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Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

Updated Articles and Resources

By Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Finding Your Bashert Created: Friday, July 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      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?
    • Jewish Hand Washing Rituals Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      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.
    • When Is Hanukkah in 2011? Created: Thursday, October 13, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      In 2011 Hanukkah begins on December 20th and ends on December 28th." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Rabbinic texts describe Gehenna as a place of fire, brimstone and darkness. Learn more about this realm of postmortem punishment." itemprop="description"><...
    • How To: The Three Weeks Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      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?
    • What Makes Wine Mevushal? Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Wine might seem an unlikely candidate for concern about kosher ingredients, but a past of use in pagan ritual means kosher wine has its own rules.
    • What is Tzom Tammuz? Created: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      Tzom Tammuz is probably one of the lesser known of Judaism's many fast days. Occuring in the summer, it kicks off the "three weeks" in Judaism.
    • What is a Kittel? Created: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
      A unique white robe-like garment, the kittel is worn by Jews on special days and during specific lifecycle events.
    • The Sounds of the Shofar on Rosh HaShanah Created: Monday, August 01, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      The shofar is blown one hundred times on each of the two days of Rosh HaShanah. There are four specific shofar blasts associated with this holiday." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • What is the Mikvah? Created: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      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?
    • Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Greetings Created: Friday, July 30, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      What are the correct ways for a non-Jewish (or Jewish) person to respectfully convey warm wishes to Jewish friends on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?" itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • Jewish Holiday Calendar 5772 Created: Monday, June 13, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This calendar contains the 2011-2012 Gregorian calendar dates for all Jewish and Israeli holidays, festivals and days of mourning." itemprop="description">...
    • What Is Simchat Torah? Created: Saturday, October 10, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar.
    • A Mikvah How-To Guide Created: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      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!
    • The Shmita Year Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Every seven years, farmers who own land in Israel fulfill the mitzvah of shmita by taking a year off from working their land. What is this ancient and rare mitzvah (commandment)?
    • Yiddish Dictionary Created: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Definition of Yiddish words and expressions.
    • The Hanukkah Song Created: Thursday, November 24, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Lyrics to all three versions of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song, which was first performed on Saturday Night Live in 1994." itemprop="description">>...
    • Arnold Rothstein Created: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      Biography of Rothstein, a New York businessman, gambler and mobster rumored to have fixed the 1919 World Series, and murdered in 1928." itemprop="description"="description" Sunday, October 17, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      The Leviathan is a mythical sea monster or dragon that is mentioned in Job 41." itemprop="description"> Thursday, June 12, 2014 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
      Books like Rashi's Daughters have muddied the truth behind whether women have historically or religiously worn tefillin. What's the ruling?

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