All over the world, Jews celebrate freedom and miracles during the 8-night holiday of Hanukkah, which falls this year on November 28 to December 5, 2021.   We already know and love the popular Hanukkah traditions of giving gifts to family and friends, fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), but what other customs can we discover from Jewish communities around the...

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When we hear the word Seder, we usually think of Passover almost immediately. However, in several communities, Jews hold a seder on Rosh Hashana as well. Though the order (literally seder) of the ritual foods on the Rosh Hashana seder plate varies from custom to custom, each blessing begins with the words yehi ratzon (“May it be G-d's...

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In synagogues around the world, we hear the call of the shofar, traditionally made from the horn of a kosher ram, on the high holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. There are several explanations as to why we blow the shofar in the first place, especially because Jewish religious...

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