Category Archives: Jewish History

Lag BaOmer

Apr 30, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Lag BaOmer occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer. What is the Omer? The period of the Jewish calendar between Passover and Pentecost (Pesach and Shavuot). The 33rd day falls on the 18th of Iyar. The day marks the anniversary of the death of Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century disciple of the famous Rabbi Akiva. According to legend, he spent 12 years living in a cave with water and […]

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Yom Hashoah – Reflections from Poland

Apr 10, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
holocaust yom hashoah

This Thursday, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah – the Jewish calendar’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, the day is marked by a national minute of silence, lowered flags, and official ceremonies held by the Government and Rabbinate. Across the world, communities hold memorial services and give their remaining Holocaust survivors a platform from which to share their stories. Another popular event held around this time of year is the March […]


Purim Story Summary

Feb 20, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
Purim Queen Esther

Purim Story Summary Introduction King Achashverosh reigns over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. In the third year of his reign, he made a magnificent 180-day feast for the nobles of his lands, followed by a week-long feast for the people of Shushan, his capital city. Queen Vashti throws a party in her house for the women. The drunk king commands the queen to appear before his party wearing nothing […]

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