August 12 – Yorzait of the murder of The Jewish Russian Intelligentsia

Text from "Seven-fold Betrayal": The Murder of Soviet Yiddish zayn kop loykht-oyf mit zibn likhter ariber zibn mol farrat. er vert tsurik gezalbter dikhter oyf toytn dil fun kazamat. Jewish tradition mandates the lighting of memorial...

Tisha B’Av – 9 Av

This fast day stands out from the other three fasts related to the destruction of the Temples. It is so important because it marks the day when both Temples were destroyed - the First...

Lag Ba’Omer – 18 Iyar

It is customary to be joyful on Lag BaOmer. And though during the Counting of the Omer we observe some of the customs of mourning, on Lag BaOmer an exception is made and it...

Yom Hashoah – 27 Nisan

Yom Hazikaron L'shoah V'l'giborah, or Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, takes place on the 27th of Nisan. It is often known simply as Yom HaShoah; "shoah," Hebrew for destruction, is another name for...

Purim – 14 Adar

One is required to read the Megillah at night, and then again during the day. The Megillah may be read all night till the coming of dawn. By day, the Megillah may likewise be...

Yom Hautzmaut – 5 Iyar

Every year on the fifth of Iyyar, Israel celebrates Israeli Independence Day to commemorate the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. All over Israel there are parties and parades, and in the...

Shavuot – 6 Sivan

Shavuot has several names: Chag HaShavuot (the Festival of Weeks); Chag HaKatzir (the Festival of the Harvest); Yom HaBikurim (the Day of First Fruits); and Chag Mattan Torah (the Holiday of the Giving of...

Sukkot – 15 Tishrei

The Festival of Booths The Holiday of Sukkot (usually translated as Tabernacles or the Festival of Booths) commemorates the Israelites' wanderings in the desert following their Exodus from Egypt, during which time they lived...

Tu B’Shevat – 15 Shevat

Introduction On Tu B'Shevat we celebrate a New Year for the Trees, rejoicing in the fruit of the tree and the fruit of the vine, celebrating the splendid, abundant gifts of the natural world...

Yiddish, an Introduction to Language Literature and Culture

The Yiddish courseware designed by Sheva Zucker is a great tool for High school and college students as well as self-learners interested in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture. Mrs. Zucker has been a Yiddish teacher...