The Tallit: An Evolution in Style

Jan 27, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Biblical Source The tallit, which is arguably the most iconic symbol of Jewish identity, is ironically not mentioned by name in the Bible. So where does it come from? In the Book of Numbers, immediately after the sin of the spies, G-d commands Moshe to teach Bnei Yisrael about the mitzvah of tzitzit: “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: They shall make for themselves fringes on […]

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Shabbat Candles: An Eternal Flame

Jan 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

“‘And G-d blessed the seventh day.” With what did he bless it? With the Shabbat candles”. (Midrash Bereishit Rabbah 11:2.) According to Jewish tradition, the first woman to light Shabbat candles Sarah, the wife of Avraham, who would light candles on the eve of the Shabbat in their tent, and the candles would miraculously burn from one Friday to the next. When Sarah passed away, these flames candles were extinguished. […]

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Israeli Cuisine: A True Melting Pot

Jan 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Whether or not a “true Israeli cuisine” exists is open for debate, however there is no doubt Israel enjoys an eclectic cuisine rooted in the uniqueness of Israeli society itself. Coming from over 80 countries, Jews have returned to their ancient land, bringing with them the foods and recipes they developed during their wanderings over many centuries. These traditions have combined with the native ingredients of the land of Israel, […]

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