Category Archives: Judaism

Cheshvan and the Rainbow

Oct 16, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
rainbow cheshvan noah's ark

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 Sarah Gold
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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Yom Kippur and the Book of Jonah

Sep 28, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
Jonah and the whale

The story of the errant prophet Jonah and his notoriously hungry whale is one of the world’s most beloved Bible stories. Clocking in with just 47 verses, Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Old Testament. So what message in this little book is so important that we read it on Yom Kippur? What does a man – and a fish – have to do with the holiest […]