Jewish Holidays

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One of Hanukkah’s most curious customs is the spinning top – called a dreidel in Yiddish and sevivon in Hebrew – that is played with throughout the eight-day holiday. The unusual game has a fascinating history and even more interesting rules: read on to find out more!
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Hanukkah may not be a religiously major holiday, but it’s the one most heavily associated with spreading holiday cheer through giving gifts to children and other family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Whether in a secular, Orthodox, or any other Jewish community, people give astronomically more presents on this occasion than any other throughout the year. Where exactly does this [...]
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One thing that sets Simchat Torah apart from other celebrations like Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover is that there are no references to it in either the Torah or the Talmud. Rather, Simchat Torah began as a communal celebration to mark the completion of one Torah reading cycle and the beginning of the next one, eventually evolving into a universally accepted [...]