Category Archives: Holidays

All About Tashlich – BreadCrumbs

Tashlich – the “casting out” of our sins by throwing bread crumbs into flowing water on the first day of Rosh Hashana – This very ancient custom comes from the Bible – Micha 7:19 – It goes back many centuries … Continue reading

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Shana Tova 5773

Our traditional greeting for the High Holidays is – Shana Tova – ” a good year ”  Typically we do not say “Happy New Year” but that is not wrong it just isn’t the traditional greeting. We offer a wish … Continue reading

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Symbols for the Rosh Hashanah Seder

These are the symbols that you find in many communities to represent Rosh Hashanah. Round Challah, Dates, Pomegranate, Apples & Honey, Gourds or Pumpkins, Black Eye Peas, Leeks, Beets or Chard, Fish, Head of a Ram! “May it be the … Continue reading

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The Shofar Blast

Good link explaining the shofar and its significance at the High Holidays: Jewish Question of the Week – Week #4 (Shofar) – YouTube      

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Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement – Fast day, many special prayers, including Kol Nidre, N’eela, and Memorial (Yizkor) services. Eve of Yom Kippur – Light Yahrzeit Candle, in memory of loved ones who have died. • Traditional to wear white . … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana – Wrapped in the Talit

A Rosh Hashana Tradition from one of our readers: There is a point in the service during the Birkat Cohanim (the preistly blessing) when the entire family comes together wrapped in a single talit – This comes from an orthodox … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana

The Jewish New Year Day of Judgment for the entire world. Extended, special synagogue services and blowing of the ram’s horn – Shofar. Start of Ten Days of Repentance. Many differerent traditions on Rosh Hashana – dip apples in honey, … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Sukkot

Right after Yom Kippur we start building our Sukkah! Sukkoth begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, which is 5 days after Yom Kippur.

The festival of Sukkot, also known as Chag’ha Succot, the “Feast of Booths” … Continue reading

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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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