Friday, 23 September 2022 | Sunset on Sunday evening ushers in Rosh HaShanah, which in Hebrew means “head of the year.” It marks the beginning of the year 5783 on the Jewish calendar. Although Israel recognizes the Gregorian calendar, the biblical festivals and holidays are determined by the calendar we read about in the Scriptures.Continue Reading »
During the season when daylight is short in Israel and sheets of rain are accompanied by frigid winds, the holiday of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) offers a welcome reprieve. For eight days, this lively holiday is filled with the warmth of light, the sweetness of festive foods and the joy of family time. Join meContinue Reading »
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) commemorates the 40 years Israel wandered the desert en route to the Promised Land, living in temporary huts, or sukkot—with nothing but the faithfulness of God to provide for their daily necessities in a barren wilderness. Today, their descendants celebrate Sukkot according to God’s command, “You shall dwell in booths forContinue Reading »
Israel’s Independence Day, Jerusalem. It is well past midnight, but the capital is more alive than ever. From the Old City to Jaffa Street—and all across the country—Israel celebrates. Standing on the crowded streets amid a thousand other revelers, it is easy to be swept up in the merriment. Foreigners and natives alike dance togetherContinue Reading »
Each of the biblical feasts celebrated in Israel comes with its own set of Scriptural instructions, tried traditions and weird and wonderful customs. The Feast of Tabernacles signals seven joyous days of dwelling in temporary booths, and Purim (Feast of Esther) means dressing up in dazzling costumes. On Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) the piercingContinue Reading »
The rhythm of life in Israel is governed by an annual cycle of feasts. The year flows from Passover through Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) and on to Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), infusing the everyday with the holy, joyous and awesome. Yet even amidst a calendar marked with times set aside to celebrate, the three-week periodContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 04 October 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…” Some are solemn, dedicated to repentance and rededication. Others are more exuberant, a joyousContinue Reading »
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 joyous celebration of God’s might, care,Continue Reading »
Friday, 29 September 2017 | Today is no ordinary day in the State of Israel. The frantic hubbub on city streets as the people of the Promised Land prepare for the day of rest to come is somehow more subdued than usual. Today, the nation prepares for something held as more holy and more extraordinaryContinue Reading »
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 »
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