The Meaning of Popular Jewish Symbols

The Jewish religion is full of symbols and religious items that hold within them deeply meaningful messages, values and ideas. Some of the symbols are centuries old whereas others have become popular only in recent decades. Each and every one of them represent part of the Jewish journey; part of the incredible history of this tiny people that have always been small in number yet have always been highly influential as far as world history is concerned. We’ll present a number of these Jewish symbols and their meanings in an attempt to give the reader a glimpse of the richness of the Jewish tradition. Continue reading

Ten Lesser Known Facts about Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival celebrated in the winter. Outside of Hanukkah MenorahIsrael, the festival is often considered as the Jewish equivalent to Xmas but this does not do justice to this wonderful festival that is a festival in its own right, with its own history, symbolism and traditions. Unfortunately, as with many other religions, Hanukkah has been commercialized and each year we find another Hanukkah accessory that we “simply can’t live without.” Sometimes, one just needs to go back to the roots and renew the appreciation for a festival in the simplest way, in order to realize the preciousness of it so we would like to present a list of ten lesser known facts about this wonderful festival, in the hope that it will bring back some of the glory to this special eight-day-period. Continue reading

A different custom for each day of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival that is celebrated in the Hebrew month of Kislev has taken on a different character in different communities around the world. Due to the long two-thousand year exile from the land of Israel, the Jewish people lived in different countries and over time these different communities celebrated the Jewish holidays with slightly different twists. Today, as the Jewish people return to their homeland it is fascinating to discover the different customs that evolved around the world in different Jewish communities. Here are eight different customs for each one of the eight nights of Chanukah… Continue reading