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Dressing up for Chanukah

Although no special garments are required for the celebration of Chanukah, many people dress festively for the candle lighting ceremony and the entire holiday.  Children, specifically, are often dressed in clothes inspired by Chanukah and are adorned with accessories that symbolize the holiday. Wear clothes in Chanukah colors which are white and blue. If you […]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew […]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. […]

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Set up your Menorah

Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and last for eight days. In 2010, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.T here are many customs and traditions which are followed in the celebration of the Hanukkah holiday, and one of the most important parts of celebrating this […]

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Hanukkah Driedel

The driedel is one of the best representations of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It is this time of year that Jews around the world celebrate their triumph over persecution and remembering a miracle that happened a long time ago. Dreidel is a Yiddish word that comes from the German word drehen, which means to […]

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Ideal Gifts for Jewish Women on Chanukah

Choosing the perfect gift for a Jewish woman is easy. The best way to choose a gift for a Jewish woman is to know her interests and lifestyle. Since Jewish women give high importance to Judaism and the Jewish culture, I suggest incorporating Jewish culture and tradition to your gift. Give her jewelry. Many Jewish […]

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Bat Mitzvah Party Themes and Ideas

A Bat Mitzvah is one of the highlights of a Jewish girl’s life. Planning for her bat mitzvah can be exciting. Choosing the party theme, making invitations and decorations, and preparing the food require much attention to make this event a memorable one for the celebrant and fun for all guests. The Bat Mitzvah theme […]

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Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth: Jewish Choco Babka

Jewish Choco Babka is a sweet treat for Jewish holidays. The kids will surely enjoy this dessert filled with cinnamon or melted chocolate. Babka is of Eastern European Jewish origin and is made of yeast dough baked in a high loaf pan. For this recipe, you will need half a cup of warm water, half […]

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The Jewish Bread: A Symbol of Life

Bread has long been part of the Jewish table.  Bread has been a part of Jewish tradition, playing an important role in Jewish cuisine for over a thousand years. Jewish breads have also been part of sacrificial offerings during the days of the Temple. The challah or hallah is special Jewish bread which is traditionally […]

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Birkat Hachama: The Wonder of God’s Creation

According to Jewish belief, the sun was created on the fourth day (Tuesday or Halachic fourth day). Birkat Hachama (Blessing of the Sun) refers to a special Jewish blessing said to show appreciation of the sun as it completes its cycle every 28 years on a Tuesday at sundown. It is believed that the sun […]

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Hanukkah Menorah

The Hanukkah menorah or Hanukkiyah was inspired and influenced by the lamp known to the Jews as ner tamid, (A Ner Tamid is an eternal lamp. Ner is a light, and Tamid is eternal that hangs above the ark in every synagogue) which came with the famous story of the rededication of the Temple after […]

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The Origin of Maoz Tzur

As a kid, my mother would usually usher us into the table, light the menorah and everyone sings the Maoz Tzur. I have always wondered why of the many Jewish songs, we choose to sing Maoz Tzur during the holiday so I’ve made a little research of this famous Jewish song and its significance to […]

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Gifts for a Jewish Engagement Party

A Jewish engagement is an important Jewish event in a to-be-married couple’s life.  The engagement party usually follows after the Te’naim (signing of a pre-Ketubah contract which sets out the terms of marriage). A Jewish engagement party is a good time to bring together the families and friends of the bride and groom. The party […]

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Healthy Jewish Cooking

Food plays an important role in Jewish tradition. Jewish cuisine is best known for its richness and influence from different cultures. Most Jewish food served nowadays are rich in fat which when consumed in large amounts can pose many health risks. Judaism requires us to maintain good health. In Deuteronomy 4:15, God commands us to […]

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The Last Day of Passover

Passover is a Jewish celebration commemorating the freedom of the ancient Jews from slavery in Egypt. During the entire week, we observe many traditions related to the observance of Passover. On the final day of Passover, it is time to aim for the Final Redemption. Here’s a short guideline in celebrating the last day of […]

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Meat Matzo Pie for Passover

The matzo pie is a favorite dish cooked for Passover. You can use leftover chicken or lamb from the Passover Seder. For this recipe, we will be using leftover chicken. You will be needing one cup of chopped onions, two tablespoons of olive oil, sliced white mushrooms, nonstick cooking spray, minced garlic, one julienned carrot, […]

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Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria thousands of years ago. It came with the famous story of the miraculous jar of oil that should have lasted for a day, but burned for eight days. How to Recite the Three Hanukkah […]

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Jewish software

Founded in 1300 BC, Judaism is one of the oldest religions still in existence today. It began as the religion of a small nation of Jewish people in Mesopotamia (modern- day Iraq) led by Abraham, and through thousands of years of suffering, deaths, persecutions, and expulsions, it fought its way to survive and found to […]

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Jewish Stuff: Keeping Kosher

A lot of people, from diverse religions and ethnical backgrounds eat kosher food for different reasons, and others may share an interest in kosher food, but their definitions and intentions of eating kosher may vary. Millions of people eat kosher base on religion, culture, health and some do it because it’s a good way to […]

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Jewish Wedding Canopy

“He is the half part of a blessed man Left to be finished by such as she, and she, a fair divided excellence whose fullness of perfection lies in him.” – By William Shakespeare A marriage is forged by destiny; it should be a new beginning of life and a new starting point for happiness […]

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Kosher or Not: Learn the Difference

A food is considered kosher when it follows strict Jewish Dietary Guidelines. This is indicated by a label or symbol printed on the food package. There are different labels representing a specific agency’s certification that the food has been prepared according to Jewish Dietary Laws. It is important to be familiar with the Jewish Dietary […]

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Jewish Parenting in the 21st Century

Raising your children in the 21st century can be hard. In this modern world, most parents are busy all the time with their own careers and sometimes neglect the importance of guiding kids and imposing discipline when necessary. Discipline is an important part of child rearing. We set limits on our children’s behavior. We impose […]

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Kosher Labeling: How to Make Your Product Kosher Certified

It is a commandment in Judaism to ensure that everything we eat is according to the Jewish Dietary Guidelines. Kosher labeling is one way to determine whether the food we will buy is kosher or not. For your food products to be kosher, you will have to obtain a kosher certification from a Kosher Certification […]

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Easy to Prepare Stuffed Cabbage for Sukkot

Sukkot is all about stuffed food and what could be better than preparing a homemade stuffed cabbage. It is also a custom to serve stuffed cabbage during Simchat Torah since the shape of the stuffed cabbage is similar to the Torah scrolls. Here’s a simple stuffed cabbage recipe which is easy to make. You will […]

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Lighting a Yahrzeit Candle

It is part of Jewish custom to light a Yahrzeit candle for 24 hours during the death anniversary of a loved one.  This candle is also called a “memorial candle” and we light this in remembrance of the life that our loved one lived here on earth. We also light the Yahrzeit candle during Shivah […]

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The Kiddush Blessing

The Kiddush Blessing

A Kiddush is a blessing recited over wine.  Reciting Kiddush during Passover and Jewish holidays is a commandment from the Torah. Here’s how to recite the Kiddush: Perform the Kadeish (blessings and the first cup of wine). Fill each other’s cups at the Seder table. The goblet should be filled with at least 80 ml […]

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The Ten Plagues of Egypt

It is part of Jewish tradition to tell the story of the Ten Plagues of Egypt during Passover Seder. The Ten Plagues of Egypt (Eser Ha-Makot) refer to the ten calamities (blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the killing of the firstborn) imposed upon Egypt by God as told in […]

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The Shofar

Traditionally, a shofar is made of a ram’s horn which is used for Jewish religious activities. A shofar is used in synagogue services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Talmud states that the shofar may be made from any animal horn except cow’s horn or those of a calf. Ram’s Horn – this is […]

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Cleaning the Shofar

A shofar is a Jewish instrument made from a ram’s horn. It is blown during Rosh Hashanah to mark the beginning of the year as well as other important Jewish holidays like the Yom Kippur. It is very important to care for the shofar properly and to clean it regularly. Here are some methods on […]

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The Arba Minim Blessing

It is customary to shake the Arba Minim (The Four Species) during Sukkot. We are commanded to take four types of plants and shake this to rejoice before God. These four species are the etrog (citron), the aravot (2 willow branches), a lulav (palm branch), and hadass (3 myrlte branches) bound together.  The four species […]

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