Experience Sukkot’s Priestly Blessing

Experience Sukkot’s Priestly Blessing

I have always taken great pride in my family tradition, passed along from father to son for countless generations, that I am a ‘Kohen,” a direct descendant of Aaron the High Priest. Every morning at the synagogue, I have the cherished opportunity to bless the other...
Who is Gedalia and why do Jews fast for him?

Who is Gedalia and why do Jews fast for him?

Archaeologists in Israel uncovered evidence from nearly three thousand years ago, proving the existence of Gedaliah, a relatively minor character mentioned in the Bible, whose life is still commemorated till this very day by Jews every year through an annual fast day....
The date is a symbol of strength and righteousness

The date is a symbol of strength and righteousness

צַדִּיק כַּתָּמָר יִפְרָח כְּאֶרֶז בַּלְּבָנוֹן יִשְׂגֶּה tza-DEEK ka-ta-MAR yif-RAKH k’-E-rez ba-l’-va-NON yis-GEH The date is one of the seven special species of the Land of Israel (Deuteronomy 8:8). Like each of the other species, the date, which grows...