Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Planning the Perfect Hanukkah

Nov 27, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
hanukkah menorah

Winter is here, and that means one thing: Hanukkah is on its way! We love everything about the holiday. After all, Hanukkah has cool traditions, amazing food (and endless parties to eat it at), a fantastic story, and – possibly best of all – gifts for days. Whether you’re a seasoned festive pro or a holiday novice, getting ready for Hanukkah can be a daunting prospect. There aren’t just one […]

 

Chag HaSigd – The Sigd Festival

Nov 12, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
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 Sarah Gold
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 […]