Sukkot is one of three Jewish holidays known as the pilgrimage festivals. In ancient Israel at this time of the year, throngs of people would make a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem so that the priests could offer sacrifices to God on their behalf. Like the other pilgrimage holidays, Sukkot has both an agricultural […]
Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins today at sundown. The holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar, it marks the end of the Days of Awe, a ten-day cycle during the Jewish High Holidays that begins with the Jewish New Year at Rosh Hashanah. The holiday is observed with a day […]
As Rosh Hashanah approaches to mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year, you might be lucky enough to find your mailbox filled with cards wishing you a sweet and happy 5777. The tradition of sending these cards began in Europe in the early 19th century and continues to this day.