How To: Wear a Kippah (Yarmulke)

In Judaism, men customarily cover their heads with a skullcap as a sign of humility before God, though it is not mandated by law. In Hebrew, it is called a kippah; in Yiddish, a yarmulke. In Europe, the custom dates to the end of the 16th century. Learn how to wear a kippah (yarmulke) with this Howcast guide.

How To: Say Jewish blessings

This video covers the basics of Jewish blessings - how to say each word in Jewish, what it means in English and then how to put them together in different blessings.

How To: Light the Menorah on the eight days of Chanukah

When Christians are out celebrating Christmas this year, Judaists will be out celebrating Hanukkah, or Chanukah, which is a lesser Jewish festival that lasts eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (December), and commemorating the rededication of the Temple; it is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights.

How To: Play dreidel

The dreidel, the small top that's among the most recognizable symbols of the Hanukkah season, is a fun game of chance to play with friends and family.

How To: Fast on Yom Kippur

Giving up food and drink is an important part of this Jewish holiday, the Day of Atonement, because it helps focus the mind on repentance. Stay strong mentally and physically with these tips.

How To: Tie your own tzitzit (or tzitzis)

This instructional video, produced by Jewish Pathways, demonstrates how to tie your own tzitzit (or tzitzis). Tzitzis are fringes or tassels worn by observant Jews on the corners of four-cornered garments, including the tallit (prayer shawl). They are considered a time-bound commandment, which means they are worn only by men. This Judiasm video will help you learn how to tie, knot and twist strings - tzitzit - to a garment.

How To: Celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah with the standard Jewish traditions

If you don't know exactly what goes on during Hanukkah, this series of videos will set you straight. Hanukkah is the most recognized Jewish holiday, right around Christmastime, and Chaim from Maoz Israel is going to show you some traditional customs that are performed during the eight days of Hanukkah 2010. Learn about the menorah, sufgaiyots, the mysterious dreidel and the traditional Chanukah songs.

How To: Say the Jewish bathroom prayer

In this blessing we express our gratitude to HaShem for the fact that our bodies continue to function properly. The Asher Yatzar prayer is over two thousand years old. This video explains how to say this Jewish bathroom prayer.

How To: Put on a tallit for Jewish prayers

This instructional video, produced by Jewish Pathways, demonstrates how to put on a tallit for Jewish prayers. The tallit (or tallis or tallith) is shawl used for Jewish prayer, worn while reciting morning blessings and well as in the synagogue on Sabbath and holidays.

How To: Wash hands before eating bread, as per Jewish law

This animated video, produced by Jewish Pathways, demonstrates how to wash your hands in accordance with Jewish law before eating bread. Besides cleanliness and holiness, the instant reason the rabbis call for washing before bread is to keep alive the memory of the proper treatment of teruma (the first priestly tithe that may be eaten only by kohanim and their instant families, and that must be eaten only in the absence of any tum’ah – ritual defilement).

How To: Wear tefillin prayer phylacteries

Don't know what a Tfillin is? Well, this video will explain everything you need to know about the Tefillin, otherwise known as phylacteries. It will explain what it is and why it's needed, along with how to wear it for tractional Judaism.

How To: Practice Kabbalah

This video includes the 3 reasons why Kabbalah is called “the hidden science.” Kabbalah studies how our life and our world has been created, and how to achieve connection with our life’s source, the totality of reality.

How To: Light the Shabbat candles to usher in the Holy Day

This instructional video, produced by Jewish Pathways, demonstrates how to light the Shabbat candles. The lighting of Shabbat candles not only ushers in the Holy Day, but is also a special time of spiritual contemplation for Judaists. It is the pivotal moment when we cross over from the weekday into the holiness of Shabbat (or Shabbos, the Jewish Sabbath).

How To: Make Kiddush

The how to rabbi is here to show you how to make Kiddush. It should be made every Friday night and Sabbath afternoon and major Jewish holidays.

How To: Receive an Aliyah

This video shows you how to receive an Aliyah when at the synagog. Learn everything you'll need to know before you get there, and what to expect during this Jewish ritual.

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