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Important Dates In Judaism

Historically the most important dates in Judaism began around 5772 years ago, although these dates are not always agreed to by all. Around 4115 years ago, the creation occurred. Then the Flood came around 3824 years ago. Abraham was born 3324 years ago. God created the Torah and gave it to Abraham as His law for the people of Israel around 2843 [...]

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A Brief History Of Early Jewish Art

A Brief History Of Early Jewish Art Up until the 18 th century, Rabbinical authorities believed that visual Jewish art was prohibited by the Second Commandment. Around this time visual Jewish art qualified as “graven images” and Jewish artists were rare until they were found living within assimilated European communities. Despite early religious community fears that the art could be used for [...]

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The Meaning of Chai

Chai (pronounced [xai], occasionally [ħai]) is a symbol and word that figures prominently in Jewish culture and consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet Het (ח) and Yod (י). In the Hebrew language, the word chai (חַי) spelled by these two letters means "living," is related to the term for "life," chaim, and also [...]

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Celebrating Chanukah

Centuries ago, following the defeat of Greek ruler, King Antiochius, a Jewish priest named Judas Maccabbee reclaimed and rededicated the Second Temple of the Jewish people. Putting an end to the tyranny of the King was a grand feat. To purify the Temple during rededication, a single lamp was lit in the Temple, although there [...]

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An Introduction to the Jewish Prayer Shawl

Tallit or the Jewish prayer shawl is one of the many important religious items used by the Jews. The Jews wear it over their outer clothes to cover heads during morning prayers, Shacharit, as well through the other prayers too. The textual reference of the shawl however suggests that the Tallit must be worn only [...]

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About Jewish Holidays

The many holidays that the Jewish community celebrates year round are very much the part of Jewish religion.  The holidays have both religious and cultural significance. Jewish holidays are full of rituals and Jews, as they stay very rooted to their culture, observe the holidays very solemnly.Jewish holidays can be categorized as major, minor and [...]

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Shema Yisrael: What is the Meaning Behind the Famous Jewish Prayer?

In the year 1945 a rabbi named Eliezer Silver was sent to Europe. His purpose was to help gather and collect any Jewish children that were hidden during the Holocaust. Typically, most of these children were hidden by being placed with non-Jewish families. Naturally, the biggest question that people ask when they hear this story [...]

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