Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Your Guide to Lighting the Menorah

Every holiday has its own unique traditions, and lighting candles is arguably Hanukkah’s most famous and iconic ritual. This is our guide to explain the basics of lighting your Hanukkah menorah. Who? Women and men are equally obligated in the mitzvah of candle lighting. In Ashkenazi households, every member of the family lights their own […]

Israel Independence Day

YOM HA’ATZMAUT, a.k.a. Israeli Independence Day, celebrates the anniversary of the creation of Israel on May 14, 1948 (the 5th of Iyar in 5708). On that day, David Ben Gurion, Israel’s soon to be first Prime Minister, declared the establishment of the State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate. From then on, […]

Purim: Reading the Megillah

Megillat Esther (The Scroll of Esther), known as the Megillah, is the last of the five scrolls that form the section of the Bible, known as the Ketuvim, or Writings. The Megillah tells the story of the salvation of the Jews in the Persian Empire of the 5th century BCE from immanent genocide. It is […]