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Chagall's Menorahs (Rosh Hashana)

The presence of God is represented almost universally in light and flame. The 7 candle menorah depicted in most of Chagall's work is the traditional symbol of Judaism used year-round in the tabernacle. The 9 candle menorah is used specifically to celebrate Chanukah, 8 for each day of the Festival of Lights plus the shamash, the "helper" used to light the others. Jewish/Russian-born painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was one of the 20th century's p...

Hava Happy Rosh Hashanah! (Rosh Hashanah)

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, the first of the High Holy Days in the autumn. The Biblical name is Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting/Raising a Noise) and is ritually celebrated with the blowing of the shofar(ram's horn). "Hava Nagila"-Romanian/Ukrainian folk dance(hora); lyrics attributed to Jewish ethnologist Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, 1918, derived from the Old Testament, Psalm 118:Verse 24.