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The Bible prescribes the death penalty for at least 36 transgressions, from intentional murder to cursing one’s parents, but the practice essentially ended when the rabbinic sages of the Talmud imposed preconditions and evidence requirements so rigorous as to make capital punishment a rarity. Jewish tradition essentially follows the position of Rabbis Tarfon and Akiba: never to impose capital punishment (Mishna Makkot 1:10).
Use these resources with your congregation, youth group, or community. They will help you contact your local, state, provincial, or federal elected officials to communicate your thoughts about a social justice issue or piece of legislation important to you. Contact Assistant Legislative Director...
The URJ is dedicated to representing individuals across the gender spectrum, including those who are transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming. An important component of this involves respecting others’ pronouns. If you’re not sure about where to start, here are a few frequently asked questions about pronouns, their relation to gender, and how to properly use them.
We all want to show our love, concern and support to our friends and neighbors in need, in the ways that will be welcome and helpful. Indeed, we know that it is a mitzvah (sacred obligation) in Judaism to visit the sick and console the bereaved. And, while we have these mitzvot, Judaism also outlines specific rules and boundaries to make sure we respect the needs and dignity of the people we are helping.
Prayer is a central tenet of Judaism. Jews pray as a way to connect with the Divine, chant ancient poetry, and join with others in community during weekday prayer, Shabbat, and other holidays. Although prayer can be done without the use of ritual items, some Jews find deep spiritual meaning in wearing special items to enhance this sacred experience.
Check out these open internship postings from some of our partners: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) was founded in 1964 under the name National Association of State Units on Aging.
Did you know that India’s Jews come from four distinct groups who can trace their Indian roots back to ancient times? As in all Jewish communities around the world, Indian Jews translated their culinary tastes and the laws of kashrut to embrace the foods of the region.
Looking for a fast-paced, exciting way to stay involved in the Jewish community after college? There are several jobs and opportunities for those looking to connect with and contribute to the Reform Jewish community through career and short-term opportunities. Check them out below!
Whether it’s during Shavuot, on a toasty summer day, on Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (the second Saturday in February), or even in the middle of winter, ice cream is one of the most beloved desserts we can think of – and we’ve got a few Jewishly inspired recipes you’re going to love.
Purim costumes are a time-honored tradition dating back to the 16 th century. Here is a list of Jewishly themed Purim costumes that are fun for the whole family. Get creative with them!