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Are You Ready for Shmita?

Shmita Store in Israel

Observed every seventh year during a seven-year agricultural cycle, shmita means that the land in Israel is not worked by hand. As the land lays fallow, there is no planting or plowing or harvesting. This leaves the harvest of Israel ownerless (hefker) and produce can be picked and collected by anyone. How much do you know about this rare mitzvah that begins again in September 2014? 

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Traditions for the Month of Elul

The Hebrew month of Elul is chock full of holiness and activities that prepare for Jews for judgment on the High Holidays. Are you preparing?

Shaving in Judaism

Shave and a haircut? If you’re Jewish, you have to think twice. The laws about shaving in Judaism are diverse and different communities observe different customs.

Top 5 Myths About Jews and Judaism

Horns? Sex through a hole in the sheet? These myths and urban legends about Jews and Judaism could fill a library!

The Red Thread of Judaism

If you’ve ever been to Israel or spotted a Kabbalah-loving celebrity, chances are you’ve seen the ever-popular red thread. Do you know its origins?

What's a Segulah?

If you've been to a Jewish celebration of any kind, you might have witnessed a segulah without even knowing it! What are they and what do they mean?

The Top 5 Most Misunderstood Things About Judaism

If a rabbi blessed it, it must be kosher, right? Check out this and four other popular misunderstandings about Jews and Judaism.

Jews and Shoes

One of the more peculiar Jewish traditions involves the wearing -- or not wearing -- of shoes while praying. So what does Jewish law say about shoes?

Judaism's View on Suicide

Suicide is a difficult reality and has plagued mankind since the times of the Tanakh. But how does Judaism address suicide?

Falling in Love on Tu b'Av

Often called the Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu b’Av is not a very well known holiday in the Jewish calendar but it has a very rich history.

What is the Western Wall?

Although many think that the Kotel was an actual wall of the Second Temple, it was actually a retaining wall of the greater Temple Mount area.

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