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
Originating in harvest festivals, Sukkot became centered in Jerusalem. That was not to last.
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.
There are great Passover recipes everywhere. Here's how to pull them together into a seder menu that will please all.
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
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
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.
Once upon a time this day marked the end of a terrible plague. Then revisionism got involved.
The explosion may have been caused by smartphones thrown into the bonfire, British daily Express reports
Authorities urge caution on Lag Ba'omer, customarily celebrated with communal bonfires all over the country
Semiconductor giant Intel brings advanced technology to Israel in a beautiful display at the country's 70th anniversary
A glimpse into a haggadah written for the residents of the displaced persons camp in Munich, illustrated by a Holocaust survivor just a year after the war ended
New community center opens in Tel Aviv with exhibition on South African Jewry; Tu Bishvat seders around the country
Learn how to combine the staple, fried Hannukah snack with the sweet, Far East delicacy
As Jewish households all around the world gather this week to light menorahs and eat latkes, find out how familiar you are with the historical tale of the festival of lights
These eight must-reads will make your holiday complete
The heavily Jewish county in Maryland voted to keep school closed on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for 2018-19 school 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.
This desert is too delicious to only eat on Jewish New Year
Three stories of unconventional – if not necessarily un-Orthodox – love in honor of Tu B’Av
Once a year the national-religious right suddenly weeps about ‘baseless hatred’; the rest of the year they’re sowing hatred against Arabs, the left, human rights groups, the media, the High Court of Justice, and recently even the heads of the security services