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Jews are commanded to drink four full cups at the traditional Passover Seder (meal) and the festival of Purim is a time of licensed alcoholic
Autopsy According to Halacha (Jewish law), Jews are forbidden to mutilate a corpse, derive benefit from it or delay burial. However, preserving human life is
In the Jewish tradition there is no absolute division between material and spiritual, body and soul. According to the Hebrew Bible, the human body expresses
In this section of our website you will find information about Ethics in Judaism. For more information please click on one of the links below.
The location of each prayer in the liturgy is not accidental. The structure of the service as a whole is a set pattern common to
In ancient times, customary daily prayers were recited by heart, or a reader prayed aloud and the congregation responded to the blessings with “Amen”. There
A siddur is the Jewish prayer book containing prayers according to the order of the Jewish calendar. It is the instrument of synagogue worship and
Pirkei Avot (known in English as ‘Ethics of the Fathers’) is widely known and regarded as a book in its own right, but in fact
When you look at a page of the Talmud today, you will find the Hebrew text of the Mishnah is featured in the middle of
Until the 2nd century C.E., the Oral Torah was passed down in verbal form alone. In the years following the destruction of the Second Temple
At Mount Sinai the Jewish people received the Written Torah and the Oral Torah. The Oral Torah was the oral explanation of how the (rather
The ‘Midrash’ is a generic term for a group of approximately 60 collections of rabbinic commentaries, stories, metaphors and ethical essays arranged around the books