Category Archives: Uncategorized

Your Guide to Lighting the Menorah

Nov 24, 2016  |  By Shira Goldstein
your guide to lighting the menorah

Every holiday has its own unique traditions, and lighting candles is arguably Hanukkah’s most famous and iconic ritual. This is our guide to explain the basics of lighting your Hanukkah menorah. Who? Women and men are equally obligated in the mitzvah of candle lighting. In Ashkenazi households, every member of the family lights their own menorah; in Sephardi homes, the head of the household lights on behalf of their family. …

Category  : Uncategorized   

Maybe-it’s-not-so-Mar Cheshvan

Nov 14, 2016  |  By Shira Goldstein

This week, Jewish communities welcomed the Hebrew month Cheshvan, which is remarkable only in how utterly unremarkable it is. It is one of just two Jewish months in which there are no religious festivals or fast days. The other is Elul which has its own significance: it is the month in which we prepare for the High Holy Days by blowing the shofar daily and reciting the selichot prayers. Cheshvan, …

Category  : Uncategorized   

The Hebrew Language

Apr 29, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people. It is composed of 22 letters, read right to left, and like most ancient Semitic languages its origigal alphabet has no vowels. However, eventually a system of dots and dashes was instituted to indicate how words were to be pronounced. There are several types of Hebrew script. The most familiar is the block letters used in most printed texts. This was is …

Category  : Uncategorized