Chanukah Blog

The story of Chanukah is a fairly simple one. A typical “they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!” Torah story. The most controversial part of it is in fact the spelling of the name of this chag (Chanukah, Hanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukka etc). However, I feel more...

Kislev Rosh Chodesh Knowledge Bomb

Shalom Chaverim,   Today I’m writing about something that I’m sure you wouldn’t regularly contemplate on or discuss whether it is good or bad – NOSTALGIA.   Now you see, here is the dilemma. Some people will look at this word with a sense of happiness....

The Jewish Ethiopian Festival of Sigd

Today is Sigd, a significant religious holiday for Ethiopian Jews based upon the idea of repentance. To many Jews, Sigd is most comparable to Yom Kippur, due to it being a day of reflection, penitence and criticism. Despite these similarities, the major distinction...

Cheshvan Rosh Chodesh Knowledge Bomb

Growing up I was always aware of a family story that sounded frankly bizarre: our ancestors, when fleeing Eastern Europe at the end of the 19thcentury, had supposedly got on a ship thinking it was headed for New York, but when the ship later docked in Dublin they...

Sukkot

The festival of sukkot can be interpreted in different ways depending on which branch of Judaism we identify with. Traditionally, sukkot commemorates the years that Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God...

Yom Kippur

This week concludes the 10 days of atonement in the Jewish calendar, culminating in Yom Kippur. Whether one practices cultural, reform, or orthodox Judaism, Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and most of us conform in some way to its laws and...