5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashanah

Aug 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

1. What does Rosh Hashanah mean? Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” While it’s actually observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, nevertheless, this date marks the Jewish New Year. 2. What Does Rosh Hashanah Commemorate? Rosh Hashanah is traditionally seen as the date when the world was created, more specifically the sixth day of Creation, the anniversary of the […]

Category  : Judaica, Judaism   
 

Tu B’ Av: The Jewish Holiday of Love

Aug 01, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The first mention of Tu b’Av (15th of the Hebrew month of Av) as a special day in Jewish sources is in the Mishnah (end of the 2nd century): Said Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel: There were no greater celebrations for Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. (Talmud, Taanit 26b). According to the Talmud, on the 15th of Av the daughters of ancient Israel would go out dressed […]

Category  : Judaism   
 

City of David: The Birthplace of Jerusalem

Jul 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The City of David is the site of the birthplace of Jerusalem, where 3,000 years ago King David captured the city from the Jebusites, turning it into the capital of what would soon become an Israelite empire. Today, this same City of David is an extraordinary archeology wonderland, where each discovery is an authentic testament to the history of ancient Jerusalem. Excavations began in the 19th century, and since then […]

Category  : Jewish History, Jewish Jewelry