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Lag baOmer – the 33rd Day of the Counting of the Omer Lag baOmer is celebrated on the 18th of the Hebrew month of Iyar,
What is the Omer Period and why do we observe it? An omer was a measure of barley which was brought to the Temple as
Hallel On the first and second days of Pesach we sing the full Hallel (‘praise’ – a collection of Psalms praising God) (in Israel, this
There are three main customs connected with Pesach. One of these is eating matzah. The second is that we are not allowed to eat or
Passover or Pesach, as the festival is called in Hebrew, historically commemorates the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and recalls our
WHEN IS SIMCHAT TORAH AND WHY DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Simchat Torah falls on the last of the two days yom tov at the end
Shabbat is the period from twilight on Friday to nightfall on Saturday evening. It is the most precious time of the whole week in the
A Gift from God What would you do if you were given the gift of being able to do nothing? Where would you be
The Jewish calendar is different to the one we use in Australia (called the ‘secular calendar’ or ‘common calendar’). The secular calendar is based on
What are Mitzvot? The word ‘mitzvah’ means ‘commandment’ or ‘rule’. Rules are like traffic lights – they make life easier for people to live. Mitzvot
A Jewish home has many religious objects in it. These objects are very important in a Jew’s life and they all have a meaning. Here
Eretz Yisrael (The Land of Israel) has always been a very special place for the Jewish people. When the Jews were told to leave Israel