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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
Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. Judaism tells us what we should and should not do as it is written in the Torah.
Synagogue interiors, just like synagogue exteriors, vary widely in appearance and style. However, there are certain features which all synagogues share: Seating. Synagogue services are
The Hebrew word for synagogue is not beit ha-tefilah, ‘house of prayer’, as might be expected. Rather, it is beit ha-knesset, ‘house of assembly’, proof
“Serve the Lord with joy, and come before Him with singing,” wrote the psalmist. Music played a pivotal role in ancient Jewish observance. The advent
Chassidic Judaism has produced much weighty commentary and scholarship, yet simple folk tales have always been intrinsic to the movement. The Chassidic masters used stories