Jewish artist/designer Hyla Shifra Bolsta presents the Mourner's Kaddish accompanied by extraordinarily beautiful artwork and insightful interpretations.
As a parent, it is your job to teach your children about your religion's holidays and traditions. Here is how to teach your children about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
One of the Old Testament period's more thrilling adventure tales concerns a follower of Yahweh who took a great risk to save a city from an invading Assyrian army. With nothing more than a keen mind this pious believer thwarted an invasion. The story, though, was not considered canonical by the Hebrews who compiled the texts comprising the Old Testament because the tale's heroic figure was a woman.
As a child growing up in the 1970’s, Hanukkah was a very low key event in my home. A minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it was treated as such. There were no big family gatherings to celebrate Hanukkah-that only occurred on important Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Passover. There were no decorations; such things did not exist!
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Just like the Biblical Adam, the Hebrew god Yahweh had a wife. Her name was Asherah. But, as was typical of a patriarchal society, she was written out of the Biblical record. However, her presence would clarify many Biblical passages, such as "Let us create them in our image . . . " if it can be understood to include a goddess-wife as a co-creator.
Jews around the world celebrate Chanukah by lighting Chanukah menorahs during the eight day Festival of Lights. Known as a “chanukiah”, the Chanukah menorah is different from a standard menorah. A regular menorah has seven candles-six on each side and one in the middle. A Chanukiah has nine candle holders, one for each night of Chanukah and the “shamash” or helper candle.
Ask a Gentile (non-Jewish person) what Hanukah is and they will most likely reply with a question; "Is it the Jewish Christmas?" While the answer to that is no, the response is understandable as this minor Jewish celebration often falls close in the calendar year to Christmas and it includes gifts, bright lights, and food.