Wednesday, 20 September 2017 | As Jewish people around the world look forward to celebrating the festival of Rosh HaShanah, the streets of Israel are already resounding with joyous shouts of “Shanah tovah” (Happy New Year), with family and loved ones wishing one another a sweet and prosperous new year. Sunset tonight ushers in RoshContinue Reading »
Thursday, 01 June 2017 | The rhythm of life in the Land of Promise is governed by a cycle of annual holidays, days set aside in the 12-month Israeli calendar to celebrate what Leviticus 23:1 calls, “The feasts of the Lord…” Sunset on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, ushered in the festival of Shavuot, the fourthContinue Reading »
Friday, 14 April 2017 | The tradition is based on the instructions the Almighty gave to Moses in Numbers 6:22 – 27 to speak a very specific blessing over the children of Israel. Today, thousands of years later, the holidays of Passover and Sukkot see the children of Israel flock in their masses to theContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 | Sundown on Monday ushered in the festival of Passover, the feast that celebrates God’s miraculous intervention to redeem the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt and lead them into the land of His promise. Yet on Monday morning, as Israelis busied themselves with the final preparations before the start ofContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 | More than 80 foreign ambassadors, senior diplomats and international journalists took part in a Passover seder Sunday night sponsored by The Israel Project and the World Jewish Congress. The actual meal was hosted by former Israeli ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, and included guests from a variety of sectors inContinue Reading »
Jews around world will soon be recounting the miraculous story of Hanukkah. The actual miracle of Hanukkah, however, depends on which historical source you consult. The extra-biblical Books of the Maccabees opt for the miracle of the military victory over the Seleucid Empire. Yet the Talmud (rabbinic commentary) relates another miracle. When the Temple wasContinue Reading »
Friday, 21 October 2016 | Thousands of years ago, King David poured out his passion for the Word of God in a skillful song. “Oh how I love Your Torah!” he sang, “It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97). Today, some three millennia later, the same heart of love still beats within theContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 | The rhythm of life in the Land of Promise is governed by a cycle of annual holidays, days set aside in the 12-month Israeli calendar to celebrate what Leviticus 23:1 calls, “The feasts of the Lord…” Some are solemn, dedicated to repentance and rededication. Others are more exuberant, a joyousContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 | Today is no ordinary day for the people of Israel. The frantic hubbub on city streets as a country goes about its morning routine is somehow more subdued. The nation prepares for the Shabbat of Shabbats… Offices and schools will send their staff and pupils home early today. Shops, marketsContinue Reading »
Monday, 16 May 2016 | Some 2,500 years ago, God pledged through the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, SheContinue Reading »
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