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Candlesticks

The candle is very significant in Jewish life. Fire is one of the basic elements of the world. It is frightening, as well as warm

Jewish Symbols in the Home

A number of Jewish symbols are commonly found in a Jewish home. MEZUZAH ‘Mezuzah’ is the name given to the parchment scroll that is attached

Overview of Jewish Symbols

CANDLESTICKS The candle is very significant in Jewish life. Fire is one of the basic elements of the world. It is frightening, as well as

Jewish Symbols

Welcome to the Jewish Symbols section of our website. To learn about a Jewish symbol, please click on a link in the Table of Contents

'Major' and 'Minor' Fast Days

Over the course of a Jewish year, there are a number of fast days. Two of these fast days, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and

Food for Purim

Hamantashen This is probably the most popular food eaten on Purim. It is a triangular, three-cornered pastry that is usually filled with either a poppyseed

The Megillah

The Scroll of Esther – ‘the’ Megillah, or Megillat Esther The Megillah, also known as Megillat Esther or the Scroll of Esther, tells the story

Purim

What is Purim and when do we celebrate it? Purim is a joyous festival. It celebrates the story from the Book of Esther in which

The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Esther)

When do we observe the Fast of Esther? The Fast of Esther, called Ta’anit Esther in Hebrew, is observed before Purim, usually on the 13th of the

The Tu biSh'vat Seder

Origins of the Tu BiSh’vat Seder During the 16th century, Safed (Tsfat in Hebrew) became the center of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Kabbalists developed new meanings

Chanukah Prayers & Blessings

Throughout Chanukah, one recites the Full Hallel, after the morning Amidah.  Al HaNisim (For the Miracles) is added to each Amidah prayer and to the

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