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Ask a Jew: What is a Reform Jew’s viewpoint on interfaith marriage?

Hyphen Parent explains the policies of the Central Conference of American Rabbis on interfaith marriage.

Ask a Jew: How do I explain God in Jewish terms to a 4-year-old?

My kid is asking things like: Where is God? What does God look like? How come I don't hear God? … So someone more knowledgeable: Do Jews believe God is everywhere and in everything? Is God all powerful and all good? Do loved ones go to "heaven"? What can they even understand?

Ask A Jew: What is shiva?

After the burial, mourners return home (or, ideally, to the home of the deceased) to sit shiva for seven days. Shiva is simply the Hebrew word for seven.

Ask A Jew: Are the Jewish people of today the true Jews from Israel?

“The Genome-wide Structure of the Jewish People,” a 2010 article from the journal Nature, suggests that Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Jews have a shared Middle Eastern ancestry

Ask a Jew: Do you think ritual circumcision should be practiced today?

Neal Schindler says, "I would never make a blanket statement about what Jews should or should not do in relation to brit milah."

Ask a Jew: Is the term “Jewess” ever appropriate?

Without doing any research, I knew “Jewess” is outdated at best and offensive at worst, though I wasn’t sure precisely why.

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