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Getting to Know the Nature of God through the Torah

In Jewish tradition, the way to find the path to God is to study the Torah. In addition to all its teachings about behavior and ritual, the Torah is also the main source for information about the nature [more…]

Two-Way Eggplant Spread

Wildly popular in Israel, this eggplant spread is easy to make because you grill the eggplants whole. Keep this spread on hand in the refrigerator for a tasty snack. Fresh pita bread is the usual accompaniment [more…]

Rice Pilaf with Apricots, Almonds, and Cashews

Rice pilaf garnished with nuts and fruit is a favorite Jewish special occasion dish. This lively, colorful rice pilaf dish accompanies chicken, turkey, and beef equally well. You can also make this dish [more…]

Sephardic Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Jewish cooks use this recipe’s all-purpose formula as a general way to enliven egg dishes. Adding vegetables, including tomatoes and zucchini, to scrambled eggs gives them a bit of kick. [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Dairy Products

To keep kosher, you must follow Jewish dietary laws, which are a basic precept of Judaism. The rules of keeping kosher break foods into three main categories — dairy, meat, and pareve. Keeping kosher means [more…]

Fruit and Wine Compote

This fruit and wine compote is basically fruit poached in liquid with sugar, which forms a syrup. Compote is perfect for making ahead and tastes even better after it’s been refrigerated for a day or two [more…]

Potato Latkes

These potato latkes (or potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp, and they’re always a hit at parties and dinners. Serve these potato latkes with their traditional partners — applesauce and sour cream. [more…]

Grilled Sweet Pepper Salad

This popular Mediterranean-style Jewish appetizer salad consists of marinated, grilled sweet peppers with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Garnish the pepper salad with your favorite Middle Eastern or [more…]

Easy Gefilte Fish

Gefilte fish, or poached fish dumplings, is a familiar dish of the Jewish kitchen because of its wide availability in jars. Homemade gefilte fish is far superior, and it’s a standard on many holiday tables [more…]

Hamantaschen with Poppy Seeds

Hamantaschen are triangular cookies filled with poppy seed, prune, or apricot. You first make the hamantaschen cookie dough, then you move on to the scrumptious filling. This recipe calls for fresh poppy [more…]

How to Make Chocolate Almond Rum Balls for Purim

Chocolate stands for celebrations, and these scrumptious sweets make great additions to the traditional Purim gift boxes of treats — if you manage to resist eating while you’re shaping them! The mixture [more…]

Discovering Sufganiyot — Hanukkah Doughnuts

To most Jews in North America, latkes mean Hanukkah, but to Israelis, sufganiyot say Hanukkah even more than levivot, the Hebrew word for latkes. Soofganiyot are light doughnuts without holes. They are [more…]

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad for Purim

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad is a healthful, savory salad for Purim that's quick to prepare if you used canned chickpeas. For optimum texture — and to adhere to holiday custom — use dried chickpeas [more…]

The Symbolic Foods at a Passover Seder

Almost every Passover seder (ritual dinner) includes various ritual foods and other items. Nothing on the seder table is selected randomly; each item has its purpose and often its specific place on the [more…]

The Haggadah and the Steps of a Seder

The Passover seder (a Jewish ritual dinner) is based on the haggadah, a book of instructions, prayers, blessings, and stories that lays out the proper order for the ritual. [more…]

What Is Passover and How Is It Celebrated?

Passover is both the most-celebrated Jewish holiday of the year and the holiday voted most likely to elicit a groan. People groan when they consider Passover's dietary requirements. They groan when they [more…]

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish new year — and Yom Kippur (which follows ten days later) are together called the "High Holidays." They are among the most important and holiest days of the Jewish year. For over [more…]

What Is Chanukkah?

In the Jewish calendar, Chanukkah’s eight-day celebration begins the evening of the 25th of Kislev (which falls sometime during December). The months of the Jewish calendar are based on the cycles of the [more…]

What Is Purim?

Purim celebrates the story told in the biblical Book of Esther, in which the evil Haman plots to exterminate the Jewish people of ancient Persia, but is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai, [more…]

Handy Terms for Discussing Christian and Jewish Writings

Christian and Jewish religious writings encompass an amazing amount of work. To keep things straight when you're talking about or studying these writings, make sure you understand these helpful terms and [more…]

Dates that Affected Development of the Hebrew Bible — a.k.a. the Old Testament

The Hebrew Bible and Old Testament are the same group of writings, although Jews prefer the term Hebrew Bible. These biblical writings are much older than the Christian New Testament writings. These dates [more…]

Major Holy Days of Kabbalah

In Kabbalah, holy days are especially focused spiritual experiences with the continual awareness that God is the center of everything. The major Kabbalah holy days, which are the same holy days on the [more…]

The Sefirot: The Ten Fundamental Essences of Kabbalah

A fundamental notion in Kabbalah is the belief that the world is created and sustained by ten channels (sefirot) of divine plenty. The sefirot are complex, each with many different meanings and gradation [more…]

Reading List: Classic Works of Kabbalah

If you're interested in learning about Kaballah, the collection of works listed here alphabetically, is considered a body of the most important written books for traditional Kabbalists throughout history [more…]

Common Daily Blessings and Prayers of Kabbalah

When practicing Kabbalah, every moment of the day is a chance to impart a blessing. These common blessings are ways of saying thanks all day long: [more…]

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