Category Archives: Jewish History

Explore the Special Stones of Israel

Jan 19, 2022  |  By Evelina G

What are the Special Stones of Israel and Where Do They Come From? Dig in and learn some amazing fun facts about the most special and unique materials found only in the Land of Israel, each with their own unique history and meaning: Eilat Stone,  Roman Glass, and  Jerusalem Stone! Beach resort in Eilat, the southern Israeli city that Eilat Stone is named after Eilat Stone 1. The beautiful gemstone known as […]

 

All About Anointing Oil – in Biblical Times and Today!

Jan 05, 2022  |  By Evelina G

What is anointing oil and how is it used today? From the cosmetic, medicinal, and spiritual oils of Biblical times to modern versions still made in Israel today, learn all about this unique and special practice. Biblical origins Anointing oils were used during Biblical times and in the Holy Temple to purify the sanctuary and make it holy, and were poured on the heads of Kohanim (Priests) and the Kohen Gadol (High […]

 

Nittel Nacht: Jewish Christmas Eve Customs

Dec 22, 2021  |  By Evelina G

Learn all about Nittel Nacht, the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition of games and gambling throughout the night before Christmas Did you know many Jews in Europe had special traditions for the night before Christmas? Called “Nittel Nacht” in Yiddish, it was a significant date on the calendar and is still a custom observed by some today. Learn about the hows and whys, and what it involves. Origins of Nittel Nacht Ashkenazi […]

 

Why Do American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas?

Dec 19, 2021  |  By Evelina G

Jews, Chinese Food, and Christmas Ever wondered why people joke about Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas? Is this a real tradition? Dig in and learn about the history of the American Jewish love affair with Chinese food, and how it came to be popularly associated with December 25th. American Jews and Chinese food Jews have loved Chinese food since the days of Eastern European Jewish immigrants living near Chinese […]