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Jewish Life Cycle

In these articles, Mishpacha presents a concise view on Jewish practices at several key moments in the life cycle, 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.

Welcoming newborns

Circumcision may be the oldest Jewish practice. It's also one of the most painful, and not just for the baby. Why do we do this to our sons? Should we? And what about our daughters?

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Little men and women -- how can a 13 year old come of age, if his or her parents can't afford to rent the Titanic for the celebration?


(coming soon)

Death and mourning

Jewish practices can be a source of comfort for many. A look at the Jewish stages of mourning: Shiva, shloshim, and kaddish and yizkor.

Other Mishpacha sections:

Jewish Beliefs
A very brief outline of Jewish thought
A Jewish Journey, Wrestling with God, Fixing the World, Gender Roles

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

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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