A primer on Judaism, the name of the religion and set of practices that unite the Jewish people.
In this ancient tradition, a Jewish firstborn son is 'redeemed' from the hands of a priest (Cohen) using silver coins.
Procreation is considered the first commandment given by God and is thus of supreme importance to observant Jews.
Generally, Conservative Judaism is egalitarian in its approach to both rights and religious obligations, is opposed to intermarriage, and believes in traditional Sabbath observance.
Most Jews would probably consider Orthodoxy the most 'authentic' denomination, but even among Orthodox, there are variations in observance, as well as in extent of integration into general society.
Greater religiosity is linked to less tolerance — a connection that has strengthened over the years.
It’s the all-time best-seller, and the No. 1 book many would choose as a desert island companion. But three-quarters of the Christian 'Holy Bible' read around the globe in over 500 languages is in fact the Hebrew Bible, in its 'Old Testament' form.
Traditionally written in Aramaic, the ketubah details the groom's obligations toward his future wife.
From the ketubah to the chuppah, here's everything you need to know about the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.
Extremists call it a 'holy war,' but this conflict has always been about the very secular issues of territory, injustice and identity.