Jewish Holidays – General

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Sefirat HaOmer – Torah In Haiku

To count the omer … You need a minyan of hands … Seven weeks, plus one — Starting on the second night of Passover we count seven weeks, a period called the omer. The fiftieth day is Shavuot (literally “weeks”) the only holiday in the Torah whose date is not mentioned. Rather it is determined […]

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Shabbat Zachor / Purim – Torah in Haiku

It’s Shabbat Zachor … We remember Amalek … Haman’s ancestor ——- This week is Shabbat Zachor (Shabbat of Remembrance), one of the special Shabbatot leading up to Passover. In addition to the regular Torah portion (Tzav) we conclude with a maftir reading, Deuteronomy 25:17-19. These verses tell us to do something difficult – remember what […]

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Holidays According to Torah

The Torah portion Emor (Book of Leviticus) tells of the rituals the Israelites were to follow to be holy. It re-emphasized the importance of the holiness of the priests, the sacrifice and the tabernacle…. Then, with verse 23:1 we are told about HOLY TIMES … the fixed times of the year which should always be […]

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