Category Archives: Judaica

Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday at the end of the year, is an 8 day celebration of thanksgiving. Interestingly, unlike any other Jewish holiday, the essence of its festive atmosphere derives almost entirely from home ritual and customs, including the candle lighting (of course) as well as a host of special holiday songs, games, and foods. […]

Hanukkah: What Are We Celebrating?

Karshi Menorah

Hanukkah is the Jewish “festival of lights”, celebrated for 8 days and nights by lighting a menorah in each Jewish home. Full of its own traditions, customs and foods, it is arguably the most universally celebrated Jewish holiday. But, what exactly are we celebrating? History Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is based on a paradigmatic […]

The Star of David-A Brief History

Jewish Jewelry

The Star of David is a six-pointed star made up of two triangles superimposed over each other (hexagram). In Judaism, it is often called the Magen David, which means the “Shield of David,” in Hebrew. It is the most iconic Jewish symbol, the most recognizable sign of Jewish identity, pride and unity. So where did it come from?