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Israel’s Surprising Way of Teaching Skills for Innovation

Israel’s Surprising Way of Teaching Skills for Innovation

In this fascinating article from ISRAEL21c, Inbal Arieli, senior advisor to Start-Up Nation Central, explores the novel methodologies used by Israel’s extra curricular cyber education programs dedicated to developing the next generation of innovators. By

A meal with a feel  making your Shabbat dinner special

A meal with a feel making your Shabbat dinner special

Directed toward our programs, this post presents suggestions for activities about Shabbat.   

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The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

This video [05:25], published by the National Portal of Museums in Israel, offers a brief overview of the life and art of the “Land of Israel” artist, Nahum Gutman (1898 –1980). His art

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Published by online Israeli news magazine, Israeli 21c, this video [03:36] spotlights the prestigious Suzanne Dellal cultural center, located in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. The Batsheva Dance company, recognized as one of leading

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

This video [03:27], published by the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), recounts the dramatic life of Israeli war hero and former prime minister, Ariel Sharon. Sharon fought in all of Israels three major wars–

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

This Times of Israel article tells the story of how a young Ariel Sharon led his battalion in one of the most important military missions of his career: the Battle of Latrun. Were

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Written by urban planner Jesse Fox in Haaretz, this article is a summary and review of Sharon Rotbard’s “White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.” This controversial book challenges

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

This article from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality website explains why UNESCO proclaimed a historic area of Tel Aviv as a World Cultural Heritage site. It tells the story behind the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus-style

White Night in Tel Aviv

White Night in Tel Aviv

From i24NEWS, this video (02:27) introduces “White Night,” an all-night cultural event in Tel Aviv celebrated each year since UNESCO named a neighborhood of the city a World Heritage Site for its unique

The White City of Tel Aviv

The White City of Tel Aviv

This informative video (01:35) introduces the unique architectural story of “The White City” of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of more than 4000 Bauhaus-style buildings. Through interviews with local

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

This video [05:43], published by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, briefly explains the multi-layered history of Jerusalem’s “Tower of David,” a medieval fortress  originally dating back to King Herod (73 B.C.E. —

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

In this video [10:36] produced by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, tour guide Asaf Salomon explains the history of the walls encompassing the Old City of Jerusalem, rebuilt by the Ottomans primarily

Background & Causes of the Second Intifada

Background & Causes of the Second Intifada

Written by Jeremy Pressman, Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut, this lengthy article from The Journal of Conflict Studies outlines the background and causes that led to the outbreak of

The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

The Palestinian Authority’s Responsibility for the Outbreak of the Second Intifada

Written by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, this thorough article aims to debunk the myth that the Second

Introducing Israel’s Minority Communities

Introducing Israel’s Minority Communities

From the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this article introduces each of Israel’s minority population groups, including Muslim Arabs, Bedouin Arabs, Christian Arabs, Druze, and Circassians. After providing information about each community’s population, geographical

The Significance of the Fast of Esther

The Significance of the Fast of Esther

Produced by Aleph Beta Academy, this video (09:17) explores the historical and spiritual significance behind Taanit Esther, the day-long fast observed immediately prior to Purim. The video links our fast today to the

A Sassy Retelling of the Purim Story

A Sassy Retelling of the Purim Story

This amusing animated video (04:08) presents a modern retelling of the Purim story from Megillat Esther. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, this video was produced by BimBam, which creates and distributes fun, accessible, and creative

God is in Control: The Spiritual Message of the Purim Story

God is in Control: The Spiritual Message of the Purim Story

From Aish.com, this animated video (04:46) retells the story of Purim as told in Megillat Esther, focusing on how the events of the story can be viewed as either serendipitous coincidences or the

Matanot L’Evyonim: Gifts to the Poor

Matanot L’Evyonim: Gifts to the Poor

From the Zdaka Center in Israel, this thorough article introduces the commandment to give gifts to the poor on Purim, including the roots and significance of the mitzvah, and when, how, to whom

Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

Produced by Aish.com, this insightful video (02:29) features Rabbi Yaakov Cohen reveals the deep psychological and spiritual wisdom behind the custom of wearing costumes on Purim. He explains how wearing costumes on Purim

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

Produced by My Jewish Learning, this introductory video (01:32) provides several historical, spiritual and practical explanations for the custom of dressing up in costume on Purim. 

The History & Spiritual Significance of Hamantaschen

The History & Spiritual Significance of Hamantaschen

This short video (01:12) from Chabad.org suggestions several different reasons why we eat Hamantaschen on Purim. This thorough article by Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin delves deeper into the historical and spiritual symbolism behind the custom.   

Why Do Jews Eat Hamantaschen on Purim?

Why Do Jews Eat Hamantaschen on Purim?

Produced by The Nosher, a Jewish food blog, this video (01:11) explains the history behind the Ashkenazi custom to eat hamantaschen (triangular shaped filled pastries) on Purim.  

The Festive Purim Meal: Seudat Purim

The Festive Purim Meal: Seudat Purim

From the website of the Orthodox Union, this thorough article outlines the spiritual significance and halachic guidelines of the Seudat Purim – the festive meal eaten on Purim – including when the meal

Mishloach Manot: Now & Then

Mishloach Manot: Now & Then

This video (01:12) from the Central Synagogue Reform Congregation introduces the custom of Mishloach Manot – delivering gifts of food to our friends on Purim – including the original source of the commandment, the

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

Created by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, this animated video (04:03) retells the famous Talmudic tale of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza as an example of the “baseless hatred” among the Jewish nation that ultimately led

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

This fascinating video (12:29) takes viewers on a virtual tour of an animated 3D reconstruction of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following King Herod’s expansion project. Despite the poorly written onscreen explanations, this video

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Produced by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this interactive video (06:37) provides a detailed virtual tour of the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount Complex, including the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa / Al-Qibli

West Bank Settlements: Q&A

West Bank Settlements: Q&A

From My Jewish Learning, this balanced article provides an overview of the controversial Israeli settlements in the West Bank, conquered by Israel during the Six Day War. Careful to present both sides of this hot-button issue, the

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

From My Jewish Learning, this informative article provides an overview of Israel’s relationship and policy toward territories conquered in the Six Day War – the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

This post presents the last two videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve short videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced by Jerusalem U

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

This post presents the first four videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve 2-5 minute long videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced

How the First Intifada Transformed the Arab-Israeli Conflict

How the First Intifada Transformed the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Written by Professor Avraham Sela for Haaretz, Israel’s left-leaning newspaper, this thorough article analyzes how the First Intifada influenced the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict, shifting it from an international to an internal

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

The Story of an IDF Soldier & A Palestinian Protester During the First Intifada

Produced by Martin Fletcher, an author and former NBC News’ Middle East correspondent, this video (05:27) follows the story of an Israeli soldier and Palestinian protester during the First Intifada. Through interviews with

The First Intifada: Historical Context, Causes & Outcomes

The First Intifada: Historical Context, Causes & Outcomes

Produced by OVO, an online video encyclopedia, this link opens up a relatively balanced video presenting an overview of the First Intifada, including the historical context of the uprising, the political and ideological causes, the violent

A Search for Solid Ground: The First Intifada Through Israeli Eyes

A Search for Solid Ground: The First Intifada Through Israeli Eyes

Filmed in 1989, during the First Intifada, this video clip (11:03) is an excerpt from the PBS documentary, “A Search for Solid Ground,” which presents the Israeli perspective on the Palestinian Intifada through interviews with Israeli

The First Intifada: Causes, Evolution & Consequences

The First Intifada: Causes, Evolution & Consequences

Produced to mark 30 years since the beginning of the First Intifada by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this video (02:48) provides a moderate Arab perspective on the causes of the Palestinian

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

From My Jewish Learning, this article by Scott Copeland, head of education for Onward Israel, explores the conflict between Jewish and Arab nationalist movements beginning in the late 19th century, as well as the different ways

Israel’s Legal Founding & the War of Independence

Israel’s Legal Founding & the War of Independence

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (05:23) shows how the founding of the State of Israel, often accused of being illegitimate, was actually completely legal under international law. Alan Dershowitz, an

Comparing Jewish & Palestinian Refugees

Comparing Jewish & Palestinian Refugees

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (04:22) compares the well-known narrative of Palestinian refugees from the Israeli-Arab War of 1948 with the lesser-known story of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs – 1948 War + Background

The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs – 1948 War + Background

A clip from the 1999 PBS documentary “The 50 Years War: Israel and the Arabs,” this video (08:21) presents a relatively balanced introduction to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, including the role of

From the Veterans: Different Perspectives on the War of Independence and Israel Today

From the Veterans: Different Perspectives on the War of Independence and Israel Today

Produced by Haaretz, a liberal Israeli news source, this video (04:16) presents interviews with two Israelis who fought in the War of Independence and have very different perspectives on the war and the state

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 & Nakba Explained

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 & Nakba Explained

Created by TRT World, a Turkish international news channel, this video (05:29) explains the causes and implications of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, known by Israelis as the War of Independence and by Arabs as the

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

In this video (04:19), produced by i24News to mark 50 years since the Six Day War, Yaakov “Yaki” Hetz, a decorated IDF veteran returns to Ammunition Hill, recalling the fear, chaos and ultimate victory of the

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

This video (07:40) recalls the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, explaining why this strategic site needed to be conquered in order to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. With useful maps, diagrams, photographs

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

Produced by the Jewish National Fund, this video (06:32) introduces the Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill, a tribute to the courage, heroism and sacrifice of Jewish soldiers who have served in the

The Peace Forest

The Peace Forest

From Shalom Israel Tours, this article introduces the history and attractions of the Peace Forest, established at the end of the Six Day War between the mixed neighborhood of Abu Tor and the

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

Written by Ron Peled from AllAboutJerusalem.com, this article provides a detailed description of the 2000 year old aqueduct that once brought water from Bethlehem to the Temple Mount, including the complex construction of

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the second verse of Psalm 125, in which God’s protection for His people is compared to the mountains surrounding the holy city of Jerusalem.

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

From World Jewish Heritage Wiki, this article presents the modern history of the Armon Hanatziv government structure in Jerusalem from the period of the British Mandate through the Independence War of 1948 and

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Created by the City of David, this video (03:01) highlights some of the activities and attractions offered at the Armon Hanatziv promenade, including a virtual tour through a 2000 year old water aqueduct

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

From the Jerusalem Insiders’ Guide website, this article provides a comprehensive introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, including a detailed description of the panoramic view and a survey of the historical significance of the area

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (03:27) introduces the mysterious site of Zedekiah’s Cave (also known as King Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the Muslim Quarter of

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Written by Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the New Media editor at the Times of Israel, this blog post describes the atmosphere and sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the unique and the common, the

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders. Famous Quotes About

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in her glory has

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

In this informative video (03:30), local tour guide Jenni Menashe gives an entertaining introduction to the history and significance of the walls and gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. This video was

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

This article provides both basic biographical information and lesser known facts and anecdotes about Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist that founded the first Jerusalem neighborhoods outside of the walls of the

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Written by Israeli tour guides, Shmuel and Aviva Bar Am, this article tells the story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe, the first neighborhoods built outside of the walls of the Old City of

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this fascinating video (12:58) tells the story behind the iconic windmill of Jerusalem, showing how the flour mill constructed by Sir Moses Montefiore at the end of the 19th

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

Created by Orthodox Rabbi, Netanel Friedman, this video (04:23) explores Sir Moses Montefiore’s personal connection to Judaism throughout his life. After describing some of the British Jewish philanthropist’s famous contributions to the Jewish people, including the

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

In this short video (03:12), Jewish historian Rabbi Berel Wein, introduces the life and legacy of Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist who founded the first Jerusalem neighborhood outside of the walls

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

This short video (02:53), provides a brief introduction to the history of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, focusing on how Moses Montefiore convinced poor Jews to move beyond the walls of the

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (02:42) tells the story of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967, focusing on the provocation

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (03:05) tells the story of the establishment of the State of Israel, starting from the early 20th century. While putting

Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah

Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah

Written by Rabbi Iscah Waldman, this article explores how the modern phenomenon of public displays of Hanukkah menorahs in store fronts, city squares and private homes developed from ancient rabbinic tradition. The author

Looking into the Flame: A Hanukkah Light Meditation

Looking into the Flame: A Hanukkah Light Meditation

Written by Rabbi DovBer Pinson, an expert on Kabbalah, Jewish Philosophy and Rosh Yeshiva at the IYYUN Center for Jewish Spirituality, this complex article shares some deep mystical ideas to meditate on when

The Deeper Meaning of the Word ‘Hanukkah’

The Deeper Meaning of the Word ‘Hanukkah’

Written by Aviya Kushner, the language columnist at The Forward, this article explores the deeper meaning of the Hebrew word “Hannukah,” with an emphasis on the linguistic and thematic ties between “dedication” and

Who Are the Maccabees: Heroes or Fanatics?

Who Are the Maccabees: Heroes or Fanatics?

Along with a minute long video introducing the Maccabees role in the Hanukkah story, this thought-provoking article by Michele Alperin presents the celebrated Jewish heroes as multi-layered historical figures who acted as both

A Kabbalastic Infographic: 8 Hannukah Insights

A Kabbalastic Infographic: 8 Hannukah Insights

Created by the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute, this infographic presents Jewish mystical insights and symbolism behind eight Hannukah-related themes, including candles, oil, the Maccabees, the Greeks, and the miracle of Hannukah.

Kabbalistic Numerology and the Miracle of Chanukah

Kabbalistic Numerology and the Miracle of Chanukah

Written by Orthodox psychotherapist, Karen Wolfers-Rapaport, this profound article from Chabad.org explores the connection between Hannukah – the eight day festival of miracles – and the Kabbalsitic significance of the number eight. The author suggests

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Hannukah

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Hannukah

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains the themes and customs of Hannukah according to the Humanistic community. The community focuses on the values of human action, courage, dignity, freedom, justice, Jewish identity, choice, strength, and

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Written by Rabbi Jill Hammer, this post presents an introduction to Chag HaBanot, a women’s festival traditionally celebrated during Hannukah by some Sephardic and North African communities, as well as a summary of some ancient and

Hannukah 101

Hannukah 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Hannukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. A helpful resource for anyone interested in the basic background and practice of the festival, this article is from My

Why do Jews Play Dreidel on Hannukah?

Why do Jews Play Dreidel on Hannukah?

This short video (0:40) from My Jewish Learning, briefly explains the historical reasons behind the custom of playing dreidel – a gambling game with spinning tops – on the holiday of Hannukah.

Miracles: Now, Then & Every Day

Miracles: Now, Then & Every Day

Produced by Jewish Educational Media, the multimedia archive of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, this inspiring video (07:43) encourages viewers to appreciate the everyday miracles of nature, technology and history. The video emphasizes God’s

8 Videos for 8 Days of Happiness

8 Videos for 8 Days of Happiness

This post contains a series of eight thoughtful, one-minute-long, animated videos exploring various Hannukah themes from a psychological, relationship-focused perspective. The first video, featured above, discusses the centrality of family cohesion and home life in Jewish tradition and

How Holidays of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter: In Talmudic & Modern Times

How Holidays of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter: In Talmudic & Modern Times

In this interesting video (03:36), Rabbi Judith Hauptman explores the Talmudic references to Hannukah, suggesting that the significance of the minor Jewish holiday has always been aggrandized due to its proximity to other

Mayim Bialik: A True/False Quiz Introducing Hannukah

Mayim Bialik: A True/False Quiz Introducing Hannukah

In this humorous, informal video (05:58), actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik presents a short true or false quiz to clear up some misconceptions about the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Bialik explains the basic historical origins, themes, religious

What is Hannukah?

What is Hannukah?

This short animated video (03:51) presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, it focuses on how people can find

BICOM Briefing | Causes and consequences of the Six-Day War (1967)

BICOM Briefing | Causes and consequences of the Six-Day War (1967)

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June this year, BICOM’s research team has produced a briefing analysing the causes and consequences of the conflict.

Toward a New Paradigm for Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Toward a New Paradigm for Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this paper, DAVID MAKOVSKY and DENNIS ROSS recommend that the United States should work to preserve the potential for a two-state outcome in the future by reaching an understanding with Israel on

25 Years After Oslo Accords, Mideast Peace Seems Remote as Ever

25 Years After Oslo Accords, Mideast Peace Seems Remote as Ever

Written in 2018, 25 years after the US-brokered Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), this lengthy New York Times article examines the failure of the peace deal, which was

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this article from Forbes, Avi Melamed suggests an out-of-the-box approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, outlined as a realistic interim agreement made in conjunction with key Arab countries until a two-state solution

Traditional Narratives of Israeli and Palestinian History

Traditional Narratives of Israeli and Palestinian History

This important article by Paul Scham provides a concise side-by-side chart comparing the traditional Israeli and Palestinian narratives from the birth of the modern Zionist movement in 1882 through the War of Independence

StandWithUs: 10 Things to Know About Israel

StandWithUs: 10 Things to Know About Israel

This beautifully designed booklet from Stand With Us outlines the basic pro-Israel Zionist narrative in 10 points, including the ancient roots of the Jewish people in the land of Israel, their long history of

Israel-Palestinian Peace: One-State, Two-State Solutions Explained

Israel-Palestinian Peace: One-State, Two-State Solutions Explained

This news article from USA Today briefly summarizes the one-state and two-state solutions proposed to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Published within the context of President Donald Trump’s apparent departure from the

Wikipedia: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Wikipedia: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

This Wikipedia article provides a thorough and relatively balanced overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including the modern history of the region and the Peace Process, and an explanation of key issues in the

A Timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1917-2018)

A Timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1917-2018)

This timeline from the BBC provides a brief survey of the key events in the modern history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, from the British Mandatory period until present day.     

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Written in the context of the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict, this article from the Huffington Post argues that by supporting secularism, democracy and a two-state solution and opposing Hamas, settlement expansion and the occupation,

A Systematic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A Systematic View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In this refreshing article from The Systems Thinker, David Peter Stroh applies the principles of systems thinking to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in order to pinpoint destructive cycles and propose possible solutions. With a balanced

The New State Solution: A Conflict Ending Alternative

The New State Solution: A Conflict Ending Alternative

Created by the New State Solution, a movement which proposes a creative, conflict ending alternative to the status quo, this video (05:02) calls for the establishment of a free, independent, sovereign State for the Palestinian

Are Israeli Settlements the Barrier to Peace?

Are Israeli Settlements the Barrier to Peace?

Created by PragerU, a Conservative American educational non-profit organization, this video (04:32) challenges the commonly held view that Israel’s policy of building civilian communities in the West Bank is the reason there is no peace agreement

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace

Created by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to defending rule of law and democracy for all people in the Middle East, this thought-provoking, creative video (05:45) aims to

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Brief, Simple History

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Brief, Simple History

Created by Vox, a liberal-leaning American news and opinion website, this informative video (10:19) presents an introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, starting from the early 20th century. While putting the conflict into its modern

Hoshanot: When, How, When

Hoshanot: When, How, When

This thorough article from Chabad.org explains the origins and meaning of the Hoshanot prayers recited on Sukkot, as well as a practical guide for how and when these prayers take place within the

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the Hoshanot prayers recited on each day of Sukkot and on Hoshana Rabbah, the final day of the

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

In this excerpt from “Every Person’s Guide to Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah,” Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs introduces the Jewish ritual of praying for rain on Shemini Atzeret, the holiday immediately following Sukkot.

What is Hoshanah Rabbah?

What is Hoshanah Rabbah?

This informative article provides a basic introduction to the origins and rituals of Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, a semi-holiday in its own right. With its lengthy prayer service in which

An Introduction to Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

An Introduction to Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

This informative video (04:39) provides a basic introduction to the Jewish holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, which immediately follow Sukkot. Aiming to clear up some of the confusion regarding these two holidays

Prayers for Rain & Dew

Prayers for Rain & Dew

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the prayer for rain recited on Shemini Atzeret, the day following Sukkot, and the prayer for dew recited

Sukkot: Ushpizin (Guests) & Jewish Hospitality

Sukkot: Ushpizin (Guests) & Jewish Hospitality

This amusing and informative video (05:22) by Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel introduces the origins and significance of the Jewish value of hospitality throughout the year, and especially on the holiday of Sukkot, where

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

In this clear, instructional video, Jesse M. Olitzky from the Conservative Congregation Beth El in New Jersey introduces each of the Four Species waved on the Sukkot holiday, including a demonstration of this ritual

A Thorough Introduction to Sukkot

A Thorough Introduction to Sukkot

This thorough article by Tracey Rich from Judaism 101 provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, customs and spiritual significance of the biblical festival of Sukkot, including what constitutes a kosher Sukkah, an outline of special holiday prayer

Sukkot for Kids

Sukkot for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video (4:06), Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance of Sukkot, including dwelling in a Sukkah, shaking the Lulav and Etrog, and being happy. Both fun

The Connection Between the Sukkah and Joy

The Connection Between the Sukkah and Joy

In this animated video (02:18), Rabbi Mark Fishman explores the connection between dwelling in a Sukkah and experiencing happiness on the particularly joyous festival of Sukkot. In addition to a basic introduction to what

Mayim Bialik: Building My Sukkah

Mayim Bialik: Building My Sukkah

In this thought provoking video (02:26), actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik shares some of the deep symbolic significance to the rituals and laws of Sukkot, to the backdrop of time-lapse footage of the building of her own Sukkah at her

Why Jews Celebrate Sukkot in 60 Seconds

Why Jews Celebrate Sukkot in 60 Seconds

In this minute long video, Israel advocate Hananya Naftali briefly introduces the biblical origins of the Festival of Sukkot, explaining why Jews build Sukkot in Israel and around the world to this day. 

The Kabbalistic Secret of Sukkot

The Kabbalistic Secret of Sukkot

In this short yet profound video (03:44), Rabbi Jonathan Taub reveals the Kabbalistic secret of Sukkot as a holiday where the Jewish people try to arouse God’s mercy, tempering the judgement of the

Sukkot in 60 Seconds

Sukkot in 60 Seconds

This minute long animated video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Sukkot. Useful for people of all ages, with amusing animations and a colloquial narrator, this video is provided by Parsha in 60 Seconds, a YouTube

Sukkot: A Celebration for Every Nation

Sukkot: A Celebration for Every Nation

This informative video (03:26) presents how the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, is celebrated in Jerusalem, with a focus on the pilgrimage of non-Jews from around the world to join

Sukkot 101: The LEGO Movie

Sukkot 101: The LEGO Movie

This 4-minute long LEGO stop motion animation video presents an excellent introduction to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, including the biblical origins and spiritual meaning behind all of the unique rituals, as well as a

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

This article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores each line of part of the “Al Chet” portion of the Vidui confession, recited during each of the five prayer services on Yom Kippur. With guiding questions and ideas

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as a step-by-step guide for how to recite this prayer.

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

This introductory article from Chabad.org provides a brief overview of the mitzvot and rituals performed on the day before Yom Kippur, according to Orthodox custom, including the kaparot atonement ritual, making amends with people we may have

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The article briefly outlines what to do (and not do!) before, during and after Yom Kippur,

The History of Yom Kippur

The History of Yom Kippur

This article from ReformJudaism.org presents the historical development of the focus and rituals of Yom Kippur, from its biblical origins as a day centered on the Temple services to a day focussing on

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains the themes and customs of Yom Kippur according to the Humanistic community. The movement has reinterpreted many traditional ideas and rituals in order

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

This informative article by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Kohn provides a guide for Yom Kippur prayer services, including the origins, content, and rituals of each of the five services: Kol Nidrei, Shacharit, Mussaf, Mincha, and Neilah. The article summarizes

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

This 4-page long PDF document is full of profound poems, prayers, quotes and readings that will help you focus on the essence of Yom Kippur – so you don’t “cheat” yourself out of

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

This thorough article answers all of your questions about Yom Kippur, including a basic introduction to the Jewish Day of Atonement, an explanation of customs and synagogue services, and how to participate in services

Yom Kippur for Kids

Yom Kippur for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video, Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance of Yom Kippur, including saying sorry to friends, family, and God, fasting, praying, and wearing white clothing. Both

Yom Kippur: How God Helps Us Come Clean

Yom Kippur: How God Helps Us Come Clean

In this short yet profound video, Charlie Harary compares the relationship between a child and parent to that of man and God, claiming that just as parents help their children do the things that they cannot

Yom Kippur: Everyone Falls

Yom Kippur: Everyone Falls

In this empowering video (04:37), Charlie Harary reminds us that failure is an inevitable part of the human experience in every aspect of life, from work and relationships to spirituality. A profound message for Yom Kippur,

The Secret to a Guilt-Free Yom Kippur

The Secret to a Guilt-Free Yom Kippur

In this short but empowering video, social worker, Chayi Hanfling, encourages viewers to understand the crucial difference between negative guilt and constructive regret on Yom Kippur. While this day is often seen as

Jewish Holidays Explained: What is Yom Kippur?

Jewish Holidays Explained: What is Yom Kippur?

This short video provides a brief introduction to the process of teshuvah (repentance), culminating in the holiday of Yom Kippur. Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel explains how fasting and afflicting our physical bodies helps

Yom Kippur: Becoming the Artists of Our Own Lives

Yom Kippur: Becoming the Artists of Our Own Lives

In this creative 5 minute long video, Rabbi Irwin Kula describes the significance of Yom Kippur using an analogy that our lives are a work of art, where we are the artists and God

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

In this 3.5 minute long video from Aish.com, Orthodox Rabbi, Etiel Goldwicht explores how to truly forgive someone who has hurt you before Yom Kippur. Rabbi Goldwicht delves deep into the three different Hebrew words

Yom Kippur in 60 Seconds

Yom Kippur in 60 Seconds

This minute long animated video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Useful for people of all ages, with amusing animations and a colloquial narrator,

The Crash Course on Yom Kippur

The Crash Course on Yom Kippur

In this 6-minute long video, Orthodox Rabbi, Avraham Goldhar, presents an excellent overview of the significance and customs of Yom Kippur, “a spiritual homecoming for the Jewish people.” He summarizes the ancient biblical origins of

What is Yom Kippur?

What is Yom Kippur?

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, it briefly introduces the different parts

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

In this informative video (4:50), Ze’ev Orenstein, the Director of International Affairs at the City of David, presents the historical and biblical significance of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Filmed at the Southern Wall

What is the Western Wall?

What is the Western Wall?

This short introductory video briefly summarizes the historical and religious significance of the Western Wall, the holiest site in Jewish tradition, also mentioning its role in modern political and religious controversies. This video

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

This short video outlines the four steps to teshuvah (repentance), according to Maimonides: regret our actions, stop doing them, confess or apologize, and commit to changing our behavior in the future. Maimonides (Moses

Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day

Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day

This article from Chabad.org explains the origins, historical background, and ritual observances of the minor fast day of Tzom Gedaliah, observed on the day after Rosh Hashanah. This fast commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-appointed governor of Judea, who

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

This infographic from Aish.com lays out the various traditions and rituals of the Jewish New Year in a concise and visually appealing way. This well-designed image outlines shofar blowing, Rosh Hashanah preparation, festive

Selichot: Prayers of Repentance

Selichot: Prayers of Repentance

This article by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer explains the origins, significance and structure of selichot – the special prayers recited during the High Holiday season and on Jewish fast days. Noting both Ashkenazi and

Rosh Hashanah 101

Rosh Hashanah 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a time of both rejoicing and introspection. An excellent resource for anyone interested in the basic background and practice

A Technical Explanation of the Shofar Blasts

A Technical Explanation of the Shofar Blasts

In this highly technical video (6:38), Orthodox rabbi, author and educator, Hadar Margolin, explains why we hear 100 blasts of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and what we should be thinking about during

Rabbi Saadia Gaon’s 10 Reasons for Sounding the Shofar

Rabbi Saadia Gaon’s 10 Reasons for Sounding the Shofar

This post summarizes ten different symbolic explanations as to why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana, according to Rabbi Saadia Gaon, including to proclaim God as King, to serve as a spiritual wake

Preparing for the New Year with Rabbi Sacks: A Thought Provoking Video Series

Preparing for the New Year with Rabbi Sacks: A Thought Provoking Video Series

This post contains a series of ten short, thought-provoking videos to help prepare for the new year. Recorded by  Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, each 2-3 minute long

Rabbi Sacks: 3 Fundamental Questions for the High Holidays

Rabbi Sacks: 3 Fundamental Questions for the High Holidays

In this short yet inspiring video, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, prompts viewers to ask themselves three fundamental questions leading up to the High Holiday season: Who am

Elul & Rosh Hashanah: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Elul & Rosh Hashanah: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

In this short yet profound video, Charlie Harary suggests that the month of Elul and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah provide us with an opportunity to build an intimate relationship with God based on love and

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

In this short and sweet animated video, Rabbi David Aaron shares the profound message that judgement is actually an act of love. Comparing the relationship between a child and parent to that of

Rosh Hashanah Customs

Rosh Hashanah Customs

In this clear video, aimed at both Jews and non-Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein introduces the customs and spiritual significance of the Jewish New Year. Emphasizing Rosh Hashanah as a time for introspection, prayer

Rosh Hashanah for Kids

Rosh Hashanah for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video, Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance behind the Biblical festival of Rosh Hashanah, including dipping apples in honey, praying for a good

Mayim Bialik: 4 Things Jews Do on Rosh Hashanah

Mayim Bialik: 4 Things Jews Do on Rosh Hashanah

In this short, informal video, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik introduces four Rosh Hashanah customs: eating ritual foods, hearing the blowing of the shofar, participating in synagogue prayer services, and taking a personal accounting of

Tashlich: A Rosh Hashanah Tradition

Tashlich: A Rosh Hashanah Tradition

This minute-long video from MyJewishLearning provides a basic introduction to tashlich, a Rosh Hashanah ritual during which Jews symbolically cast off their sins into a body of running water. MyJewishLearning empowers Jewish discovery for

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the rituals, customs and significance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, with amusing animations and a colloquial narrator,

Entering Adulthood: The Spiritual Significance of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Entering Adulthood: The Spiritual Significance of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

This thoughtful article from Chabad.org gives parents tips on how to transform the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration from a fun party to a meaningful and inspiring spiritual milestone. A profound exploration of the deep internal changes that

Bar and Bat Mitzvah 101: History, Ceremony & Contemporary Issues

Bar and Bat Mitzvah 101: History, Ceremony & Contemporary Issues

This informative article provides an overview of the Jewish rite of passage for 12- and 13-year-olds, including the origins of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and how ceremonies, rituals and celebrations have developed over time. This resource

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

This 7 page long guide from Aish.com outlines everything you need to know about the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. Rabbi Shraga Simmons introduces the rituals of the synagogue ceremony and reception, provides meaningful gift ideas, and

What to Expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

What to Expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

This short animated video provides guests with some basic information about what to expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and how to navigate this traditional Jewish coming of age ceremony. It answers technical questions, such

How to Plan a Jewish Wedding: A Checklist

How to Plan a Jewish Wedding: A Checklist

This informative article provides a checklist of 7 things a couple should consider when planning their Jewish wedding, ranging from how to choose a halachically acceptable date to selecting an appropriate officiant and ketubah

Jewish Weddings 101: The Traditions, Rituals and Liturgy

Jewish Weddings 101: The Traditions, Rituals and Liturgy

This informative article provides a basic outline of the Jewish wedding ceremony, including the rituals, customs and liturgy performed before, during, and after the actual wedding, as well of some of the contemporary issues

Why We Break the Glass at Jewish Weddings

Why We Break the Glass at Jewish Weddings

This minute long animated video provides three different reasons for the custom of smashing a glass under the chuppah at a Jewish wedding. Explaining technical, historical and mystical interpretations of this tradition, this video was produced

What to Expect at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

What to Expect at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

This minute long animated video briefly introduces various Jewish wedding traditions, including the “ketubah” (wedding contract), the seven blessings under the “chuppah” (wedding canopy), the “bedekin” veiling ceremony, and the smashing of a glass. A useful introduction for

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

This link opens up the Winter 2018 issue of the The Jewish Educator journal, full of articles, resources, activities, and lesson plans about Shavuot, created especially for Jewish educators. With high quality, interactive, holistic programs

Taking Tikkun Leil into the Modern World

Taking Tikkun Leil into the Modern World

In this article from the South African Jewish Report, Adina Roth describes how the ancient Kabbalistic practice of learning Torah all night long on Shavuot has developed to include different types of events and

Shavuot in Israel: A Celebration of Torah or First Fruits?

Shavuot in Israel: A Celebration of Torah or First Fruits?

In this article, Dr. Hizky Shoham explores the multiple identities of the holiday of Shavuot, which began as an agricultural festival, was transformed into the “holiday of the giving of the Torah,” and

Chabad on Shavuot

Chabad on Shavuot

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Shavuot. With many internal links to relevant videos, how-to guides, and articles, this is a great resource for anyone looking to delve

The Omer & Shavuot: Self-Betterment and a Divine Relationship

The Omer & Shavuot: Self-Betterment and a Divine Relationship

In this short video, Rabbi Shira Stutman shares a profound explanation of Shavuot and the 49 day period of the Omer between Passover and Shavuot, with an emphasis on self-betterment and the renewal of

A Detailed Overview of Shavuot

A Detailed Overview of Shavuot

This thorough article from Wikipedia provides a detailed and well-sourced overview of the Biblical origins, ancient and modern customs, and agricultural and scriptural significance of Shavuot. The article mentions many different practices observed throughout the Jewish

Shavuot 101

Shavuot 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Shavuot, a lesser known Jewish holiday that commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is a helpful resource

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this short video, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, encourages viewers to commemorate, connect and commit to Israel on the country’s memorial and independence days. Despite the

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

In this 6:20 long video, Daniel Gordis describes the challenge and meaning behind the transition between the deep grief of Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day, and the joy and celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In this blog post, Rabbi Ela Merom asks complex questions about how we use communal memory as we move through the sorrow of Yom HaZikaron to the exuberance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. She encourages others to embrace

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

In this 4 minute long video, Rafi Di from HonestReporting asks locals on the streets of Jerusalem what Yom Ha’atzmaut means to them. With footage of different types of celebrations, this video presents

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

In this 5:42 minute long video, 66 Israeli heroes and new immigrants share powerful messages about the State of Israel, inspired by the words and values of the Declaration of Independence. This video

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

This 3 and a half minute long video provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day in different communities

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

This article from My Jewish Learning provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day in different communities in Israel and

What is So Special About the Aliyahs?

What is So Special About the Aliyahs?

With references to halachic and Kabbalistic sources, this brief article from Chabad.org explains why being called up to the Torah is a special honor, focusing on the spiritual significance behind this ritual. As

What is an Aliyah and How Can You Participate?

What is an Aliyah and How Can You Participate?

Perfect for beginners, this clear article from Chabad.org explains the origins behind being called up to the Torah, as well as when and how this is practiced in Orthodox congregations, including the Hebrew, English,

The Hadar Institute: The Content, Meaning and Music of Lecha Dodi

The Hadar Institute: The Content, Meaning and Music of Lecha Dodi

This link will take you to a three-part online audio course exploring the content, meaning, and music of Lecha Dodi, as part of Mechon Hadar’s Tefillah Toolkit series. Three scholars explore what the prayer

Welcoming the Bride: Exploring the Songs of Kabbalat Shabbat

Welcoming the Bride: Exploring the Songs of Kabbalat Shabbat

This link will take you to a six-part online audio course exploring the meaning behind the songs of Kabbalat Shabbat. Theologian, scholar, and educator, Rabbi Shai Held, examines each of the eight Psalms of

The Structure & Mystical Meaning of Kabbalat Shabbat

The Structure & Mystical Meaning of Kabbalat Shabbat

This post presents two approximately 4 minute long videos by Rabbi David Paskin introducing the basic structure and meaning behind the Kabbalat Shabbat service. The first video focuses on the first six Psalms

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Great for beginners, this brief excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the Friday night synagogue services, including Mincha (the afternoon prayer), Kabbalat Shabbat,

Introduction to the Kabbalat Shabbat Prayer Service

Introduction to the Kabbalat Shabbat Prayer Service

This introductory article describes the origins and structure of the Kabbalat Shabbat services, noting various customs practiced in different communities. Originally from the Encyclopaedia Judaica, this article was shared on Jewish Virtual Library.  Kabbalat Shabbat

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

This post presents a well-formatted, printable PDF booklet of the traditional Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat service with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of each prayer. With introductory articles explaining the origins, structure and

Welcoming the Sabbath with Kabbalat Shabbat, Lecha Dodi and Ma’ariv

Welcoming the Sabbath with Kabbalat Shabbat, Lecha Dodi and Ma’ariv

This introductory article by George Robinson outlines the basic structure of the Kabbalat Shabbat and evening prayer service, including an explanation of traditions held in various communities and the development of customs throughout history.

A Brief Halachic Exploration of the Shabbat Morning Kiddush

A Brief Halachic Exploration of the Shabbat Morning Kiddush

This 4 minute long audio recording presents the different customs and halachic opinions regarding the wording of the daytime Kiddush. The short but highly technical lecture is relevant to those with a background

Daytime Kiddush as a Reminder of the Sanctity of Shabbat

Daytime Kiddush as a Reminder of the Sanctity of Shabbat

In this 2.5 minute video, Rabbi Chaim Brovender explains how the daytime Kiddush serves as a reminder of the sanctity of Shabbat, regardless of whether one simply recites the blessing over the wine

Kiddush as a Bridge Between the Physical & Spiritual

Kiddush as a Bridge Between the Physical & Spiritual

This short video provides a brief and meaningful explanation for why Jews make Kiddush at Shabbat meals. Arik Singer, a former educator at the Orthodox Perth Hebrew Congregation in Australia and current assistant principal

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik begins with meaningful explanations as to why Kiddush is recited during the day on Shabbat. Great for beginners, this resource offers a practical how-to

Women and Zimmun

Women and Zimmun

This two page article by Jennifer Breger summarizes the complicated subject of a women’s participation in a “Zimmun,” (literally, “invitation”) the opening verses of the Grace After Meals recited responsively when people have

Introduction to the Grace After Meals

Introduction to the Grace After Meals

This thorough and informative article explains the structure, content, and development of the Grace After Meals, as well as some spiritual intentions behind the ritual and explanations of various customs. Due to its

The Origins and Meaning Behind the Blessing Over the Children

The Origins and Meaning Behind the Blessing Over the Children

In this 3:17 long video, Rabbi Spike Anderson from the Reform Temple Emanu-El of Atlanta explains the origins and meaning behind the custom of blessing the children on Friday night. He recites the

Exploring the Controversial Aspects of Shalom Aleichem: Idolatry & Domestic Relations

Exploring the Controversial Aspects of Shalom Aleichem: Idolatry & Domestic Relations

In this provocative article, Atar Hadari explores some of the more controversial aspects of the song “Shalom Aleichem,” explaining why several leading rabbinic figures have taken issue with it. Hadari suggests that the

Friday Night: Angels in My House

Friday Night: Angels in My House

In this personal article, Jewish educator Amy Deutsch suggests an original understanding of what type of angels we are welcoming into our home when we sing Shalom Aleichem on Friday night. Deutsch bases her interpretation

The Shabbat Project: How to Sing Shalom Aleichem (Sephardic/Mizrahi)

The Shabbat Project: How to Sing Shalom Aleichem (Sephardic/Mizrahi)

This post includes a two-page step-by-step guide explaining how to recite Shalom Aleichem according to Sephardic (Mizrahi) tradition, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of the song. Whereas the general Ashkenzi tradition welcomes

Why Do We Wash Our Hands Before Eating Bread?

Why Do We Wash Our Hands Before Eating Bread?

This short post explains the biblical origins behind the ritual hand-washing before bread, which is based on the ancient purity rituals of the Kohanim (Priests) in the Temple. This explanation was written by

Braided Challah: Integrating the Mundane & the Holy

Braided Challah: Integrating the Mundane & the Holy

This article explores the meaning behind the braiding of the Shabbat challah, suggesting that it symbolizes the weaving of our weekday mentality into a Shabbat state of mind. The author, Rabbi Yossi Lipsker is the

Shabbat Home Ritual: Challah

Shabbat Home Ritual: Challah

In this short post, Sarah Fishman describes the basics of the challah ceremony, as part of an article introducing the Shabbat home rituals of candle lighting, kiddush over wine, and challah (bread). The

“Benching” 101: The Origin, Stucture, Customs and History of the Grace After Meals

“Benching” 101: The Origin, Stucture, Customs and History of the Grace After Meals

This comprehensive introductory article by Kate Palley provides a thorough explanation for people of all knowledge levels on the origin, structure, customs, and history of the Grace After Meals. The author clarifies the circumstances under which one is

A Brief Introduction to the Grace After Meals

A Brief Introduction to the Grace After Meals

This short post offers a basic overview of the Grace After Meals, including its biblical sources, an explanation of its structure, and links to the full Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the

How To Read Eshet Chayil: Reflections from a Feminist Scholar

How To Read Eshet Chayil: Reflections from a Feminist Scholar

This reflection by feminist scholar, Dr. Wendy Zierler, traces her evolving relationship with the words of Eshet Chayil over the course of her life. She suggests several ways of reading the text, exploring the Kabbalistic

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

This detailed article by Chaviva Gordon-Bennett provides a thorough introduction to Eishet Chayil, including the meaning, origins, and practical how-to’s of singing this song on Friday night, along with the English translation of the text. Published on ThoughtCo, a

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Shalom Aleichem (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Shalom Aleichem (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik provides meaningful explanations as to why Shalom Aleichem is recited at the beginning of the Shabbat evening meal. Complete with the Hebrew, English and transliterated

Alone Time: Why We Usher the Shabbat Angels Out

Alone Time: Why We Usher the Shabbat Angels Out

In this article from Chabad.org, Rabbi Elly Krimsky explores why we bid farewell to the accompanying angels in Shalom Aleichem, focusing on a Chasidic idea that when we are alone we have the opportunity to be

Why We Recite Eishet Chayil on Friday Night

Why We Recite Eishet Chayil on Friday Night

In order to explain why Eishet Chayil is traditionally sung on Shabbat, this detailed article by Rabbi Yehuda Shuprin offers insight into the literal reading of the text, as well as several allegorical interpretations from

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

This thorough article offers a complete introduction to the custom of singing Eishet Chayil on Friday night, including the reasons behind the ritual, a step-by-step guide noting common customs, the Hebrew, English and transliterated

Washing for a Meal: The Practical, The Philosophical & The Mystical

Washing for a Meal: The Practical, The Philosophical & The Mystical

In these three long video lectures, Chabad Rabbi Mendel Kaplan breaks down the mitzvah of Netilat Yadayim at mealtime, with an in-depth exploration of the practical, philosophical and mystical aspects of the hand washing

Chief Rabbi of the UK on Blessing the Children on Shabbat

Chief Rabbi of the UK on Blessing the Children on Shabbat

In this short video, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the United Kingdom, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, explains why children are blessed on Shabbat and why the blessings differ for sons and daughters. The rabbi

Introduction to the Blessing over the Bread

Introduction to the Blessing over the Bread

This short article offers a brief introduction to the blessing over the bread, including an explanation of the purpose of blessings, a description of the origins of this ritual, mention of associated rituals,

Challah Kabbalah: How to Make Mystical Bread for Shabbat

Challah Kabbalah: How to Make Mystical Bread for Shabbat

This short video, created by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), transforms the mundane act of making bread into a holy and mystical experience by connecting each ingredient with a corresponding attribute or meditation that

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on the Blessing Over the Children (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on the Blessing Over the Children (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik explains the biblical origins of the ritual blessing over the children on Friday night, as well as a practical how-to guide for parents, complete

Why We Cover the Bread During HaMotzi

Why We Cover the Bread During HaMotzi

This article from Chabad.org provides biblical, Talmudic and halachic reasons for the custom of covering the challah before and during the HaMotzi blessing. In practice, the Shabbat challah is covered from the beginning of the Kiddush (blessing

The Origins of Ritual Hand-Washing In Jewish Thought

The Origins of Ritual Hand-Washing In Jewish Thought

In this excerpt, Chaviva Gordon-Bennett provides an overview of the origins and significance of the different Jewish hand washing rituals, including washing the hands before eating bread. With supporting texts from the Torah (Bible), Talmud, and

Shabbat Candle Lighting: Empowering or Restricting to Women?

Shabbat Candle Lighting: Empowering or Restricting to Women?

The following article addresses whether the tradition of women lighting Shabbat candles is empowering or restricting. The anonymous author explores the role of women in Orthodox Judaism, drawing on both Jewish mysticism and practice,

The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

In this short, informative video, Rabbi Michael Laitner offers both historical and spiritual explanations for the Shabbat evening candle lighting and provides guidelines on how to fulfill the commandment. This video is appropriate for

Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

This article explains how lighting Shabbat candles brings peace and harmony into the home, both practically and symbolically, and why this ritual is connected to the unique role of women in Judaism. The author,

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Quotes on Shabbat Candles

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Quotes on Shabbat Candles

These poetic quotes from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describe the moment when Shabbat arrives, bringing with it an atmosphere of light, peace, rest, joy, and renewal. Heschel points to the creative and transformative power of

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: Kiddush and the Sanctification of Time

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: Kiddush and the Sanctification of Time

This excerpt from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man,” explores the idea of Shabbat as a symbol for the sanctification of time. Although Heschel does not specifically mention Kiddush in this

“Shamor” and “Zachor”: Observe and Remember

“Shamor” and “Zachor”: Observe and Remember

This blog post by Rabbi Adam Feldman explores the dual language of “shamor” and “zachor” used in the Torah to command the Jewish people to “remember” and “observe” Shabbat. Jewish tradition explains that

HuffPost Blog: “Going Dark” on Shabbat

HuffPost Blog: “Going Dark” on Shabbat

In this blog post, Ellie Krupnick shares her personal journey of coming to appreciate the refuge from technology and work offered by Shabbat. Although not specifically about the candle lighting ritual, the author mentions

A Historical Approach to the Composition and Structure of the Grace After Meals

A Historical Approach to the Composition and Structure of the Grace After Meals

This thorough article by Rabbi Yizchak Etshalom outlines the structure of the Grace After Meals, explaining how the Biblical command to thank God for the food and land is fulfilled through this lengthy prayer,

Switching On Shabbat: Temples in Time

Switching On Shabbat: Temples in Time

Referencing Jewish thinkers Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Blu Greenberg, this article describes lighting the Shabbat candles as a transformative act that enables us to create temples in time, thus turning Shabbat on

Yedid Nefesh: Introduction & Audio

Yedid Nefesh: Introduction & Audio

This post provides a brief introduction to the liturgical poem “Yedid Nefesh,” often sung by Ashkenazi congregations between the afternoon Minchah prayer on Friday and the beginning of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Although

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Printable Hebrew & English Megillat Esther

Printable Hebrew & English Megillat Esther

From Chabad.org, this 13-page long PDF document contains the side-by-side Hebrew and English text of Megillat Esther, the biblical scroll which tells the story of Purim, as well as a brief summary of the

Printable English Megillat Esther With Commentary

Printable English Megillat Esther With Commentary

Published by the Kehot Publication society of the Chabad Lubavitch movement, this 14-page long PDF document is an English translation of Megillat Esther, the biblical scroll which tells the story of Purim, including a

Al Hanissim for Grace After Meals on Purim

Al Hanissim for Grace After Meals on Purim

This post presents a cantorial rendition of the “Al HaNissim” prayer added to the Grace After Meals on Purim, along with the Hebrew and English texts of the prayer. The video features Ben Zion

A Hanukkah Songbook

A Hanukkah Songbook

This Hanukkah songbook contains the lyrics for many traditional Hanukkah songs, including some in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Compiled by Aharon Varady and Nomi Raye Lerman, this resource was shared on The Open Siddur Project, which aims

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Written by Rabbi Jill Hammer, this post presents an introduction to Chag HaBanot, a women’s festival traditionally celebrated during Hannukah by some Sephardic and North African communities, as well as a summary of some ancient and

How to Light Hannukah Candles (Sephardic Tradition)

How to Light Hannukah Candles (Sephardic Tradition)

In this instructional video (04:05), Rabbi David Benchlouch of the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation of Cape Town demonstrates how to light the Hannukah candles according to Sephardic tradition. Whereas in Ashkenazi custom, the “shamash” candle

Ya Hatzel: A Sephardic Hannukah Song

Ya Hatzel: A Sephardic Hannukah Song

This post provides an audio recording from the Sephardic Hazzanut Project and the Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics for Ya Hatzel, a traditional Sephardic Hannukah song that includes praise to God and a prayer

A Reform Prayer for Kislev & Hannukah

A Reform Prayer for Kislev & Hannukah

This link opens up the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of a prayer that can be read from the beginning of the Hebrew month of Kislev through the end of Hannukah. Comprised of selected verses

Hasidic Kavvanah (Intention) for Lighting the Hannukah Candles

Hasidic Kavvanah (Intention) for Lighting the Hannukah Candles

This link opens up the Hebrew and English text of a Hasidic prayer that can be recited prior to the lighting of the Hannukah candles, composed by Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov

Al HaNissim for Hannukah

Al HaNissim for Hannukah

Al HaNissim is a short paragraph added to the Amidah prayer and the Grace After Meals on Hannukah, thanking God for the miraculous redemption celebrated on this holiday and briefly retelling the story of

Psalm 30: The Daily Psalm of Hannukah

Psalm 30: The Daily Psalm of Hannukah

This audio recording presents Chazan Maor Cohen singing Psalm 30 with a Moroccan melody. Allegedly composed by King David to be sung when his son, King Solomon, dedicated the Temple, this psalm of thanksgiving is

Morrocan Hannukah Candle Lighting Blessings & Songs

Morrocan Hannukah Candle Lighting Blessings & Songs

This post presents the Hannukah candle lighting blessings and songs sung according to Moroccan tradition by Rabbi David Kadoch. The first video begins with the two blessings recited upon lighting the Hannukah candles, followed

Humanistic Hannukah Lighting Blessings & Ceremonies

Humanistic Hannukah Lighting Blessings & Ceremonies

This post offers several different home services for the Hannukah candle lighting, including blessings, intentions, readings and songs that reflect the values and beliefs of Humanistic Judaism. Founded in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin T.

The Scroll of Antiochus

The Scroll of Antiochus

This document provides the full English and Hebrew translations of Megillat Antiochus (The Scroll of Antiochus), an ancient historical account of the story of Hannukah, originally written in Aramaic. For generations, this scroll

Text of Traditional Hannukah Candle-lighting Blessings & Songs

Text of Traditional Hannukah Candle-lighting Blessings & Songs

This document presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings recited upon lighting the menorah, as well as the songs traditionally sung at this time, “Hanerot Halalu” and “Maoz Tzur.” This

Hanukkah Blessings & Hanerot Halalu with Feminine God Language

Hanukkah Blessings & Hanerot Halalu with Feminine God Language

This post presents alternative versions of “Hanerot Halalu,” as well as the blessings recited upon lighting the menorah. As explained in more detail below, several alterations were made to “Hanerot Halalu” in order to emphasize

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah (With Blessings)

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah (With Blessings)

This short instructional video (02:59) demonstrates how to light the menorah on Hannukah, including where to place the menorah, in what order to set up and light the candles, and which blessings to recite. The

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

With onscreen karaoke-style texts of the blessing in English, Hebrew and transliterated, this animated instructional video (02:20) teaches how to sing the blessings when lighting the menorah on Hannukah using popular Ashkenazi melodies. Although

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the Hoshanot prayers recited on each day of Sukkot and on Hoshana Rabbah, the final day of the

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

In this excerpt from “Every Person’s Guide to Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah,” Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs introduces the Jewish ritual of praying for rain on Shemini Atzeret, the holiday immediately following Sukkot.

Egalitarian Prayer for Rain

Egalitarian Prayer for Rain

This Egalitarian Prayer for Rain provides a parallel Hebrew and English text for an egalitarian version of the Prayer for Rain, recited on Shemini Atzeret, the holiday immediately following Sukkot. While the traditional version of this

Traditional Sukkot Blessings

Traditional Sukkot Blessings

This site presents the traditional Hebrew, English and transliterated texts for some of the prayers and blessings recited on Sukkot, including Kiddush, the blessings for dwelling in the Sukkah and bidding it farewell at

Prayers for Rain & Dew

Prayers for Rain & Dew

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the prayer for rain recited on Shemini Atzeret, the day following Sukkot, and the prayer for dew recited

Conservative Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin

Conservative Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of an egalitarian version of the Kabbalistic tradition of Ushpizin (Aramaic for guests), wherein on each night of Sukkot

Hebrew Prayers for the Sukkah: Upon Entering, Exiting, and Seder Ushpizin

Hebrew Prayers for the Sukkah: Upon Entering, Exiting, and Seder Ushpizin

This document provides some of traditional Hebrew and Aramaic prayers and blessings recited over the festival of Sukkot, including the Kabbalistic Seder Uspizin (Aramaic for guests), wherein on each night of Sukkot we invite different

Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin

Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin

This Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin provides a parallel Hebrew and English text that can be used to fulfill an egalitarian version of the Kabbalistic tradition of Ushpizin (Aramaic for guests), wherein on each night of Sukkot we

How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot

How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot

We show you how to shake a lulav and etrog! פורסם על ידי ‏‎MyJewishLearning.com‎‏ ב חמישי, 20 באוקטובר 2016 This thorough article from My Jewish Learning provides a complete guide to the Four

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts to capture the immense joy, relief and gratitude of the High Priest upon

El Nora Alila: Sephardic Neilah Piyut

El Nora Alila: Sephardic Neilah Piyut

In this video, composer and cantor Eyal Bitton performs Turkish, Moroccan and Spanish/Portuguese melodies for El Nora Alila, a Sephardic liturgical prayer sung at the beginning of the Neilah service at the end of

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This video presents a popular Ashkenazi melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. Enumerated in Exodus 34:6–7 these Divine Attributes are frequently recited in the selichot penitential prayers before and after Rosh Hashanah, as well as

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

This video presents a well known melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic pieces from the Yom Kippur liturgy, in which we invoke God’s forgiveness by describing many different metaphors

Proclamation of Faith from Neilah Service

Proclamation of Faith from Neilah Service

This link from Chabad.org presents an audio recording of the apex of the Neilah service, the closing service of the day, where, we beg God one last time to accept our repentance and seal us

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

This article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores each line of part of the “Al Chet” portion of the Vidui confession, recited during each of the five prayer services on Yom Kippur. With guiding questions and ideas

Reb Zalman’s Alternative Hatarat Nedarim (Annullment of Vows)

Reb Zalman’s Alternative Hatarat Nedarim (Annullment of Vows)

This post presents an alternative English version to the Hatarat Nedarim ceremony, in which a person formally annuls his/her vows before Rosh Hashanah. Written by Reb Zalman Schacther Shalomi, one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

This post provides links to several different versions of “Hu Ya’anenu,” a prayer that recalls how God mercifully answered our forefathers in ancient times, assuring us that our prayers will be answered as

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

Ahavnu: A Positive Version of the Ashamnu Vidui Prayer

This post presents Rabbi Avi Weiss’ positive version of the Ashamnu prayer, an alphabetical acrostic of 22 sins recited during each of the five prayer services on Yom Kippur. Based on the idea

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as a step-by-step guide for how to recite this prayer.

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

This audio recording (9:23) presents an authentic Moroccan Sephardi Kol Nidrei sung by Rabbi Eliahou Elbaz from Meknes, Morocco. In the opening services of Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei proactively annuls any oaths made to God for the coming

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

This 6 minute long audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing a moving rendition of Kol Nidrei, the opening services on the eve of Yom Kippur, in which any oaths made to God for the coming year are

Conservative Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Evening Services

Conservative Kol Nidrei and Yom Kippur Evening Services

This excerpt from the Conservative Machzor Lev Shalom for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts for the entire Yom Kippur evening service, including Kol Nidrei, Selichot and Vidui. With commentaries and

Text for Kaparot with Money

Text for Kaparot with Money

This post presents the Hebrew and English texts of the traditional Kaparot ceremony over money, in which the sins of a person are symbolically absolved through giving charity on the day before Yom Kippur.

Humanistic Yom Kippur Services

Humanistic Yom Kippur Services

This post offers links to complete Yom Kippur services from Kahal B’raira, a congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Cambridge, MA. Inspired by both traditional Jewish texts and non-Jewish sources, these communal services contain songs,

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for Yizkor

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited following the Yizkor Memorial service. The prayer beseeches God for mercy, blessing and compassion for

The Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

The Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

This short video shows tens of thousands of worshippers gathered together at the Western Wall for the Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, when Kohanim chant three consecutive verses of the Torah, one word at

Selichot at the Western Wall

Selichot at the Western Wall

This short video shows thousands of Jews gathering together for the final night of Selichot prayers before Yom Kippur at the Western Wall. The penitential prayers are traditionally recited between midnight and dawn

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated words for a prayer for justice, kindness, and social responsibility written by Humanistic Rabbis Sherwin Wine and Binyamin Biber. Based on words attributed to Rabbi Akiva

Kiddush Hashanah: Prayers for Dedicating the New Year

Kiddush Hashanah: Prayers for Dedicating the New Year

Whereas many piyutim (liturgical poems) were composed specifically for the evening of Rosh Hashanah, they did not become a standard part of the liturgy. This excerpt from the Conservative Machzor Lev Shalom for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur introduces a series

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the Blowing of the Shofar

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the Blowing of the Shofar

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited by a woman during the shofar blowing service on Rosh Hashanah, an auspicious time for

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

This link opens up a 38 page long Kabbalistic Selichot Service, containing the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of traditional prayers, along with short spiritual and mystical intentions for each prayer. Selichot are emotive

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

This post offers links to the traditional evening and daytime Kiddush ceremonies performed on Rosh Hashanah. The page for the evening Kiddush includes the full text in English, as well as a Hebrew

Abbreviated Renewal Selichot Services

Abbreviated Renewal Selichot Services

This alternative selichot ceremony, intended for the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah, includes Havdalah, original poetry, traditional liturgy, writing exercises, and readings for contemplation. Selichot are prayers of repentance recited before the Jewish New Year.

Renewal Tashlich Ceremony

Renewal Tashlich Ceremony

This alternative Tashlich ceremony includes biblical passages and excerpts from traditional prayers, together with an original poem-prayer written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. During Tashlich, Jews symbolically cast away their sins into a body of water. Ideally performed

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of Psalm 27, recited twice daily from the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul through Shemini Atzeret, which concludes the High Holiday season of

Hatarat Nedarim: Annulment of Vows Before Rosh Hashanah

Hatarat Nedarim: Annulment of Vows Before Rosh Hashanah

This post from JewishContent.org provides the English text of the Hatarat Nedarim ceremony, in which a person formally annuls his/her vows before the High Holidays in the presence of three (or, ideally ten) people

Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder

Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder

This 3 page long PDF document offers a sample Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder, originally a Sephardic tradition in which blessings are recited over a variety of foods that symbolize our wishes for the new year.

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

This comprehensive article serves as a guide to finding the right High Holiday Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for you, including links to purchase a prayer book online or download free

Conservative Tashlich Texts (English & Hebrew)

Conservative Tashlich Texts (English & Hebrew)

This excerpt from the Conservative Machzor Lev Shalom for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur presents the special prayers and passages recited during the Tashlich ritual, in which Jews  symbolically cast away their sins into a

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the musical prayer navigator of Mechon Hadar, where you can find audio recordings for each part of the synagogue service for Shabbat, weekday, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Festivals

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

In this thorough instructional video (9:31), Dr. Rachael Turkienicz describes how to light the holiday candles for Rosh Hashanah, including technical and spiritual explanations for this mitzvah, as well as on-screen English transliteration of the

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the High Holiday section of the Sephardic Hazzanut Project website, where you can listen to audio recordings of many of the piyutim, prayers and Torah readings sung

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

This post presents the lyrics and a musical rendition of Achot Ketanah (Little Sister), a liturgical poem sung in many Sephardic communities at the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah services. A love poem from

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Pledge

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Pledge

This post presents a pledge sometimes recited by the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrant in liberal communities, in which s/he commits to take on the responsibilities of an adult Jew, continue his/her Jewish education and work

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trope, Blessings & Readings in Multiple Traditions

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trope, Blessings & Readings in Multiple Traditions

This website is an excellent resource for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students looking to learn the traditional Orthodox tunes (trope), blessings and readings for the Torah and Haftarah readings during synagogue services. With the ability to

Ketubah Texts from Across the Jewish Spectrum

Ketubah Texts from Across the Jewish Spectrum

This 22 page long PDF document includes a variety of different Ketubah (marriage contract) texts in Hebrew and English from across the Jewish ideological spectrum, including the traditional Aramaic Ketubah, two Conservative, three

A Traditional Jewish Marriage Ceremony (Outline & Texts)

A Traditional Jewish Marriage Ceremony (Outline & Texts)

This article provides an outline of the entire traditional Jewish marriage ceremony, including explanations of the various customs as well as the Hebrew and English texts of the relevant blessings. With a detailed

Halachic Prenuptial Agreement

Halachic Prenuptial Agreement

This post includes information about the Halachic Prenuptial Agreement, including a short video from ORA: The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot encouraging the widespread use of this legal document, as well as links to learn

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

This informative article from Chabad.org provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated text for the Yizkor memorial prayer recited following the Torah reading in the synagogue on Passover, Shavuot, Shemini Atzeret and Yom Kippur. The

A “Tkhine” for Lighting Candles on Shavuot

A “Tkhine” for Lighting Candles on Shavuot

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Hebrew and Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited by a woman after lighting candles to welcome the holiday of Shavuot, an

Chanting of Moroccan Azharot

Chanting of Moroccan Azharot

This 10 minute long video presents a Moroccan chanting of Azharot (lit. exhortations), didactic liturgical poems enumerating the 613 commandments traditionally chanted by Sephardic Jews on Shavuot. There have been numerous Azharot written by

Kabbalistic Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Prayers & Meditations

Kabbalistic Tikkun Leil Shavuot with Prayers & Meditations

This link opens up a 75 page long PDF file containing sections of learning, prayer and meditation for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot in Hebrew, English and transliterated English. In keeping with the custom of engaging in

Kabbalistic Tikkun Leil Shavuot & Prayers

Kabbalistic Tikkun Leil Shavuot & Prayers

This link opens up a 186 page long PDF file containing sections of learning and prayer for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot in Hebrew, English and transliterated English. In keeping with the custom of engaging in all-night

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

This link will take you to Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities, a site with several thought provoking activities that encourage students in the Diaspora to engage with Israel in a meaningful way. Written as full lesson plans, complete with

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The Masorti Movement’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Twilight: Moving from Memorial to Independence, a ceremony written by the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel to mark the transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Beit Tefilah Israeli’s Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut

This link opens up a PDF file of Havdalah: A Transitional Ceremony between Yom Ha’Zikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, a Hebrew and English ceremony written by Beit Tefilah Israeli that celebrates Israel’s national triumph, yet expresses

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer requests divine protection and

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not

The “Mi Sheberach” Prayer for One Who Has an Aliyah

The “Mi Sheberach” Prayer for One Who Has an Aliyah

This post provides the Hebrew and English texts for the prayer recited for one who is called up to the Torah on Shabbat. An excerpt from a longer article from Chabad.org, this text reflects the tradition

Reconstructionist Blessings Before & After Torah Reading & the Concept of Chosenness

Reconstructionist Blessings Before & After Torah Reading & the Concept of Chosenness

This short video demonstrates how to recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading according to the Reconstructionist tradition, which omits references to the Jews as the ‘Chosen People’ because of the

Learn the Blessings Before & After Reading the Torah with “Prayer-eoke”

Learn the Blessings Before & After Reading the Torah with “Prayer-eoke”

These two short videos demonstrate the singing of the blessings recited before and after the Torah reading, when called up for an aliyah. These videos with Hebrew and transliterated subtitles were created by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches

Traditional Blessings Before & After Torah Reading

Traditional Blessings Before & After Torah Reading

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings recited before and after the Torah reading when called up for an aliyah, as well as audio recordings of each blessing sung

Syrian Song of Songs and Kabbalat Shabbat (Audio)

Syrian Song of Songs and Kabbalat Shabbat (Audio)

This post includes two audio recordings representing the Syrian custom and musical style, sung by Hazzan Faraj Samra. The first clip is a 20 minute long audio recording of the Song of Songs,

Kippalive: A Capella Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat

Kippalive: A Capella Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat

This 9 and a half minute long video features the Israeli male a Capella group, Kippalive, singing harmonic versions of many of Rabbi Shlomo Calebach‘s most famous melodies for Kabbalat Shabbat. The group sings selected

Conservative Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

Conservative Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

This post presents the Guide and Transliteration for Friday Evening Services from the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/ Congregation Bnai Israel, a Conservative Egalitarian Synagogue in Fair Lawn, NJ. Particularly useful for those using the Conservative

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

This post presents a well-formatted, printable PDF booklet of the traditional Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat service with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of each prayer. With introductory articles explaining the origins, structure and

Orthodox Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Hebrew, English, Transliteration)

Orthodox Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Hebrew, English, Transliteration)

This post presents a well-formatted, printable PDF booklet of the traditional Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv evening prayer service with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of each prayer. Originally created for a minyan

Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Hebrew Text & Audio)

Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Hebrew Text & Audio)

This link will direct you to the full Hebrew text of the Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat service along with a 27 minute long audio recording of the entire service in the chanting style characteristic

Humanistic Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Humanistic Kabbalat Shabbat Service

This link opens up a Humanistic Kabbalat Shabbat Service (pages 4-17), which includes a selection of poems, prayers and songs in Hebrew and English. Yedid Nefesh, a Kabbalistic hymn that often precedes Kabbalat Shabbat, is

The Blessing for the Ritual Handwashing

The Blessing for the Ritual Handwashing

This image provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of the blessing for the ritual washing of the hands before eating bread (and upon waking up).This resource was created by NCSY, an Orthodox organization

Reform Daytime Kiddush (Audio & Text)

Reform Daytime Kiddush (Audio & Text)

This post presents the Reform custom for the daytime kiddush, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessing and an audio recording of a popular tune in the North American Reform

A Reform Summer Camp’s Abbreviated Grace After Meals with Hand Motions

A Reform Summer Camp’s Abbreviated Grace After Meals with Hand Motions

This almost 3 minute video from URJ Camp Kalsman demonstrates how the campers and staff at this Reform camp recite a shortened version of the traditional Grace After Meals with hand motions that

Chabad Daytime Kiddush

Chabad Daytime Kiddush

This printable PDF file presents the Hebrew and English text of the daytime Kiddush according to the custom of the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic tradition. The actual blessing over the wine is preceded by Psalm 23, 

Abbreviated Grace After Meals: The Four Blessings

Abbreviated Grace After Meals: The Four Blessings

This post includes the Hebrew text of the abbreviated version of the Grace After Meals, along with a printable PDF file that contains the English translation and transliteration. This shortened version of the

Yemenite/Baladi Grace After Meals (Hebrew Text)

Yemenite/Baladi Grace After Meals (Hebrew Text)

This post presents the Hebrew text for the Nusach Baladi Grace After Meals used by many Yemenite Jews. The blessing is preceded by the recitation of Psalm 23 and Psalm 77. Nusach Baladi

One Line Grace After Meals

One Line Grace After Meals

The one-line version of the Grace After Meals, presented below in Aramaic, English and transliterated, has been adopted for general use in many Conservative communities. Some Conservative prayer books include this Aramaic phrase along

By the Sweat of Their Brow: An Alternative Humanist Grace After Meals

By the Sweat of Their Brow: An Alternative Humanist Grace After Meals

This post offers two poems in Hebrew and English, excerpts from Dr. Tzemah Yoreh‘s work, “By the Sweat of their Brow, a Humanist Birkon.” After a brief explanation of the rationale behind his project,

Blessing the Spirit of All-which-Lives after Eating and Feeling Satiated: An Ecological Grace After Meals

Blessing the Spirit of All-which-Lives after Eating and Feeling Satiated: An Ecological Grace After Meals

This post provides the PDF file of “Haveri Nevarekh: Blessing the Spirit of All-which-Lives after Eating and Feeling Satiated: A Birkon” by Aharon Varady. Pages 14-30 offer an adapted version of the traditional Hebrew Ashkenazi

Yosef Karduner: Breslov Melody for Eishet Chayil

Yosef Karduner: Breslov Melody for Eishet Chayil

This solemn melody for Eishet Chayil comes from Yosef Karduner‘s album, “Yearning for Shabbat: Traditional Breslov Songs for Shabbat Night.” An Israeli Hasidic singer, songwriter, and composer, Karduner is heavily influenced by the teachings

Yemenite Custom for Eishet Chayil

Yemenite Custom for Eishet Chayil

This website presents an audio recording of the late Yemenite poet and singer Binyamin Nachum singing Eishet Chayil with the unique chanting style used in Yemenite custom. This recording is part of the

Blessing Oneself on Erev Shabbat

Blessing Oneself on Erev Shabbat

Based on the traditional blessing over the children, this alternative blessing by Rabbi Kami Knapp encourages people to bless themselves to emulate a positive trait of a chosen role model on Friday night. Although

Traditional Text for the Blessing Over the Children

Traditional Text for the Blessing Over the Children

This post provides the traditional Hebrew, transliterated and English text for the blessings over sons and daughters traditionally recited on Friday night. This resource is perfect for someone who simply wants to know what

Be Who You Are: An Alternative Blessing Over the Children

Be Who You Are: An Alternative Blessing Over the Children

This excerpt from Marcia Falk‘s “The Book of Blessings” offers a contemporary, open-ended text for blessing one’s children on Friday night in a way that empowers them with a sense of possibility, is free

Let Us Bring Forth Food: Humanistic Ha-Motzi

Let Us Bring Forth Food: Humanistic Ha-Motzi

This blessing for breaking bread, inspired by HaMotzi, meaning “the one who brings forth,” was composed by Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Typical of this movement, founded in 1963 by the

Ethiopian Shalom Aleichem

Ethiopian Shalom Aleichem

This video features Shalom Aleichem sung in both Hebrew and Ge’ez (an ancient Ethiopian language) to a melody that reflects Ethiopian musical influences. With images of the Ethiopian Jewish community in the background, this

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem (Audio & Text)

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem (Audio & Text)

This post includes the Hebrew, English, and transliterated lyrics to Shalom Aleichem, traditionally sung before Kiddush at the beginning of the Friday night meal on Shabbat. From Aish.com, the text and audio reflect

Shalom Aleichem with Alternating Masculine and Feminine God-Language

Shalom Aleichem with Alternating Masculine and Feminine God-Language

This post presents an alternative version of Shalom Aleichem, where half of the stanzas are written with the traditional masculine God-language, while the other half use feminine God-language, reflecting a blend of Jewish tradition with modern

Kabbalistic Poems Recited Before Kiddush: Atkinu Seudata & Azamer Bishvochin

Kabbalistic Poems Recited Before Kiddush: Atkinu Seudata & Azamer Bishvochin

This post includes both audio recordings and the Aramaic, English and transliterated texts of two poems that are often recited before Kiddush on Friday night, according to Jewish mystical traditions. Both poems are based

Alternative HaMotzi: Humanistic & Theistic Version

Alternative HaMotzi: Humanistic & Theistic Version

In this alternative blessing over the bread, Lesley Reuter encourages readers to gratefully reflect on the source of their food, whether they believe it comes through human effort or Divine generosity. With both

Kiddush & Building Community: Humanistic Liturgy

Kiddush & Building Community: Humanistic Liturgy

This community-centered blessing over the wine was composed by Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Typical of this movement, founded in 1963 by the late Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, the blessing omits any

Printable Hand Washing & Hamotzi Guide

Printable Hand Washing & Hamotzi Guide

This simple one-page card from Aish.com provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings for the ritual washing of the hands and the bread. It also includes directions for the accompanying

Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

Prayer for the Rebuilding of the Temple After Candle Lighting

There is a custom to recite this prayer for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after making the blessing over the Shabbat candles. This is the same prayer that is said by

HaMotzi(ah) with Masculine and Feminine God-Language

HaMotzi(ah) with Masculine and Feminine God-Language

This post presents the blessing over the bread both in its traditional format (i.e. with masculine God-language) and using feminine God-language, an option that reflects the blend of Jewish tradition with modern feminist

Traditional Prayer for the Family Following Candle Lighting

Traditional Prayer for the Family Following Candle Lighting

This prayer for the family is often recited after lighting the Shabbat candles, an auspicious time for prayer, according to Jewish tradition. Many women use this as an opportunity to recite their own

Conservative Ashkenazi Grace After Meals (Audio + Text)

Conservative Ashkenazi Grace After Meals (Audio + Text)

In this audio recording, Rabbi Barry Kenter of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center sings the Shabbat version of the Grace After Meals according to Conservative Ashkenazi tradition. Conveniently separated into 14 audio recordings and accompanied by

Mizrahi Grace After Meals (Hebrew Audio & Text)

Mizrahi Grace After Meals (Hebrew Audio & Text)

This post presents the Hebrew text and an audio recording of the full weekday Grace After Meals, according to the custom and pronunciation of Edot HaMizrach practiced by many Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jews. The

Ashkenazi Grace After Meals (Audio + Text)

Ashkenazi Grace After Meals (Audio + Text)

This recording presents the complete Grace After Meals according to Ashkenazi custom, sung with the modern Israeli pronunciation of Hebrew in a slow, clear voice to a popular melody. Performed by Sandy Bernstein, Chazzan

Sephardic/Mizrahi Custom: Shalom Aleichem

Sephardic/Mizrahi Custom: Shalom Aleichem

This video demonstrates the Sephardic/Mizrahi tradition for Shalom Aleichem, which has five stanzas, instead of four, as is the common Ashkenazi custom. The additional verse, “B’shiv-t’chem L’shalom,” translated as “May your rest be for peace,”

Nusach Sefard: Shalom Aleichem

Nusach Sefard: Shalom Aleichem

This post includes the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts for Shalom Aleichem according to Nusach Sefard. Nusaf Sefard refers to the various forms of the Jewish prayers designed to reconcile Ashkenazi customs with the

Debbie Friedman’s Shalom Aleichem with Onscreen Transliteration

Debbie Friedman’s Shalom Aleichem with Onscreen Transliteration

This video presents the operatic soprano, Rowna Sutin, performing Debbie Friedman’s original tune for Shalom Aleichem. Complete with onscreen transliterated text, this video is helpful for those who would like to learn the words

Modernizing Birkat HaMotzi: A Feminist Spiritual Approach

Modernizing Birkat HaMotzi: A Feminist Spiritual Approach

This excerpt from Marcia Falk’s “The Book of Blessings” discusses both the significance of Birkat HaMotzi (the blessing over the bread) as a symbol of community, and offers a modernization of the blessing that can be

Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing: Audio and Text

Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing: Audio and Text

This audio recording demonstrates a man singing the blessing over the Shabbat candles clearly and slowly, using a popular North American melody, which was composed by Abraham Binder, musical director of the Stephen Wise Free

Shabbat Candle Lighting with Masculine and Feminine God-Language

Shabbat Candle Lighting with Masculine and Feminine God-Language

This post presents the blessing for lighting the Shabbat candles on Friday night, both in its traditional format (i.e. with masculine God-language) and using feminine God-language, an option that reflects the blend of

Shabbat Evening Kiddush Karaoke: Reform

Shabbat Evening Kiddush Karaoke: Reform

This ‘karaoke style’ video with Hebrew subtitles, demonstrates how to sing the Shabbat evening blessings over the wine, according to the Reform Ashkenazi tradition. Chanted by Cantor Linda Kates from the Reform Leo Baeck

Egalitarian Kiddush and “Shalom Aleychem”

Egalitarian Kiddush and “Shalom Aleychem”

The following post provides information about egalitarian approaches to Kiddush, as well as a video of Cantor Elana Rozenfeld teaching the words and melody of “Shalom Aleychem” and the Friday night Kiddush. Rozenfeld

Traditional Ashkenazi Friday Night Kiddush: Text & Audio

Traditional Ashkenazi Friday Night Kiddush: Text & Audio

This resource includes the complete Hebrew, English, and transliterated text for the traditional Ashkenazi Orthodox Kiddush, including explanations of what motions are performed at each point. Although the Kiddush ritual is almost identical throughout the

Eishet Chayil with On Screen English, Hebrew, Transliterated Text

Eishet Chayil with On Screen English, Hebrew, Transliterated Text

This video presents a slow but lively version of one of the most popular melodies for Eishet Chayil, composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1953. There are on screen English, Hebrew and transliterated texts

Secular/ Humanist Kiddush Texts

Secular/ Humanist Kiddush Texts

The following excerpts from a Secular/Humanist Shabbat Service emphasize both universalistic concepts and the importance of rejoicing in Jewish heritage. Although the traditions of Shabbat are often seen as purely religious rituals, many secular Jews

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How To Fulfill the Four Mitzvot of Purim

How To Fulfill the Four Mitzvot of Purim

This detailed succinct article by Chaviva Gordon-Bennett provides a thorough introduction to the basic requirements of each of the four commandments that need to be fulfilled on Purim: Megillat Esther, Mishloah Manot, Seudat Purim and Matanot L’Evyonim. Published on ThoughtCo,

How To Form Perfect Hamantaschen

How To Form Perfect Hamantaschen

From the Lil Miss Cakes baking blog, this instructional video (02:35) provides tips on how to fold, pinch and form perfect looking hamantaschen that won’t open up in the oven. For a complete

How To Make Hamantaschen

How To Make Hamantaschen

Produced by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, this short instructional video (01:34) demonstrates how to make dairy-free hamantaschen, including how to make the dough and form and fill the festive triangular shaped

Chabad’s Purim How-To Guide

Chabad’s Purim How-To Guide

From Chabad.org, the official website of the Orthodox Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement, this thorough How-To Guide for Purim contains a brief summary of the story of Purim and everything you need to know in

The Laws of the Purim Meal & Drinking

The Laws of the Purim Meal & Drinking

In this informative video (03:59), Rabbi Yaakov Laredo, an Orthodox community leader and educator, summaries the laws of Seudat Purim, the festive meal eaten on Purim, including who is obligated, when the meal

The Halachic Guidelines of Giving Mishloach Manot

The Halachic Guidelines of Giving Mishloach Manot

In this practical introductory video (01:47), Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union explains the halachic guidelines for fulfilling the commandment of Mishloach Manot – delving gifts of food on Purim, including who is

How to Light Hannukah Candles (Sephardic Tradition)

How to Light Hannukah Candles (Sephardic Tradition)

In this instructional video (04:05), Rabbi David Benchlouch of the Sephardi Hebrew Congregation of Cape Town demonstrates how to light the Hannukah candles according to Sephardic tradition. Whereas in Ashkenazi custom, the “shamash” candle

How to Make Potato Latkes

How to Make Potato Latkes

This short instructional video (01:36) demonstrates how to make latkes, fried potato pancakes traditionally eaten on Hannukah by Ashkenazi Jews. For an ingredient list and full instructions, click here. This resource is from MyJewishLearning, an online resource

How to Make Sufganiyot

How to Make Sufganiyot

This short instructional video (01:26) demonstrates how to make sufganiyot, jelly-filled donuts traditionally eaten on Hannukah. For an ingredient list and full instructions, click here. This resource is from MyJewishLearning, an online resource that empowers Jewish

How to Play Dreidel

How to Play Dreidel

This short instructional video (01:50) demonstrates how to play dreidel, a family-friendly gambling game traditionally played on Hannukah with a four-sided spinning top. Created by Howcast.com, a source for fun, free how-to videos about a wide range of

How to make Moroccan Sfenj Donuts

How to make Moroccan Sfenj Donuts

This instructional video (04:09) from Jewlicious.com demonstrates how to make “sfenj,” Moroccan donuts traditionally eaten on Hannukah. The ingredient list and step-by-step instructions can be seen below. For the full article, click here.

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah (With Blessings)

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah (With Blessings)

This short instructional video (02:59) demonstrates how to light the menorah on Hannukah, including where to place the menorah, in what order to set up and light the candles, and which blessings to recite. The

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

With onscreen karaoke-style texts of the blessing in English, Hebrew and transliterated, this animated instructional video (02:20) teaches how to sing the blessings when lighting the menorah on Hannukah using popular Ashkenazi melodies. Although

How to Light the Menorah for Hannukah

How to Light the Menorah for Hannukah

This short instructional video (01:12) presents a basic explanation of how to set up and light the menorah on Hannukah. This resource is from MyJewishLearning, an online resource that empowers Jewish discovery for people

Hoshanot: When, How, When

Hoshanot: When, How, When

This thorough article from Chabad.org explains the origins and meaning of the Hoshanot prayers recited on Sukkot, as well as a practical guide for how and when these prayers take place within the

Welcoming the Ushpizot: A Complete Guide

Welcoming the Ushpizot: A Complete Guide

This thorough article provides everything you need to know in order to run a meaningful, educational and spiritual program about the Ushpizot (Aramaic for female guests) in your community. According to the Kabbalistic

When & How to Build a Sukkah & What to Do Inside It

When & How to Build a Sukkah & What to Do Inside It

This amusing and comprehensive video by Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel provides a practical introduction to the festival of Sukkot, including when and how to build a kosher Sukkah, what to do in it,

How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot

How to Wave the Lulav and Etrog on Sukkot

We show you how to shake a lulav and etrog! פורסם על ידי ‏‎MyJewishLearning.com‎‏ ב חמישי, 20 באוקטובר 2016 This thorough article from My Jewish Learning provides a complete guide to the Four

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

In this clear, instructional video, Jesse M. Olitzky from the Conservative Congregation Beth El in New Jersey introduces each of the Four Species waved on the Sukkot holiday, including a demonstration of this ritual

Moishe House: How to Build a Sukkah + Blessings

Moishe House: How to Build a Sukkah + Blessings

In this casual, animated video, Joshua Walters shares how to build a Sukkah, including the basics of what constitutes a kosher Sukkah. With fun animations and an English transliteration of two blessings recited on Sukkot, this

How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

This short instructional video briefly presents different aspects of the Rosh Hashanah celebrations, including ritual foods, lighting candles, making blessings over the wine and challah, hearing the shofar, and the tashlich ceremony, where

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as a step-by-step guide for how to recite this prayer.

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

This introductory article from Chabad.org provides a brief overview of the mitzvot and rituals performed on the day before Yom Kippur, according to Orthodox custom, including the kaparot atonement ritual, making amends with people we may have

Where to Stream High Holiday Services Online

Where to Stream High Holiday Services Online

This article provides a list of non-denominational, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal synagogues around the world that live-stream their High Holiday prayer services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Because the use of electricity is prohibited on

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The article briefly outlines what to do (and not do!) before, during and after Yom Kippur,

Tips for an Easy Fast

Tips for an Easy Fast

In this practical article from Judaism 101, the author, Tracey Rich, provides helpful tips to stay healthy during the Yom Kippur fast. Including suggestions for before and during the fast, this article suggests what types of

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

This informative article by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Kohn provides a guide for Yom Kippur prayer services, including the origins, content, and rituals of each of the five services: Kol Nidrei, Shacharit, Mussaf, Mincha, and Neilah. The article summarizes

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

In this 3.5 minute long video from Aish.com, Orthodox Rabbi, Etiel Goldwicht explores how to truly forgive someone who has hurt you before Yom Kippur. Rabbi Goldwicht delves deep into the three different Hebrew words

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

This post offers links to the traditional evening and daytime Kiddush ceremonies performed on Rosh Hashanah. The page for the evening Kiddush includes the full text in English, as well as a Hebrew

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

This thorough article provides an overview of the contents, structure and themes of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer services. Highlighting some of the most significant parts of the service, such as

How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

This article outlines some of the customs designed to help prepare one spiritually for the Jewish New Year and the High Holiday season, from blowing shofar and reciting selichot throughout the month of Elul

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

This comprehensive article serves as a guide to finding the right High Holiday Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for you, including links to purchase a prayer book online or download free

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

This honest article presents six simple tips to transform lengthy, frustrating services into a meaningful prayer experience. With an emphasis on finding a personal connection to the words and their significance, rather than

How to Make a Shofar

How to Make a Shofar

This 4 minute long video shows how a ram’s horn is transformed into a shofar, the musical instrument and ritual object used throughout the month of Elul and during Rosh Hashanah and Yom

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

This short video outlines the four steps to teshuvah (repentance), according to Maimonides: regret our actions, stop doing them, confess or apologize, and commit to changing our behavior in the future. Maimonides (Moses

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

In this thorough instructional video (9:31), Dr. Rachael Turkienicz describes how to light the holiday candles for Rosh Hashanah, including technical and spiritual explanations for this mitzvah, as well as on-screen English transliteration of the

How to Blow the Shofar

How to Blow the Shofar

This short instructional video demonstrates how to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, including an explanation of the three different types of ritual blasts: tekiyah, shevarim, and teruah. Featuring Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.,

How to Braid a Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

How to Braid a Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

This short instructional video demonstrates three different methods for making a circular challah, as is customary for Rosh Hashanah. There are many explanations offered for this custom, such as the round challah symbolizing

12 Ways to Make Your Bat Mitzvah Meaningful

12 Ways to Make Your Bat Mitzvah Meaningful

This post suggests a list of 12 ways a Bat Mitzvah girl can make her Bat Mitzvah more meaningful, including Torah learning, taking on specific commandments, doing a community service project, and writing

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trope, Blessings & Readings in Multiple Traditions

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Trope, Blessings & Readings in Multiple Traditions

This website is an excellent resource for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students looking to learn the traditional Orthodox tunes (trope), blessings and readings for the Torah and Haftarah readings during synagogue services. With the ability to

The URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolutions Innovations Guide

The URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolutions Innovations Guide

This link will take you to the B’nai Mitzvah Revolutions Innovations Guide, a website highlighting Bar and Bat Mitzvah innovations that can be adapted by congregations. The Guide is organized into six categories:

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

This 7 page long guide from Aish.com outlines everything you need to know about the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. Rabbi Shraga Simmons introduces the rituals of the synagogue ceremony and reception, provides meaningful gift ideas, and

Choosing a Wedding Date: Auspicious & Forbidden Dates in the Hebrew Calendar

Choosing a Wedding Date: Auspicious & Forbidden Dates in the Hebrew Calendar

This article from Chabad.org presents a list of all of the dates in the Hebrew calendar that are considered auspicious, not recommended, or forbidden for a Jewish wedding, according to Orthodox tradition.  With an explanation for

How to Plan a Jewish Wedding: A Checklist

How to Plan a Jewish Wedding: A Checklist

This informative article provides a checklist of 7 things a couple should consider when planning their Jewish wedding, ranging from how to choose a halachically acceptable date to selecting an appropriate officiant and ketubah

A Traditional Jewish Marriage Ceremony (Outline & Texts)

A Traditional Jewish Marriage Ceremony (Outline & Texts)

This article provides an outline of the entire traditional Jewish marriage ceremony, including explanations of the various customs as well as the Hebrew and English texts of the relevant blessings. With a detailed

Halachic Prenuptial Agreement

Halachic Prenuptial Agreement

This post includes information about the Halachic Prenuptial Agreement, including a short video from ORA: The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot encouraging the widespread use of this legal document, as well as links to learn

Dance the Hora: How to do the Jewish Celebration Dance

Dance the Hora: How to do the Jewish Celebration Dance

This minute long animated video teachers viewers how to dance the “hora,” an ecstatic Israeli circle dance with roots in Eastern European folk tradition, common at Jewish weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. A useful introduction for those with little

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

This link opens up the Winter 2018 issue of the The Jewish Educator journal, full of articles, resources, activities, and lesson plans about Shavuot, created especially for Jewish educators. With high quality, interactive, holistic programs

How to Organize a Feminist/Women’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot

How to Organize a Feminist/Women’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Noting that women are learning more Torah than ever before in Jewish history, this article from Ritualwell encourages women to further reclaim their relationship with Torah by organizing a feminist Tikkun Leil Shavuot learning program with

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer

This informative article from Chabad.org provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated text for the Yizkor memorial prayer recited following the Torah reading in the synagogue on Passover, Shavuot, Shemini Atzeret and Yom Kippur. The

Procedure for Holiday Candle-Lighting

Procedure for Holiday Candle-Lighting

This informative post from Chabad.org provides the transliterated and translated English text for the blessings upon lighting the candles at the onset of the festivals of Shavuot, Passover and Sukkot, as well as some

How to Make Shavuot Meaningful & Fun for Your Community

How to Make Shavuot Meaningful & Fun for Your Community

This post provides ideas for how to make Shavuot meaningful and fun for your community and family. Focusing on the themes of social justice and communal responsibility in the Torah and Shavuot, the

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

Remembrance & Renewal: Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Children

This post presents a series of fun and educational games and activities about the history and significance of the State of Israel for children from ages 8-12. Created by the Bnei Akiva Religious

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

This video presents Israel’s national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope), with on-screen Hebrew, English and transliterated subtitles. Adapted from a poem written in 1877 by Naftali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Eastern Europe, the

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

WUJS’s Thought Provoking Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities for Students

This link will take you to Yom Ha’atzmaut Activities, a site with several thought provoking activities that encourage students in the Diaspora to engage with Israel in a meaningful way. Written as full lesson plans, complete with

Learn to Recite the Prayer for the State of Israel

Learn to Recite the Prayer for the State of Israel

This minute-long video presents a Hebrew reading of the traditional Prayer for the State of Israel customarily recited in synagogues during Shabbat morning services. The reader, Richard Seiger, chants the prayer with a

How to Create a Meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration

How to Create a Meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration

This article is a guide for how to create a meaningful Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration for your community without significant resources. Ideas include an Israel trivia game, a play, singing and music, and of

Reconstructionist Blessings Before & After Torah Reading & the Concept of Chosenness

Reconstructionist Blessings Before & After Torah Reading & the Concept of Chosenness

This short video demonstrates how to recite the blessings before and after the Torah reading according to the Reconstructionist tradition, which omits references to the Jews as the ‘Chosen People’ because of the

Learn to Chant the Blessings for the Aliyah

Learn to Chant the Blessings for the Aliyah

This interactive online tool from Chabad.org allows you to learn to recite the traditional blessings before and after the Torah reading at your own pace with the click of a button. With the

Learn the Blessings Before & After Reading the Torah with “Prayer-eoke”

Learn the Blessings Before & After Reading the Torah with “Prayer-eoke”

These two short videos demonstrate the singing of the blessings recited before and after the Torah reading, when called up for an aliyah. These videos with Hebrew and transliterated subtitles were created by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches

How to Have an Aliyah

How to Have an Aliyah

In this 4 minute long instructional video from MyJewishLearning.com, Rabbi Steven Exler explains and demonstrates what to do and say when being called up to the Torah for an aliyah, with the on-screen

What is an Aliyah and How Can You Participate?

What is an Aliyah and How Can You Participate?

Perfect for beginners, this clear article from Chabad.org explains the origins behind being called up to the Torah, as well as when and how this is practiced in Orthodox congregations, including the Hebrew, English,

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Great for beginners, this brief excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the Friday night synagogue services, including Mincha (the afternoon prayer), Kabbalat Shabbat,

Learn How to Sing the Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Learn How to Sing the Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat Service

This 16 minute long video by Rabbi Eli Garfinkel demonstrates how to sing the traditional Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat service, with Hebrew, English and transliterated texts to follow along. He uses many melodies that are popular

Reform Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

Reform Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

This short Kabbalat Shabbat Guide from Temple Chai provides a list of all of the prayers and songs that make up the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv evening service, along with a brief description

Conservative Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

Conservative Kabbalat Shabbat Service Guide

This post presents the Guide and Transliteration for Friday Evening Services from the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/ Congregation Bnai Israel, a Conservative Egalitarian Synagogue in Fair Lawn, NJ. Particularly useful for those using the Conservative

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

The Kabbalat Shabbat Experience Siddur: Guide, Text & Articles

This post presents a well-formatted, printable PDF booklet of the traditional Ashkenazi Kabbalat Shabbat service with the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of each prayer. With introductory articles explaining the origins, structure and

How to Recite the Reform Abbreviated Grace After Meals

How to Recite the Reform Abbreviated Grace After Meals

In this instructional video, Rabbi Gary Pokras demonstrates how to recite the abbreviated version of the Grace After Meals for Shabbat recited by Reform communities. He sings the blessing slowly and clearly while pointing

Let’s Learn T’fillah: The First Paragraph of Ashkenazi Birkat Hamazon

Let’s Learn T’fillah: The First Paragraph of Ashkenazi Birkat Hamazon

This short animated video from Rabbi David Paskin demonstrates how to sing the first paragraph of the Ashkenazi Grace After Meals clearly and slowly. With on-screen Hebrew text and a narrator suggesting when to

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik begins with meaningful explanations as to why Kiddush is recited during the day on Shabbat. Great for beginners, this resource offers a practical how-to

How to Recite the Sephardic Daytime Kiddush (Text & Audio)

How to Recite the Sephardic Daytime Kiddush (Text & Audio)

This post offers a two-page step-by-step guide explaining how to recite the daytime Kiddush according to Sephardic tradition, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as an audio recording of the

Orthodox Ashkenazi Daytime Kiddush (Text & Audio)

Orthodox Ashkenazi Daytime Kiddush (Text & Audio)

This post presents a printable PDF file containing the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of the daytime Kiddush, as well as a slow, clear audio recording of the blessings sung to a popular melody.

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem with Lyrics

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem with Lyrics

In this instructional video, Alicia Jo Rabins sings Shalom Aleichem slowly and clearly, using one of the most popular tunes, composed by Cantor Israel Goldfarb in 1918. Including a brief introduction to Shalom Aleichem and

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem (Audio & Text)

Traditional Ashkenazi Shalom Aleichem (Audio & Text)

This post includes the Hebrew, English, and transliterated lyrics to Shalom Aleichem, traditionally sung before Kiddush at the beginning of the Friday night meal on Shabbat. From Aish.com, the text and audio reflect

Moishe House: Friday Night Shabbat Rituals

Moishe House: Friday Night Shabbat Rituals

This less than 5 minute long animated video introduces the basic Shabbat rituals performed on Friday night, including the candle lighting ceremony, the Kiddush over wine, the ritual hand washing, and the blessing over Challah.

How to Wash Hands Before Eating Bread

How to Wash Hands Before Eating Bread

This short animated video demonstrates how to perform the ritual hand-washing prior to eating bread, including a slow, clear recitation of the the blessings over hand-washing and eating bread, according to Orthodox Asheknazic

Printable Hand Washing & Hamotzi Guide

Printable Hand Washing & Hamotzi Guide

This simple one-page card from Aish.com provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of the blessings for the ritual washing of the hands and the bread. It also includes directions for the accompanying

How To: The Ritual Hand Washing and Blessing Over the Bread on Shabbat

How To: The Ritual Hand Washing and Blessing Over the Bread on Shabbat

This short instructional video, part of The Jewish Living Series of Perelman Jewish Day School, provides a detailed explanation of the ritual hand washing and the blessing over the bread on Shabbat, according to Ashkenazic

Learn the Candle Lighting Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

Learn the Candle Lighting Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

This video demonstrates the singing of the blessing over the Shabbat candles clearly and slowly with Hebrew and transliterated subtitles. The video was created by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches of Congregation Or Ami (Reform) in Richmond, VA,

Laws and Customs Practiced in Preparation for the Grace After Meals

Laws and Customs Practiced in Preparation for the Grace After Meals

In this halachic discourse, Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir of the Orthodox Union, discusses the obligations and customs Jews practice before reciting the Grace After Meals, including washing hands, leaving the leftover bread on

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Video & Text (Hebrew, English, Transliteration)

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Video & Text (Hebrew, English, Transliteration)

This video presents a simple, clear version of the most popular melody for Eishet Chayil, composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1953. With on screen Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics of the text from Proverbs 31,

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

This detailed article by Chaviva Gordon-Bennett provides a thorough introduction to Eishet Chayil, including the meaning, origins, and practical how-to’s of singing this song on Friday night, along with the English translation of the text. Published on ThoughtCo, a

Guitar Chords for Ben Zion Shenker’s Popular Eishet Chayil Melody

Guitar Chords for Ben Zion Shenker’s Popular Eishet Chayil Melody

This website offers the guitar chords for the most popular melody for Eishet Chayil, composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1953. The website offers the transliteration of the first eight verses of the song,

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

This thorough article offers a complete introduction to the custom of singing Eishet Chayil on Friday night, including the reasons behind the ritual, a step-by-step guide noting common customs, the Hebrew, English and transliterated

Learn the HaMotzi Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

Learn the HaMotzi Blessing with “Prayer-eoke”

This short, to the point video demonstrates the singing of the blessing over the bread on Shabbat clearly and slowly with Hebrew and transliterated subtitles. The video was created by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches of Congregation Or Ami

Blessing the Children on Friday Night: Origins and How-To

Blessing the Children on Friday Night: Origins and How-To

This thorough introductory article by Tamar Fox outlines the origins and various family customs for the ritual blessing over the children, as well as the Hebrew and English text. The author also offers different

Clear Recitation of Blessing Over the Bread with Subtitles

Clear Recitation of Blessing Over the Bread with Subtitles

This short, to the point video clearly demonstrates how to recite the blessing over the bread according to most traditions. It not only provides the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts, but has the text appearing

Rabbi Sacks: An Introduction to the Ritual Hand Washing Before a Meal

Rabbi Sacks: An Introduction to the Ritual Hand Washing Before a Meal

Produced by the United Synagogue, an Orthodox British organization committed to helping young adults live observant Jewish lives, this practical video offers an introduction to how and why Jews wash their hands before

Reform: How to Recite the Blessing Over Children (Audio & Text)

Reform: How to Recite the Blessing Over Children (Audio & Text)

This instructional post provides the Hebrew audio and the Hebrew, English and transliterated text of the blessing over the children according to the Reform tradition, which makes a slight modification to the traditional Hebrew text

Shabbat Candle Lighting: An Introduction

Shabbat Candle Lighting: An Introduction

The following article briefly explains the basic structure of the candle lighting ceremony and some related customs, including the text of the blessing in Hebrew, English translation and transliteration. The post was written

Shabbat Candles FAQ

Shabbat Candles FAQ

This article contains clear and detailed answers, according to an Orthodox Jewish perspective, to a number of  frequently asked questions about lighting Shabbat candles on Friday night, including who, when, where, and with

A Beginners’ Guide to Shabbat Candle Lighting: Article and Video

A Beginners’ Guide to Shabbat Candle Lighting: Article and Video

The following article, How to Light Shabbat Candles, by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, Richard Siegel and Sharon Strassfeld, discusses both the how to’s of the Shabbat candle lighting ceremony and the significance behind the

How to Light Shabbat Candles: Reform Tradition & Customs

How to Light Shabbat Candles: Reform Tradition & Customs

This video demonstrates how to light the Shabbat candles and recite the blessing according to the Reform tradition. In the first of a series of instructional videos, Rabbi Betsy Torop discusses the basic ‘how

Kiddush 101: Discover Everything About Kiddush

Kiddush 101: Discover Everything About Kiddush

This detailed article by Chaviva Gordon-Bennett explains the meaning, origins, customs, and practical how-to’s of the Kiddush ceremony according to Orthodox Ashkenazi tradition, including the translated and transliterated text. Published on ThoughtCo, a website that provides in-depth

How to Recite the Ashkenazi Friday Night Kiddush

How to Recite the Ashkenazi Friday Night Kiddush

In this 7:42 long video, Cantor Michael Weis explains and demonstrates how to say Kiddush on Friday night, including on-screen Hebrew text and transliteration according to traditional Ashkenazi custom. Cantor Weis offers an informative overview

Eishet Chayil with On Screen English, Hebrew, Transliterated Text

Eishet Chayil with On Screen English, Hebrew, Transliterated Text

This video presents a slow but lively version of one of the most popular melodies for Eishet Chayil, composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1953. There are on screen English, Hebrew and transliterated texts

What to Expect at a Reform Shabbat Service

What to Expect at a Reform Shabbat Service

This article by Rabbi Wendi Geffen answers basic questions about the evening and morning Shabbat services in Reform Congregations, such as whether or not there will be music and what people may be

A Complete Guide to Performing a Traditional Friday Night Kiddush: Text & Audio

A Complete Guide to Performing a Traditional Friday Night Kiddush: Text & Audio

This step-by-step guide  explains how to perform the basic Orthodox Ashkenazi Kiddush, including the Hebrew, English, and transliterated text of the blessings. Reprinted on Aish.com, this is an excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik, a

Blessing the Challah: A 3-Step Guide

Blessing the Challah: A 3-Step Guide

This short post outlines the basic order of blessing the challah, including the text of the blessing in Hebrew, English and transliteration.  How to Bless the Challah 1. The challot are uncovered and the blessing is

6 Challah Recipes & The Mitzvah of Separating Challah

6 Challah Recipes & The Mitzvah of Separating Challah

The following article from Aish.com provides six different challah recipes, including eggless, whole wheat, and the “always successful” recipe, reprinted from “Taste of Shabbos: The Complete Cookbook,” and “Adventures in Bubby Irma’s Kitchen.”

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Al-Aqsa Has Called: A Song From the Second Intifada

Al-Aqsa Has Called: A Song From the Second Intifada

This video clip posted by Palestinian Media Watch presents part of the song “Al-Aqsa Has Called” by Egyptian singer Muhammad Fouad. Released in 2000, during the Second Intifada, the lyrics (translated onscreen and below) encourage

Brother, The Oppressors Have Gone Too Far: A Palestinian Incitement Song

Brother, The Oppressors Have Gone Too Far: A Palestinian Incitement Song

Posted by Palestinian Media Watch, this video clip reveals how the official Palestinian Authority television channel began to rebroadcast a song calling for terror that was popular during the Second Intifada in 2017

The Fountainheads: Raise Your Mask

The Fountainheads: Raise Your Mask

A parody of “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk, this high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing a fun, empowering song about the story of Purim and the courage it takes to do the right thing. The Fountainheads is an

Yonina: If Purim Was A Pop Song

Yonina: If Purim Was A Pop Song

In this video, husband-wife team, Yonina, get dressed up and tell an abridged musical version of the Purim story through a medley of modern English pop songs, including The Black Eyed Peas’ “I’ve Got A Feeling,”

Alicia Jo Rabins: I’m Done Dressing Up – A Feminist Folk Song for Vashti

Alicia Jo Rabins: I’m Done Dressing Up – A Feminist Folk Song for Vashti

This creative animated music video features Alicia Jo Rabins singing an original fiddle tune based on the midrash that when King Achashverosh commanded Queen Vashti to appear at his feast wearing her royal crown, he

Mandisa: Born For This (Esther)

Mandisa: Born For This (Esther)

This dramatic music video presents a song by contemporary Christian artist, Mandisa, which attests to the courage and faith it took for Esther to approach King Achashverosh uninvited and reveal her Jewish identity,

The Maccabeats: Purim Song

The Maccabeats: Purim Song

This video presents a parody of “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk from the Maccabeats, an all-male Jewish a cappella group that originally formed as Yeshiva University’s student vocal choir. The lyrics, which can be seen below, tell the

Hop! Mayne Hamentashen: A Yiddish Folksong for Purim

Hop! Mayne Hamentashen: A Yiddish Folksong for Purim

Sung in Yiddish with English subtitles, this upbeat Yiddish folk song tells the story of a woman making Hamantaschen to deliver as part of her Mishloach Manot on Purim. The song is performed

Medley of Traditional Hebrew Purim Songs

Medley of Traditional Hebrew Purim Songs

From Brazillian musician, Micha Gamerman, this upbeat animated music video (08:26), is a festive medley of nine of the most popular, traditional Hebrew songs sung on Purim, often during the Seudat Purim (festive meal).

Purim Senses Song: Experiencing The Mitzvot

Purim Senses Song: Experiencing The Mitzvot

Written and performed by Rabbi Yossi Berktin, an Orthodox children’s educator and musician, this catchy kids’ video uses song and animation to show how we enjoy Purim with all five of our senses through the

4 Mitzvot 4 Purim: A Catchy Children’s Song

4 Mitzvot 4 Purim: A Catchy Children’s Song

In this sweet video, Eliana Light presents a catchy children’s song about the four mitzvot of Purim – reading the Purim story from Megillat Esther, enjoying a festive Purim seudah (feast), delivering Mishloach Manot (gifts of

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yibaneh Hamikdash (The Temple Will Be Rebuilt)

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yibaneh Hamikdash (The Temple Will Be Rebuilt)

This short audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original upbeat melody for “Yibaneh Hamikdash,” a popular Jewish song about the rebuilding of the Temple. The lyrics, provided below, come from the

The Melodians: Rivers of Babylon

The Melodians: Rivers of Babylon

This post presents “Rivers of Babylon,” a Rastafari song written by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics, provided below and based on Psalms 19 and 137, express the devastation

Naomi Shemer: Father’s Song

Naomi Shemer: Father’s Song

Written by Naomi Shemer in 1966, this song expresses the eternal Jewish hope and faith in the rebuilding of the Temple since its destruction in 70 AD by the Roman Empire. The Hebrew,

Where Are The Millions? A Lebanese Song from the First Intifada

Where Are The Millions? A Lebanese Song from the First Intifada

Written and performed by Lebanese resistance singer, Julia Burtrus, this song, which became popular during the First Intifada, encourages both the Arab masses and Palestinians to join the revolution, fight against Israel and even

The Nachal Band: Song of Friendship

The Nachal Band: Song of Friendship

Written by Haim Gouri at the end of the War of Independence and most famously sung by The Nachal Band, a military entertainment troupe, this moving song is a memorial to the 1%

Naomi Shemer: The Binding of Isaac (Hebrew)

Naomi Shemer: The Binding of Isaac (Hebrew)

This Hebrew song by iconic Israeli singer, Naomi Shemer, tells the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac, as told in Genesis Chapter 22. According to Jewish tradition, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

Tisha B’Av at the Tayelet

This low quality video (01:18) shows the Armon Hanatziv Promenade on Tisha B’av, where people gather together, overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount, to read Kinot (Elegies), hear the reading of Eicha (Lamentations), and

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

Musical Light Show in Zedekiah’s Cave

This video (01:02) presents a short clip from a fascinating musical light show in Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the Muslim

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A Performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on the Old City Walls

A live recording from the light show on the walls of the Old City celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, this video features a collaboration of some of Israel’s most famous artists

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival

A promotional video for the annual Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, this video (02:01) presents highlights from this unique celebration of music, culture and diversity, which takes places largely in the Old City. 

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

Light Show on the Old City Walls: A Timeline of Jerusalem

This video (09:52) presents a beautiful light show on the walls of the Old City, created as part of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. To the backdrop of songs about

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

Shabechi Yerushalayim: A Musical Performance at the Re-dedication of the Windmill

This video presents a musical performance at the ceremony marking the re-dedication of Jerusalem’s iconic windmill in 2012, where the restored landmark spun again for the first time in almost 120 years. The featured

Six13’s Hanukkah Songs

Six13’s Hanukkah Songs

This post presents ten fun and creative Hanukkah-themed music videos created by Six13, an all-male Jewish a cappella group driven by a mission to connect Jews around the globe with their heritage through music.

Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story

Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story

This entertaining video (03:17) presents a gospel retelling of the Hanukkah story, performed by Karen Hart and Vox Femina.

A Hanukkah Songbook

A Hanukkah Songbook

This Hanukkah songbook contains the lyrics for many traditional Hanukkah songs, including some in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Compiled by Aharon Varady and Nomi Raye Lerman, this resource was shared on The Open Siddur Project, which aims

Julie Geller: Hannukah Hymn (A Contemporary Al Hanisim)

Julie Geller: Hannukah Hymn (A Contemporary Al Hanisim)

A contemporary take on the traditional Al Hanisim prayer for Hannukah, this Jewish folk song by Julie Geller encourages us to be grateful for the miracles in our lives and to illuminate the

Hannukah Songs for Kids

Hannukah Songs for Kids

This child-friendly animated video features nine English Hannukah songs for young children, including classics such as “Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel” and “Hannukah Oh Hannukah.” This video was created by Kiboomu, a YouTube channel for 

Exploring Jewish Peoplehood Through Hannukah Songs

Exploring Jewish Peoplehood Through Hannukah Songs

This educational resource compares the Hebrew, English and Yiddish versions of popular Hannukah songs “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” and “Mi Yimallel / Who Can Retell?”, exploring what the differences in translation reveal about the

Yonina: Mashup of Traditional Hannukah & Modern Israeli Songs

Yonina: Mashup of Traditional Hannukah & Modern Israeli Songs

In this music video, husband-wife team, Yonina, perform a creative medley of traditional Hannukah songs, including Maoz Tzur and Al Hanissim, with modern Israeli songs, including Shlomi Shabat’s “Biglal Haruach” (Because of the Spirit) and Israel’s

Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Candles) – A Ladino Hannukah Son

Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Candles) – A Ladino Hannukah Son

Written by Jewish American artist, Flory Jagoda in Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish), “Ocho Kandelikas” (Eight Little Candles) is a Hannukah song describing the excitement of celebrating the holiday with candle lighting, special food and parties. Although it

The Maccabeats Hannukah Songs

The Maccabeats Hannukah Songs

This post presents eight fun and creative Hannukah-themed music videos created by the Maccabeats , an all-male Jewish a cappella group that originally formed as Yeshiva University’s student vocal choir. Strongly committed to the integration

Ya Hatzel: A Sephardic Hannukah Song

Ya Hatzel: A Sephardic Hannukah Song

This post provides an audio recording from the Sephardic Hazzanut Project and the Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics for Ya Hatzel, a traditional Sephardic Hannukah song that includes praise to God and a prayer

Al HaNissim for Hannukah

Al HaNissim for Hannukah

Al HaNissim is a short paragraph added to the Amidah prayer and the Grace After Meals on Hannukah, thanking God for the miraculous redemption celebrated on this holiday and briefly retelling the story of

Psalm 30: The Daily Psalm of Hannukah

Psalm 30: The Daily Psalm of Hannukah

This audio recording presents Chazan Maor Cohen singing Psalm 30 with a Moroccan melody. Allegedly composed by King David to be sung when his son, King Solomon, dedicated the Temple, this psalm of thanksgiving is

Morrocan Hannukah Candle Lighting Blessings & Songs

Morrocan Hannukah Candle Lighting Blessings & Songs

This post presents the Hannukah candle lighting blessings and songs sung according to Moroccan tradition by Rabbi David Kadoch. The first video begins with the two blessings recited upon lighting the Hannukah candles, followed

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

Learn to Recite the Blessings Over the Hannukah Candles (Ashkenazi Melodies)

With onscreen karaoke-style texts of the blessing in English, Hebrew and transliterated, this animated instructional video (02:20) teaches how to sing the blessings when lighting the menorah on Hannukah using popular Ashkenazi melodies. Although

Bear Your Banner to Zion: An Early Zionist Anthem

Bear Your Banner to Zion: An Early Zionist Anthem

Written in the context of the First Zionist Congress of 1897, this early Zionist anthem captures the enthusiastic pioneering spirit of the early Zionist movement. The lyrics, displayed onscreen in Hebrew, English and

A Palestinian Incitement Song Threatening Terror Attacks

A Palestinian Incitement Song Threatening Terror Attacks

This threatening animated music video warns “Zionists” of deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings. Sung in Arabic with onscreen English subtitles, this song is an example of Palestinian incitement media that encourages terror attacks against

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song

The Jewish-Arab Peace Song

In this inspiring Middle Eastern style song, Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian artists perform “Heveinu Shalom Aleinu” (We Brought Peace Upon Us) – “Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam” (There is Nothing More Beautiful Than Peace).

Israeli Sukkot Songs

Israeli Sukkot Songs

This site provides a list of popular Israeli folk songs for Sukkot, many of which focus on the agricultural roots of the biblical festival. With Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics and audio recordings,

Vesamachta Bechagecha: A Sukkot Song

Vesamachta Bechagecha: A Sukkot Song

This video features students from the Boys Town Jerusalem school singing a traditional Sukkot song. All about being happy during this joyous festival, the lyrics, which come from biblical verses in which God

The Maccabeats: Sukkos Style

The Maccabeats: Sukkos Style

In this video, the Maccabeats sit around discussing their next project, which leads to a brief Sukkot-themed parody of PSY’s “Gangham Style.”  The Maccabeats are an all-male Jewish a cappella group that originally formed as Yeshiva

Patish, Masmer: A Hebrew Sukkot Song for Kids

Patish, Masmer: A Hebrew Sukkot Song for Kids

With onscreen Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics, this animated video presents a popular Israeli Sukkot song for kids all about the excitement of building a Sukkah, 

Shakin’ the Lulav (Sukkot Parody)

Shakin’ the Lulav (Sukkot Parody)

In this playful Sukkot-themed parody of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout,” David Bar-Cohn and friends dance around Jerusalem and Ramat Beit Shemesh, singing about the Four Species. Despite its silly nature, the song

The Sukkot Song: The Time of Our Rejoicing

The Sukkot Song: The Time of Our Rejoicing

In this festive song, Steve McConnell celebrates Sukkot as “zman simchatenu” – the time of our rejoicing. The lyrics can be seen onscreen, as well as below:  The Sukkot Song Chag haSukkot Hazeh

Do You Want to Build A Sukkah? A Frozen Parody

Do You Want to Build A Sukkah? A Frozen Parody

In this sweet, homemade video, Mia Leopold and Mollie Teitelbaum sing a Sukkot-themed parody of “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” from the popular Disney movie, “Frozen.”

Fountainheads: Living In A Booth

Fountainheads: Living In A Booth

A parody of Marry You by Bruno Mars, this high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing a fun, light-hearted song about the excitement and joy of building and dwelling in a Sukkah. The Fountainheads is an all-volunteer, student-led

Ushpizin: A Catchy Children’s Song for Sukkot

Ushpizin: A Catchy Children’s Song for Sukkot

In this sweet video, Eliana Light presents a catchy children’s song about “hachnasat orchim” (the mitvah of welcoming guests) and the “Ushpizin,” the seven supernal guests, “founding fathers” of the Jewish people, who are believed to come

A Soulful Ecclesiastes & Sukkot Song

A Soulful Ecclesiastes & Sukkot Song

This animated music video connects the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes to the Jewish festival of Sukkot, through an R&B song by Israeli singer/songwriter, Hadara Levin Areddy, known for her edgy lyrics. Attributed to King Solomon, described

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

Mareh Kohen: A Song About the High Priest’s Yom Kippur Service

This post provides an audio recording of “Mareh Kohen,” a song from the Yom Kippur Mussaf prayer service that attempts to capture the immense joy, relief and gratitude of the High Priest upon

At the Closing of the Gates: A Neilah Song

At the Closing of the Gates: A Neilah Song

This video presents a gentle welcome to the Neilah service at the end of Yom Kippur, written and performed by Irwin Keller, spiritual leader of  the Reconstructionist/Renewal Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California. The short

A Yiddish Yom Kippur Song: Odom Yesodo Meofor

A Yiddish Yom Kippur Song: Odom Yesodo Meofor

This video presents a Yiddish song based on “Odom Yesodo Meofor,” one of the core High Holiday Prayers of the Jewish Liturgy. Although the song is in Yiddish, there is an onscreen English translation

Tap Your Heart: A Catchy “Ashamnu” for Kids

Tap Your Heart: A Catchy “Ashamnu” for Kids

In this sweet video, Eliana Light presents a catchy children’s song based on the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy. With a catchy chorus, hand motions and meaningful lyrics, this song is a

Jazz/Classical/Folk Version of Sephardic El Nora Alila Piyut

Jazz/Classical/Folk Version of Sephardic El Nora Alila Piyut

In this video, Italian Jewish singer Charlette Shulamit Ottolenghi performs a unique version of  El Nora Alila, combining jazz, classical and folk music for this Sephardic liturgical prayer sung at the beginning of the Neilah service

El Nora Alila: Sephardic Neilah Piyut

El Nora Alila: Sephardic Neilah Piyut

In this video, composer and cantor Eyal Bitton performs Turkish, Moroccan and Spanish/Portuguese melodies for El Nora Alila, a Sephardic liturgical prayer sung at the beginning of the Neilah service at the end of

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This video presents a popular Ashkenazi melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. Enumerated in Exodus 34:6–7 these Divine Attributes are frequently recited in the selichot penitential prayers before and after Rosh Hashanah, as well as

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ki Anu Amecha

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ki Anu Amecha

This video presents Israeli singer Erez Lev Ari performing the popular Chabad melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic pieces from the Yom Kippur liturgy, in which we invoke God’s forgiveness by

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

Ki Anu Amecha: A Yom Kippur Piyut

This video presents a well known melody for “Ki Anu Amecha,” one of the most iconic pieces from the Yom Kippur liturgy, in which we invoke God’s forgiveness by describing many different metaphors

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

This video presents Who By Fire, a haunting song by the late Jewish Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen based on the liturgical prayer, Unetaneh Tokef, recited during prayer services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the American jam band, Phish, performing their version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King), a desperate plea for mercy, blessing and forgiveness recited as part of the services on Rosh Hashanah,

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the Scottish post-rock band, Mogwai, performing a 10 minute long heavy metal version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King), a desperate plea for mercy, blessing and forgiveness recited as part

Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

This video presents Jewish American singer, actress, and filmmaker, Barbra Streisand, performing Avinu Malkeinu for former Israeli President Simon Peres at his 90th birthday celebration. Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King) is a desperate plea for

Review, Restart, and Release: A Yom Kippur Hymn

Review, Restart, and Release: A Yom Kippur Hymn

This video presents an original Yom Kippur hymn by Phil Straus, where the photographer explores what Yom Kippur means to him. The lyrics below explore common themes of the day, such as regret

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as a step-by-step guide for how to recite this prayer.

Yom Kippur: A Book of Jonah Rock Song

Yom Kippur: A Book of Jonah Rock Song

This animated music video connects the biblical story of Jonah, read during the Yom Kippur afternoon haftarah, to the day’s themes of repentance, atonement and forgiveness, as well as how the holiday connects us to

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

Moroccan Kol Nidrei

This audio recording (9:23) presents an authentic Moroccan Sephardi Kol Nidrei sung by Rabbi Eliahou Elbaz from Meknes, Morocco. In the opening services of Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei proactively annuls any oaths made to God for the coming

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s Kol Nidrei

This 6 minute long audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing a moving rendition of Kol Nidrei, the opening services on the eve of Yom Kippur, in which any oaths made to God for the coming year are

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

Neil Diamond’s Kol Nidrei from “The Jazz Singer”

This short clip is from the 1980 American drama film, The Jazz Singer, in which the son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

Singing Ani Ma’amin at the Western Wall on Tisha B’Av

This video shows thousands of worshippers gathered together at the Western Wall on Tisha B’av singing Ani Ma’amin (I Believe), a song about the Jewish belief in the coming of the Messiah. Tisha B’av –

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

Yaakov Shwekey at the Western Wall on Jerusalem Day

This video presents snippets from the concert of the well-known Jewish musical entertainer, Yaakov Shwekey, at the Western Wall on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in 2017. The Jerusalem Flag Parade takes place every year on

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Miri Israeli: HaKotel (The Western Wall)

Written by American-born Israeli artist, Miri Israeli, this emotive song describes the Western Wall as a place where one can come for sincere prayer that will raise to the heavens. Although the lyrics

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, as well as a calming melody composed by The Nava Tehila Ensemble. Enumerated in Exodus 34:6–7 these Divine Attributes are frequently recited in the selichot

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the musical prayer navigator of Mechon Hadar, where you can find audio recordings for each part of the synagogue service for Shabbat, weekday, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Festivals

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the High Holiday section of the Sephardic Hazzanut Project website, where you can listen to audio recordings of many of the piyutim, prayers and Torah readings sung

Dip the Apple in the Honey: A Rosh Hashanah Song for Kids

Dip the Apple in the Honey: A Rosh Hashanah Song for Kids

This sweet animated video presents a popular American Rosh Hashanah song for kids with onscreen karaoke-style lyrics. The video is produced by Shaboom, a child-friendly YouTube channel brought to you by BimBam, an organization which creates accessible and

The Maccabeats: This is the New Year – Rosh Hashanah

The Maccabeats: This is the New Year – Rosh Hashanah

This video presents an a capella cover of This is the New Year by A Great Big World by the Maccabeats, an all-male Jewish a cappella group that originally formed as Yeshiva University’s student vocal choir. Although

Medley of Chasidic Rosh Hashanah Niggunim

Medley of Chasidic Rosh Hashanah Niggunim

This 12 minute long video presents an emotive medley of Chasidic melodies for Rosh Hashanah liturgy, performed by Motty Steinmetz & Yedididm Choir and the Aaron Teitelbaum Orchestra. The performance was recorded at

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

This post presents the lyrics and a musical rendition of Achot Ketanah (Little Sister), a liturgical poem sung in many Sephardic communities at the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah services. A love poem from

Shofar Callin’: A Rosh Hashanah Rap

Shofar Callin’: A Rosh Hashanah Rap

This animated music video about the Jewish New Year as an opportunity for change connects the Torah reading of Rosh Hashanah – the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac – with the ritual blowing

Fountainheads: Dip Your Apple

Fountainheads: Dip Your Apple

A Rosh Hashanah- themed parody of Waka Waka by Shakira, this high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing about the hope and opportunity of the Jewish New Year. The Fountainheads is an all-volunteer, student-led artistic project,

Rosh Hashanah: Can’t Stop The Feeling

Rosh Hashanah: Can’t Stop The Feeling

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake, this video features people  dancing in the streets of Jerusalem as they sing about the challenges and opportunities of personal religious growth leading

Get Clarity: Rosh Hashanah Music Video

Get Clarity: Rosh Hashanah Music Video

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of Get Lucky by Daft Punk, this video features Chasidic Rock guitar player Menachem Herman and Orthodox Yeshiva students singing about the Jewish New Year as a time for new beginnings. With

What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful

What Makes Rosh Hashanah Beautiful

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction, this video features Orthodox Yeshiva students singing about the inspiring potential of new beginnings in the Old City of Jerusalem. With onscreen lyrics,

Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem

Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, this video features Orthodox Yeshiva students break-dancing in the Old City of Jerusalem as they sing and rap about the holiday’s meaning, customs and ritual

Beth Hamon: Lev Tahor (A Clean Heart)

Beth Hamon: Lev Tahor (A Clean Heart)

This live performance features Jewish singer-songwriter, Beth Hamon, performing “Lev Tahor (A Clean Heart),” a contemporary folk song in which she asks God for the courage, faith and strength she needs to return

Elohim Hai: Moroccan Bar Mitzvah Piyut

Elohim Hai: Moroccan Bar Mitzvah Piyut

This 6:36 minute long video presents Rabbi David Kadoch singing two versions of a traditional liturgical Bar Mitzvah song, the first according to French Moroccan tradition, and the second (starting at 3:09) according to Spanish

Bat Mitzvah Girls Perform “L’Dor Vador” During “Passing the Scroll” Ceremony

Bat Mitzvah Girls Perform “L’Dor Vador” During “Passing the Scroll” Ceremony

This video presents two Bat Mitzvah girls performing “L’Dor Vador” (From Generation to Generation), a song composed by Josh Nelson as part of the “passing the Torah scroll” ceremony, in which the Torah

Yaakov Shwekey: Tefilat Kallah – The Bride’s Prayer (English + Hebrew)

Yaakov Shwekey: Tefilat Kallah – The Bride’s Prayer (English + Hebrew)

With onscreen Hebrew, English and transliterated lyrics, this video by the well-known Jewish musical entertainer, Yaakov Shwekey, presents an emotive rendition of an excerpt of the Bride’s Prayer, traditionally recited by the bride following

Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov: A Jewish Celebration Song with Subtitles

Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov: A Jewish Celebration Song with Subtitles

This upbeat video presents the popular Israeli folk song “Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov” with an on-screen English transliteration of the Hebrew lyrics, which mean “A Good sign and Good luck! For us and for all

Hava Nagila: A Jewish Celebration Song with Subtitles

Hava Nagila: A Jewish Celebration Song with Subtitles

This video presents the popular Israeli folk song “Hava Nagila” with an on-screen English transliteration of the Hebrew lyrics. Translated as “Let Us Rejoice,” this song is a staple at Jewish celebrations, including weddings

Chanting of Moroccan Azharot

Chanting of Moroccan Azharot

This 10 minute long video presents a Moroccan chanting of Azharot (lit. exhortations), didactic liturgical poems enumerating the 613 commandments traditionally chanted by Sephardic Jews on Shavuot. There have been numerous Azharot written by

The Song of Bread: A Zionist Yiddish Song for Shavuot

The Song of Bread: A Zionist Yiddish Song for Shavuot

This video presents The Song of Bread, a Yiddish folk song written by poet and composer Mark Warshawsky about the goodness of the land of Israel, dedicated to the Eastern European pioneers who

Our Baskets Are On Our Shoulders: A Hebrew Children’s Song for Shavuot

Our Baskets Are On Our Shoulders: A Hebrew Children’s Song for Shavuot

This upbeat animated video presents a popular Israeli children’s song abut Shavuot. The lyrics describe people coming from all over the land of Israel to bring “bikurim” – the offering of the first

Stay Up All Night: A Shavuot Parody

Stay Up All Night: A Shavuot Parody

This amusing video presents a song about Tikkun Leil Shavuot, the custom of learning Torah all night long on Shavuot. From the Rebbetzin Tap “Jewish Holiday Celebration” DVD, this song contains customs, language and

Koolulam: 12,000 Israelis Sing Naomi Shemer’s “Al Kol Ele”

Koolulam: 12,000 Israelis Sing Naomi Shemer’s “Al Kol Ele”

This inspirational video presents 12,000 Israelis from all walks of life who gathered together to sing “Al Kol Ele” by Naomi Shemer in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. The group is led

Shlomo Artzi: Suddenly A Man Gets Up (Song of the Morning)

Shlomo Artzi: Suddenly A Man Gets Up (Song of the Morning)

This video features popular Israeli folk-rock singer-songwriter Shlomo Artzi performing a famous Israeli song written by Amir Gilboa and composed by Gidi Koren and Shlomo Artzi. It is best known for the opening

Gad Elbaz: The Prayer for the IDF

Gad Elbaz: The Prayer for the IDF

This video presents popular Israeli artist Gad Elbaz’s musical rendition of the prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the late

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

HaTikvah: The National Anthem of the State of Israel

This video presents Israel’s national anthem, HaTikvah (The Hope), with on-screen Hebrew, English and transliterated subtitles. Adapted from a poem written in 1877 by Naftali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Eastern Europe, the

The Fountainheads: Hope – A Song for Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Fountainheads: Hope – A Song for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This catchy, high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing “Hope,” an original song celebrating Israel named after the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” (“Hope” in Hebrew). The Fountainheads is an all-volunteer, student-led artistic project,

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

The Traditional Prayer for IDF Soldiers

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional prayer for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer, composed by the

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

The Traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel

This post presents the English and Hebrew texts for the traditional Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, which is often recited in Zionist synagogues on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The prayer requests divine protection and

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

Orthodox Evening Prayer Service for Yom Ha’atzmaut

This PDF booklet contains an Orthodox evening service for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Hebrew and English. Although the basis for the Yom Ha’atzmaut liturgy was written by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate in 1949, there is not

The Hadar Institute: The Content, Meaning and Music of Lecha Dodi

The Hadar Institute: The Content, Meaning and Music of Lecha Dodi

This link will take you to a three-part online audio course exploring the content, meaning, and music of Lecha Dodi, as part of Mechon Hadar’s Tefillah Toolkit series. Three scholars explore what the prayer

Syrian Song of Songs and Kabbalat Shabbat (Audio)

Syrian Song of Songs and Kabbalat Shabbat (Audio)

This post includes two audio recordings representing the Syrian custom and musical style, sung by Hazzan Faraj Samra. The first clip is a 20 minute long audio recording of the Song of Songs,

The Nava Tehila Ensemble: Dancing in the Glory – A Journey into Kabbalat Shabbat

The Nava Tehila Ensemble: Dancing in the Glory – A Journey into Kabbalat Shabbat

This post features the first song from Nava Tehila Ensemble’s album, “Dancing in the Glory: A Journey into Kabbalat Shabbat,” made up of original Kabbalat Shabbat melodies. The Nava Tehila Ensemble is a Jerusalem-based

Kippalive: A Capella Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat

Kippalive: A Capella Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat

This 9 and a half minute long video features the Israeli male a Capella group, Kippalive, singing harmonic versions of many of Rabbi Shlomo Calebach‘s most famous melodies for Kabbalat Shabbat. The group sings selected

Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Hebrew Text & Audio)

Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Hebrew Text & Audio)

This link will direct you to the full Hebrew text of the Moroccan Kabbalat Shabbat service along with a 27 minute long audio recording of the entire service in the chanting style characteristic

The Singing of the Hand Washing Blessing

The Singing of the Hand Washing Blessing

This 20 second audio recording presents the blessing for the ritual hand washing sung to a tune, followed by the English translation of the blessing. Although this song is from the album “The Passover

Al Netilat Yadaim Children’s Song

Al Netilat Yadaim Children’s Song

This catchy children’s song was composed by Yisroel “Erik” Ilyayev to give kids an easy way to remember the words to the ritual hand washing blessing. 

The Hand Washing Song: A Catchy Camp Song

The Hand Washing Song: A Catchy Camp Song

This short video presents a fun, catchy song about the ritual handwashing before eating bread. Performed by Yakov Fleischmann, the Director of Camp Stone, this song is aimed at campers and staff at

A Subtle Melody for the Chabad Daytime Kiddush

A Subtle Melody for the Chabad Daytime Kiddush

This audio recording presents Rabbi Chay Amar singing a subtle melody for the daytime Kiddush, including the preliminary Psalms and passages recited according to the Chabad-Lubavitch custom. Rabbi Amar is the co-director of

Etti Ankri’s Psalm 23 Recited Prior to Daytime Kiddush

Etti Ankri’s Psalm 23 Recited Prior to Daytime Kiddush

This video presents Israeli singer-songwriter Etti Ankri performing a beautiful rendition of Psalm 23, often recited prior to the daytime Kiddush. Born to a Tunisian Jewish family, Etti Ankri has been referred to

Atkinu Seudata: A Hasidic Melody for a Kabbalistic Poem Recited Before the Daytime Kiddush

Atkinu Seudata: A Hasidic Melody for a Kabbalistic Poem Recited Before the Daytime Kiddush

This video presents a Kabbalistic poem sometimes recited before the daytime Kiddush sung to a melody from the Modzitz Hasidic group, known for their musical compositions. Based on passages in the Zohar, Atkinu Seudata was written in

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Shir Hama’alot

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Shir Hama’alot

This audio recording features Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach singing his original melody for Psalm 126, Shir Hama’alot (Song of Ascents), which is widely recited by Ashkenazi Jews before the Grace After Meals on Shabbat, Jewish holidays and other days on which the penitential Tachanun prayer is not recited. It

An Emotive Rendition of the Priestly Blessing

An Emotive Rendition of the Priestly Blessing

This video presents a musical version of the Priestly Blessing, part of the blessing over the children traditionally recited on Friday nights. Sung in both Hebrew and English, the video also provides the

Rabbi Shefa Gold Chants the Ben Ish Chai’s Shortened Birkat Hamazon

Rabbi Shefa Gold Chants the Ben Ish Chai’s Shortened Birkat Hamazon

This post presents Rabbi Shefa Gold’s meditative Aramaic and English chant based on the Ben Ish Chai’s one-line version of the Grace After Meals. The Ben Ish Chai (Rabbi Yosef Hayim, 1835-1909), was a leading Sephardic

Yosef Karduner: Original Melody for Eishet Chayil

Yosef Karduner: Original Melody for Eishet Chayil

This original melody for Eishet Chayil comes from Yosef Karduner‘s album, “Dibur Pashut” (“Simple Talk”). An Israeli Hasidic singer, songwriter, and composer, Karduner is heavily influenced by the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the

Avrumy Holczler: Professional Hasidic Singer Performs Eishet Chayil at His Own Wedding

Avrumy Holczler: Professional Hasidic Singer Performs Eishet Chayil at His Own Wedding

This video features Avrumy Holczler, an alto singer in the Zemiros Group, performing an original composition of the first and last two verses of Eishet Chayil at his wedding. The Zemiros Group is an

Ofir Nagar: Mizrahi Influenced Eishet Chayil

Ofir Nagar: Mizrahi Influenced Eishet Chayil

This original version of Eishet Chayil was the first song that Israeli musician Ofir Nagar ever performed in front of an audience – at his own wedding! Although he devoted his entire childhood

Shabbat Songs Project: Israeli Artists Perform Eishet Chayil

Shabbat Songs Project: Israeli Artists Perform Eishet Chayil

This video features a unique version of Ben Zion Shenker’s popular Eishet Chayil melody, performed by a collection of Israeli artists as part of a project that aims to spread the light of

Groom Serenades Bride with Eishet Chayil at Wedding

Groom Serenades Bride with Eishet Chayil at Wedding

In this romantic video a groom serenades his new bride at their wedding using the popular melody composed by Ben Zion Shenker. All about a man’s search for a woman who possesses the qualities that

Eishet Chayil as a Eulogy at a Funeral

Eishet Chayil as a Eulogy at a Funeral

In this moving video, David Mandler sings Eishet Chayil as an ode to his late grandmother, Chaya Hentche bas Chenoch, at her funeral in Budapest. This solemn tune begins with his own composition before switching

Adash: A Cappella Eishet Chayil by a Czech Vocal Ensemble

Adash: A Cappella Eishet Chayil by a Czech Vocal Ensemble

This video features an original a cappella performance of Eishet Chayil by Adash, a vocal ensemble from Ostrava University in the Czech Republic. The ensemble developed out of a unique academic course, “Hebrew

Yosef Karduner: Breslov Melody for Eishet Chayil

Yosef Karduner: Breslov Melody for Eishet Chayil

This solemn melody for Eishet Chayil comes from Yosef Karduner‘s album, “Yearning for Shabbat: Traditional Breslov Songs for Shabbat Night.” An Israeli Hasidic singer, songwriter, and composer, Karduner is heavily influenced by the teachings

The Barry Sisters: A Yiddish Swing Eishet Chayil

The Barry Sisters: A Yiddish Swing Eishet Chayil

This video presents an upbeat, jazzy Yiddish version of Eishet Chayil performed by the Barry Sisters, popular American Klezmer and jazz entertainers from the 1940s-1970s. Originally known as the Bagelman Sisters, the Barry Sisters

Alicia Jo Rabins: An Indie-Folk Retranslation of Eishet Chayil

Alicia Jo Rabins: An Indie-Folk Retranslation of Eishet Chayil

In this video, Alicia Jo Rabins performs “Rubies,” a modern adaptation of Eishet Chayil, which she describes as a love song to the mother of the family that also makes a wonderful lullaby. Rabins

Good Jews: Shalom Aleichem

Good Jews: Shalom Aleichem

In this beautifully produced music video, Good Jews perform a slow, emotive version of one of the most famous melodies of Shalom Aleichem, composed by Rabbi Cantor Israel Goldfarb in 1918. Good Jews, made up

Kabbalistic Poems Recited Before Kiddush: Atkinu Seudata & Azamer Bishvochin

Kabbalistic Poems Recited Before Kiddush: Atkinu Seudata & Azamer Bishvochin

This post includes both audio recordings and the Aramaic, English and transliterated texts of two poems that are often recited before Kiddush on Friday night, according to Jewish mystical traditions. Both poems are based

Piamenta’s Rock Song Inspired by the Grace After Meals

Piamenta’s Rock Song Inspired by the Grace After Meals

This video presents Yosi Piamenta’s original rock song inspired by the Grace After Meals. Although most of this 8 minute long song is made up of musical jams, the lyrics (which are shown on the screen

Yom Zeh Le-Yisrael

Yom Zeh Le-Yisrael

This classic zemer, whose first four stanzas were written by Isaac Chandali in 15th- century Crimea, was later expanded and attributed to the famous Safed mystic Isaac Luria. This rendition includes the full

Fortuna Performs “Bendigamos” Sephardic Grace After Meals Hymn

Fortuna Performs “Bendigamos” Sephardic Grace After Meals Hymn

This video clip presents Brazilian singer, songwriter and actress, Fortuna, performing “Bendigamos Al Altísimo,” a Spanish hymn traditionally sung after meals by Jews of Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish descent. Fortuna, a Sephardic Jew who sings

Mah Yedidut

Mah Yedidut

This Shabbat table song (zemer), usually included in the Friday night set of songs (zemirot), is a paean to the pleasures of Shabbat (“Before evening, all sorts of treats are prepared…, mulled wines

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Shalom Aleichem

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Shalom Aleichem

This recording of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach‘s melody for Shalom Aleichem repeats each of the four stanza’s three times, a common custom in many Jewish traditions. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994), also known as the “Singing

Idan Yaniv & Kinderlach: Upbeat Shalom Aleichem for Unity in Israeli Society

Idan Yaniv & Kinderlach: Upbeat Shalom Aleichem for Unity in Israeli Society

This music video presents a joyous, upbeat version of Shalom Aleichem, performed by Idan Yaniv, a popular Israeli, Bukharian singer, and Kinderlach, an Israeli children’s singing troupe. Although this modernization of the popular tune composed by

Guitar Chords for Ben Zion Shenker’s Popular Eishet Chayil Melody

Guitar Chords for Ben Zion Shenker’s Popular Eishet Chayil Melody

This website offers the guitar chords for the most popular melody for Eishet Chayil, composed by Ben Zion Shenker in 1953. The website offers the transliteration of the first eight verses of the song,

Reform: The “HaMotzi” Song

Reform: The “HaMotzi” Song

In this short video, Cantor Jan Lieberman plays guitar and sings a version of the blessing over the bread often used in Reform congregations and institutions. Composed by Professor Samuel Adler, the song is comprised of

‘I Love Challah Rolls’ Song

‘I Love Challah Rolls’ Song

This humorous music video, produced by campers and staff from TheZone Jewish Sleepaway Camp, presents a humorous accounting of the mitzvah of the blessing the bread on Shabbat. A spoof of the song ‘I

Avraham Fried: The Traditional Jewish Blessing for Sons

Avraham Fried: The Traditional Jewish Blessing for Sons

This video features Avraham Fried singing the blessing for sons in a large open-air amphitheater in Jerusalem, accompanied by a large male choir. In order to show respect for the sanctity of God’s name, the

Michael Ben Naim’s Original Blessing Over the Children

Michael Ben Naim’s Original Blessing Over the Children

This music video features Israeli artist, Michael Ben Naim, and a woman (presumably his wife) singing his original, emotive melody for the Hebrew blessing over their children. Whereas the blessing traditionally begins with a blessing

Alexander Goldscheider’s Tune for the Blessing over the Shabbat Candles

Alexander Goldscheider’s Tune for the Blessing over the Shabbat Candles

In this video, Alexander Goldscheider, a Jewish Czech-born composer, performs a unique musical rendition of the blessing over the Shabbat candles. Golscheider’s uses lyrical repetition and rising notes throughout the melody to create an

Paul Ben-Haim’s Rendition of the Blessing Over the Shabbat Candles (Reform)

Paul Ben-Haim’s Rendition of the Blessing Over the Shabbat Candles (Reform)

This audio clip (the second track on the album, “Sacred Services from Israel”), demonstrates an operatic version of the blessing over the Shabbat evening candles according to Reform tradition. Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984), a Liberal

Matisyahu’s Kiddush

Matisyahu’s Kiddush

In this video, world-famous Jewish musician, Matisyahu, sings a slow, emotive rendition of the Friday night Shabbat Kiddush according to Orthodox Ashkenazi custom and pronunciation, as images of other traditional Shabbat rituals are shown in

A Jazzy Kiddush

A Jazzy Kiddush

This creative jazz rendition of the Ashkenazi version of the Kiddush blessing is from the “Hear O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony in Jazz” album, which combines traditional Hebrew songs and prayers with modern

Kiddush Blues by the Klezmer Company Orchestra

Kiddush Blues by the Klezmer Company Orchestra

This live Hebrew performance by the Klezmer Company Orchestra demonstrates how to sing the Shabbat evening blessings over the wine, according to the Reform Ashkenazi tradition. Sung by guest vocalist Leo Williams and

Jazz/Blues Kiddush

Jazz/Blues Kiddush

This entertaining video demonstrates a unique style of singing the Shabbat evening blessings over the wine with a jazz-blues twist. Benson Simmonds, an actor and acting coach from Los Angeles, California, known for his work

Ehud Banai: Mizrahi Influenced Eshet Chayil

Ehud Banai: Mizrahi Influenced Eshet Chayil

This simple, repetitive tune for Eshet Chayil is performed by Ehud Banai, one of the most influential artists in Israel. This song is from his album, “New Song,” where most of the tracks are based on traditional Jewish

Yedid Nefesh: Introduction & Audio

Yedid Nefesh: Introduction & Audio

This post provides a brief introduction to the liturgical poem “Yedid Nefesh,” often sung by Ashkenazi congregations between the afternoon Minchah prayer on Friday and the beginning of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Although

Fountainheads Shabbat

Fountainheads Shabbat

A musical parody by the Ein Prat Fountainheads, https://foheads.com. Lyrics: Do you want to bake a Challa? Or even play a little ball? Yesterday it was just me and you Now you’re addicted

Jewbilation: The Sound of Shabbos

Jewbilation: The Sound of Shabbos

Here is Jewbilation singing the catchy Simon and Garfunkel tune adapted for Shabbat.

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Promotional Video for Tel Aviv White Night

Promotional Video for Tel Aviv White Night

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, this promotional video (0:52) encourages tourists from around the world to visit Israel for the “White Night” festival in Tel Aviv, an annual all-night cultural event

10 Must-See Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv’s White City

10 Must-See Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv’s White City

This short video (01:02) features ten of Tel Aviv’s most impressive Bauhaus-style buildings, part of the unique architectural collection that led to UNESCO’s proclamation of “The White City” as a World Heritage site.

Map of the White City of Tel Aviv

Map of the White City of Tel Aviv

This map of Tel Aviv highlights the areas of the city that feature Bauhaus architecture. Unfortunately, the map does not include street names, so it must be compared with a more detailed map,

Ariel Sharon On Visiting the Temple Mount

Ariel Sharon On Visiting the Temple Mount

This video clip (01:21) from September 29, 2000 features Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s opposition leader, explaining his controversial visit one day earlier to the Temple Mount. Citing the holiness of the site in Jewish

PA Minister Claims Intifada Already Planned When Arafat Returned from Camp David

PA Minister Claims Intifada Already Planned When Arafat Returned from Camp David

This short clip (0:45) from December 5, 2000 presents Imad Falugi, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Communications, revealing that the Second Intifada was not started because of Ariel Sharon’s visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque on September 28,

The NCSY Megillah Companion For Teens

The NCSY Megillah Companion For Teens

Created by NCSY, an Orthodox organization dedicated to inspiring Jewish youth to engage with Judaism, this booklet summarizes each chapter of Megillat Esther, and provides accompanying ideas, images and activities to make the story more meaningful and

Educational Resource: Purim, Peoplehood & Collective Responsibility

Educational Resource: Purim, Peoplehood & Collective Responsibility

Through a hands-on activity, text study and dvar Torah, this educational resource explores the elements of Jewish peoplehood and collective responsibility found in the Purim story and customs. Created by Makom, the educational wing of the Jewish Agency, this