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Ritual & Prayer

Ritual and prayer are embedded in daily Jewish life. Watch here to spice up your next visit to the synagogue or mikvah.


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All Those Jewish Books: Solving the Puzzle

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From the moment the Israelites stood at Sinai, the Jewish people have been a literate society filled with volumes of laws and texts that illustrate our history and our destiny. Rachael introduces some of the most important books in the Jewish canon including, Torah, Mishnah and Gemarrah. Rachael answers the question, "if the Oral Law is supposed to be oral, why was it written down?"

What Kind of Book is the Bible?

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If you had to place the Bible on a bookstore shelf, where would you place it? Is it a history book, a law book, fact, fiction, self-help or home improvement?

Over And Over Again: Why A Fixed Prayer Service?

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There are moments in Jewish prayer for spontaneous and personal interjections. The Siddur allows us to fall back on a routine and then we can choose to build creativity from there.

Mikvah: Are You Kidding?

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The ritual bath ensures that you will emerge with a rebalance between body and soul.

Breaking Down Shabbat

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For six days we are supposed to work, and on the seventh day we are supposed to rest. What does it mean to rest? Should we be physically relaxed, or be relaxed from our daily routines?

Keeping it all Kosher

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The word, kosher gets thrown around a lot in the Jewish world and the secular world. What does the word, kosher actually mean? And what does it mean when something is kosher? Rachael describes the basic laws of Kashrut, the laws of kosher food and explains what we can eat, and what we cannot.

Covering Our Heads, Focusing Our Energy

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Across the denominations of Judaism, when you walk into a synagogue, chances are you'll see people praying with their heads covered. What are the reasons behind covering our heads when praying?

Eating Kosher-Style

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Jewish dietary laws are pretty much straight forward as to what a person can or cannot eat. However, for many different reasons, lots of Jewish people don't often follow Kashrut as it is laid out in Jewish law and call it "Kosher-Style." So what exactly does this mean to a person who traditionally keeps Kosher? Rachael explains.

What is a Rabbi?

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A Rabbi if often the spiritual leader of a congregation. They perform religious tasks for the community and can offer spiritual advice. This video goes beyond asking the question, "what does a Rabbi do?" Rachael looks at the origin of the word and explains what a Rabbi means.

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