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Passover

  Passover on the 15th of Nissan we celebrate our freedom as Jews. God redeemed our ancestors from bitter slavery in Egypt. After 210 years of slavery in Egypt, Moses told Pharaoh that he must "Let My People Go." Each time Pharaoh refused to release the Israelites, God brought another plague upon the Egyptians. The tenth and final plague was the death of firstborn children. In executing this plague, God passed through the land of Egypt, but "passed over" Jewish homes. Every Passover, we are commanded to read the "Hagada" – (a special book with the Passover story) during the…
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Passover - Seder plate

Preparing the Seder plate requires several hours of work. It is advisable to get other members of the house to help so that the work will be completed before the Seder begins. It is best to prepare all the seder foods before the onset of the Holiday in order to avoid halachic questions. Three Matzot are placed on top of each other on a plate or napkin and then covered. The Matzot are symbolic of the three castes of Jews: Priests, Levites and Israelites. They also commemorate the three measures of fine flour that Abraham told Sarah to bake into…
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Shavuot

 In the Bible, there is no fixed calendar date for celebrating Shavuot. Shavuot is defined as the day of celebration after the completion of the Omer Count: Seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. During the seven weeks we prepare ourselves for the giving of the Torah.  Shavuot is a celebration of our acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai over 3,300 years ago. The word Shavuot means "weeks", It took the people of Israel seven weeks to reach Mount Sinai when they departed Egypt, they departed Egypt on the 15th of Nissan the first day of Passover. Customs: Decorating the…
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Tu B'Shevat

Tu B'Shevat the " New Year of Trees" on the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, This is the season in which earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel begin a new fruit-bearing cycle. Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat. On Tu B'Shevat we eat fruits, particularly from…
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Simchat Torah

 Simchat Torah, the last day of Sukkut. The last passage in the Torah is read and then the first passage in the Torah is immediately read.  There are dancing and singing around the synagogues and streets carying the Torah scrolls: Hakafot . Many people are given the honor of carrying a Torah scroll in the Hakafot.. , the last day of Sukkut. The last passage in the Torah is read and then the first passage in the Torah is immediately read. There are dancing and singing around the synagogues and streets carying the Torah scrolls: Hakafot . Many people are…
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Yum Kippur

  Yom Kippur is observed for 25 hours starting on the eighth day after Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year). Yom Kippur , The Judgment day in which God seals the "Book of Life" is our last chance to demonstrate repentance and change God's judgment. We spent Yom Kippur fasting and praying. On Yum Kippur Israel comes to a complete halt. No cars on the streets, All stores and places of entertainment are closed, there are no television or radio broadcasts.
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Rosh Hashana

 Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year.  "Rosh Hashana" means Head of the Year.. Rosh Hashana occurs on the first and second days of  Tishrei on the Jewish calendar (which usually falls sometime in September or October).  On Rosh Hashanah, God opens the Books of Life and Death. Jews ask to be forgiven for their sins in the hope that God will give them a good signing in the Book of Life for the coming year.  On Rosh Hashana, most of the day is spent praying in synagogue and the most important  mitzvah of Rosh Hashana is to hear the…
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Yom Ha'atzmaut

Celebrated on the 5th day of Eiar, the day of the end of the British Mandate in Israel and the Declaration of state of Israel on May 14, 1948 by Mr. David Ben-Gurion in Tel Aviv. Yom Ha'atzmaut always proceed Yom Hazikaron- Israel's fallen Soldiers and the Victims of Terrorism Memorial Day. An official ceremony held every year on Mount Hertzel in Jerusalem, the ceremony Conclude Yom Hazikaron by lighting twelve beacons (on for each Israel Tribe) and the beginning of the celebrations of Yom Ha'atzmaut by fireworks.  
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The Weekly Parshah

Parshat TzavLeviticus 6:1–8:36 Torah Reading for Week of April 1 - 8, 2017G‑d instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim (“priests”) who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the wholly consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the “handful” separated from the meal offering.The kohanim eat the meat of the sin and guilt offerings, and the remainder of the meal offering. The peace offering is eaten by…
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