Non-Jews – aishcom

Judaism 101: The basic philosophical, theological and legal concepts of Judaism

Witchcraft and Judaism – aishcom

Most children are thrilled by stories of witches and devils, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. In an otherwise dry and rational world, those mysterious forces add an element of fun and excitement and stir the imagination.

Who is the Messiah? –

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 …

Jews for Jesus – aishcom

Underhanded tactics lure unsuspecting Jews into joining a Christian movement. No matter how disconnected a Jew may be from Judaism, he is still likely to be appalled by the idea of worshipping Jesus. And that poses a great dilemma for Christian missionaries seeking to convert Jews. Given this …

Christianity’s Rise in China –

China realizes what the West is rapidly forgetting: a civilization is as strong as its faith. Towards the end of his recent book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson drops into his analysis an explosive depth-charge. He quotes a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, part of a team …

Tears and Shattered Prayers –

Cry for Us. When I heard the horrific news, I was in a coffee shop and the sentence flashed across my screen with a tiny sound. The words tore at my heart: Bodies of Three Kidnapped Yeshiva Boys Found.

Why Dairy on Shavuot? – aishcom

My brother (moshe flam) gave me the best explanation I have seen yet: On Shavuot one would begin the bikurim as is written: “that you should take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you shall bring in from thy land that hashem thy God gives you and you shalt put it in a basket and go to the place which hashem thy God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there, And you shall …

Mayanot Parshat Noach: Paradise Lost –

This week’s Torah portion — which relates the story of the great flood and of the events that lead to the building of the Tower of Babel — contains this seemingly positive declaration: It sounds like peace on earth, good will to all men, utopia. Indeed, it was peace on earth, but a war against …

My Journey from Chinese to Jewish –

A chance encounter with a Bible launched my 16-year road to conversion. I was born and raised in Tianjin, China, a city southeast of Beijing with 13 million people. My father was an engineer and my mother was a technician. Under Communist rule, I received a very secular education. The very idea of …

Black Jewish Rapper – aishcom

Seward Park is a neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Visit if you’re looking for Seattle’s orthodox Jews. Most of them live there. The neighborhood is chockfull of synagogues – including the oldest synagogue in Washington State – and other staples of Jewish life.

Dovid Rosenfeld –

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service.

Jacob vs. Esau, Part I: The Two Roles –

Unravelling one of the most cryptic episodes of the entire Torah. The story of Jacob and Esau is one of the most perplexing sagas of the entire Torah. From a young age, Jacob developed into the diligent Torah student, dwelling in the tents of study. Esau, by contrast, is described as an idler and …

Faith in God: A Jewish Perspective –

Orit Esther Riter born in Brooklyn, New York, a caterer by profession. However, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2006, her life’s direction took a different course.

Being a Man

Mr. Charlie Harary, Esq. is a prolific speaker who has traveled all over the country and abroad speaking for organizations, schools, universities and institutions on a variety of topics and to audiences of various sizes and affiliations.

Star of David, Jewish star, Magen David –

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.

History Crash Course #61: The Final Solution

Hitler implemented his goal to eliminate all Jews from the planet. By the beginning of 1942 the Germans had close to 9 million Jews under their control (out of a total of 11 million Jews living in Europe and the Soviet Union). And, of course, it was their plan to murder them all. Already, the …

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.