Category Archives: Judaism

Yom Hashoah – Reflections from Poland

Apr 10, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein
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This Thursday, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah – the Jewish calendar’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, the day is marked by a national minute of silence, lowered flags, and official ceremonies held by the Government and Rabbinate. Across the world, communities hold memorial services and give their remaining Holocaust survivors a platform from which to share their stories. Another popular event held around this time of year is the March […]


What is the Omer?

Apr 01, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Officially known as Sefirat Ha’Omer – Counting the Omer – the Omer is a unique time in the Jewish calendar where we count down from Passover to Shavuot. Counting the Omer is a command straight from the Torah. Leviticus 23:15-16 reads: You will count for yourselves – from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving – seven Shabbats, they shall be […]

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Passover Fact File

Mar 30, 2018  |  By Shira Goldstein

Discover everything you need to know about Passover ahead of the Pesach holiday! Name: Passover Dates: 15th Nissan Length: Eight days Different Names for Passover: Did you know that there are four different names for Passover? They are: Pesach “Pesach” means to pass over, and this name comes from God “passing over” the Jews’ homes during the plague that killed all the Egyptian first borns. Chag HaMatzot Literally, the Festival […]