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 […]

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Passover in a Nutshell

Feb 17, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The festival of Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. At the same time it serves as metaphor for the freedom of every individual from his own personal Mitzrayim (constraints) in order to transcend the self. By following the special traditions of Passover, we have the ability to not only relive and experience the miraculous Exodus from bondage that our ancestors experienced, but for at […]

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The Seder Plate: Symbols of Freedom

Feb 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The Passover Seder plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods used during the Passover Seder. Each of the six items arranged on the plate posses a special significance which teach us timeless lessons of the Jewish people’s physical and spiritual Exodus from Egypt. Many decorative and artistic Seder Plates sold in Judaica stores have containers intended for the various symbolic foods. Let’s understand what they really mean: […]

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