Category Archives: Judaica

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 […]

5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashanah

1. What does Rosh Hashanah mean? Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” While it’s actually observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, nevertheless, this date marks the Jewish New Year. 2. What Does Rosh Hashanah Commemorate? Rosh Hashanah is traditionally seen as the date when […]

Netilat Yedaim: The Power of Ritual

In the Jewish tradition, there is a big emphasis placed on a ritualized washing of the hands at various points throughout every day. Often, a special cup is used to pour water alternatively over each hand, a process known as “netliat yedaim.” One of the times when this is required is before the eating of […]