Israel’s Unique Memorial Day & Independence Day

Israel’s Independence Day, or Yom HaAtzmaut, is on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. However, Israelis are first commemorating Yom HaZikaron on the day before – Monday, May 13 – as the country’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This day of mourning before celebration has always been Israel’s uniquely poignant way of marking […]

Jewish Holidays 2024: What’s Coming Up Next & What You Need to Know

While most of the world goes by the Gregorian calendar, Jewish holidays and time are measured in an entirely different way. The Hebrew calendar (also known as the Jewish calendar) is a lunar calendar that dates back thousands of years; many of the months and occasions that comprise the calendar can be found in the Torah.  According […]

Preparing for Bedikat Chametz: Passover 2024

Bedikat Chametz is a mitzvah that involves checking the house for chametz (referring to all types of grain that could be or already are leavened) for the last time before Passover. This is done after the house has already been cleaned of its bread, oats, crumbs etc., which is pretty easy since the bedikat chametz […]

Who Were the Maccabees?

The Maccabees have made a lasting impact on Jewish and global history, but much of their story is taught as like a myth. For even before the modern state of Israel, the Maccabees were a symbol of Jewish resistance in the face of non-Jewish oppressors and when Israel was established in the mid-20th century, they […]