Category Archives: Judaica

Diving Deep into Mezuzah Customs and Lore

If you grew up in, or ever visited a traditional Jewish home, school, synagogue, or Jewish business, you’re probably already familiar with the sight of a Mezuzah hanging on the doorposts. But what is a Mezuzah, exactly? Simply put, a Mezuzah is an object which fulfills the Biblical commandment to “write the words of God […]

The Mezuzahs on the Gates: Israel’s Triumph in More Than Just War

With bullet-ridden stones, Jerusalem’s Zion Gate has a fascinating story. Originally built between 1537 and 1541 under Ottoman Empire rule, Zion Gate became the prominent scene of a short, but fierce battle fought during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, when Arab forces laid siege to Jerusalem’s Old Jewish Quarter, forcing Israeli combatants to retaliate […]

Judaicapedia: What Is A Ketubah?

Ketubah

Right before the Jewish wedding ceremony, usually during the time of the reception, the groom and two witnesses sign a special wedding contract called a ketubah. A ketubah is a Jewish wedding contract written in Aramaic, the legal language of Judaism, and states the husband’s obligations to the wife. The ketubah is later read out […]