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GRANDMOTHER RIVKA FROM THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM Savta (Grandmother) Rivka lives in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Her house is
This story provides background about Rabbi Akiva, perhaps the greatest of the early rabbis, and in particular tells about his early life before he became
What is Jewish Prayer? Jewish people call prayer ‘the service of the heart’. The Hebrew word for prayer is ‘tefillah’ (prayers = ‘tefillot’). In Yiddish
WHAT IS SHAVUOT AND WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Shavuot is the second of the three Pilgrim Festivals. It is celebrated for 2 days outside Israel
WHAT IS LAG B’OMER AND WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Every Jewish letter has a number value depending on its position in the Hebrew alphabet.
WHAT IS THE OMER PERIOD AND WHY DO WE COUNT IT? In Bible times, the Jews used to take a measure of barley, called an
WHAT IS PESACH AND WHEN DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Passover or Pesach, as it is called in Hebrew, is the festival that reminds us of when
INFORMATION ABOUT PURIM BJE: Purim (Introduction) The Scroll of Esther – Megillat Esther Food on Purim Links to Purim Books, Stories & Songs Akhlah: Purim
INFORMATION ABOUT CHANUKAH BJE: Chanukah (Introduction) Chanukah Symbols & Foods Lighting the Chanukiah Chanukah Prayers & Blessings Chabad Kids: The Story of Chanukah in
WHEN IS SHEMINI ATZERET AND WHY DO WE CELEBRATE IT? Shemini Atzeret falls on the day after Sukkot, on the 22nd of Tishrei. Its name
WHAT IS HOSHANA RABBAH? Hoshana Rabbahh is is the special name for the seventh day of Sukkot. It is the end of the serious time
WHAT IS SUKKOT? ‘Sukkah’ is the Hebrew word for ‘booth’ or ‘tabernacle’. ‘Sukkot’, the plural, is the name of the festival of booths. Sukkot were the