Kippah: A Blessing On Your Head

It is perhaps the most instantly identifiable mark of a Jew. When and why do we wear a kippah?

Seeking the Sacred Feminine

The Da Vinci Code gets Judaism's view of the Sacred Feminine all wrong.

Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.

Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.

Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.

Tefillin: A Primer

Tefillin: Everything you need to know about those powerful black boxes, placed on the head and arm.

Feminism and Judaism

Modern Feminism created a society in which women's contributions are largely unrecognized.

Isn't Water Kosher?

Kosher symbols are everywhere: on sugar, coffee... even spring water. Do these products really need kosher supervision?

The Nuts and Bolts of Prayer

The primary purpose of prayer is to get close to God.

Day To Day Judaism: Prayer

Jewish prayer is a discipline. Don't just wait for the mood to strike.

Why Kosher?

Keeping kosher offers a variety of spiritual and practical benefits.

Wool and Linen = Shatnez

A practical guide to keeping your clothes kosher.

6 Constant - #6 - Don't Be Misled By Your Heart and Eyes

Enjoy the pleasures of the physical world. But don't make materialism an end unto itself.

6 Constant - #5 - Fear God

Human instinct is to run from fear. Judaism teaches that fear of God is a positive motivator for greatness.

6 Constant - #4 - Love God

A passionate desire to connect with the Almighty is a constant human striving. How do we know if we're connecting?

6 Constant - #3 - God Is One

Life is full of distractions from the underlying reality of God's existence.

6 Constant - #2 - Don't Believe In Any Other Power

Who runs the world? Staying focused on God is a constant life challenge.

The Restriction Prescription

Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?

Beyond the Rules

How Judaism is a vehicle for spiritual self-expression.

Growth Through Rules

From reductionism to Judaism: A convert describes his path to Jewish observance and spiritual fulfillment.

613 Obstacles to Individuality

Doesn't adherence to Jewish Law make us all clones?

The Commandments: Part Two

Understanding the reason behind the mitzvot.

The Jewish Court System

Qualifications for a Jewish judge and the operation of the Sanhedrin.

Judaism and Martyrdom

Understanding those extraordinary times when a Jew must give his life for God.

The Rules of Halacha

Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai.

Rational Belief

Should acceptance of the Torah be based more on evidence, or more on faith? The answer: It depends.

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