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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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Aron Kodesh

Religion; Judaism

Lit. Holy chest. The cabinet where the Torah scrolls are kept. See Ritual Items in the Synagogue.


Religion; Judaism

The period of mourning between the time of death and the time of burial.


Religion; Judaism

The villain of the story of Chanukkah, a Greek ruler in control of Judea who prohibited practice of Judaism.


Religion; Judaism

The term "antisemitism" comes from the roots "anti" (against) and "Semite" (a term that applies to both Hebrews and Arabs). However, the word "antisemitism" is used specifically ...


Religion; Judaism

A lower lectern found in some synagogues. Not to be confused with the bimah, which is the primary podium from which the Torah is read. See Synagogues, Shuls and Temples.


Religion; Judaism

Jewish law prohibits cruelty to animals and requires us to act to relieve the suffering of animals. See Treatment of Animals; Qorbanot: Sacrifices and Offerings.

al cheit

Religion; Judaism

Lit. For the sin. A confession of community sins recited repeatedly on Yom Kippur. See Yom Kippur Liturgy.