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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The words literally translate to, “first of the year.” The exact date for Rosh Hashanah changes annually on the Gregorian calendar (usually falling in September or October), but in the Hebrew calendar, it… Continue Reading →

Tu B’Shevat

When the average person thinks of Earth day or “going green,” they would most likely think of going outside, cleaning up the environment, appreciating nature, and planting flowers. When an average person thinks of Earth day, they do not think… Continue Reading →

Hanukkah

Before we can delve into both the historic and current practices at surround Hanukkah, we first have to discuss what the event is celebrating. In the year 168 B.C.E., the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes sent his soldiers to Jerusalem. The… Continue Reading →

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, “The Joy of the Torah,” is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is observed on the 22nd to 23rd of Tishrei,… Continue Reading →

Purim: The Jubilant Festival of Deliverance

The Jewish holiday of Purim has been referred to as the Jewish “Halloween” or Jewish “Mardi Gras.” Although it is 48 hours of festive parties, parades, dancing, eating, and a heck of a lot of drinking, there is a much… Continue Reading →

Celebrating Festivals

Has it been so long that it’s forgotten? When law books are far older than anyone alive, some of those laws may be out of date or in need of broader definition. Jewish law is constantly evolving as with any… Continue Reading →

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