Covenant & Conversation Parshat Behar: Minority Rights

One of the most striking features of the Torah is its emphasis on love of, and vigilance toward, the ger, the stranger:. Do not oppress a stranger; you yourselves know how it feels to be strangers, because you were strangers in Egypt.

Non-Jews – aishcom

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Life after Death – aishcom

Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a frequent contributor to Aish, is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer.

Jews for Jesus – aishcom

Rabbi Shraga Simmons is the co-founder of Aish.com, and co-author of “48 Ways to Wisdom” (ArtScroll). He is Founder and Director of Aish.com’s advanced learning site. He is co-founder of HonestReporting.com, and author of “David & Goliath”, the definitive account of anti-Israel media bias.Originally from Buffalo, New York, he holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin …

ABCs of Kosher – aishcom

Which animals are kosher? How must kosher food be prepared? And why keep kosher in the first place? Anyone who’s been to Jewish population centers has probably enjoyed kosher hot dogs, kosher falafel, or kosher delicatessen. So what’s behind all this delicious food? The Hebrew word “kosher …

Judaism and Martyrdom – The Jewish Website

An excerpt from Rabbi Kaplan’s Handbook of Jewish Thought.. There are times when one’s love for God must be so strong that he or she is ready to be martyred for His sake. We are commanded, “Love the Lord your God … with all your soul” (Deut. 6:5), and this is interpreted to mean that one must continue to love God even at the expense of one’s life and soul.

Jewish History

The history of the Jewish people and Judaism from the time of the Bible to modern day Israel. Crash course in Jewish History.

Video: Life: A Short Film – aish.com

The Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland involved the implementation of German policy of systematic and mostly successful destruction of indigenous Polish-Jewish population.

Covenant & Conversation Parshat Noach: True Morality

Is there such a thing as an objective basis of morality? For some time, in secular circles, the idea has seemed absurd. Morality is what we choose it to be. We are free to do what we like so long as we don’t harm others. Moral judgments are not truths but choices. There is no way of getting from “is …

Witchcraft and Judaism – aishcom

The statements in the article regarding belief in witchcraft and the occult are neither required by Torah or Judaism. The Rambam, for example, sharply condemned the belief in astrology, though many rabbis in the Talmud believed in it.

ABCs of Shavuot

Celebrating our receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. Rabbi Shraga Simmons is the co-founder of Aish.com, and co-author of “48 Ways to Wisdom” (ArtScroll). He is Founder and Director of Aish.com’s advanced learning site.

Purim and Spain’s Hidden Jews – aish.com

Why Purim best expressed their loyalty to their Jewish heritage. It’s a holiday that is marked by fasting and sincere regret over one’s past mistakes. But if you think that day is called Yom Kippur, think again. And meet the Purim of the Anusim – Spanish Jews who were forced to convert to …

One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

My son wore his new kippah publicly, like a billboard announcing his heritage. I didn’t want him to stick out. My eldest son tore open the package, his excitement palpable. He pulled out his new yarmulke and immediately asked me to help him pin it. A navy blue number with a silver Magen David, my …

Judaism and the Environment – aishcom

Judaism has a balanced and reasoned approach to environmental issues that could be a source of pride to Jews and a source of inspiration to the non-Jewish world. As a boy of six I was walking to shul with my father one morning and I unthinkingly tore some leaves off the hedge we were passing. In …

Making Tisha B’Av Count – aish.com

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, C.S.W. is a noted psychotherapist, in private practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. for over 25 years. He is a Senior Lecturer and the Creative Director of Aish Hatorah’s Discovery Productions. He is also an editor and author for the Artscroll Publishing Series and a member of the Kollel …

Who is the Messiah? – aish.com

Each Shavuot we read the book of Ruth, who famously converted to Judaism and from whom the Messiah (Moshiach) will ultimately descend. The topic of the coming of the Moshiach is a real paradox. On the one hand, belief in the imminent coming of the Moshiach and looking forward to his arrival is one …

Star of David, Jewish star, Magen David – aish.com

In modern times, the Star of David has become a premier Jewish symbol. This six-pointed star (hexagram), made of two interlocking triangles, can be found on mezuzahs, menorahs, tallis bags and kipot.