What is the Western Wall?

Apr 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Jerusalem’s “Western Wall”, a.k.a. the “Wailing Wall” or “Kotel”, is arguably the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people, where millions of Jews and non-Jews come every year from around the world to pray and to place notes for G-d in between its ancient stones. Why? The Kotel is one of the last standing remnants of the Jewish Holy Temple, also known as “Mount Moriah,” and later […]

Category  : Jewish Jewelry   

7 Things You Need to Know for Passover

Mar 24, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

1. When does Passover begin and how long does it last? Passover begins on the 15th of Nissan of the Hebrew calendar and lasts for 7 days in Israel and 8 days everywhere else. Why? In the times of the Holy Temple, the Sanhedrin actually determined the beginning of the month based on the timing of the new moon. This information often did not reach the Diaspora communities until many […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts   

Purim 2014 Guide

Mar 03, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies in ancient Persia as described in the Biblical Book of Esther. Let’s take a look: The Story in a Nutshell The Persian empire of the 4th century BCE extended over 127 lands, and all the Jews were its subjects. After […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts