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    • Hebrew Names for Girls (L-P) Created: Sunday, November 20, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters L-P, as well as their meanings." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, February 01, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Bat Mitzvah literally translates as "daughter of commandment." The word "bat" means "daughter" in Aramaic, and he word "mitzvah" is Hebrew for "commandment"" itemprop="desczTP='t3'" --> itemprop="d...
    • Hebrew Names for Boys (H-M) Created: Saturday, October 22, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Hebrew boys names beginning with the letters H-M, along with their meanings and references to biblical characters with those names." itemprop="description"> Saturday, April 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Observing Passover requires a certain amount of knowledge when it comes to kosher do's and don'ts. In addition to eating matzah during your seder, Jews are prohibited from eating leavened bread dur...
    • Bar and Bat Mitzvah Gifts Created: Monday, April 26, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      I was invited to a bar/bat mitzvah. Should I bring a gift? If so, what kind of gift is appropriate?
    • The Mourner's Kaddish Created: Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Mourner's Kaddish is a form of the Kaddish prayer that is recited in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Learn more about this prayer and when it is said in this article.
    • Hanukkah Food Traditions Created: Saturday, October 30, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Like many Jewish holidays, Hanukkah has accompanying food traditions. Fried foods such as sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) are especially popular, as are dairy foods.
    • Hebrew Names for Girls (R-Z) Created: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters R-Z, as well as their meanings." itemprop="description"> Saturday, October 22, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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    • Hebrew Names for Girls (G-K) Created: Sunday, November 13, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Hebrew names for girls beginning with the English letters G-K, as well as their meanings." itemprop="description"> Friday, November 25, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 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" Friday, October 08, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The term "bat mitzvah" is used to describe a 12-year-old girl when she becomes a Jewish adult. Bat Mitzvah also refers to the religious ceremony (and sometimes celebratory party) that accompanies t...
    • The Passover (Pesach) Story Created: Saturday, March 19, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 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...
    • How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah Created: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Instructions for lighting the menorah during the holiday of Hanukkah including blessings and a list of materials you will need." itemprop="description">
    • Passover: The Forbidden Foods Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      For many, Passover means one thing: no bread. However, with words like kitniyot and gebrokts, confusion abounds. Get to know Passover prohibitions!
    • Passover: Matzah 101 Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      On Passover, Jews remember the harrowing experience of the Exodus from Egypt by eating matzah. How much do you know about the unleavened bread?
    • How to Light Yahrzeit (Memorial) Candles Created: Saturday, September 11, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      A Yahrzeit (Yiddish for "a year’s time") is the anniversary of the death of a loved one. Learn more about Yahrzeit candles, when to light them and how to use them." i--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" --...
    • What Is "Jewish?" Created: Friday, May 14, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    • What Is Hanukkah? Created: Monday, December 07, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It usually falls in late November or December on the secular calendar." itemprop="description" Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Yom Kippur is one of the most important Jewish holidays and is one of two High Holidays. Yom Kippur falls ten days after Rosh HaShanah and is the day when God decides the fate of each person."
    • Where Does the Legend of Lilith Come From? Created: Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam's first wife. When she left her husband God created Eve as Adam's second wife, while Lilith went on to become the Queen of Demons."
    • Do Jews Believe in Sin? Created: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      There are three kinds of sin in Judaism: sins against God, sins against another person, and sins against yourself." itemprop="description">> Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      What does the Jewish symbol "Chai" mean?
    • Passover (Pesach) Created: Sunday, March 27, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Passover is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays and commemorates the biblical story of Exodus, when Hebrew slaves were released from bondage in Egypt.
    • What Are the Symbols of the Seder Plate? Created: Saturday, March 20, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Passover is a holiday full of ritual symbols that retell the Exodus story. Many of these symbols are displayed on the seder plate, which is the centerpiece of the seder table.
    • What Is a Seder? Created: Monday, March 07, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      A Passover seder is a service held at home as part of the Passover celebration. It is always observed on the first night of Passover, and in some homes on the second night as well. On both nights, the seder concludes with a dinner.
    • Passover: Picking the Right Haggadah Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      The Passover seder can be a lengthy and daunting experience, so having the right haggadah can make or break the holiday. Having a haggadah chock full of fascinating facts, insights, and graphics can provide you, your guests, and your children with endless possibilities.
    • Definition of Mazel Tov (Yiddish Word) Created: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      "Mazel Tov" is a Hebrew phrase that literally means "good destiny" but is more commonly understood to mean "good luck" or "congratulations."
    • Passover: The Four Cups of Wine Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The reasons for drinking four cups of wine as the Passover seder are many, and here are just a few of them!
    • Passover: The Three Matzot Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      During the Passover seder, Jews have on the table a seder plate with three matzot placed one on top of the other. But why?
    • How to Make Mishloach Manot for Purim Created: Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      Mishloach manot are gifts of food that Jews send to one another during the holiday of Purim. Learn more about what goes in these gift baskets and how to make your own mishloach manot in this articl...
    • The Story of Purim Created: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
      Purim is a festive Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in the biblical Book of Esther. Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Ada...

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