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How to Observe Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat is a minor Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shevat occurring on late January or early February. Also known as “New Year of the Trees,” this holiday is often observed by planting trees, eating special fruits and nuts or participating in a Tu Bishvat Seder. Mark this day by eating fruits, especially those […]

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How to Follow Jewish Customs During Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, also known as the “the Ninth of Av,” is one of the fasting days in Judaism. Fasting is done to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. This Jewish holiday falls on the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in Hebrew calendar. Fasting on Tisha B’Av lasts […]

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Basic Guide to Observing the Tenth of Tevet

The Tenth of Tevet, also known as Asarah b’Tevet is a Jewish holiday which is observed as a Day of Fasting. Fasting begins at dawn and concludes by nightfall. The Tenth of Tevet marks the onslaught of the siege of Jerusalem by the King of Babylonia,  Nebuchadnezzar. Ancient Jews were exiled for 70 years, which led to […]

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Gift-Giving Guide for Hanukkah

In old times, a gelt or a small amount of money was given to children during Hanukkah. Nowadays, many Jews have expanded the gelt-giving tradition to gift-giving. This is probably due to the fact that both Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated the same time each year. These days, gift-giving is no longer restricted to kids. […]

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How to Remove Melted Wax Out of Your Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah, a fun-filled Jewish holiday is celebrated with festive meals, singing songs, playing dreidel and most importantly, lighting the Hanukkah Menorah. Each night, a candle is left to burn for half an hour leaving your candelabra dripping with melted wax. What’s next after Hanukkah? Cleaning your menorah! Getting rid of melted wax is so easy. It will […]

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Observing the Eighth Night of Hanukkah

Many Jews consider the 8th night of Hanukkah as the most significant. It is during this night that Jews greet each other with “Gmar chatimah tovah,” or “may you be sealed totally for good.”  Below are some tips to observe during Zot Hanukkah. All eight candles of the Menorah should shine brightly. Light the chanukiah […]

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Simple Rugelach Recipe for Hanukkah

Along with latkes and sufganiot, Rugelach is a traditional dish prepared during Hanukkah. Rugelach or ‘little twist’ are buns originally made by Jewish people in Poland. There are numerous ways to bake a rugelach. Its dough is made up of sour cream or cream cheese. The filling can vary from jam, chocolate, raisins and nuts. […]

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How to Make Latkes (Potato Pancakes) for Hanukkah

Latkes or potato pancakes is a main entree in Jewish parties especially during Hanukkah. Latkes are made from onions and potatoes and are usually served with applesauce or sour cream. Here’s how to make them. Wash the potatoes and peel them. Slice the onions thinly. Grate the potatoes and onions and put them in a […]

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Setting Up the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Menorah is a Jewish custom that is observed during Hanukkah. Setting up the Hanukkah Menorah is one of the many traditions followed in celebration of this festive season. Here are some tips in setting up the Hanukkah Menorah. The Menorah is traditionally set outside the front door of your home. Nowadays, you can […]

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Decorating a Hanukkah Bush

Make your Hanukkah more special by creating your very own Hanukkah bush. A Hanukkah bush is a small tree decorated with ornaments. A Hanukkah bush is similar to a Christmas tree but reflects the Jewish tradition. Choose a bush. Some people use bush shaped plants, while others pick a full size tree. Artificial Hanukkah trees […]

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Tips on Hosting a Great Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah is the perfect time to host a party for your family and friends.  People gather during this time of the year to enjoy the festive meal, exchange gifts, recite blessings and to light the Hanukkah Menorah. Hosting a Hanukkah party is as easy as 1..2..3.. with these party planning tips. Hanukkah is a celebration […]

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How to Play Dreidel for Hanukkah

Dreidel is a traditional Jewish game usually played during Hanukkah. Its name is derived from the four letter letters found on its four-sided top. It is a Hebrew acronym for ‘Nes Gadol Haya Sham’ which means ‘a great miracle happened there,’ when translated to English. Playing Dreidel is easy. Here’s how: Gather some people to […]

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How to Say the Three Hanukkah Blessings

Lighting the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) is the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration. The Menorah is lit every night during the week-long celebration of Hanukkah. This ritual is done to commemorate the ancient Jews’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the temple. All family members should be present when […]

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Tips in Decorating for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an important Jewish holiday. It is the time when Jews commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp that burned for eight days. All Jewish families celebrate this holiday and decorate their homes. Some basic Hanukkah decorations are the Menorah and dreidel. Below are additional decorating ideas to give your […]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of […]

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Lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah

Lighting the Menorah is a primary ritual done during the celebration of Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. A Hanukkah Menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. It is mitzvah (commanded by God) to light a Hanukkah Menorah each night for 8 days to recollect the Maccabees’ victory and the sacred oil that lit for […]

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Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast Safely

Yom Kippur is the day in which Jews ‘afflict their souls,’ and one way to do this is to abstain from eating and drinking. The fast starts at sundown, at the eve of Yom Kippur and ends the following night. After fasting for a day, it is best to eat a light meal.  Returning to […]

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How to Construct a Sukkah in Celebration of Sukkot

A sukkah is an important component in celebrating Sukkot. A sukkah is a hut made of branches similar to the Israelites’ dwellings while wandering in the desert for 40 years. Although custom-made sukkah can now be purchased online, a lot of people still prefer making their own. The first thing you need to consider in […]

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Practical Ideas in Decorating the Sukkah

Building a sukkah is an integral component in celebrating Sukkot.  We entertain family and friends, enjoy our meals and do other activities inside the sukkah during the week-long festival of Sukkot. It is only right that we make our sukkah as inviting as possible. Build your sukkah. Choose sturdy materials for the walls to protect you from […]

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How to Observe Evening Kiddush in Celebration of Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah or the  ’Jewish New Year’ is a festival which is observed on the first and second days of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah marks the start of a 10-day period of prayers, reflection and repentance. Like other Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with various rituals and religious activities aimed at strengthening one’s spiritual devotion. A […]

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How is Yom Kippur Observed

Yom Kippur, which is celebrated on the 10th day of Tishri (7th month of the Jewish calendar), is the holiest day of the year for Jews. Also known as ‘Day of Atonement,’ Yom Kippur is when Jews pray and reflect on their spirituality. Jews believe that each person’s fate for the coming year is recorded […]

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Conforming to the Five Prohibitions of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is one of the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. It is in this day that Jews spend their entire time to prayers, fasting, and reconciliation. There are five prohibitions that one needs to observe during Yom Kippur. These prohibitions are aimed at reducing the focus on one’s […]

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How to Observe Sukkot

Sukkot, also known as  ’The Feast of Tabernacles,” is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Sukkot is considered a Festival of Rejoicing. It is during this time that Jews remember the Israelites who wandered through the Sinai desert for forty years. Sukkot is a time to celebrate and be thankful […]

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How to Ask for a Day Off From Work for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a very important Jewish holiday. It is a holy day devoted exclusively to prayer and repentance.  As you are expected to participate in many spiritual activities, it is important to take the day off from work.  Listed below are few things to keep in mind when asking for a time off from […]

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Tips in Preparing for the Yom Kippur Fast

For Jews, Yom Kippur is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and repentance. One of the primary activities for Yom Kippur is fasting. All Jews are expected to fast as a means of repentance, except for those who will be put at risk, such as the ill, pregnant women and elderly. While hunger cannot be avoided […]

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What to do During Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is a Jewish holiday dedicated to fasting and self-denial. This is when Jews abstain from food, sexual relations and everything that will give them personal pleasure. Yom Kippur is an important day on the Jewish calendar and all Jews devote their day to fasting and prayers. Prepare yourself […]

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How is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated?

Rosh Hashanah is a 2-day festival observed on the first and second days of Tishrei. This Jewish holiday is celebrated in lots of different ways by different kinds of Jews. Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday which is observed for two entire days. Generally, this is celebrated with prayer services in synagogues and festive […]

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Lighting Candles for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as “Jewish New Year.” It is a day of contemplating and honoring God. As with other major Jewish holidays, lighting a candle is very significant during Rosh Hashanah. Lighting a candle is a great way to to honor God, thanking him for the gift of life. […]

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How to Choose Kosher Wine for Hanukkah

Looking for a Kosher wine to go with your Hanukkah celebration? Picking a kosher wine for Hanukkah is easy with the wide array of Kosher wine choices available these days.  From dark, rich reds to fruity white wines, the choices are endless. Here are some things to remember when choosing your Kosher wine. It is best to […]

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A List of Recommended Kosher Wines

In recent years, the demand for Kosher wines have increased.  As a result, many wineries including those in Israel, California, France, Italy, and Australia are producing Kosher wines under strict rabbinical supervision. Kosher wines are now competing with some of the world’s best wines and are constantly receiving rave reviews. Bartenura Moscato 2008 (Italy).  Only […]

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