High Holiday Prep: Shofar 101

Aug 22, 2022  |  By Abby S

The month of Elul in the Hebrew calendar is upon us, which means now is the perfect time to brush up on the meaning behind your favorite High Holiday traditions! While the story behind some of the foods and rituals associated with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur can be easy to guess, there are just as many that are less obvious. The shofar (ram’s horn) is a perfect example of […]


What is the Priestly Blessing?

Aug 19, 2022  |  By Evelina G

The Priestly Blessing, or Birkat Kohanim in Hebrew, is Judaism’s most ancient prayer, with a powerful mystical and protective tradition. It has been part of Jewish worship and prayer for thousands of years, and continues to bring spiritual and emotional meaning, and capture the artistic imagination, to this day. Origins of the Priestly Blessing This special prayer’s origins are in the Book of Numbers in the Torah, when God commands the High […]


The Meaning of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel

Aug 15, 2022  |  By Mari

The pomegranate is one of the most unusual but popular Jewish symbols, found on jewelry, Judaica, and art, and usually the explanation behind the fruit’s importance is that it is one of the Seven Species or Shivat Haminim as they are called in Hebrew. The Seven Species are the foods that were found in ancient Israel and mentioned in the Torah in Deuteronomy: “A land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, and pomegranates, […]