Category: Holidays

Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat ( Tu B’Shvat ) (ט”ו בשבט) The fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Shvat is called “Tu B’Shvat”. It denotes the “New Year of the Trees”, traditionally the day on which the trees are judged for the coming year,...

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Seder Plate

Several symbolic foods are eaten during the Passover Seder: Matzo, Haroseth, Beitzah (egg), Maror and or Chazeret, Karpas, Zroa and salt water, in which the Karpas is dipped. It has become a custom to display key symbolic foods...

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Passover – Pesach

The Passover holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt, under the leadership of Moses. It begins on the evening of the 14th day of the Hebrew lunar month of Nissan (usually in April), on the...

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Lag BaOmer

Beauty of the Jewish Calendar The Jewish calendar is never dull and there is always something on the agenda. The weeks preceeding the holiday of Pesach are known to be especially hectic with all the many details that the...

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Dreidel

The game of dreidel is probably one of the most ancient of Jewish games.   It  is dated back to the times of Greek Empire,  who’s ruler Antiochus outlawed the Jewish children to learn Torah, anyone found disobeying the kings’...

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Sukkot

The Jewish holiday known as Sukkot, meaning “booths” or “huts”, is one of the Shalosh Regalim, or three biblical pilgrimage festivals. This autumn holiday commences on the 15th of Tishrei and lasts for...

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The Fast of Gedaliah

The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah This fast day is observed on the day following Rosh Hashanah to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah the son of Achikam, governor of Israel who had been appointed by Nevuchadnetzar,...

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur The culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance which began on Rosh Hashanah is on the fast day of Yom Kippur, the holiest and most solemn of the Jewish holidays that occurs on the Tenth day of Tishrei. This day is...

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Jewish Holidays

The major Jewish religious holidays were set forth in the Torah. To these were added holidays that celebrate or commemorate specific events that occurred in Jewish history. Jewish holidays and commemorations are observed...

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