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Are you curious about Judaism? Are Judaism and Jews a people, a nation, a religion, a culture, a way of life, or something else? What does it mean to be a Jew or Jewish? On October 11 , Rabbi Joel…
continue reading Judaism 101: History, Religion, and Culture
written by Laurie A.
September 19, 2018
Do you know what Kabbalah is? Join us on May 23 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about this ancient mystical Jewish tradition. Professor Joel Hecker will talk about the history of Kabbalah,…
continue reading Learn of the Luminous Mysteries of Kabbalah
written by Laurie A.
May 15, 2018
"I refused to cover my head in public. Refused to walk through the world as a messenger of Allah’s teachings, ate hot dogs and bacon when I was with my girls. My Muslim beliefs lived…
continue reading #OneBookWednesday: Spiritual and Religious Identity
written by Lo I.
December 20, 2017
Rosh Hashanah —the celebration of the Jewish new year—begins at sundown on Wednesday night, September 20. Even those not celebrating the holiday may be preparing, as Philadelphia…
continue reading Rosh Hashanah Is a SWEET Time to Visit the Free Library
written by Julie B.
September 18, 2017
The Rare Book Department 's Judaica includes a beautifully written and lavishly hand-decorated Spanish Hebrew Masoretic Text bible . Commissioned in 1496 in Lisbon, Portugal, the book is…
continue reading Librarian Traces Family Roots Through Historic Bible
written by Caitlin G.
February 24, 2017
Philadelphia is a wild and weird city. There’s so much to love, to hate, to love to hate, and to hate to love. There’s also so much that we, as every day Philadelphians, have somehow…
continue reading Philadelphia: City of the Uncanny and the Arcane
written by Sarah M.
January 5, 2017
The holy month of Ramadan began earlier this week, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.…
continue reading Ramadan Mubarak
written by Peter SM
June 9, 2016