Category Archives: Judaism

The Haftorah

What is the Haftorah? Traditionally, on Shabbat and certain holidays and fast days, a passage from one of the Biblical books of the Prophets is read after the morning Torah reading, the “Haftorah”. Both the Torah and the Haftorah texts derive from the Hebrew Bible. The Torah consists of the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, […]

The Customs of Shavuot

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that today celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people more than 3300 years ago at Mount Sinai. The Talmud tells us that God gave the Torah to the Jews on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of Sivan which always falls 50 days after the second […]

Tribal Identity and the Jewish Flag

We are so used to seeing various national flags, that we hardly think about them, but did you know the unique choice of colors, design and symbols of a country’s flag make up a carefully chosen work of art embedded with deep cultural significance? Tribal Identity The Jewish people, in fact, had multiple flags for […]