Jewish Holidays

Hallel

June 29, 2006, by

Hallel consists of six Psalms (113-118), which are said as a unit, on joyous occasions, when the praise of G-d is particularly appropriate, immediately following the Shacharit “Shemoneh Esrei.” These occasions include the following: The three “major” festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, the term “major” meaning that the festival is mentioned in the “Chamishei Chumshei […]

Torah Reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed

June 29, 2006, by

The morning Torah reading of Shabbat Chol Ha-moed consists of selected portions from Parshat Ki Tisa. The conclusion of the reading summarily addresses the Shalosh Regalim, and this would seem to be the relevance of the reading to the day. However, the first six aliyot have nothing to do with Yom Tov; rather, they deal […]

What is Passover?

June 26, 2006, by

Passover is an eight day Jewish holiday, of Biblical origin, marking the birth of the Jews as a people and their emergence as a unique nation in history, devoted to G-d’s will. It celebrates the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago, under the leadership of Moses.

Freedom’s Flag

May 4, 2006, by

A photo slideshow in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut With stripes inspired by the tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) and a Star of David as the common symbol of B’nai Yisrael from Biblical times, the flag of The State of Israel blows in the breeze. First displayed in Rishon-LeZion in 1885, it can be seen here from […]

Pesach in Pictures

April 26, 2006, by

A VISIT TO THE MATZAH FACTORY A Photo Story View Slideshow Many like to take part in the mitzvah of matzah, personally going to bake the matzot. Each finds some aspect of the process to contribute to. Every year, erev Pesach, my father, and many others, take a trip to the matzah factory to bake, […]