Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Israel Independence Day

YOM HA’ATZMAUT, a.k.a. Israeli Independence Day, celebrates the anniversary of the creation of Israel on May 14, 1948 (the 5th of Iyar in 5708). On that day, David Ben Gurion, Israel’s soon to be first Prime Minister, declared the establishment of the State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate. From then on, […]

Purim: Reading the Megillah

Megillat Esther (The Scroll of Esther), known as the Megillah, is the last of the five scrolls that form the section of the Bible, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The Megillah tells the story of the salvation of the Jews in the Persian Empire of the 5th century BCE from immanent genocide. It is […]

Purim and Mishloach Manot

Why Mishloach Manot? The festival of Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It celebrates the redemption of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot of genocide. In the aftermath of their salvation, the Book of Esther states (verse 19): “Therefore the Jews of the villages, […]