havdalah candle, wine, spices, and I did my own Havdalah ceremony all alone in my backyard. It was my own form of spiritual self-care.
Friday night services on Shabbat include both Kabbalat Shabbat, a joyous recitation of psalms, and a Shabbat Maariv, the evening service.
The Sunflower on Our Seder Table by Rabbi Ilana Garber on behalf of the people in Ukraine in 2022.
All Who Are Hungry: A Prayer for Action, A Prayer for Ukraine by Rabbi Mark Greenspan on behalf of the people in Ukraine in 2022.
Dedication for the First Cup of Wine at the Passover Seder by Rabbi Martin S. Cohen on behalf of the people in Ukraine in 2022.
With all of this physically taxing work, it can be easy to miss the spiritual preparation for this celebration of our collective redemption.
This is a simplified guide on how to kasher (make kosher) various items in your kitchen, especially for Passover.