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Ethiopian Jewish Sigd Festival is This Thanksgiving

Posted by challahbackgirl on November 24, 2008

Ma Nishtana this Thanksgiving from other Thanksgivings?
This upcoming holiday falls on an ancient holiday celebrated by Ethiopian Jewry – The Ethiopian Jewish Sigd Festival.

The name “SIGD” is derived from the Hebrew root S, G, D (Samech, Gimael, Dalet)= LISGOD = to Worship.

The festival, celebrated for over 2,000 years by Jews in Ethiopia, symbolizes the renewal of the covenant with God and the Diaspora community’s longing for Zion. It originates from the time of Ezra and Nehemiah and the renewal of the covenant upon the people’s return to Zion from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BC.

The holiday is celebrated on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Heshvan (or MarHeshvan, MarCheshvan).

The Knesset voted in favor of recognizing the Sigd festival as a national holiday in the State of Israel.
How can you incorporate the SIGD into your Thanksgiving celebration?
How about including a traditional Ethiopian Jewish dish in your feast?
Injera (quick Ethiopian crepe)  ( – look for the  Alternate recipe
Other easy recipes on that site:
Mesir Wat (Ethiopian red lentil puree)
Ethiopian Lentil Salad
QUEEN OF SHEBA SALAD (who can resist such a name?)
Would you like a story? How about some music?
Help is just an email or a phone call away 🙂
Sigd Same’ach!

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