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Hanukkah: What Are We Celebrating?

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Hanukkah is the Jewish “festival of lights”, celebrated for 8 days and nights by lighting a menorah in each Jewish home. Full of its own traditions, customs and foods, it is arguably the most universally celebrated Jewish holiday. But, what exactly are we celebrating? History Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is based on a paradigmatic […]

The Meaning of the Shofar

The blowing of the shofar is the highlight of the Rosh Hashanah service, stemming from a verse in Leviticus 25:9: “Then you shall sound the horn loud; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, the Day of Atonement, you shall have the horn sounded throughout your land.” But why? The Torah […]

Customs of the Rosh Hashanah Meals

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, like many Jewish holidays, includes its share of festive meals. These foods symbolize sweetness, blessings, and abundance, and are eaten as “good omens,” whose names themselves often suggest good things for the coming year. Let’s take a look: Honey On Rosh Hashanah we dip the challah in honey and […]