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Birthright Trip to Israel- to go or not to go?

The experience sounds amazing but it feels, for lack of a better word, sleazy to go while they're busy bombing Gaza. I want to go really badly but not if I have to pretend to love the IDF. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 10, 2014 - 30 answers

Books on Judaism and Hebrew?

Books on Judaism and Hebrew? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Feb 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me find a webcomic about knitting a sweater

I'm trying to rediscover a webcomic in which the protagonist is a Jewish girl who defeats a monster in a sweater-knitting competition. I think it may have been linked from MetaFilter circa 2010, but I can't re-find the post, and apparently failed to bookmark it. Can you assist, O Hive Mind?
posted by Androgenes on Dec 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Should people who don't celebrate xmas still send out holiday cards?

Are you a member of a religion that doesn't celebrate Christmas? (I'm not looking at you, atheist with a christmas tree.) Do most of your friends celebrate christmas? Do you send out holiday/christmas/seasons greetings cards?? Alternatively, do you celebrate christmas and have friends who don't celebrate because they subscribe to another religion/culture? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Dec 10, 2012 - 46 answers

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest?

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Happy New Year...er, what?

(Jew Filter) High Holy Days ideas for the unaffiliated? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Daf Yomi for Dummies

Is there a podcast, website, or lecture series aimed at non-Jews trying to study Daf Yomi? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Aug 4, 2012 - 3 answers

What are some stories camp kids can tell on a podcast?

What would be some good radio monologues to have kids read for a sleep-away camp podcasting group? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Carrying the Scrolls to a New Place

Two synagogues in the Buffalo area decided to merge. One is Reform and one is Reconstructionist. While I have a good idea of what these particular movements are in and of themselves, what would a merger of these two temples mean for everyday life for members, temple services, rabbinical duties, etc. I am interested as one of the articles mentions this is the first merger of its kind for both movements. Thank you!
posted by oflinkey on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

And this is what kept our fathers and what keeps us surviving.

What do we know about the origins of vehi she'amda from the Passover haggadah? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Jewish name for gentile baby?

Is giving my kid a traditionally Jewish name (as a gentile) a bad idea, naive? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Mar 29, 2012 - 77 answers

What books would you recommend that teach non-Jews about a Passover seder?

What books/websites can I have my non-Jewish boyfriend read to teach him about what to expect at his first Passover seder? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Feb 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Gifts for Orthodox Jewish baby?

Gifts for Orthodox Jewish baby? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth on Dec 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Book recommendations about Reform Judaism

Interested in learning about Reform Judaism. Book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Jesus was a swinger?!

I'm looking for reputable (i.e. with citations/bibilographies) histories or studies about the evolution of sexuality within the Judeo-Christian religions. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Aug 18, 2011 - 12 answers

What's the name of the 12 or so jews who legend says take on all human suffering?

I read somewhere of 12 or so jews who, according to legend, carry with them the suffering of the world. Name of these people and textual sources, if possible?
posted by deeper red on Jul 5, 2011 - 12 answers

A Jewish mother, natch

Does traditional Judaism and/or the Talmud say anything positive about women who do not marry or have children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Is a Christian Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition?

Is a Christian adoption of the Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition? [more inside]
posted by adamp88 on Mar 25, 2011 - 63 answers

Jewish history added to the Tanakh?

Will the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) ever be appended to include events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) and the foundation of Israel?
posted by Tom-B on Mar 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Keeping kosher and looking like you are

Judaism Filter: Is there a principle or law that Jewish people who keep kosher must also avoid appearing not to keep it? What is it called? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Feb 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Un-distorting a "jewish" sound clip.

I need help un-disorted a sound clip. There is a sound in Civilization 4 that plays whenever you discover Judaism. I could not place it--and I know my Jewish prayers--so I dug in the install folder and found the full file. It is heavily distorted in a way I cannot quite figure out. Could someone help me see if this was ever a prayer to begin with, or was just random vocalizations approved as being "Jewish enough" in order to avoid offending people with actual prayers? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Help Me Write a Jewish Character as Realistically As I Can

I'm writing a fiction book where the main character is a Jewish male aged in his late 30s living in London during WW2. I want to make this character sound as real as possible. My problem; I'm not Jewish and I don't really know anybody who is. Help me write this character as realistically as I can! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 29, 2010 - 38 answers

Help us find this movie please!

Help me ID this foreign (English subtitled) Holocaust movie, please. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 6, 2010 - 3 answers

High holidays in Montreal?

JewishMontrealFilter: Help a liberal but Jewish adopted Montrealer find a minyan, specifically for the high holidays but hopefully for after as well. [more inside]
posted by cinoyter on Aug 28, 2010 - 3 answers

When it's Rosh Hashana Time in Dixieland

Help me identify (and find a recording of?) an old Jewish comedy song: "When it's Rosh Hashana time in Dixieland..." thereby blowing my dad's mind in time for High Holidays. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Aug 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Making sure the Sabbath goes smoothly

An Orthodox Jewish friend is coming to stay with me for a couple of days, including a Saturday. How can I best make sure we have a great time without her breaking any of her Sabbath restrictions? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a DVD onJudaism?

I am searching for a DVD on Jewish religion. I intend to show the DVD in a Protestant college to students who have little or no awareness of Judaism. Do you know of a good documentary from PBS, BBC, or History Channel, or another responsible source? I would be especially interested in a DVD that explained fundamentals of faith, practice and ritual, and ideally did so in a historical setting. Any ideas?
posted by lwren on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

How to Finance a Personal Trip to Israel?t

I want to travel to Israel over the summer - visit family, explore the country, see the holy sites, etc. I intend it as a learning experience, however I won't be participating in an organized program because I want the freedom to determine how I spend my time. I know there are programs that help finance trips to Israel, however I don't know if any of them apply to personal trips. Additionally, my parents are secular, and I am not affiliated with a regional Jewish community or synagogue who could help support the cost of my trip. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on May 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Teach me about religion.

I'd like to learn about various religions—scriptures, beliefs, everything. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Apr 23, 2010 - 32 answers

matrilineal descent for lesbian couples

queer-judaism filter: can't find an answer online: two moms, one jewish, the other not. how does traditional matrilineal descent apply to "lesbian" couples? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Mar 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Mame-loshn?

Is Yiddish a creole? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Has there ever been a single sacred text of Hellenic Polytheism?

Is there an official bible for the Greek myths? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Need a quickie Bat Mitzvah

I need suggestions on having a Bat-Mitzvah for my kid with the least amount of religion and religious school possible. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 4, 2010 - 24 answers

Name me!

I am converting to Judaism and need to pick my Hebrew name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 25, 2009 - 28 answers

Tagging along with Angels

Kabbalah Obscura: looking for the source of an old Jewish parable where either Moses or Solomon doubt an Archangel's word, and the Angel takes them along to observe what angels do to accomplish the tasks of the divine mission... [more inside]
posted by archae on Nov 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Never retreat?

Should I go to a religious weekend retreat w/my wife and kids even though I am very, very lukewarm towards the the idea of attending a religious weekend retreat? [more inside]
posted by plowhand on Sep 29, 2009 - 31 answers

No more cholent for Shabbes, please

I hate cholent, and most chamin recipes are just slightly-improved versions of cholent. Given that cooking must begin Friday afternoon, and the food has to be under constant heat until until noon-time Saturday, could you recommend any replacements for Shabbes cholent? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 11, 2009 - 10 answers

What should I ask Mormons?

I'm meeting with Mormon missionaries tomorrow for a religious discussion, and they want me to come prepared with questions about Mormon history/ belief/ doctrine, etc. I'm looking for a list of questions that will give me interesting answers and lead to longer discussions about the nature of Mormonism. I'm very interested in their religion, I just don't know enough to know what to ask, and I have three hours with them so I need a good amount of discussion questions. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica on Jun 16, 2009 - 75 answers

Know a great Rabbi?

Converting to Judaism in Boston - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jun 11, 2009 - 2 answers

help me avoid conflicting with Jewish holidays

Trying to plan a meeting in late September or early October and not inconvenience observant Jewish attendees. Is the week between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur ok? Should I skip the week that is Sukkot? This will be a Thursday/Friday meeting if that makes any difference.
posted by mercredi on May 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Jewish bookstores in NYC

How should I handle this? (Father-in-law wants me to take him to Jewish bookstores in NYC without my wife, I have to work, I have never met him, and I know nothing about Judaism.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 - 33 answers

How to translate Hebrew names to English, particularly Chaim and Yona

I know that some Hebrew and English names are identical (e.g., Maia, Deborah, and Miriam), some English and Hebrew names are similar (e.g., Isaac/Yitzchak, Jonathan/Yonatan, Jonas/Yona), and some are translations (e.g., Eve/Chava). Are there other less obvious correspondences between Hebrew and English names? Specifically, nobody has been named for my late grandfathers, whose Hebrew names are Chaim and Yona. We could use those as Hebrew names for a boy, but what are the options for Hebrew names for a girl and English names for either? My Hebrew name is Chava, so I would not want to use that as a feminine version of Chaim.
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 - 14 answers

One goy's quest to become chosen

I (think I) want to become Jewish in the California Bay Area, but need some help. [more inside]
posted by hatsforbats on Apr 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Not just another bottle of Maneschewitz?

Spending the first night of Passover with a newish SO's family... I need suggestions for a gift that makes a dazzling first impression. [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 on Mar 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope?

Any interesting, meaningful readings for a liberal Passover Seder on the theme of hope? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 15, 2008 - 46 answers

What is a Confucian Jew?

What is a Confucian Jew? [more inside]
posted by Great Insect Task Force Comet Ranger on Nov 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me read the Bible

I've never read the Bible, and I'd like to. Which version should I read and what resources are good ones to help me understand and historically contextualize what I'm reading?
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 16, 2008 - 25 answers

'Modern apocryphal' novels or movies?

Can you recommend any really good novels (or movies) that portray something in the Old or New Testament in a new way, or which add to the Old/New Testament, such that they could be considered 'modern Biblical apocrypha'? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Oct 13, 2008 - 30 answers

We got to pray just to make it today

Where can I attend free High Holiday services in the SF East Bay? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 22, 2008 - 2 answers

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