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How to Prepare a Home for Pesach

The preparation leading up to the Pesach (Passover) period is a crucial contributing factor towards the carrying out of all the mitzvot (commandments) of the

Synagogue Services on Shavuot

Shloshet Yamei Hagbalah Three days before the festival of Shavuot, in preparation for the chag, the strict rules of the Omer period are relaxed.  People

Fasts

There are a number of fast days spread throughout the Jewish calendar. The best known is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which is

Shabbat Sources

In order to grasp the concept of Shabbat it is vital to understand the significance of the other six days of the week. On the

Links to Other Jewish Sites

Please note that the links listed below are general links. For information on a specific Jewish topic, please first visit our pages on that topic

Rites of Passage

Judaism provides for several rites of passage in the life of an average Jew. Several rites are associated with the birth of a child, ranging

Judaism and Music

Music plays an important, if often unacknowledged, role in Judaism. Prayers are often sung, making participation in prayer services more enjoyable and adding an emotional

Ethics

Judaism is much more than just a religion: it is a way of life. There is a correct Jewish way of doing everything, and Judaism

Shmittah (the Sabbatical Year)

The Torah commands that every seventh year the land must rest and all debts be forgiven. This sabbatical (from the word ‘seven’) year connects ecological

Animal Rights & Welfare

According to Jewish ethical tradition, prohibition against cruelty to animals is one of the basic laws of humankind. Indeed, animals are understood to not only

Environmental Aspects

From Bereshit (Genesis 1:28), the first chapter in the Torah, we see that God wants human beings to both use the natural world for their

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