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The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah, happens the day after Rosh Hashanah. This year it takes place on September 28, 2022. It’s considered a “minor” fast day, occurring from sunrise to sundown, and many very observant Jews will be abstaining from food or drink. While some view the fast as a necessary “health day” after perhaps eating too much [...]
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The Priestly Blessing, or Birkat Kohanim in Hebrew, is Judaism’s most ancient prayer, with a powerful mystical and protective tradition. It has been part of Jewish worship and prayer for thousands of years, and continues to bring spiritual and emotional meaning, and capture the artistic imagination, to this day. Origins of the Priestly Blessing This special prayer’s origins are in the Book of Numbers [...]
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The pomegranate is one of the most unusual but popular Jewish symbols, found on jewelry, Judaica, and art, and usually the explanation behind the fruit’s importance is that it is one of the Seven Species or Shivat Haminim as they are called in Hebrew. The Seven Species are the foods that were found in ancient Israel and mentioned in the Torah in Deuteronomy: “A land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, and [...]
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Symbolic depictions of each of the 12 Biblical Tribes of Israel Curious about the famous Biblical 12 Tribes of Israel? We have your primer on their origins, their significance and symbolism today, and who are their modern descendants! Biblical Origins The Tribes of Israel, or in Hebrew Shivtei Yisrael, were the descendants of the 12 sons of our Biblical patriarch [...]

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