Category Archives: Judaism

Sukkot: The Festival of Joy

Oct 01, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Sukkot is a joyous festival beginning five days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles after the temporary booths or huts (Sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. The Sukkah Hut Why? According to Rabbinic tradition, Sukkot represents the Divine “clouds of glory” which surrounded the Israelites during their forty years of wandering […]

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Tashlich: Rosh Hashanah and Casting Away Sin

Sep 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Every year shortly before sunset on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather next to a body of water where they recite certain prayers, followed by a symbolic shaking out of our pockets. This is the ancient custom known as “Tashlich,” which means “casting off” in Hebrew,a symbolic way of casting off the sins of the previous year. Just as the water carries […]

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Rosh Hashanah: Why Apples and Honey?

Aug 25, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Rosh HaShanah, like most Jewish holidays, has several unique food customs associated with it. One of the most popular and well-known has to do with dipping apples into honey, stemming from the age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year. But why specifically apples and honey? Here are 10 connections regarding apples and honey in Jewish tradition: 1) According to Jewish tradition, […]

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