Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

How-To Guide: Rosh Hashanah Seder

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Yes, you read that right: seder! Although the word makes you think of Pesach (and perhaps of Tu B’Shvat), the Jewish New Year has a unique array of special customs, including a seder of its own. The Rosh Hashanah seder takes place only on the first night of the holiday – on the second night, […]

From Despair to Delight: Celebrating Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

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This Sunday night marks the beginning of Yom HaZikaron LeChalalei HaTzava LeYisrael ULeNifga’ei Peulot HaEver – Memorial Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Known colloquially as Yom HaZikaron it is Israel’s day national mourning for those who died fighting for her right to exist. In Israel, this solemn day is observed in […]

Festivals In The Omer

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Passover is over and we have moved into one of the more serious periods of the Jewish calendar. Named the Omer, it is an official countdown of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost), the holiday on which we celebrate receiving the Torah from God on Mount Sinai. The seven weeks of the Omer […]