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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
The Hebrew word chai means ‘life’ in English. Judaism places great value on life and the word ‘chai’ has become symbolic of that value and
Challah is the traditional plaited bread especially baked for Friday night and Saturday daytime (Shabbat) and other holidays. Although it is customary to home bake
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What is Chanukah and When Do We Celebrate It? The name ‘Chanukah’ (also spelt ‘Hannukah’ in English) means ‘dedication’. The name of this Jewish festival
What is Chanukah and Why do we Celebrate It? Chanukah is a holiday that lasts 8 days (and nights) and happens every year in late
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
Symbols Chanukiah (Chanukah Menorah) The term ‘menorah’ means ‘candelabrum’ and refers to the candelabrum found in the Temple in ancient Jerusalem. Some people also speak
“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
The letter CHET is equal to the number eight and is referred to as the letter of Life. The number eight signifies the eight days
The term Chol haMo’ed means ‘Intermediate days of the festival’ and refers to the days between the first and last days of the festivals of Pesach