Mitzvot

The Jewish Court System

Qualifications for a Jewish judge and the operation of the Sanhedrin.

On Hair Covering

A deeper look at the Jewish concept of modesty.

The Rules of Halacha

Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai.

Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.

Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.

Mayanot on Prayer #3: Fixing the World through Prayer

Prayer pierces through God's concealment and reattaches the universe to the Divine.

Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.

Mayanot on Prayer #1: I Pray Therefore I Am

The commandment to prayer bequeaths to man the sense of his own significance that enables him to perform all the other commandments with dedication.

Power: Public and Private

The feminist movement has failed to recognize another, more subtle form of power: internal power.

Anatomy of a Blessing

Blessings over food and other experiences are tools for transcendental amazement.

Mincha - The Afternoon Prayer

Mincha is an oasis of spiritual time in a tough workday, a moment of calming nerves and focusing on priorities.

Wool and Linen = Shatnez

A practical guide to keeping your clothes kosher.

Shema Yisrael

What is behind the most famous Jewish prayer?

Growth Through Rules

From reductionism to Judaism: A convert describes his path to Jewish observance and spiritual fulfillment.

Rational Belief

Should acceptance of the Torah be based more on evidence, or more on faith? The answer: It depends.

Women At Work

Let's get something perfectly clear: Jewish women work. One of my neighbors is a nuclear physicist. I'm a zoo veterinarian.

Why Kosher?

Keeping kosher offers a variety of spiritual and practical benefits.

The 613 Mitzvot (Commandments)

613 is one of the most famous Jewish numbers, representing all the commandments of the Torah. How many can you name?

For Women Only

Three mitzvoth, special to women, elevate the home to spiritual heights.

Beneath the Surface: A Deeper Look at Modesty

Modesty is as much about revealing as it is about covering up.

Feminism and Judaism

Modern Feminism created a society in which women's contributions are largely unrecognized.

Day To Day Judaism: Prayer

Jewish prayer is a discipline. Don't just wait for the mood to strike.

Faith vs. Law

It's the age-old dispute between Judaism and Christianity, what reigns supreme: Faith or Law? Judaism maintains that without the law, ethics and morality wither.

Why Are There So Many Rules In Judaism?

What's wrong with having some fun?

Beyond the Rules

How Judaism is a vehicle for spiritual self-expression.

Girl Power?

How the media is damaging the self-esteem of young girls.

What is Yizkor?

Elevating the soul of a departed loved one.

613 Obstacles to Individuality

Doesn't adherence to Jewish Law make us all clones?

What is Prayer?

Prayer is not a half-hearted ritual recitation of words; it is an outpouring of the heart.

Tefillin: A Primer

Tefillin: Everything you need to know about those powerful black boxes, placed on the head and arm.

A Relationship with God

What happens when God doesn't answer our prayers?

The Restriction Prescription

Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?

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