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Shabbat: The Linchpin of Jewish Tradition

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

On a warm Friday evening in July, aromas of onions and meat waft through Barbara Meltz's home in Stanhope, New Jersey. She is busy putting the finishing touches to her Shabbat dinner -- Shabbat being the Jewish Sabbath, celebrated every week from sundown on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.

The Healing Powers Of Sitting Shiva

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Mourning a loved one is hardly the most pleasant of activities, but for those participating in the Jewish ritual of sitting shiva, it can offer much-n...

When Baby Naming Becomes a Negotiation

Darryle Pollack | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Darryle Pollack

I was a compromiser married to a world class control freak, and I tried not to be putty in his hands. Naming our daughter went down to the wire, narrowly beating out her delivery.

The Worth of Michael Sam

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

The great miracle of being human, according to a beautiful Jewish tradition is that our Creator coins each of us with the same Divine Image and yet no two of us are the same.

A Widow's Hint to the Living: Talk About My Husband

Judy Silk | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Judy Silk

Speak of my late husband. Go ahead, I beg you. There is an old Jewish proverb that says "As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them."

The Gift Of Holding Your Grandchild For The First Time

Sara Davidson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sara Davidson

I'm sitting on a couch in my daughter Rachel's home in Chicago, holding my first grandchild, a boy, seven days old. I've heard grandparents talk, ad nauseum, about the thrill of this relationship, but, as with having your first baby, you have no clue what it will be like until it happens.

Podcast: 100 Blessings Brings Us Closer to the Divine

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

By blessing God 100 times daily, we are connecting in the deepest way. Mindfulness of our actions makes us more aware of the Divine. It also serves to prevail over the forces of negativity, by attaching ourselves more closely with Hashem (God).

Why I Don't Keep Kosher For Passover Anymore

Mara Shapiro | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mara Shapiro

It's that time of year that every Jew dreads. Eight days without bread, pizza, pasta or anything else that leavens. But not in our house.

Ron Dicker

Separate Seating For Men And Women At Barclays?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.20.2013 | New York

The home of the Brooklyn Nets is courting a new crowd. In what is believed to be a first for a major sports and entertainment venue, Barclays Cent...

Looking For Jews In All The Wrong And Right Places

Carol Smaldino | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Is being around Jews or joining a synagogue or celebrating Jewish holidays with Jews what we yearn for? I'm not sure.

Is Zionism Opposed To Jewish Values?

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Contemporary political Zionism, in Butler's view, has constructed a very slanted narrative of Jewish history −- one that glorifies the kingdom of David, the Maccabees, Masada and Bar Kochba, all equated with the type of bellicose masculinity embraced by some early Zionist activists.

What Give Gelt On Hanukkah?

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

Why have Jews traditionally given money to our children on Hanukkah? While it is now commonplace to also give gifts, the original tradition remains to give gelt.

Counting the Omer

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

In his book Alternative to Futility, Elton Trueblood includes a chapter on discipline. He quotes Milton who said, "The history of every civilization rises and falls on the axel of discipline."

Metzitzah B’peh Circumcision Ritual Inconsistent With Jewish Principles

Lisa Braver Moss | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Lisa Braver Moss

In recent weeks, a controversial Jewish circumcision practice gained the national spotlight after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that New York infants contracted genital herpes following ritual circumcision.

An Infant's Pierced Ears, A Teen's Pierced Nose?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Pierced ears? Pierced nose? Nose ring? Intricate tattoos? Where are your parenting lines?

Understanding Prophecy: Moses Vs. Nostradamus

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Let's do a little comparison. Let's look at a few of Moses' predictions to see if we believe that they actually came to pass and then contrast them with the perennially popular 16th century French prophet Nostradamus.

How Passover Night Is Not So Different From All Other Nights

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Each year around the Passover holiday we pause, set aside all the to-ing and fro-ing for a moment, and rest.