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  • Passover in Jerusalem: Then and Now

    Posted By Rivkah Solomon on March 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment

    "The very walls shook and the roofs were shattered"; this is described by the Sages to be the atmosphere of singing and praise in the ancient city of Jerusalem during Passover. Not much has changed....

  • The Best Purim Costumes of 2015

    Posted By Rachel Silverman on February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

    Get the inside scope about Purim and the best costumes of 2015!

  • Tu B'Shevat

    Posted By Rivkah Solomon on January 29, 2015 | Leave a Comment

    World of Judaica's Food for Thought: Some meaningful Tu B'Shevat gift ideas. Torah mixed with beauty.

  • World of Judaica Passover Giveaway!

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment

    World of Judaica is pleased to announce its 2012 Passover Giveaway in which a lucky winner will take home a beautiful 14 Karat white gold Star of David Pendant worth $349!

  • A Tale of Bricks and Blights

    Posted By Judy Gibbs on March 12, 2012 | Leave a Comment

    The Jews were slaves in Egypt three thousand years ago, God sent Moses to talk to the Pharoh, My people want to celebrate the offering of a lamb, This is a special holiday for every woman and man.

  • Hanukkah Giveaway Winner!

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on December 12, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    World of Judaica is proud to present the Hanukkah Giveaway Winner!

  • Jewish Calendar Wars

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on April 15, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    How do they know when Jewish Holidays are supposed to take place? Simple. There’s a calendar. But where did it come from? Finding it in the Bible is going to be a bit difficult, since the Torah doesn’t exactly specify how the Jewish calendar should be constructed, or on what it should be based. There are generally two options – the sun, or the moon. The Gregorian calendar is based on the sun. The Islamic calendar, the moon. As the Jewish people are far more ancient than both the Christian and Muslim civilizations, the story surrounding their calendar is a bit more complicated.

  • Matzah, Mitzvah or Accident?

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    If we look into Biblical Jewish history a bit deeper than we might otherwise venture to attempt, the issue of matzah on the Passover holiday gets way too fuzzy for comfort. That’s the way it is with Jewish holidays and the Torah in general. Things look clear, and when you’re in Hebrew school or Jewish day school or wherever it is that you learn your everyday Jewish whatnots, the story is told to you straight out and you can follow the plotline. The Jewish people were enslaved, God struck the Egyptians down with 10 plagues, the Jewish people went free, they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, hence matzah, the Red Sea splits, the Jews cross, the Egyptians drown, and the Jews live happily ever after minus 2 exiles, pogroms, Crusades, expulsions, mass Genocides etc., but more or less everything’s cool.

  • Passover, Birth of Jewish People

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on March 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    Religion, nation, culture, ethnicity, it’s hard to tell what Judaism actually is. The Passover holiday gives us the information we need to figure out the real answer. The question as to when the original Jewish people was born is complex. Was it Abraham, the father of it all? Isaac, the first promise fulfilled? Jacob AKA Israel and the 12 tribes, the first entirely Jewish family? We must not forget that from the moment of Jacob’s last communication with God at the end of Genesis until His appearance to Moses at the burning bush, God was incommunicado.  What was Judaism in the meantime, and how did it keep its distinctness?

  • Purim, Yom Kippur

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on February 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

    When it comes to holidays, Judaism pretty much has it all. Every extreme of any emotion possibly expressed by the human brain has some sort of place in some sort of holiday somewhere on the calendar. And as many things are in life, opposing emotional extremes many times turn out to be eerily similar in their motivations. The Jewish calendar doesn’t try to hide from this danger in human nature (after all, if extreme guilt and drunken partying are so close together psychologically, then people can get hurt, mentally and physically). Instead, Judaism revels in the dichotomous, self-contradictory human mind.

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