WE LIGHT UP YOUR CHANUKAH

Chanukah, known as the “Festival of Lights,” is, once again, shining on Jews the world over. An eight-day holiday, this year’s first candle was lit on Sunday, December 18, and will conclude on December 26. From the time we are children, we’re told about the miracle of Chanukah; how a small amount of oil–enough toContinue reading “WE LIGHT UP YOUR CHANUKAH”

COME DANCE WITH US

The last two days of Sukkot are actually individul holidays–Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah–and are two of the most joyous days on the Jewish calendar. They are considered major Yom Tovs (holidays), and the same laws as Shabbos apply (except for cooking from a pre-existing flame and carrying). Shemini Atzeret offers the prayer for rainContinue reading “COME DANCE WITH US”

TIME FOR SUKKOT The holiday of Sukkot literally translates to the “Festival of Booths.” It commemorates G-d’s protection as the Jews wandered the dessert for 40 years after leaving Egypt. For a week, Jews are supposed to dwell in Sukkahs (huts), eat their meals there and actually even sleep there. The first two days andContinue reading

SHAVUOT: THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION

The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the greatest event in the history of man–the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people! Every Jew alive–and every Jewish neshama (soul)–gathered at Mount Sinai and heard the Ten Commandments being read by Moses (though G-d Himself read the first two commandments out loud). All of Earth (humans andContinue reading “SHAVUOT: THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION”

CHANUKAH, OH CHANUKAH PARTY

Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, begins this year on Sunday night, November 26. This joyous holiday commemorates the miracle of a small group of dedicated Jews–the Macabees–defeating the superhuman strength of the Greek army and reclaiming the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. When they attempted to kindle the Menorah in the Temple, all they found wasContinue reading “CHANUKAH, OH CHANUKAH PARTY”

SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH

The last two days of Sukkot are distinct holidays in their own right. Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day of Assembly) is the last day we eat in the Sukkah. On Simchat Torah, we finish the last Parshah (chapter) of the Torah and begin reading again from the beginning. Both days are considered most joyous inContinue reading “SHEMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH”