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Jewish Beliefs

In these articles, Mishpacha presents a concise view on several central Jewish concepts, and their relevance for us today. We invite you to join in the discussion of these ideas and practices in our intimate, ongoing virtual communities.

Abraham's journey and ours

God asked Abraham to leave home and family. What's involved in setting out on our own Jewish journey?

Wrestling with God

Whether you struggle to understand the Holocaust or argue over the meaning of a sacred text, complacency is the opposite of Jewish identity.


In Judaism, saving the world is sacred. A look at some of the ways we make the world a better place, including philanthropy; environmentalism and minding our tongues.

Gender roles

From behind the curtain to before the pulpit: women in all major Jewish movements have made strong inroads into public religious life. They are questioning old constructs, and requesting new tolerance.

Other Mishpacha sections:

Jewish Practice
A very brief outline of Jewish practice
Blessings, Kosher food, Sabbath, Sexuality, Kaddish & Yizkor

A guide to understanding and celebrating the Jewish calendar
Sabbath, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Passover, Purim

Life Cycle
How Jews celebrate and observe life's passages
Birth, Circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Marriage, Death & Mourning

How to raise a Jewish child
An introduction to Jewish parenting, Traditional texts on parenting, Shabbat as a family, Hanukkah for kids, Children and mourning

How to find a place in your local Jewish community
Why connect? Choosing a place to live, Connecting to schools and synagogues, Shaking up your synagogue, Starting a community, Mishpacha's on-line communities

Discuss your Jewish journey with us and other parents
Ask Judy, Mishpacha's on-line communities



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