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Jewish Culture

Judaism has a rich culture encompassing different ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations and languages.

Lilith in the Torah, Talmud and Midrash
According to Jewish mythology Lilith was Adam's first wife. Learn more about references to her in the Bible, Talmud and Midrash.

What Was the Androgyne?
In rabbinic literature the androgyne was a creature that existed at the beginning of Creation in Genesis 1. It was both male and female and had two faces.

The Midrash Manicures Club
Students in the Midrash Manicures club study a Torah portion every week, then transform what they have learned into creative nail designs.

What Is a Latke?
Latkes are potato pancakes that are traditionally fried in oil as part of the Hanukkah holiday celebration.

Jewish Accomplishments
Given that Jews comprise a mere 1/4 of 1% (13 million) of the world's population (6 billion) and that 99% of the world is non-Jewish, the following list of accomplishments by Jews is quite impressive.

According to Jewish folklore, dybbuk is a ghost or disturbed soul that possesses the body of a living person.

Jewish Languages: Hebrew
Hebrew is a Semitic language used by the Jewish people. It is one of the world's oldest living languages.

What are the Four Jewish New Years?
An explanation of the four Jewish New Years.

Jewish Languages: Yiddish
Yiddish (meaning "Jewish") is a Jewish hybrid language that has been spoken by Ashkenazi Jews (Jews from eastern and central Europe) since the Middle Ages.

What Is Challah?
Challah is a loaf of yeast-risen egg bread that is traditionally eaten by Jews on Shabbat, on ceremonial occasions and during festival holidays. The word "challah" is also used to refer to the portion of bread that was given to the priests during the Temple period.

Jewish Languages: Ladino
Ladino is a mixture of Hebrew and Spanish that originated when the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.

The Maccabiah Games
The Maccabiah Games, aka the "Jewish Olympics," are held in Israel every four years and attract thousands of the best Jewish athletes from around the world.

20 Hebrew Names For Boys Beginning With "A"
Here are 20 Hebrew names for boys that begin with "A"

What do candles represent in Judaism?
Candles have many symbolic meanings in Judaism and are used on a wide variety of religious occasions.

The Four Mitzvot of Purim

Passover: The Forbidden Foods
For many, Passover means one thing: no bread. However, with words like kitniyot and gebrokts, confusion abounds. Get to know Passover prohibitions!

Hair Covering in Judaism

Passover: Matzah 101

What is Shomer Negiah?
Curious why she won't shake your hand? A foreign concept in a modern, tactile world, shomer negiah is a basic observance of Orthodox Jews everywhere.

The Gap Year
Check out some of these gap year programs in Israel that offer the chance to study about Judaism, Israel, and Hebrew, volunteer, travel, and more!

What is Bikur Cholim?
The mitzvah (commandment) to visit and help take care of the sick is one of the most important that a Jew can observe. Learn how bikur cholim works!

The Best of Basic Judaism Books
There are dozens of "how to" and "about guides" to Judaism out there, so how do you know which one is right for you? Check out these Judaism 101 books!

What is a shtreimel?
If you've seen a religious Jewish man walking around with a relic of furry, colder days in Russia, you might be curious about the shtreimel!

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?

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?

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.

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