Up to Date: The Hebrew Calendar

Why do the Jewish holidays always change date year to year? How does the Rabbi figure out the bar mitzvah portion?  There is an entirely separate Jewish calendar that is the basis for every Jewish holiday, birthday and anniversary, and the weekly Torah portion, (‘parasha’ in Hebrew), along with so much more. This is everything […]

Mezuzah Necklaces

People have been wearing Jewish amulets going back milenia. Some such items are worn as a commandment like tefillin, which comes from the word meaning ‘prayer’ but in the Torah are called word ot (sign), or zicharon (memorial), and as such are often translated as ‘amulet’. After all, an amulet is just a way to […]