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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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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.

The Western Wall: A Quick History

The Kotel has stood as a symbol of Judaism for thousands of years, but have Jews always been able to pray there?

Finding Your Bashert

You may have heard a Jewish friend talk about the dating game and finding their bashert, but have you ever heard someone mention finding their zivug?

How To: The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks in Judaism, which start on the 17th of Tammuz with a fast and culminate with the fast of Tisha b'Av. Do you know the laws?

Jewish Hand Washing Rituals

Required before eating a meal at which bread is served, hand washing is a mainstay in the religious Jewish world beyond the dining room table.

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