Chanukah Values

Prioritize values of kindness, thoughtfulness and morality over physical beauty.

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Basic Values

Treating every person with respect is a basic Jewish value.

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Human Rights and Brit Milah

Today, December 10th, is "Human Rights Day." Chanukah is the holiday when Jews fought for our rights. Today, the Jewish right to circumcision is once again being challenged. Stand up and…

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The Author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In honor of Human Rights Day, December 10, Jewish Treats presents a brief biography of René Samuel Cassin (October 5, 1887 - February 20, 1976), the author of the Universal Declaration of…

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No Such Thing As A Human Herd

The recent social media discussions about the meaning of the Jewish reggae star Matisyahu’s shaving his beard has raised many issues: the significance of a beard in general, Chassidic…

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All Human Benefit Must Be Appreciated

Any benefit we receive in this world, even the tiniest amount, must be acknowledged and we must thank God for it.

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Never Judge a Human Book by Its Cover

Genetic traits such as hair color do not determine how individuals behave. Be careful not to stereotype or even make assumptions about people based on their external features.

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Human Judgement

Do not judge others, even public figures, because you may not know all of the background information.

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Wish both Jews and Non-Jews a Happy and Successful Jewish New Year

On Rosh Hashana we celebrate the creation of the first human being. While only Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, it is an important anniversary for all humankind.

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Jewish Treats Jewish History

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9/11 and Jewish History

The attack on the continental U.S. homeland on September 11, 2001, changed the entire complexion of the United States. Almost 200 years had passed since the last attack on the U.S.…

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Boundary Stones and Unfair Competition in Jewish Law

In this week’s parasha, the Torah teaches that, “You shall not move your fellow’s landmarks, set up by previous generations, in the property that will be allotted to you in the land that…

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World History and Jewish History

While there is much to learn from world history, it is critical to master Jewish history, which is not only “our history,” but it also enables the transmission of Jewish tradition and…

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Go Vote! It’s an American and Jewish Value!

Voting in free and fair elections is one of the most profound privileges Americans and citizens of other democratic countries enjoy. Almost 700,000 American soldiers* have died in wars to…

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Chinese Tiles and Jewish Ladies

It is a well-known joke that Jews have a particular affinity for Chinese food, especially on a certain legal holiday in December. But there is another surprising connection of…

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Impeachment and the Jewish Tradition

On February 24, 1868, a U.S. president was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time. Three months later, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Andrew Johnson. 35…

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The Pope and the Jewish Prayer for Rain

Did you know that several centuries ago, a Pope impacted Jewish law? Most Jewish events of note are based on the Jewish calendar. That’s why it’s surprising to learn that the date when…

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Sand, Sun and Jewish History

Ninety-nine years ago today, Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas (as well as the smaller surrounding islands) were transferred from the dominion of Denmark to the possession of the…

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Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman – The Jewish Connection

Name the first talking animated film. The answer most people usually offer is Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willy (1928). In actuality, however, the first talking cartoons were produced by…

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Support Jewish Treats and NJOP

Jewish Treats is the social media arm of NJOP, a non-profit, non-denominational Jewish organization founded in 1987 to engage millions of Jews through positive, joyous Jewish experiences…

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Jewish Law and the Snooze Button

As the world celebrates “Procrastination Week” this week, Jewish Treats, of course, has been putting off writing about this topic. While executing tasks in a timely manner and keeping to…

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Look Good and Comply with Jewish Law

Because the long tradition behind Jewish law usually has more grey than black and white, much nuance exists. Study Jewish law and experience the millennia-long tapestry of opinions and…

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Jewish in the House of Commons and Lords

Learn about the Jewish heroes and heroines who, over the years, helped secure a formal acceptance of Jewish identity at the highest levels of government in countries around the world.

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World History and Jewish History

While there is much to learn from world history, it is critical to master its impact on the Jewish community and, in a broader sense, on Jewish history.

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Pop Culture and Jewish Tradition

Jewish tradition, wisdom and law should have voices in all sectors of life, including pop culture. Seek out the contemporary situations and apply ancient wisdom to modernity.

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Identify With, and Act for Jewish Causes

Our personal identity revolves around family, geography, ethnicity and ideology. Never forget that each Jew is an integral and irreplaceable part of the Jewish community.

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Support Jewish organizations that were transplanted from pre-Holocaust Europe and survived

Take pride and support Jewish organizations that have resiliently survived Hitler’s genocide.

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Jewish and Proud

The greatest ammunition against anti-Semitism is living a proud, Jewish life.

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Jewish and Proud

During this year's Chanukah celebration, find new ways to express your Jewish identity. 

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Appreciate, Celebrate and Transmit Your Family’s Jewish Heritage

Every person should proudly transmit family history to the next generation. For Jews this is both a calling and an imperative.

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