Category Archives: Jewish History

Hanukkah Traditions 101

Oct 10, 2021  |  By Evelina G

Now that the High Holidays are over, it’s Hanukkah season! Hanukkah 2021 begins at sundown on Sunday, November 28, and it’s never too early to brush up on the holiday traditions and make sure you have everything you need. Learn about where Hanukkah comes from and the most common holiday customs and their origins below! The Origins of Hanukkah Hanukkah (also commonly spelled Chanukah) was established in honor of the […]

 

48 Years Later: The Yom Kippur War

Oct 03, 2021  |  By Abby S

Egypt’s national airline has announced they will soon start non-stop flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv, marking an important move forward in Israeli-Egyptian relations. However, this week also holds historical significance, too, as it marks 48 years (on the Gregorian calendar) since the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. The Yom Kippur War — also called the 1973 Arab-Israeli War or the October War — began on October 6, 1973, […]

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5782 is a Shmita year. What does that mean?

Sep 29, 2021  |  By Abby S

During Rosh Hashanah 2021, we welcomed the beginning of the Hebrew year 5782. While it may feel like just another year, 5782 is a big deal in the Land of Israel — it is a shmita year. What does shmita mean? How does this affect Jewish communities outside of Israel? Where does this shmita thing come from? We have the answers! What is shmita? Shmita (שמיטה) is a Hebrew word […]

Category  : Jewish History, Judaism