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Eating Unclean Fowl

“These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture.”  Lev11:13. There are two descriptions for what can be eaten or not. Clean and unclean can be… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Festivals

Has it been so long that it’s forgotten? When law books are far older than anyone alive, some of those laws may be out of date or in need of broader definition. Jewish law is constantly evolving as with any… Continue Reading →

The Mezuzah

Before we can discuss the laws and practices behind the Mezuzah, we have to identify what a Mezuzah even is. As stated on My Jewish learning, a Mezuzah is a small box affixed to the right of the doorpost on… Continue Reading →

Retelling the Passover Story

On the first night of Passover, Jewish law states that, families are to sit down with their young and discuss the departure from Egypt. There are many steps that go into celebrating Passover; however, discussing the departure from Egypt is… Continue Reading →

Honor Your Parents

My Jewish law (Leviticus 19:32) states that one “shall have “yir’ah” for their mother and father.” Yir’ah traditionally is translated to mean fear. Fear in this sense isn’t defined as being scared of something. This definition of fear is to… Continue Reading →

Keep the Sanctuary Holy

Jewish Law 448 The law I chose was law 448 which says to keep the Temple or Synagogue holy and can be found in scripture as, “You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.” (Lev…. Continue Reading →

Tzedakah: More than Just Generosity

With the “season of giving” right around the corner, we can expect the letters, emails, and phone calls from charities to begin. Before we know it, the all too familiar sound of the ringing bell outside of retail stores will… Continue Reading →

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