Diving Deep into Mezuzah Customs and Lore

If you grew up in, or ever visited a traditional Jewish home, school, synagogue, or Jewish business, you’re probably already familiar with the sight of a Mezuzah hanging on the doorposts. But what is a Mezuzah, exactly? Simply put, a Mezuzah is an object which fulfills the Biblical commandment to “write the words of God […]

The Mezuzahs on the Gates: Israel’s Triumph in More Than Just War

With bullet-ridden stones, Jerusalem’s Zion Gate has a fascinating story. Originally built between 1537 and 1541 under Ottoman Empire rule, Zion Gate became the prominent scene of a short, but fierce battle fought during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, when Arab forces laid siege to Jerusalem’s Old Jewish Quarter, forcing Israeli combatants to retaliate […]

Exploring Rosh Hashanah’s Honeyed Traditions

The first of the Jewish High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah is a time of prayer, remembrance, festivities and of course, sweet delicious food! During this two-day holiday, we celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year with special services (don’t forget your Machzors!), Shofar blowing, exciting new fruits and apples dipped in honey. There’s also a […]