Category Archives: Judaism

Everything You Need to Know About Shavuot

May 15, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold

One of the shortest and least regulated holidays in the Jewish calendar, Shavuot has surprisingly few strictures and customs. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the holiday! What is Shavuot? Shavuot is one of the three pilgrim holidays given to the Jewish nation in the Torah (the others are Passover and Sukkot). It falls on the sixth of Sivan, the third Hebrew month, and is observed for […]

 

Yom Yerushalayim – Why Jerusalem?

May 09, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold

This Sunday, Jerusalem will turn blue and white once again as we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. It’s one of the festivals in the Omer, the newest holiday on the Jewish calendar, and a very special day – especially for Modern Orthodox and Religious Zionist Jewish communities. It celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem, which happened 51 years ago. Jerusalem is at the centre of Jewish prayer and philosophy. It’s […]

Category  : Jewish Holidays, Judaism   
 

Lag BaOmer

Apr 30, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold

Lag BaOmer occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer. What is the Omer? The period of the Jewish calendar between Passover and Pentecost (Pesach and Shavuot). The 33rd day falls on the 18th of Iyar. The day marks the anniversary of the death of Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century disciple of the famous Rabbi Akiva. According to legend, he spent 12 years living in a cave with water and […]

Category  : Jewish History, Jewish Holidays, Judaism