Category Archives: Judaica

The Chai: A Symbol of Life

Chai, which means “alive” in Hebrew, is one of the most recognizable and popular symbols of Judaism. Comprised of the letters Chet and Yud, Chai is a Hebrew word which has been transformed into a virtual sign, one reflecting Judaism’s most cherished value, the preciousness of life itself. The value of life has always been […]

Understanding the Menorah

The menorah is one of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith. Originally one of the sacred vessels of the Holy Temple, this magnificent work of art is today confined to the Jewish home, an expression of the transcendent as well as a symbol of Jewish faith and identity. Let’s take a deeper look. The […]

8 Fun Facts About Hanukkah

• Hanukkah is celebrated 8 days, even though the miracle of the oil was only 7 days (the first night was natural), to teach us that even seemingly natural events are really only hidden miracles as well. • The war of the Maccabees was the world’s first ideological war, fought by a small band of […]