Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Black and Blue: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Today is Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance for those who died fighting for Israel and who lost their lives in terror attacks. Tonight, this day of national mourning will become a day of national celebration as we begin the annual festivities for Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. That the two are connected seems weird […]

Yom Hashoah – Reflections from Poland

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This Thursday, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah – the Jewish calendar’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, the day is marked by a national minute of silence, lowered flags, and official ceremonies held by the Government and Rabbinate. Across the world, communities hold memorial services and give their remaining Holocaust survivors a platform from which to […]

What is the Omer?

Officially known as Sefirat Ha’Omer – Counting the Omer – the Omer is a unique time in the Jewish calendar where we count down from Passover to Shavuot. Counting the Omer is a command straight from the Torah. Leviticus 23:15-16 reads: You will count for yourselves – from the day after the Shabbat, from the […]