The History of Hebrew Literature: More Than a Local History

Mishnaic Manuscript

The history of Hebrew literature spans across the record of human civilization, with archaeological evidence dating its origins back to the 12th century BCE. When Hebrew became the state language of the State of Israel in 1948, it propelled a strengthening global movement around Hebrew literature, its ancient teachings, and progressive concepts. Today, Hebrew Book …

Orthodox Judaism Beliefs and Practices

Menora

‘Orthodox’ is taken from the Greek word orthos meaning “straight or correct” and secondly doxa meaning opinion, and thus we may say that Orthodox Judaism follows a strict set of rules as interpreted from the Talmud and other rabbinical traditions. It should be noted that another term, Torah Judaism, is how many Orthodox followers prefer …

Judaism: Practices and Rituals – The Importance of Tradition

Judaism, Practices and Rituals: Jewish Festival

In Judaism, practices and rituals enrich a millenary culture. Through following its customs, those of the Jewish faith and culture can continue carrying on customs that have been practiced for generations. This helps to establish a connection with our ancestors, blending the rituals of today with those of the past and reminding the Jewish people …

Mastering the Traditional Passover Greeting

Mastering the Traditional Passover Greeting: The Israel Museum

The key to understanding and mastering the traditional Passover greeting begins with grasping the historical and spiritual meaning behind the celebration. Over three thousand years ago, the Lord delivered His people, the Israelites, from captivity under the Egyptians. The Lord sent the ten plagues upon the Egyptians to force Pharaoh to free them but spared …

Four Biblical Reasons for Divorce

Man Praying

The divorce rate these days has climbed to 50 percent or higher depending on what statics you believe; the chances of staying married are soon to have worse odds than those of winning the lottery. Yet, many whose roots are deep in the Bible and still follow the words transcribed there are some of the …

Do Jewish People Celebrate Easter?

Do Jewish People Celebrate Easter? Stained Glass

As Spring approaches, every store reminds of us Easter is right around the corner with bright displays featuring bunnies and chicks down abundant candy aisles. Christians around the world start a series of holy days and weeks to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, extending past the secular Holiday of Easter Sunday. For those …

Facts About the Jewish Religion

Hanukah’s Menorah

The Jewish religion is referred to as Judaism and is known to be one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religion. Monotheistic religions belief systems are based on the idea of a single God that is all-powerful and not in need of helpmates such as the Trinity of some Christian faiths, or polytheism, where multiple gods …

Who Wrote the Hebrew Scriptures? And What Were Their Influences and Inspirations?

Mastering the Traditional Passover Greeting: The Israel Museum

While Judaism accepts certain authors by tradition, scholars still ask: Who wrote the Hebrew Scriptures? They are not trying to sabotage Judaism—in fact, there is a good reason to ask this question, and the answers potentially enrich, rather than depreciate, the Jewish faith. The question has historical, anthropological, philosophical, and theological implications. Furthermore, because of …