New Year and Novigod (Новый Год)
While most Israelis now recognize the Russian Novigod holiday, over 70% still do not see it as part of Israeli culture. The large number of people who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union now constitute roughly 20% of the population.
Festivals of Light
The sun sets early this time of year, and it is getting darker already at five in the afternoon. Yesterday I got up before six in the morning to witness a spectacular sky of orange, pink, and purple stripes as the sun was painting the clouds…