Category Archives: Judaism

Rosh Hashanah Trivia Time!

Sep 18, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Rosh Hashanah trivia

The New Year is a fantastic opportunity to sit down with your family. But with two full days of the festival (this year three as Rosh Hashanah leads straight into Shabbat) you may find you’re running out of interesting conversation starters. Here are some Rosh Hashanah trivia points to fascinate your friends and family!   We call Rosh Hashanah festival the Jewish New Year, but did you know that there […]

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Avinu Malkeinu | Why is Rosh Hashanah Before Yom Kippur?

Sep 11, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein

You’re probably familiar with the Tishrei drill: At the beginning of the month, we celebrate two days of Rosh Hashanah; the next day is a minor fast called tzom Gedaliya;  and a week after that comes the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This is followed by the Sukkot festivities. But did you ever stop to consider the order? On reflection, it seems a little strange that we celebrate our […]


From Despair to Delight: Celebrating Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Apr 27, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Sunday night marks the beginning of Yom HaZikaron LeChalalei HaTzava LeYisrael ULeNifga’ei Peulot HaEver – Memorial Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Known colloquially as Yom HaZikaron it is Israel’s day national mourning for those who died fighting for her right to exist. In Israel, this solemn day is observed in several ways. National flags at official sites such as army bases and government offices are […]