The Customs of Shavuot

May 12, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that today celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people more than 3300 years ago at Mount Sinai. The Talmud tells us that God gave the Torah to the Jews on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of Sivan which always falls 50 days after the second night of Passover. In Biblical times, Shavuot also was one of the three pilgrimage festivals […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts, Judaism   

The Hebrew Language

Apr 29, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people. It is composed of 22 letters, read right to left, and like most ancient Semitic languages its origigal alphabet has no vowels. However, eventually a system of dots and dashes was instituted to indicate how words were to be pronounced. There are several types of Hebrew script. The most familiar is the block letters used in most printed texts. This was is […]

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Israel Independence Day

Apr 19, 2015  |  By Arik Barel

YOM HA’ATZMAUT, a.k.a. Israeli Independence Day, celebrates the anniversary of the creation of Israel on May 14, 1948 (the 5th of Iyar in 5708). On that day, David Ben Gurion, Israel’s soon to be first Prime Minister, declared the establishment of the State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate. From then on, this day has been national holiday, celebrated both in Israel and around the world. One […]

Category  : Jewish Holidays