WearBU Blogs: Embracing Jewish Peoplehood, Identity & Community
In the Jewish tradition, we have holidays that could fill a calendar (and stomachs!) quicker than your bubbe's famous latkes disappear off the plate. From dancing with Torahs on Simchat Torah to scouting out Hamantaschen at Purim, we have an abundance of holidays to celebrate! But ever found yourself wondering, "Is today a Jewish holiday?" Fear not, fellow Jewish-calendar navigators, this humorous yet inspiring guide takes you through the ebbs and flows of our rich tapestry of celebrations, fast days, and everything in between. Buckle up for a joyous journey through history, spirituality, community, and yes, food—lots of delicious food. Let's embrace the gift that is the Jewish calendar, where every day is an invitation to celebrate our shared journey, peppered with a hint of humor, a dollop of inspiration, and a hearty helping of togetherness.
Clothing has long played a significant role in Judaism, reflecting religious identification, social status, emotional state and even the Jews’ relation with the outside world.
Although no specific costume was ever mandated by Jewish law, and no universal Jewish costume ever evolved, certain dress codes have been clearly identified with the Jewish people throughout the ages. These codes were impacted by the geography and historical setting in which the costume developed. Yet, in the confines of a given society and the bounds of limited time, Jews could still be identified by certain particularities of their dress, which were often a combination of local dress with one or two sartorial elements that they carried with them throughout time.