Category Archives: Judaica

The Shofar in the Bible

Sep 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The shofar is the powerful instrument made from a ram’s horn mentioned throughout the Bible, as well as in the Talmud and in Rabbinic literature. Perhaps the strongest expression of the supernatural, enchanting nature of the shofar was its role at Mt. Sinai when Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments: “…..And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and […]

Category  : Jewish History, Judaica   
 

The Pomegranate: The Fruit of Wisdom

Sep 03, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

This Rosh Hashanah, Jews all over the world are going to be indulging in pomegranates. Largely thanks to health researchers touting the benefits of pomegranate consumption, this majestic-looking fruit has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years. In the Jewish world, however, owing to its religious significance, the pomegranate has never gone out of style. Let’s take a look: The pomegranate has been grown around the Mediterranean region since […]

Category  : Jewish Art, Judaica   
 

5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashanah

Aug 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

1. What does Rosh Hashanah mean? Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” While it’s actually observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, nevertheless, this date marks the Jewish New Year. 2. What Does Rosh Hashanah Commemorate? Rosh Hashanah is traditionally seen as the date when the world was created, more specifically the sixth day of Creation, the anniversary of the […]

Category  : Judaica, Judaism