List of Jewish Traditions: Many Ways to Remember the Lord

Jewish Temple

By the time you consider religious law, rabbinic orders, sectarian recommendations, and community and family preferences – the list of Jewish traditions is overwhelming. Furthermore, the traditions of many Jewish groups were impacted by the culture in which they assimilated during the Diaspora. (The Diaspora is the distribution of Jewish people throughout the world – …

Hebrew Word Pronunciation: Audio Learning Opportunities

Hebrew Word Pronunciation Audio Learning Opportunities in Jerusalem

When learning any new language, it is important to start with the basics, add regular usage, contextual situations and continued exposure for gaining fluency. Those wishing to learn Hebrew for enhanced study of scripture or connection with roots seeded in that language and culture are no different. These students inherently wish to immerse in the …

What Is the Best Way to Read the Bible?

What Is the Best Way to Read the Bible? Jewish Text

Many will hear the question “what is the best way to read the Bible,” with confusion. Why does it require anything other than flipping pages and taking in words? Those that believe know the truth, though: within the pages of the Bible lie mysteries so great and commandments for every nuance of life. What most …

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 …