Category Archives: Judaism

The Fast of Gedaliah

The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah, happens the day after Rosh Hashanah. Why is it after two days of eating probably too much challah, honey cake and of course, apples and honey, are we met with a dawn-to-dusk fast day? Some view it as a health day, after all, who really wants to keep […]

The Three Weeks

We are currently in a very serious time in the Jewish calendar. Known as the Three Weeks, it is a time of commemoration for the destruction of the holy Temples. The Three Weeks are framed by two fast days and consist of the time in between them. They begin with Shiva Asar BeTammuz, the 17th […]

How Judaism Sees Kabbalah

Kabbalah is a little bit of a controversial topic. Some believe it to be a potent source of religious symbolism; some people regard it with cynicism; others – including many Christian sects – believe it to be a source of evil, magic, or devilry. However, in Judaism, Kabbalah and the ideas it espouses are often […]