Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Chag HaSigd – The Sigd Festival

Nov 12, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Sigd festival, ethiopia, globe

Chag HaSigd – the Festival of Sigd – is an Ethiopian-Jewish holiday which this year falls on Shabbat November 18th and will be celebrated on the preceding Thursday. It has been a national Israeli holiday since 2008. Celebrated by the Beita Yisrael (Beta Israel) community, it’s one of the least-known and most-interesting festivals in the Jewish calendar. What is Chag HaSigd? Its name, Sigd, is from the root √sgd, which means […]

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What do we eat on Sukkot?

Oct 08, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
butternut squash and pumpkin

Many of the Jewish holidays are defined by their culinary traditions. Passover is characterized by its strict dietary laws and myriad matzahs, Rosh Hashanah is renowned for its apples and honey, and summery Shavuot is a celebration of dairy delights. From a culinary perspective, Sukkot is an oddity. There are no food-related laws related to this week-long fall holiday, and – unusually for Jewish festivals – it hasn’t evolved any […]

 

Sukkot: Lulav and Etrog

Oct 03, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Lulav and Etrog Four Species

Like we mentioned in our Sukkot Fact File post, the Four Species is one of the commandments which are completely unique to Sukkot. Why do we shake the lulav and etrog? In Leviticus 23:40, the Jewish nation is commanded: You shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of a beautiful tree, date branches, thick branches, and spring willows, and you will celebrate before the Lord our God […]

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