Category Archives: Jewish History

Everything You Didn’t Know About the Kippah

Sep 18, 2022  |  By Evelina G

The kippah, yarmulke, skullcap: It’s the most famous Jewish item, yet often one of the least understood. Where does it come from, and what does it mean? Who is supposed to or allowed to wear it, and when? Read on for our astonishing kippah facts! Kippah or Yarmulke? What is it and what is it called? What does it mean? The iconic circular Jewish head covering is called a Kippah […]

 

Rosh Hashanah Customs, Explained

Aug 23, 2022  |  By Abby S

  Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the New Year according to the Hebrew calendar. It is celebrated by millions of Jewish communities worldwide in a variety of ways. This year, Rosh Hashanah 2022 will begin at sundown on Sunday, September 25 and end at sundown on Tuesday, September 27.  While a typical secular New Year celebration usually involves balloons, champagne, parties, and watching the ball drop in Times Square, […]

 

Tisha B’Av: A Time to Mourn

Aug 04, 2022  |  By Evelina G

This year Tisha B’Av, one of the saddest dates in the Jewish calendar, is observed on Saturday night, August 6, through Sunday, August 7. What happened to the Jewish people, to Jerusalem, and to the Holy Temple on this day? Read on to find out more, along with the different ways Jews have been commemorating this difficult day for generations. A Day of Tragedies Tisha B’Av, or the 9th of […]

 

Jerusalem: Holy City for Three Faiths

Aug 03, 2022  |  By Evelina G

You’ve probably heard that Jerusalem has religious significance to Jews, Christians, and Muslims – but why exactly, and how is that importance expressed? What does each community believe about the Holy City? Dive in to learn more about the fascinating spiritual history of the city claimed by each of the major Abrahamic faiths! 1. Judaism For Jews, Jerusalem is the holiest place in the world, and the site of the […]