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The shofar is a polished ram’s horn used in Jewish services at certain times of the year; in ancient times, it was used to summon
Apples and honey On Rosh HaShanah it is customary to eat apples dipped in honey. The apples remind us of the roundness of the year
What is Rosh HaShanah and when do we celebrate it? Looking for a page written for children? Please see our page Rosh HaShanah Explained for
‘Tisha b’Av’ means ‘the 9th of Av’ (a month in the Jewish calendar). It is a major fast day and marks the end of the
The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of the ‘Three Weeks’, a period of semi-mourning lasting until Tisha b’Av (the 9th of Av). It falls
The second of the three Pilgrim Festivals, Shavuot, is celebrated for 2 days outside Israel (and in Israel for 1 day). The name ‘Shavuot’ means ‘weeks’
WHAT IS YOM YERUSHALAYIM AND WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, falls on 28 Iyar. It commemorates what is, in our era,
What is Yom HaAtzma’ut and when do we celebrate it? The name ‘Yom HaAtzma’ut’ means ‘Independence Day’. On the fifth of Iyar, 5708, which corresponded
Below is a selection of poems by Israelis written in commemoration of particular battles or wars. These poems are often read on Yom HaZikaron. POEMS
What is Yom HaZikaron and when do we observe it? The name ‘Yom HaZikaron’ means ‘remembrance day’. It is the day on which we remember those
The Fast of the Firstborn (Ta’anit B’chorot) commemorates the horrific tenth plague that God inflicted on Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. After Pharaoh had again
How Pesach is Observed There are three central observances connected with Pesach. These are the eating of matzah, the prohibition against eating or even owning