Grace Before Meals

One of the seven mitzvot enacted by the rabbis is reciting blessings prior to eating food. The other six rabbinic innovations are: the holiday of Purim, the holiday of Chanukah, lighting…

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Add Grace Before and After Meals to your Thanksgiving Dinner

All meals, including your Thanksgiving Dinner, should include blessings before and after.

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Bentching/Birkat HaMazon/Grace After Meals

Birkat HaMazonGrace After MealsBentching How easy it is, when we are wanting, to ask G-d for the food, to remember our “please…

Gratitude for Historical Grace to Jews

Show gratitude to countries that allowed Jews to immigrate when they were unsafe elsewhere.

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Meals

Prepare for Rosh Hashana by planning your holiday meals in advance.

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Festive Meals

Celebrate the final days of Passover with festive meals.

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The Meal Before

While there are several fast days on the Jewish calendar, only two are referred to as "major fasts": Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur. They are thus labelled because (1) there is little leeway…

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The Meal Before

While there are several fast days on the Jewish calendar, only two are referred to as "major fasts": Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur. They are thus labelled because (1) there is little leeway…

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Before Summer

Before summer arrives, check out Jewish camp options for the children in your life.

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Before Bed

Before you go to sleep, take a few minutes to contemplate your day and thank God for all the unique moments of the day.

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Just Before You Light

Just before lighting candles for Shabbat, say a prayer for those you know who need to be healed or are waiting to meet their soulmate.

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Before Prep

Before Shabbat, make certain you have wine/grape juice, spices and an appropriate candle for Havdallah.

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Before Shabbat

Light your menorah before Shabbat.

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Think Before You Bite

Think about the many benefits of your food before eating (and don't forget to say a blessing).

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Predicting the New Emperor before Exit Polls

On December 21 in the year 69 CE, the Roman Senate declared that Vespasian be elevated to serve as the Emperor of Rome. A famous Talmudical story (Gittin 56b) described how a rabbi…

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Before Bagels On Broadway

During the 2016 election, a presidential candidate uttered the words, “New York values,” and was accused of referring pejoratively to New York Jews. Of course, he denied the allegation.…

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Before They Knew Viral

Martha Wollstein, whose parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany, began her medical education when she was 16 years old. The Women’s Medical Society of the State of New York was also…

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Before They Knew Viral

Martha Wollstein, whose parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany, began her medical education when she was 16 years old. The Women’s Medical Society of the State of New York was also…

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Think Before We Do

Let's consider whether the actions we plan to take should be avoided if they will likely mislead a person, and thereby, lead them astray.

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Questions Before

Feel free to ask Jewish Treats any questions you have about Passover.

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Manners Before Munching

When asking someone about the kosher-standard of food, make certain to ask in a discrete and polite way.

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The Shabbat Before

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva. How you celebrate this Shabbat is a reflection of your love of Shabbat throughout the year that passed, so go…

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The Jewish Holiday A Week before Chanukah

The Mishnah (Rosh Hashana 1:1) declares four calendar dates as “Jewish new years.” On the first day of Tishrei, we celebrate Rosh Hashana as the annual day of judgment…

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The Jewish Holiday A Week before Chanukah

The Mishnah (Rosh Hashana 1:1) declares four calendar dates as “Jewish new years.” On the first day of Tishrei, we celebrate Rosh Hashana as the annual day of judgment for all humanity…

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Before Michigan

The foundations of Michigan’s Jewish community were laid by the German Jews who came to America in the 1840s and spread out across the continent. Jewish history in Michigan, which became…

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Before Michigan

The foundations of Michigan’s Jewish community were laid by the German Jews who came to America in the 1840s and spread out across the continent. Jewish history in Michigan, which became…

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Eikev 5765-2005

"Understanding Birkat Hamazon, the Grace After Meals" by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald In this coming week's parasha, parashat Eikev, we are told of the mitzvah of reciting Birkat…

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Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

- Shemini Atzeret / Simchat TorahThe Gathering of the 8th Shemini Atzeret, literally the Gathering of the…

A Shabbat Addition

Feasting on Shabbat is one of the primary ways in which Jews observe the commandment to remember (zachor) the Sabbath day. With a special meal on Friday night, another for Shabbat lunch…

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Laws and Customs of Shavuot

ShavuotLaws and Customs Table of Contents Festival Laws The Book of Ruth Customs Shavuot is a low-key, pensive holiday,…