Author Archives: Carol Kantor

Tu B’ Av – The Holiday of Love

Tu B’Av, the fifteenth day of the month of Av, is a Day of Love in Judaism. Celebrating This holiday  has become a very popular holiday in Israel. Tu B’Av, the 15th Day of Av, is both an ancient and … Continue reading

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Pesach – A Chocolate Seder for Kids!

We did this at Beth Am for the 6 – 8th graders and it was so much fun… Thank Erin for making this a success ….   Everything chocolatified and targeted to the kids (of all ages) this fun seder … Continue reading

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Why we bury our dead?

It is from Genensis The First Death: Death as a Mystery “Cain said to his brother Abel…and when they were in the field, Cain set upon his brother Abel and killed him” [Gen.4:8]. How did Cain slay Abel? He took … Continue reading

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Chanukah / Hanukkah / Hanukah

Festival Of Lights – Celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees success fighting against the Syrians (2nd century B.C.E.). Commemorated by lighting candles during each night. THIS YEAR Hanukkah begins at sunset on Saturday, December 8, 2011, and ends … Continue reading

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Jewish Holiday Trivia Game

  Download the pdf of questions or make up your own! Holidaygamequestions        

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White for Yom Kippur

A link to the question of the week – why wear white and sneakers on Yom Kippur.  

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Rosh Hashanah Defined

JEWISH NEW YEAR: Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This … Continue reading

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Havdalah is a ceremony to mark the end of Shabbat! The name havdalah comes from the Hebrew word l’havdeel, which means to distinguish or separate. Havdalah is a ceremony that separates the Sabbath day and the secular work week. It is … Continue reading

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Don’t put the hat on the bed

While it is not certain that this is from Jewish origins, it seems the superstition comes from a time when people believed that evil spirits lived in the hair. This could have been believed from the static electricity that would … Continue reading

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Protecting the Babies

Garlic and red ribbons were placed on the baby’s crib to protect it from the evil eye, or demons. Lilith, one such demon, is specifically suspected of stealing small children for herself, since, as legend has it, she is forever … Continue reading

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