The Old and the New Covenant.

The Covenant of the Last Supper is described as “new”. Some like to think it is a covenant to the spirit of the gospel as opposed to Jewish law and prophecy. But such an interpretation runs counter to reality; for the opposition lies, not between the Old Testament and the gospel, but between two mentalities, Read More

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Tisha be-Av: the destruction of the Temple.

    by Sr. Anne-Catherine Avril, nds On this Sunday, July 26, the Jewish people remember the destruction of the first and second Temples. This is the “tisha B’Av, the 9th of the month Av, the fifth month of the Jewish year. Great fasting day with intense prayer. We read the scroll of Eicha (first word Read More

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Echad Mi Yodea: the Jewish song for Pesach.

As the Jews are celebrating Pesach (Passover) during this week, we decided to bring an interesting element that is present in the liturgy. The Echad Mi Yodea (Hebrew: אחד מי יודע) is a traditional cumulative song sung at Passover and that is found in the Haggadah. It lists common aspects of Jewish teaching. The melody Read More

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The Synagogue of Casale Monferrato.

The Synagogue of Casale Monferrato, which was built in 1595, is particularly known for its exquisite Baroque interior with walls and ceiling embellished with elaborate painting, carving and gilding. It is located in the traditionally Jewish quarter of Casale Monferrato, which in the eighteenth century became the city’s ghetto.As in most early modern European synagogues, Read More

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Tu B’Shevat: the “new year” for trees

Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—celebrated this year on Wednesday, February 4, 2015—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land ofIsrael emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.Legally, the “new Read More

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Why is this month so important for Jewish people?

The month of Elul, the last month in the Jewish calendar, leads up to the High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. As a result, it’s a month chock full of holiness and heightened activities that prepare for Jews for judgment. MeaningElul, like the other names of the months in the Jewish calendar, was Read More

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