Yesod-Foundation

The sixth week of Sefirat Ha’Omer, the counting of the days between Passover and Shavuot, is dedicated to the Sephirah of Yesod - Foundation. (For an explanation of the sephirot,…

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Jewish Foundation in Science Fiction

 In 1981, in his introduction to the science fiction anthology More Wandering Stars, Isaac Asimov pondered the question, “Can science fiction be part of Jewish culture?” As this was…

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The Foundation Commandment

“I am the Lord your God.” These are the opening words of the first of the Ten Commandments. While these words do seem strange as a “commandment,” they are, in fact, the foundation of all…

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Family Life

As the holiday season gets busy, be considerate of the needs of your family.

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Foundation Light

Light candles to mark the beginning of Shabbat. Click here to find out what time Shabbat starts where you are.

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Community Ties

It is a commonly stated idea that, with the expansion of the world of social media, the idea of community has changed. Where once people turned to communal organizations for drawing them…

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A Community Revealed

In 1492, four families in Belmonte, Portugal began to live secret lives that would last for generations. Like many Jews on the Iberian Peninsula, in response to the Inquisition, which…

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An Island Community

As the chill of winter settles in, Jewish Treats brings you warm thoughts of the Caribbean - of Barbados to be exact. The first known Jews to arrive on Barbados were refugees from the…

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Community Ties

Recently, several news outlets have made human interest stories out of the growing trend of E-Worship--online religious communities. With video services and active chat rooms, these…

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The Family’s Blood

Today is World Hemophilia Day, designated to raise awareness of the hereditary blood disorder that prevents one’s blood from clotting.  Most forms of hemophilia are passed from…

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The Resurging Community of Basel

If you are a fan of fantastic beasts, then you might understand how appropriate it can be to compare Jewish communities to the incredible Phoenix bird, which is consumed by flames at its…

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A Famous Family of Translators

In the early Middle Ages, the global Jewish community was basically divided between those living in lands controlled by the church and those in lands controlled by the Arabs. The dominant…

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The Royal Family and the Jews

On February 6, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne of “the United Kingdom and her other realms and Territories” upon the death of her father, King George VI. While the Queen is…

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Family Affair

Take a moment and contemplate how you are a reflection of the family in which you were raised. Call and thank family members who had a positive impact on your life.

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Community Strength

If you live in a smaller community, work together with others to ensure the strength of the community.

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Community Check

Find out what the Purim schedule is in your community. For Megillah reading, check with the synagogue. For Matanot La'evyonim, check with local rabbis or community organizations.

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Community Programs

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Monsters In The Family

To much of the American populace, tonight [Halloween] is a night of goblins and ghouls, vampires and witches. These monsters are actually characters found in old myths and fairytales.…

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Family Time

Use your time off to spend time with your family and enhance your family's Jewish pride by talking to them about the things that make you proud of being Jewish. 

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Be a Superhero to Your Family and Friends

You may not have X-ray vision, or the ability to fly, but every person has the capacity to be a mortal superhero by helping others and living a selfless life.

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Family Assistance

Offer to help out a family after the birth of a child.

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Family Shabbat

Include your family in your Shabbat celebration.

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Family Units

Stay in contact with your extended family.

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Family History

If you are unfamiliar with your family history, ask a relative and write it down for posterity.

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Family Time

Judaism places great value on family. Find time this summer to get your family together to enjoy quality time.

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The Strength of the Family

Before the Shabbat meal, it is customary for the parents to bless their children. This blessing is known as Birkat Habanim. Actually, there are two separate blessings recited, one for…

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Community Connects

Build connections between the different elements of your local Jewish community.

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Community Ties

Become an active part of your community. 

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Community Abroad

When travelling to an unfamiliar place, research the local Jewish community first.

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Community Assist

Pay attention to the happenings in your local community and offer to help where needed. 

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