Is there a Leap Day on the Jewish calendar? No, but there is a leap month! Because many Jewish holidays are tied to certain seasons, a leap month is added every seven years in a nineteen-year cycle so that the years stay long enough to keep the spring holidays in the spring and the fall holidays in the fall.
For centuries, Jewish custom has prohibited marriages at specific dates and times during the Jewish year.
At the end of the week of Passover , a fifth question arises as we look at the Torah portion for this week: Why is this week different from all other weeks?
When the seder falls on Friday evening, we acknowledge both Shabbat and the holiday of Passover.
Many have incorporated new rituals as part of the Passover seder. Many seder plates include an orange, which is attributed to Susannah Heschel, professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College. Heschel included an orange in recognition of gay and lesbian Jews, and others who are marginalized in the Jewish community.
The best way to begin observing Shabbat is by starting small and adding to your Shabbat observance as you grow more comfortable. If you are interested in ritual, try learning the blessings of the Shabbat table .
Though both Purim and Halloween share the custom of dressing in costume, that is about all the two holidays have in common.
In Leviticus, chapter 19, verses 14, we are taught, “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind.”
The custom of covering one’s head is based on custom, a minhag, that first appeared during the Rabbinic Period (roughly, from the beginning of the Common Era to 500 C.E.).
The ancient prohibition against doing so is based upon the conception of suicide as the conscious and willful taking of one’s life.