8 Things You Didn’t Know about Hanukkah

Oct 31, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

1) Calendar Hanukkah does not fall on the same dates each year because Jewish holidays are based on a combination of the lunar/solar calendar, unlike the traditional Gregorian calendar which is based solely on the earth’s movement around the sun. 2) The 2 Hanukkah Miracles Hanukkah commemorates the military victory of the Maccabees, a small rebel band, over the mighty Greek army. In addition, it celebrates following miraculous re-dedication of […]

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Sukkot: The Festival of Joy

Oct 01, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Sukkot is a joyous festival beginning five days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles after the temporary booths or huts (Sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. The Sukkah Hut Why? According to Rabbinic tradition, Sukkot represents the Divine “clouds of glory” which surrounded the Israelites during their forty years of wandering […]

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The Shofar in the Bible

Sep 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The shofar is the powerful instrument made from a ram’s horn mentioned throughout the Bible, as well as in the Talmud and in Rabbinic literature. Perhaps the strongest expression of the supernatural, enchanting nature of the shofar was its role at Mt. Sinai when Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments: “…..And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and […]

Category  : Jewish History, Judaica