Purim is March 16, 2022 at sundown

By Linda Blatchford, EtsyChai team

Purim is one of the most popular Jewish holidays for families and children (of all ages). There is feasting and gladness, gift-giving and tzedakah (charity), revelry and drinking (in moderation).

Purim is a holiday based on the Book of Esther. Queen Esther of Persia bravely revealed her Jewish identify saving the Jews from extinction by the evil, Haman, adviser to the King. (Poo poo poo - his name is blotted out.)

Here are a few items by EtsyChai team members. 

Purim by Adam Rhine of Hebrew Art


Purim Tags by Barb of BB Designs

Purim Earrings by Linda Blatchford

by Barb of BB Designs

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Tu B'shevat Jewish New Year for Trees

Tu B'shevat Jewish New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years. The fourth year's fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B'Shevat.

Tu B'Shevat is not mentioned in the Torah.

To celebrate The New Year for Trees, here are a few of my designs:

Sold Tree of Life Necklace Set (Custom Order)

In Israel, Tu B’Shevat marks the beginning of spring in Israel. Sustaining rains are at the peak of their power and the world responds, brimming with buds of fragrant life. To mark this moment, many Jews plant trees by contributing to the Jewish National Fund. (I get no compensation for using this link. It’s a wonderful way to contribute to the planet and plant trees in Israel? 
What new fruit will you eat? Figs for me, this year.

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Updated 1/4/22


Happy New Year 2019

Hope that 2019 is a happy, healthy, successful New Year. 

Have any New Year's resolutions? Please share. 


Jewish High Holy Days

Jewish New Year

Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah) starts at sundown on Wed. Sept. 20.

The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the High Holiday season. 

Did you know that there are 5 names for Rosh HaShanah?

1. Rosh Hashana literally means "Head of the Year" because Rosh Hashana marks the point when we begin the new calendar year (e.g. from 5772 to 5773).
2. Yom Harat Olam means "The Birthday of the World."
3. Yom Hazikaron means "The Day of Remembering."
4. Yom Hadin means "The Day of Judgment."
5. Yom Teruah means "The Day of Sounding (the Shofar)." This is the actual name that the holiday is called in the Torah.*

The Jewish High Holidays mean: 
  • We get a chance for teshuvah (return to G-d), turn over a new leaf and begin again doing the right thing. 
  • We hear the shofar – a wake-up call to jostle us, to seriously taking stock of what we’ve done all year and make sure we are worthy of being written into the Book of Life. “God sits in judgment, deciding whether or not we have merited to be inscribed in the divine book of life.“ **
  • We eat apples dipped in honey to celebrate the sweetness of life. 
  • The challah is round symbolizing the circle of life. 
Shanah Tovah u’meitukah, 
Happy and Sweet New Year! 

Linda B. 

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Originally published in 2014.*Source: Jewish Treats
** Source: A Taste of Torah, by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz
Linda Blatchford
Jewelry Designer