Purim: Reading the Megillah

Mar 03, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Megillat Esther (The Scroll of Esther), known as the Megillah, is the last of the five scrolls that form the section of the Bible, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The Megillah tells the story of the salvation of the Jews in the Persian Empire of the 5th century BCE from immanent genocide. It is universally known as the Megillahdue to the fact that it is the only scroll that […]

Category  : Jewish Holidays   
 

Purim and Mishloach Manot

Mar 01, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Why Mishloach Manot? The festival of Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It celebrates the redemption of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot of genocide. In the aftermath of their salvation, the Book of Esther states (verse 19): “Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the 14th day of the month of Adar […]

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Jewish Wedding Rings

Mar 01, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Mazal tov! The big day is coming up and its time to get ready. The most important thing you will need, besides your partner of course, is… the ring. In Judaism, the wedding band serves a dual purpose: It represents the object through which the betrothal is officially enacted, while at the same time it is a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment for each other, the circle of […]

Category  : Jewelry