As the Talmud says, “There were never happier days for the Jews than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur.” What is it about Yom Kippur that makes it such a happy day?

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The Torah requires a father to “redeem” his firstborn son from a Kohen (a member of the priestly class) 30 days after his birth. One reason for this mitzvah (Torah commandment) is that God originally intended that all firstborn males would serve in the priestly role. It was only after the sin of the Golden... Read more »

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Women's celebration

Rosh Chodesh, the New Month, is especially meaningful to women. It is also noted that women are like the moon in that they, too, have a monthly cycle of renewal.

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Shavuot in Israel

Libyan and Moroccan Jews have a custom to spray one another with water on Shavuot. The reason for this tradition is that the Talmud likens the Torah to water.

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