Category Archives: Judaism

The Three Weeks

Jul 09, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

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 of Tammuz, which marks the day on which enemy forces breached the protective wall surrounding […]

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How Judaism Sees Kabbalah

Jun 18, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

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 treated with the highest level of respect. So where does this discrepancy come from? First, […]

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Judaism’s Solar-Lunar Calendar

Jun 13, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Today is Rosh Chodesh. This literally means, “Head of the Month” and is when we celebrate the beginning of the new Jewish month. The Jewish year doesn’t fall in step with the “regular” Gregorian calendar; we take special steps to make that happen. Summary: What is Rosh Chodesh? Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of the new Hebrew month. Hebrew months are based on the lunar cycle and are either twenty-nine […]

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