Looking for Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim?

Purim’s arguably the happiest of Jewish holidays – a day spent masquerading in costume, drinking and eating with friends, and gifting others Shalach Manot – gift baskets sent to strangers and friends alike- to commemorate the miraculous salvation of the Jewish nation from the hands of the villain Haman.   The ninth chapter of the […]

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 […]