Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Judaism’s Solar-Lunar Calendar

Jun 13, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
Jewish calendar

Today is Rosh Chodesh. This literally means, “Head of the Month” and is when we celebrate the beginning of the new Jewish month. The Jewish year doesn’t fall in step with the “regular” Gregorian calendar; we take special steps to make that happen. Summary: What is Rosh Chodesh? Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of the new Hebrew month. Hebrew months are based on the lunar cycle and are either twenty-nine […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Shavuot

May 15, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

One of the shortest and least regulated holidays in the Jewish calendar, Shavuot has surprisingly few strictures and customs. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the holiday! What is Shavuot? Shavuot is one of the three pilgrim holidays given to the Jewish nation in the Torah (the others are Passover and Sukkot). It falls on the sixth of Sivan, the third Hebrew month, and is observed for […]

 

Yom Yerushalayim – Why Jerusalem?

May 09, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

This Sunday, Jerusalem will turn blue and white once again as we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. It’s one of the festivals in the Omer, the newest holiday on the Jewish calendar, and a very special day – especially for Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist Jewish communities. It celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem, which happened 51 years ago. Jerusalem is at the centre of Jewish prayer and philosophy. It’s […]

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