Category Archives: Judaism

The Customs of Shavuot

May 12, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that today celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people more than 3300 years ago at Mount Sinai. The Talmud tells us that God gave the Torah to the Jews on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of Sivan which always falls 50 days after the second night of Passover. In Biblical times, Shavuot also was one of the three pilgrimage festivals […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts, Judaism   
 

Tribal Identity and the Jewish Flag

Apr 12, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

We are so used to seeing various national flags, that we hardly think about them, but did you know the unique choice of colors, design and symbols of a country’s flag make up a carefully chosen work of art embedded with deep cultural significance? Tribal Identity The Jewish people, in fact, had multiple flags for thousands of years. The Torah (Num. 2:2) describes how the Israelites encamped in the wilderness, […]

Category  : Judaism   
 

A Brief History of the Temple Mount

Jan 15, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Bible The Biblical history of the Temple Mount’s (Moriah) begins with the story of the Binding of Isaac. G-d said to Abraham, “Take your son, your only son whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as an offering on one of the Mountains which I will tell you” (Genesis 22:2). Abraham called the place “the Mountain where G-d is seen” (Genesis 22:14). […]

Category  : Jewish History, Judaism