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Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

Updated Articles and Resources

By Chaviva Gordon-Bennett

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • The Top 5 Most Misunderstood Things About Judaism Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      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 Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      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 Is the Ziz? Created: Sunday, October 17, 2010 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The Ziz is a mythological bird that is sometimes called "The Queen of Birds."
    • The Best of Judaism 101 Books Created: Thursday, June 12, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      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!
    • Passover: The Forbidden Foods Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      For many, Passover means one thing: no bread. However, with words like kitniyot and gebrokts, confusion abounds. Get to know Passover prohibitions!
    • When is Hanukkah 2010? Created: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      When is Hanukkah 2010? Judaism.
    • When Is Rosh HaShanah in 2012? Created: Thursday, July 12, 2012 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      In 2012 the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh HaShanah begins at sundown on September 16th." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The Passover seder incorporates a variety of symbolic items, among them, Elijah's Cup and Miriam's Cup. Learn more about these two vessels, each of which is based upon a biblical character."
    • The Jewish Shabbat Morning Service Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The shabbat morning service is called shacharit shabbat. Learn more about the different prayers that are said by the Jewish community during this weekly service." itemprop=pr="$zTP='t3'" --> itempr...
    • Hanukkah Books for Toddlers and Young Children Created: Thursday, December 08, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      With adorable illustrations and inviting text, these four Hanukkah books are great picks for toddlers and young children alike." itemprop="description">
    • What Is the Torah? Created: Friday, November 25, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The Torah is Judaism's most important text. It contains the Five Books of Moses and is the source of the Ten Commandments and the 613 mitzvot." itemprop="description" Thursday, November 24, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Lyrics to all three versions of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song, which was first performed on Saturday Night Live in 1994." itemprop="description">> itemprop="descripti...
    • What Is a Kippah? Created: Saturday, September 17, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      After the Star of David, a kippah is one of the most recognizable symbols of Jewish identity." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      In many Jewish homes a special blessing is said over the children on Friday evening as Shabbat begins. Learn how to say these blessings and why they are said." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
    • The Passover (Pesach) Story Created: Saturday, March 19, 2011 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      The Passover story is recounted in the biblical book of Exodus. It begins with the enslavement of the Hebrews and ends with their freedom from bondage." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • What Is Lag Ba'Omer Created: Monday, April 05, 2010 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Lag Ba'Omer is a minor Jewish holiday that falls between Passover and Shavuot." itemprop="description"> Friday, December 18, 2009 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Rosh HaShanah begins at sundown on September 8th, 2010 (Wednesday). It ends at sundown on September 10th, 2010 (Friday)." itemprop="description">>
    • Judaism's View on Suicide Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Suicide is a difficult reality and has plagued mankind since the times of the Tanakh. But how does Judaism address suicide?
    • What is the Western Wall? Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      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.
    • When Is Hanukkah in 2011? Created: Thursday, October 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      In 2011 Hanukkah begins on December 20th and ends on December 28th." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      Rabbinic texts describe Gehenna as a place of fire, brimstone and darkness. Learn more about this realm of postmortem punishment." itemprop="description"><...
    • Falling in Love on Tu b'Av Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      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.
    • The Western Wall: A Quick History Created: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
      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 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.
    • 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.

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