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 […]

 

This Week’s Torah Portion: Bereishit

Oct 12, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
adam and eve garden of eden

Name: Bereishit Reading: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 Haftarah Reading: Isiah 42:5 – 43:10 Parsha Summary – Bereishit Creation of the World God creates the whole world in six days. Day One: light and dark, which He names day and night Day Two: a separation between the waters of heaven and earth Day Three: the oceans and dry land; plants including grass and fruit trees Day Four: the cosmos: sun, moon, stars, […]

 

What do we eat on Sukkot?

Oct 08, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
butternut squash and pumpkin

Many of the Jewish holidays are defined by their culinary traditions. Passover is characterized by its strict dietary laws and myriad matzahs, Rosh Hashanah is renowned for its apples and honey, and summery Shavuot is a celebration of dairy delights. From a culinary perspective, Sukkot is an oddity. There are no food-related laws related to this week-long fall holiday, and – unusually for Jewish festivals – it hasn’t evolved any […]