Judaism

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What is Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur is a very powerful day in the Hebrew calendar. While most know it as the ‘Day of Atonement,’ Yom Kippur can also mean the ‘Day of Cleanse,’ for on this day, we are commanded to ‘afflict our souls’ and ‘do no work’ so that G-d might forgive us, cleanse us, and purify us of [...]
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The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah, happens the day after Rosh Hashanah. This year it takes place on September 28, 2022. It’s considered a “minor” fast day, occurring from sunrise to sundown, and many very observant Jews will be abstaining from food or drink. While some view the fast as a necessary “health day” after perhaps eating too much [...]
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Kippah or Yarmulke? What is it and what is it called? What does it mean? The iconic circular Jewish head covering is called a Kippah in Hebrew and Yarmulke in Yiddish. “Kippah” comes from the Hebrew word for “dome,” while “Yarmulke” is a Yiddish adaptation of the Aramaic word for “fear the King,” the King referring to God. If you live in an English-speaking [...]
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The Tallit is perhaps the most recognizable and universal Jewish ritual object, with a rich history going back millennia. Despite its long history, plenty of questions regarding the Tallit remain, even for people who have been wearing it for years! This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Tallit, including its origins, the different types, and [...]