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What Are the Spring “Yamim”?

The Hebrew word yamim (ימים) is the plural form of the word yom or “day,” and can refer to a time, a specific age, or a season. In Israel and in the Jewish diaspora, when folks talk about “the spring yamim,” they are generally referring to three national holidays on the Israeli calendar: Yom HaShoah […]

Food and Resilience on Passover

On college campuses and around the world, the Jewish community is preparing for Pesach (Passover), during which we recall yetziat mitzrayim – leaving ancient Egypt, or sometimes interpreted as “a narrow space”. There’s a common refrain that comes to mind during Passover and other Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!” […]

WTSeder?! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Passover: Part Two

As Jewish people around the world observe Passover this month, we’re diving into the origins of the holiday. In the first part of this series, we learned about how to host a Seder – now we’re exploring where Passover comes from, and who decided it was a thing?  The way we observe Passover today has […]

WTSeder?! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Passover: Part One

First things first: What even IS a Seder? Every year, Jewish people tell and retell the miraculous story of the enslaved Israelites’ exodus from Egypt during a festive meal called a Seder (Say-der). In Hebrew, the word Seder means order. A Seder is a structured, home-based ritual that combines a series of choreographed rituals with […]

What Even IS Purim? Part Two: How is Purim celebrated?

Later this week, Jewish people around the world will celebrate Purim, commemorating the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from persecution. In the first part of this series, we learned about the story of the holiday and explained why we love it so much! This final story in the series explores the various ways […]