Judaism 101

Jewish History in Ukrainian Maps

This brief video provides a survey of the long Jewish presence in the region, framed in the context of maps: political, ethnolinguistic, military and social.

Ancient Coins Tell the Story of the Jewish People

From the Roman conquest of Judea to the rebirth of Israel.

Passover and the Spanish Inquisition

Generations of secret Jews defied the Spanish Inquisition to celebrate Passover and other holidays.

Downfall of the Enemy

How should we feel upon seeing an evil person destroyed?

Lilith: The Real Story

Why it's a mistake to make Lilith an icon of Jewish feminism.

The Most Famous Jewish Woman in Medieval England

Why Britain just dedicated a new statue to commemorate the trailblazing Licoricia of Winchester.

Why Candles Are a Must for the Ultimate Shabbat Experience

The hows and whys behind lighting Shabbat candles.

Solar Eclipse

The startling event of a solar eclipse.

Death at Sea: The Tragedy of the Struma

In 1942, the dilapidated ship carrying 769 desperate Jewish refugees en route to Palestine, was blown up. There was one sole survivor.

Jewish Swag; 7 Ways to Adorn Your Home Like a Mensch

From books, mezuzah and candles, who doesn't love a little swag.

Marijuana and Judaism: What Does Jewish Law Say about the Subject?

Medical marijuana is permissible, but recreational use prevents us from being our best selves.

How to Stop an Intermarriage. Or Not.

Intermarriage says a lot less about who people marry, and a lot more about our inability to communicate our heritage and values.

Hey! What’s That Thing On Your Head?

What is a yarmulke and why do Jewish people wear it?

Why Blessings Matter

Thank God for thankfulness. Saying blessings can transform your life.

Shabtai Tzvi: The False Messiah who Betrayed Judaism

When the charismatic and popular messianic figure was told to convert to Islam or die, Shabtai Tzvi converted, changing his name to Aziz Mehmet Effendi, creating an embarrassing stain on Jewish history.

The Dreyfus Affair: 5 Important Facts for Today

The world’s first museum devoted to Alfred Dreyfus’ trial just opened in Paris. Its lessons are needed today.

Martin Luther's Reformation and Antisemitism

When Jews wouldn’t convert to Protestantism, Martin Luther’s response set off a chain reaction of antisemitic rhetoric. His writings have been used for centuries as a justification for antisemitism, permanently altering the course of history for European Jews.

What is the Mezuzah?

The mezuzah is hung on the doorpost as a subtle reminder about our values every time we enter and exit our homes.

Maimonides: The Philosopher Rabbi

Meet the Rambam, also known as Maimonides, one of the most famous Jewish scholars of all time.

Why is Antisemitism Still Around?

Why is it that even post-Holocaust, Jews experience a large percentage of the world’s hate crimes, despite being less than 0.2% of the world’s population?

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Changing and becoming more than we are is one of the most difficult things in the world.

How Eddie Jacobson Convinced President Truman to Recognize the State of Israel

Gary Ginsberg’s new book “First Friends” chronicles personal relationships that influenced the White House.

X Troop: The Top-Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII

A new book sheds light on a secret unit drawn from refugees whose deep-rooted hatred of Hitler would ensure they were a passionate fighting force.

Montreal's Days of Shame: When 75 Doctors Went on Strike until a Jewish Doctor Resigned

In 1934, doctors in five hospitals walked off the job rather than work with a Jew.

Why Jews are the People of the Moon

What is the deeper meaning behind the small moon looking as big as the vast sun?

Is Zionism a Form of Colonialism?

Rooted in the word for the Land of Israel, Zion, the word Zionist may not actually be as “modern” as you think! In fact, Zionists have been around for thousands of years.

Dr Eilat Mazar: Queen of Biblical Archaeology

The renowned Israeli archaeologist who discovered ‘King David’s Palace’ has died in Jerusalem aged 65.

Why the Jews? Exploring the Unique Meaning of the World's Longest Hatred

A four-part video series on the Jewish perspective to antisemitism.

Reunifying Jerusalem: Remembering Ammunition Hill

The decisive battle paved the way for Israel to reunify Jerusalem in 1967.

Flowers and Judaism: 8 Facts

From flowers at Sinai to cooking with flowers.

Respect For Others - The Month of Iyar

Why the Jewish month of Iyar is a time for us to work on improving respect for others.

The Miracle of Israel

Israel’s return to its homeland after 2,000 years of exile - an event completely in the annals of history – is miraculous.

Unmasked: Purim and the Meaning of Anti-Semitism

Esther hid her Jewish identity. Revealing it saved the Jewish nation.

8 Ways to Celebrate Your Jewish Birthday

Tips for making your Jewish birthdays a time of meaning and growth.

Shevat: Gateway to Eternal Life

How does winter symbolize the bursting forth of life? Exploring the depth of Tu B'Shvat

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda: Father of Modern-Day Hebrew

In celebration of Hebrew Language Day, meet the father of modern Hebrew.

When Grief Walks In

Coming to grips with the death of my father.

Jews and Morocco: 10 Fascinating Historical Facts

As Israel and Morocco establish full diplomatic ties, take a look at some of Morocco’s epic Jewish history.

The Mishnah: Writing Down Jewish Law

With the destruction of the Second Temple, the rabbis feared for the survival of Jewish life and practice. The Oral Law was written down for the first time to ensure it would always endure.

It's a Girl!

Thank Heaven for little girls. A guide to celebrating the newborn.

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