Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah: 4 Names Fact File

Sep 04, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – is on its way, and it’s time to start preparing for one of the biggest events in the Jewish calendar! Did you know that Rosh Hashanah is such a big day that it actually has four different names? Here’s what they are and what they mean: Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah literally means “Head of the Year”. The name first appears in the […]

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How-To Guide: Rosh Hashanah Seder

Aug 31, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Yes, you read that right: seder! Although the word makes you think of Pesach (and perhaps of Tu B’Shvat), the Jewish New Year has a unique array of special customs, including a seder of its own. The Rosh Hashanah seder takes place only on the first night of the holiday – on the second night, it’s traditional to eat a new fruit (often a pomegranate) instead. Rather than matzah and […]

 

From Despair to Delight: Celebrating Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Apr 27, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Sunday night marks the beginning of Yom HaZikaron LeChalalei HaTzava LeYisrael ULeNifga’ei Peulot HaEver – Memorial Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Known colloquially as Yom HaZikaron it is Israel’s day national mourning for those who died fighting for her right to exist. In Israel, this solemn day is observed in several ways. National flags at official sites such as army bases and government offices are […]