Category Archives: Judaica

Sukkot: The Festival of Joy

Sukkot is a joyous festival beginning five days after Yom Kippur. It is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles after the temporary booths or huts (Sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. The Sukkah Hut Why? According to Rabbinic tradition, Sukkot represents […]

The Shofar in the Bible

The shofar is the powerful instrument made from a ram’s horn mentioned throughout the Bible, as well as in the Talmud and in Rabbinic literature. Perhaps the strongest expression of the supernatural, enchanting nature of the shofar was its role at Mt. Sinai when Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments: “…..And it came to […]

The Pomegranate: The Fruit of Wisdom

This Rosh Hashanah, Jews all over the world are going to be indulging in pomegranates. Largely thanks to health researchers touting the benefits of pomegranate consumption, this majestic-looking fruit has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years. In the Jewish world, however, owing to its religious significance, the pomegranate has never gone out of […]