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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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birth control

Religion; Judaism

Jewish law permits certain methods of birth control in appropriate circumstances.

birkat ha-mazon

Religion; Judaism

Lit. Blessing of the food. Grace after meals. The recitation of birkat ha-mazon is commonly referred to as bentsching.

birkat hachamah

Religion; Judaism

The Blessing of the Sun, once every 28 years, when the halakhic vernal equinox occurs on the fourth day at the 0 hour of the day (6 PM Tuesday). The blessing is recited at dawn of ...


Religion; Judaism

Intuition, understanding, intelligence. A quality that women supposedly have in greater degree than men. Also, in kabbalistic thought, one of the Ten Sefirot.


Religion; Judaism

The pedestal on which the Torah scrolls are placed when they are being read in the synagogue; i.e., the pulpit.


Religion; Judaism

Also referred to as the Tanakh. The Jewish Bible more or less corresponds to what non-Jews call the "Old Testament. " See Torah.


Religion; Judaism

The first part of the two-part process of Jewish marriage, which creates the legal relationship without the mutual obligations. In Hebrew, it is called "kiddushin. "