Passover Preparations: Your Complete Guide to Kosher-for-Pesach Shopping

An intimate dinner scene with a bearded man reading from a book adorned with a Star of David, implying a religious context, likely during a Jewish holiday. In the foreground, a woman listens attentively, surrounded by dishes of food including hummus, crackers, and a glass of wine, indicative of a festive meal.

Passover is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith. Also known as Pesach, Passover is the celebration of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt, as detailed in the Bible. While Passover is a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate their faith, it is also a time for specific […]

Elevate Your Shabbat Spread: Kosher Delicacies and Wine Pairings

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Shabbat, also known simply as “Sabbath” is the day of celebration that begins on Friday before sunset and ends on the following day after night falls. It’s an important time in Jewish tradition and culture, focusing on the joy of family and the simple pleasure of gathering around a meal. The right food and wine […]

Plant a Tree for Tu BiShvat: How the “New Year of the Trees” is Celebrated

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Every year on the 15th day of Shevat, Jewish people all over the world celebrate Tu BiShvat. This day is commonly known as both Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot (“New Year of The Trees”) as well as Israeli Arbor Day because of its heavy emphasis on environmental preservation. Let’s go over the significance of this holiday in […]

Everything You Need to Know About Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

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In Jewish tradition, few items are as precious or symbolic as the menorah. This traditional multi-branched candelabra has been a vital part of the Jewish faith since modern times and remains an essential part of Hanukkah celebrations to this day. During the eight-day Hanukkah festival, an eight-branched menorah modeled after the Temple menorah is used […]

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah: Why Two Jewish Holidays are Celebrated Together

cheerful jewish family enjoying shemini atzeret feast

According to Leviticus 23:36: “On the eighth day you shall observe a holy convocation.” This commandment refers to the day immediately following the seven days of Sukkot, when Jews observe the time spent in the wilderness by those who had been freed from slavery in Egypt. Originally a time of reflection on the holy days […]

Mind Your Mezuzah: Everything You Need to Know About this Sacred Object

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The mezuzah’s placement at the entrance of Jewish homes is an age-old tradition deeply rooted in the holy Torah. This tradition involves affixing a small parchment scroll inscribed with a sacred prayer inside an ornate case, then mounted on the doorpost or doorframe. Much like other prominent Jewish symbols, the mezuzah is a constant reminder […]

The Holiest Day of the Year: What is Yom Kippur and How is it Celebrated?

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Yom Kippur, translated from Hebrew as “Day of Atonement” is the holiest day of the year. On this day, Jewish people ask for forgiveness from each other and receive forgiveness from God for sins committed during the previous year.  To be worthy of this absolution, a person needs to devote this day to repentance and […]

Dwelling in Sukkah: The Origins, Traditions and Symbolism of Sukkot

jewish symbols and foods of sukkot holiday

Sukkot is one of the most important Jewish holidays. It celebrates the fall harvest and commemorates the time Jews spent in the desert while on the road to the Land of Israel.   Since this 40-year-long journey is a highly important part of Jewish history, celebrating it is a beautiful tradition. Let’s take a deeper dive […]

10 Traditional Foods of Rosh Hashanah and The Meaning Behind Them

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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a time for celebration, reflection, reciting communal prayers, and of course, eating lots and lots of delicious foods. The timeless dishes enjoyed during this holiday have been passed down for generations and offer the very best of Jewish cuisine. Beyond great flavors, the meals chosen for Rosh Hashanah […]