Category Archives: Judaism

The Fruitful Holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for Trees

The special thing about the end of one year and the start of the next is that with each new year comes the promise of new beginnings. According to the Jewish calendar, there are four unique new year dates. Most people are already familiar with Rosh Hashanah, which falls out during the Hebrew month of […]

A Lone Soldier’s Story of Tefillin on the Borders of Gaza

Sometimes known as “phylacteries,” Tefillin are small black boxes made from leather that contain inscribed pieces of parchment written by a trained Sofer (scribe), with long leather straps to hold them in place. Worn on the head and arm respectively, these incredibly powerful spiritual objects are considered by many to be life-changing, but to a […]