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What are the major life events in Judaism and how are they celebrated/observed? From birth until death, Judaism is filled with rituals and celebrations that mark the different stages of our lives.




Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters A-E, along with their meanings.

Hebrew Names for Girls (L-P)
Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters L-P, as well as their meanings.

Hebrew Names for Girls (R-Z)
Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters R-Z, as well as their meanings.

Hebrew Names for Girls (G-K)
Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters G-K, as well as their meanings.


What Is a Bar Mitzvah?
This article is about the religious ceremony and party referred to as a bar mitzvah.

Hebrew Names for Boys (H-M)
Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters H-M, along with their meanings and references to biblical characters with those names.

Hebrew Names for Boys (N-Z)
Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters N-Z.

What Is Brit Milah (Bris)?
Brit milah, which means "covenant of circumcision," is a Jewish ritual performed on a baby boy eight days after he is born.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Gifts
I was invited to a bar/bat mitzvah. Should I bring a gift? If so, what kind of gift is appropriate?

Ritual Circumcision of Jewish Baby Boys (Bris)
In Judaism, a baby's circumcision is much more than surgery. A Jewish baby's circumcision marks his entrance into the covenant with God.

What Is the Origin of the Brit Milah (Bris)?
Learn more about the origins of the brit milah (bris), which is an important Jewish ritual that takes place eight days after a baby boy is born.

What Is a Mohel?
A mohel is a Jewish man who performs the ritual of brit milah on a baby boy after he is born.

What Is Pidyon HaBen?
Pidyon HaBen refers to the ancient custom of dedicating a firstborn son to the service of God.

Naming Ceremonies for Jewish Baby Girls (Simchat Bat)
As opposed to a brit, circumcision, of a boy on the eighth day, there are no explicit rituals for a girl. Instead, there are customs for a Simchat Bat, celebration of a birth of a daughter.

What Is a Bar Mitzvah?
Bar Mitzvah literally translates to "son of commandment" and implies "responsible male." According to Jewish Law, every Jewish boy becomes a bar mitzvah at age 13.

What Is a Bat Mitzvah?
According to Jewish Law, every Jewish girl becomes a bat mitzvah at age 12 - a year earlier than a Jewish boy becomes a bar mitzvah due to the fact that girls mature earlier than boys.

What Is a Bat Mitzvah?
Bat Mitzvah literally translates as "daughter of commandment."

All About Marriage and Weddings in Judaism
Judaism views marriage as the ideal human state. Both the Torah and the Talmud view a man without a wife, or a woman without a husband, as incomplete.

The Best and the Worst
Share some of the best (and worst) Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts you've seen. See submissions

Becoming A Bar Mitzvah
What does it mean to "become a bar mitzvah" and how does this differ from the bar mitzvah celebration?

Becoming a Bat Mitzvah
What does it mean to "become a bat mitzvah" and how does this differ from the bat mitzvah celebration?

The Jewish Divorce
In Judaism the entire process of divorce begins with the "get," which is responsible for terminating a Jewish marriage, giving both spouses a chance to remarry according to Jewish law.

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!

What is a Kittel?

Going to Mikvah
The mikvah can be daunting and overwhelming the first time around, but it shouldn't be! Here's your first-timers "how to" guide for visiting mikvah!

What is the Mikvah?
A mikvah is so critical to a Jewish community that the Talmud prioritizes building a mikvah over a synagogue! How much do you know about mikvah?

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?

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?

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?

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