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Premarital sex is prohibited. It ranks up there with wearing shatnez (any mixture of wool and linen), cutting sideburns (payot), tattooing, and the use of the occult.
Is there a reason that American Jews should not celebrate Halloween?
"[..] There is a clear historical relationship between the Celtic concepts of resurrection, Roman Catholic responses to it, and the modern American holiday of Halloween.
Thus, Halloween, unlike Thanksgiving, plainly has in its origins religious beliefs that are foreign to Judaism, and whose beliefs are prohibited to us as Jews." ("Collecting Candy on Halloween: Harmless Pastime or Halakhic Prohibition?", MyJewishLearning.com)
"On Halloween people take -- in fact demand -- sweets from strangers. This alone is certainly not a good thing to be teaching children, not to mention that Judaism forbids such a practice. It is also considered terrible behavior." ("Jewish Halloween?", BeingJewish.com)
"Many people compare Halloween and Purim. Besides the masquerading in costume, they are as different as can be! What happens on Halloween? Children go from door to door, saying, "Trick or treat!" Where did that expression come from? The origin is a threat: "If you don''t give us a treat, we''ll give you a trick!" On Purim, instead of going around demanding presents, the children go around delivering presents! What a difference!" ("The Purim Celebration")
Electricity is akin to fire, and therefore it is prohibited to turn on or off electrical devices on Shabbat.
However, once it is on, it's best to keep it on. And if it happens by accident, don't worry, it was meant to be.
If you need to turn on the light, that's what Shabbos goys and kids are for.
Simchas Torah, (lit. "the happiness of the Torah") is the grand finale of Sukkot, which celebrates the completion of the past year's cycle of Torah reading and the beginning of this year's Torah reading cycle. We sing, dance and express our joy over having the Torah and being able to learn the Torah. Traditionally, all are given an opportunity to dance with the Torah during the festivities.
Superstition is any belief or attitude, based on fear or ignorance, that is inconsistent with what is generally considered by society as true or rational, especially a belief in charms, omens, and magic.
Typically, superstitions go against the Jewish faith, but this is somewhat of a gray area in the religion. Many rituals and symbols seem superstitious, such as the hamsa (protection against the Evil Eye).
A popular misconception is that the Mezuzah is for good luck.
In accidental mixtures, the principle of bateil beshishim is applied--i.e., if a forbidden food accidentally falls into a pot wherein a permitted food is cooking, the permitted food is unaffected and remains edible if it is at least sixty times the volume of the forbidden food.
A blood spot in an egg is not kosher and could possibly render the entire egg not kosher.
* Also spelled bittul b'shishim
The Havdalah service marks the end of Shabbat. It should be performed no earlier than nightfall on Saturday night. Nightfall is the time when three stars can be seen in the sky. It is normally about 45 minutes to an hour after sundown, depending on your latitude. For the precise time when Shabbat ends in your area, consult the list of candle lighting times provided by the Orthodox Union.
You will need three things for this ritual: a glass of wine or other liquid, some fragrant spices, and a special Havdalah candle. (jewfaq.org)
Lashon Hara: Lit. the evil tongue. Sins against other people committed by speech, such as defamation, gossip, swearing falsely, and scoffing.
The person who listens to gossip is even worse than the person who tells it, because no harm could be done by gossip if no one listened to it. It has been said that lashon ha-ra (disparaging speech) kills three: the person who speaks it, the person who hears it, and the person about whom it is told. (Judaism 101)
Bar Mitzvah: Lit. son of the commandment. A boy who has achieved the age of 13 and is consequently obligated to observe the commandments. Also, a ceremony marking the fact that a boy has achieved this age.
Despite the legal drinking age, it usually involves an open bar.
Despite the legal drinking age, it usually involves an open bar.
Daven - Yiddish: Pray. Observant Jews daven three times a day, in addition to reciting blessings over many common activities.
The Halakha expresses concern that if while traveling one is required to take one's mind off of one's destination and business, one will be troubled over the time lost and will therefore not pray with proper devotion (kavanah). The proper course of action in any situation like this depends upon the time, the place, one's level of religious observance and one's ability to pray with a clear mind. (KosherTorah.com)Cache: Pronounced cash, a special high-speed storage mechanism. It can be either a reserved section of main memory or an independent high-speed storage device.
Why do we recline? One of the Four Questions asked during Maggid.
It is a mitzvah to recline (to the left side) at the seder, to show a relaxed feeling of freedom and royalty.
Seder: Lit. order. 1) The family home ritual conducted as part of the Passover observance.
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Chametz: Leavened grain products, which may not be owned or consumed during Pesach. Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after coming into contact with water.
Shomer Negiah: Shomer - one who keeps (observes), Negiah - [the laws of] touching.
According to the Bangitout.com Top 10 ways you know you''re an Observant Jew attending a Secular College: Shomer Negiah does not include the hot guy/girl who lives on the same floor as you since he/she is not Jewish, or if they are, you don't intend to marry him/her.
Breaking the Wine Glass: This act serves as an expression of sadness at the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people.
Homosexual orientation is not a sin in Judaism, but homosexual acts are. Male-male sex is forbidden by the Torah. Lesbian sex is not prohibited by the Torah, but is generally considered prohibited as "licentiousness."
The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews
Trembling Before G-d
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
Moyhel: lit. circumciser; rhymes with oil; a pious, observant Jew educated in the relevant Jewish law and in surgical techniques, who performs the ritual circumcision of an 8-day-old male Jewish child or of a convert to Judaism.
Bris: Bris Milah (circumcision) is a covenant between God and the Jewish people, representing our commitment to use our creative powers to reveal the light of creation that is hidden within Torah.
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Hamentashen: three cornered cookies stuffed with jam, chocolate, or poppy seeds. They are supposed to resemble Haman's three cornered hat.
Purim: A holiday celebrating the rescue of the Jews from extermination at the hands of the chief minister to the King of Persia.
Ask Moses: Can I drive on Shabbat if it is my only way to get to the synagogue?