Author: Yossi Belz

Brit Mila (Circumcision)

The Brit Mila  or circumcision, signals the entry of a male Jewish child or convert into the ancient covenant between Abraham and the Lord. Brit Mila literally means covenant of circumcision. It is often abbreviated to the first...

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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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Rosh Hashanah Prayers

During the period leading up to Rosh Hashanah, special “Selichot” (atonement) prayers are said each morning, literally at the crack of dawn. On Rosh Hashanah itself, there are many additions to the regular service....

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