Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

What Makes Israel’s Independence Day Different

Yom Haatzmaut

Most of Israel’s holidays are religious holidays, with the exception of three incredibly important days; Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. These three holidays, happy and sad, were established after 1948 and are a time where the country as a whole celebrates together and mourns together. Last week was Yom HaShoah, Holocaust […]

Mah Nishtanah: What Makes Passover Different

Passover begins this Friday which means almost everyone is in full-swing of cleaning and cooking for this weeklong holiday. If you live outside of Israel, then you probably participate in two nights of the Passover Seder, which brings together family and friends to retell the story of the Jewish people leaving slavery in Egypt, and […]

Purim Traditions Explained

This Wednesday night, or Thursday if you live in Jerusalem, will begin the festive Jewish holiday of Purim. Everyone goes to hear Megillat Esther with a grogger in hand, people hand out gift baskets full of food before attending a lavish meal, people eat triangle shaped cookies called Hamentashen, and of course, everyone is in costume. […]