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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 פסח, as it is called in Hebrew, is the festival that reminds us
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
WHAT IS YOM KIPPUR? ‘Yom Kippur’ means the ‘Day of Atonement’. That is, the day when we try to make up for any wrong things
Rosh haShanah means ‘Head of the Year’ in Hebrew. It is the beginning of ten days when Jewish people think very carefully about their behaviour during
Shabbat begins as night falls on Friday and ends after nightfall on Saturday. It is a very precious time of the week: a time where