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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Passover: Matzah 101

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!

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