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The contemporary custom of wrapping presents gifts arose in conjunction with Christmas, but many aspects of gift-giving have distinctly Jewish roots, each of which has helped set the stage for the development of the ritual into what it is today.
Collectively known as shivat haminim, the Seven Species are sacred fruits and grains grown in the Land of Israel. Eating these foods, especially during the holiday of Tu BiShvat, has become a popular way for Jews around the world to maintain a connection to Israel.
In Judaism, I believe, everyone ought to have a funeral – not only for themselves, but also for those they leave behind. Sometimes it’s because they think they don’t deserve it. Perhaps there have been difficulties in their family relationships that they regret, or they simply are overly humble about anyone caring about them at their advanced age.
Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions and those who love them.
Susan Friedberg Kalson has been a member of the Commission on Social Action since 2009 and served as a Vice Chair before being elected Chair at the end of 2019.
Israel is becoming a kinder and gentler place. Here are eight positive things about the land and her people in these challenging times.
Explore issues surrounding Jewish family life, including topics like parenting, marriage, and interfaith families. Find a Reform mohel for you child's bris, find a Jewish baby name, and learn about Jewish summer camp, educational, travel, and leadership programs for youth.
Information about Jewish Arts & Culture, and travel
Find prayers and blessings for everyday activities, worship, in times of war, for facing natural disasters, for celebrating and observing holidays, for healing, and much more.
Social justice, advocacy, and the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) are among the central tenets of Reform Judaism.