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Blessing over children
It's a sweet and special custom in Jewish communities to bless your children on Friday nights before Shabbat dinner. Here's how.
Brit Bat – Jewish traditions for a new born baby girl
While there are no specific ancient traditional rituals for welcoming a baby girl into the community, many families have found ways to fill that void. Watch the video to learn about some of the new traditions involved in a Brit Bat.
Brit Milah – Traditions for Welcoming a Baby Boy
The Brit Milah (or ‘bris’) is a sign of a baby boy’s covenant with G-d. Watch the video to learn about finding a mohel, what a Brit Milah is all about, and some popular modern spins on this ancient tradition.
Whether you’re planning a wedding or attending one, this animated short will briefly explain what a Chuppah is and some historical Jewish wedding traditions.While certain traditions appear in most Jewish weddings, there is always room for reinterpretation and reinvention.
Converting to Judaism
So, you want to convert to Judaism? Converting to Judaism is a big deal so our partner, BimBam, has outlined five steps for you to easily understand the process to expect about studying, ritual, and how long it generally takes to become part of the Tribe.
Engaged? Jewish traditions for wedding
So, you want to get married? Here are seven Jewish customs and traditions to know about before you meet under the Chuppah.
Jewish questions on adoption and surrogacy
Questions can arise about what makes someone Jewish when families blend together or grow through surrogacy or adoption. However you find yourself becoming a parent and raising a child you might get a few questions about what makes a Jewish child Jewish. We have answered a few common questions to help make your parenting path easier for you.
Judaism in Your Home
Whether you're moving in with new roommates, or setting up a new home with a partner, how might Judaism play into that? This video will help you think through the possibilities along with your friends or partner. From mezzuzahs to interfaith sharing, this is a fun and short introduction to the world of dedicating your new home.
Rosh Hashanah Song for the New Year
Shofar Callin' is a video that connects the story Jews read on the New Year -- when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac -- with the ritual blowing of the Shofar, or ram's horn. What's the connection? - Produced by BimBam
There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. Take a moment to learn this prayer, so the next time you find yourself in a first, you'll know what to say.
Sukkot is the happiest Jewish holiday. We live in huts, have parties, wave a lulav and etrog around and eat tons of food. What could be wrong with that?
Traditions of a Jewish Baby Naming
Some expectant parents spend literally years picking out baby names and others figure it out in an instant when they see their new child for the first time. Judaism has a lot to say about names and choosing the right one. Watch and discover!
What is a Mikvah?
Learn about the Jewish ritual around immersing in water called the mikvah and why you might want to take the plunge.
What’s Jewish About Giving?
As Miranda, public health researcher and mother of two, explains, making a regular practice out of tzedakah can be game-changing for a family. Tzedakah means justice, and fairness - and giving to charity is just one way to think about it.
What’s Jewish About Gratitude?
Mother of two and start-up founder Margot talks about how Judaism can help us count our blessings, literally, with even young kids. Watch for some practical ideas about coaxing a more grateful perspective on life out of your kids.
What’s Jewish About Respect?
As Liora, marriage and family therapist, Jewish storyteller, family educator and mother of three, explains, kavod means honor or respect and in Jewish terms, it is not something that must be earned - rather, it is something inherent to us as human beings. We give kavod to each other because it is the right thing to do - and there are some great ways to help kids learn about this.
What’s Jewish About Visiting the Sick?
What’s Jewish about visiting the sick? Every culture and every kind of person takes care of sick people, right? Well of course! And in Judaism, this is a mitzvah - or commandment! It is said in the Talmud that one should visit “even a hundred times a day" and that "anyone who visits the sick causes them to live.” There are lots of ways to fulfill this commandment, and maybe surprisingly, it helps not just the sick person but also the visitor.
What’s Jewish About Welcoming?
What’s Jewish about welcoming guests? Every culture does hospitality, right? Father of two and psychologist Bill explains some of the practices that families can try out in the realm of welcoming, or hachnasat orchim, that are especially Jewish. Part of our 10-episode series of resources for parents of Jewish kids.
Yom Kippur: Jonah’s Song
Lots of us think about Yom Kippur like an annual big dark cloud of guilt, sin and hours in synagogue. But ahoy there matey! It doesn't have to be that way. Throw your old ideas overboard.