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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...

Chanukah – 25 Kislev

The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication," and it refers to the purifying and re-dedication of the Temple after the Maccabees arose victorious over their Assyrian oppressors. Jewish tradition offers two reasons for this wonderful...

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...

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...

Shemini Atzeret – 22 Tishrei

Shemini Atzeret falls immediately after the holiday of Sukkot. Although its name implies that it is part of Sukkot ("Shemini" means eighth, hence implying that the holiday is the eighth day of Sukkot), Shemini...

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...

The Psychological Wisdom of the High Holy Days

It is no wonder that so many Jews associate Judaism with pain, suffering, and guilt. Quite apart from the history of oppression that shapes many Jews' perception of the world, the fact is that...

Pesach (Passover) – 15 Nisan

"In the past our ancestors were worshippers of idols, but G-d has since brought us near to serve him." "We were slaves unto Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord our G-d brought us out...