Category Archives: Judaism

Simchat Torah 5775 – Chag Same’ach!

The last and most joyous festival of the Jewish holiday season is almost upon us – Sukkot finishes tonight and Simchat Torah begins. I shall refer you to last year’s post on Simchat Torah if you would like to know … Continue reading

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Sukkot 5775 – Chag Same’ach!

The festival of Sukkot, the most joyous festival in the Jewish calendar, begins tonight, lasting for 7 days (8 outside of Israel), running straight into the Simchat Torah festival on the 8th day (9th day outside Israel). Sukkot is the … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5775 – Gmar Hatima Tova

(Reposting in part from last year) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is upon us once again, beginning in a few hours time here in Israel, when we will be entering a 25-hour fast with day-long prayer services, composed of … Continue reading

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Shana Tova Umetuka – 5775

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, and lasts for 2 days, until sundown on Friday night. The Jewish year follows the lunar calendar, and the number counts the number of years since Creation. This year we will mark … Continue reading

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Tisha BeAv 5774 – 2014

My apologies for posting so late. Yesterday we had no electricity, no internet (not related problems!) and a close member of the family rushed to hospital all more or less simultaneously. (And it was our wedding anniversary according to the … Continue reading

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Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

The festival of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost) begins tonight, the culmination of the 7 weeks (hence the name) of counting the Omer – Sefirat Ha’Omer. We are instructed by G-d (ויקרא כ”ג:ט”ו – Lev. 23:15) to count, from … Continue reading

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