Holiday Reflections: Rosh Hashanah

| September 16, 2009

The Holiday: Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Known collectively as the High Holy Days or Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are the most solemn days of the Jewish year.  Rosh Hashanah (“head of the year” in Hebrew) commemorates the creation of the world.  On Read More

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Holiday Reflections: Shavout

| May 14, 2009

The Holiday: Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai, as well as the spring harvest. Occurring exactly 50 days after Passover, Shavuot (“weeks” in Hebrew) marks a joyous milestone for the Jewish people.  Seven weeks after fleeing the hardships of Egyptian slavery, the Israelites received the Torah at Read More

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Holiday Reflection: Pesach

| March 19, 2009

The Holiday: Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. After years of prospering in Egypt, the Israelites faced extreme hardships at the hands of a new Egyptian pharaoh, or king.  He feared their strength and their numbers, and enslaved them to ensure his own hold on power. Despite their backbreaking Read More

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Purim

| February 19, 2009

Purim is my favorite holiday, and not just for the spinning graggers & delicious hamantashen. The megillah is an inspiring story of Jewish unity amidst insurmountable struggle. When the wicked Haman threatens brave Mordechai, he turns his wrath not only against him, but the entire Jewish population. In response, noble Queen Esther fasts for three Read More

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