How ‘the Sylvester’ on December 31 became one of the favorite holidays for some Israelis and why so many other Israelis hate it with a passion
The ancient Israelites, led by Judas Maccabeus, did vanquish the oppressor Antiochus - but Greek rule would only be shaken off 20 years later under Judas' younger brother. A must-read before the holiday begins
Local authorities organize the events, but the Jewish Culture Department of the Ministry for Higher Education funds and advertises them. Channel 20 will air eight performances for children, all of which will feature only men
Nowhere does the Torah mention a redeemer known as the Messiah who will appear at the end of history. The origin of this belief stems from somewhere else entirely
Originating in harvest festivals, Sukkot became centered in Jerusalem. That was not to last.
And if you can’t follow these simple suggestions, see Tip No. 11 - before you start the fast.
This desert is too delicious to only eat on Jewish New Year
Much of today's traditions originated with Babylonian worship, and you have to read this to believe how a calf's head morphed into gefilte fish.
Contrary to what the religious observant feared, prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be held as usual but in smaller groups
Dying for the Golden Calf? Celebrating tribal intermarriage? Or, simply, marking the summer equinox? Whatever its origin, latter-day Zionists liked this holiday.
Once upon a time this day marked the end of a terrible plague. Then revisionism got involved.
Apples aren't just for Rosh Hashana: Grate them right and get a parve seder cake that isn't different from all other cakes.
There are great Passover recipes everywhere. Here's how to pull them together into a seder menu that will please all.
Do you think hazeret is something you say to a sneezing German? Or that the shank bone’s connected to the knee bone? You need our Passover primer, identifying the foods you’ll find on a seder plate, and why.
Of 34 performances that included female performers this holiday season in Israel, nearly half were directed at female-only audiences
Modern tradition assumes Hanukkah candles were born with the holiday but Josephus hadn’t heard of them: It seems we borrowed them from the pagan Saturnalia
One of the highlights of the Yiddish New York Festival will be the remarkable photography display called 'Hanukkah in Mea Shearim'
The Festival of Tabernacles is about showing the bounty of the year’s final harvest. In the United States, squash are a classic symbol of that
The Bible ties building booths on Sukkot to Exodus, but another explanation may lie in ancient Ugaritic tablets about a Canaanite supplication to Baal.
Even if you feel like you could eat the whole table after the 25-hour fast, both nutritionists and traditionalists agree - light and sweet is the way to go.
Different people wrote different portions at different times, for instance - the ancient 'Four Questions' changed when Jews eschewed sacrifice.
Something borrowed, something Lent? The custom seems to have arisen in 13th century Italy, as festivities and masquerading escalated towards Shrove Tuesday
The law allows students of all faiths to be absent on any day in which work is prohibited. Jewish students have previously had difficulties balancing Shabbat and academic exams
In the nationwide strike over violence against women, we saw that the true miracle of Hanukkah is tikvat hinam, baseless optimism, hope without just cause
The news agency, which covers the Catholic church, mistakenly tweeted a picture of the Arch of Titus which celebrates the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., and later apologized
Warning: Israelis wear their gas masks while grating horseradish to make gefilte fish with chrein
Every ethnic group has its own traditional festive dishes for Rosh Hashanah. We found home cooks happy to share their holiday favorites.
Haaretz's food specialist Vered Guttman curates four menus for you to wow your Jewish New Year guests.