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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
Pages About Individual Fasts There are a number of fast days spread throughout the Jewish calendar. The best known is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Compared with other Diaspora Jewish communities, Australian Jewry is a very young community. Within two centuries, however, it has emerged as one of the most
Judaism is the mother-faith from which Christianity and Islam developed. All three date back to Abraham, who discovered the one, true, invisible God. At Mount