Category Archives: Judaism

Chag HaSigd – The Sigd Festival

Nov 12, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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Chag HaSigd – the Festival of Sigd – is an Ethiopian-Jewish holiday which this year falls on Shabbat November 18th and will be celebrated on the preceding Thursday. It has been a national Israeli holiday since 2008. Celebrated by the Beita Yisrael (Beta Israel) community, it’s one of the least-known and most-interesting festivals in the Jewish calendar. What is Chag HaSigd? Its name, Sigd, is from the root √sgd, which means […]

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Cheshvan and the Rainbow

Oct 16, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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The Jewish calendar is chock full of feasts and fasts, but one page in the calendar has remained conspicuously empty throughout the millennia: Cheshvan. Cheshvan follows Tishrei, which is jam-packed with some of the most significant events in the Jewish year (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah), as well as some of the smaller ones (the Fast of Gedaliah, Hoshana Rabba). It precedes Kislev, the winter month […]

 

Sukkot: Lulav and Etrog

Oct 03, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Lulav and Etrog Four Species

Like we mentioned in our Sukkot Fact File post, the Four Species is one of the commandments which are completely unique to Sukkot. Why do we shake the lulav and etrog? In Leviticus 23:40, the Jewish nation is commanded: You shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of a beautiful tree, date branches, thick branches, and spring willows, and you will celebrate before the Lord our God […]

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