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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Sukkot Fact File

Oct 01, 2017  |  By Sarah Gold
etrog four species

Sukkot – also known as the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles – is a Biblical festival with an amazing range of unique laws, customs, and traditions. Learn all about this special holiday below! What is Sukkot? The Sukkot holiday is a fall time harvest festival that lasts for seven days in Israel, and eight around the rest of the world. The first and last days of the holiday (or first […]

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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 […]