Lighting The Way To Peace

The very last act performed before bringing Shabbat into the home is the lighting of the Shabbat candles. While this mitzvah is considered one of the three primary mitzvot of a Jewish…

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Peaceful Time

Light Shabbat candles and allow their peaceful glow to permeate your home. Learn more about bringing peace into the world by contemplating the statement "...the more charity, the more…

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Israeli-German Relations

On May 13, 1965, Israel officially established diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of (West) Germany (FRG). This event is quite notable, since Israel was established in the…

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Mezuzah: Complete Fulfillment

A mezuzah on the doorpost is a public sign of a Jewish home. If you open the decorative container of the mezuzah you will find a piece of parchment with two sets of Hebrew verses from…

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What’s Inside?

As you walk into a Jewish home and see a mezuzah on the doorpost, think about its contents and our ongoing relationship with God.

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Cooked Wine

Among the discussions of the many details of Jewish life recorded in the Mishna, the first written compilation of the oral law, is the following: “If a Jewish laborer is hired by a…

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L’Chaim-To Life

Whether you’re celebrating a simcha, a joyous occasion, or simply looking for a bottle of kosher wine for Kiddush on Shabbat, you’ll find many excellent choices.

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B’ha’a’lot’cha 5781-2021

“Is This What the Torah Predicted?” (updated and revised from B’ha’a’lot’cha 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald This week’s parasha, parashat B’ha’a’lot’cha, contains several…

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The Charleston Synagogue(s)

Charleston, South Carolina is home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the United States. The 1669 charter for the Carolina Colony explicitly included liberty of conscious for…

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Do Your Research

Before you travel to a city with a sizable Jewish population, especially one with a rich Jewish history like Charleston, SC, research its history and its synagogues to better appreciate…

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An Interesting Philologist

Language is considered to be one of the unique characteristics of humankind. Lazarus (Eliezer Solomon) Geiger believed that there was a great deal to learn about humanity from studying…

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The Meaning and Use of Language

Lazarus Geiger believed that there was a great deal to learn about humanity from studying the development of language. Then, there is the actual use of language. In the first chapter of…

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Telephone, Gramaphone, Helicopter…Emile Berliner

Emile Berliner (May 20, 1851 – August 3, 1929) came to America to avoid being drafted as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War. A native of Hanover, Germany, Berliner had trained as a…

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Making An Impact

Learn more about Emile Berliner, the multi-talented innovator who positively impacted society in many different ways.

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The First Jewish Museum

According to most internet calendars, yesterday, May 18, 2021, was International Museum Day. This Jewish Treat, therefore provides a brief history of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, which is…

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Plan a Visit

When planning a trip to another city, research whether there is a Jewish museum, and if so, be sure to visit to learn more about the Jewish history of both the local and surrounding…

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Naso 5781-2021

“The Challenge of the Priestly Blessings” (updated and revised from Naso 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald In this week’s parasha, parashat Naso, we encounter the very beautiful…

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Preparing for the Torah

Shortly after the Israelites encamped at the base of Mount Sinai, they agreed to accept the Torah and do all that God had commanded. And so, God declared that He would bring Himself, in…

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Get a Head Start

Use the Sh’loshet Yemei Hagbalah, the three days of preparation before Shavuot, to delve into the wisdom of the Sages. Join thousands of Jews worldwide who will be studying Chapter 6 of…

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Get a Head Start

Get ready for Shavuot by downloading our free Ebook "Jewish Treats on the Ten Commandments" by clicking here.

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Thank You Nurses

Today, May 12th, is International Nurses Day, and so, Jewish Treats honors a woman who made a tremendous impact on the world of public health. Lillian D. Wald (1867 – 1940) was born to…

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Thank the First Responders

On International Nurses Day, reach out and thank nurses for all they have done to help others, especially those who served valiantly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Berlin’s Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary

On May 11, 1820, a child was born in Prussia who would, as a grown man, almost single-handedly change the face of German Jewry. Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer attended yeshiva in Hanover, and…

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Rebirth of a Torah Institution in Berlin

Learn about the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin and its reopening in 2009, 71 years after it was closed by the Nazis.

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Bamidbar 5781-2021

“Counting on the People of Israel" (updated and revised from Bamidbar 5762-2002) by, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald As this week’s parasha, parashat Bamidbar, opens, the Jews are found in the…

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Lions and Jerusalem Day

The original city of Jerusalem, conquered by King David from the Jebusites, is now known as Ir David, situated in the Silwan neighborhood, south of the Temple Mount. Over time, Jerusalem…

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Celebrate Jerusalem Day

Learn more about the connection that Jews have had with Jerusalem over the last 3,000 years through the powerful video presentation delivered several years ago by the late former Chief…

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Better Not Forget!

Even if you didn’t send a card, buy flowers or offer to take the special mothers in your life out for dinner, make sure to call and tell them how much they mean to you!

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For Your Jewish Mother

If one were to believe the jokes, Jewish mothers enjoy nothing more than nagging their children to eat, encouraging grown children to get married and bragging about the children’s…

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Western Wall History

The Western (Wailing*) Wall is the most accessible holiest location in Jewish life. With 28 rows of massive stones above ground (and 17 below), the Wall itself is physically breathtaking.…

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