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 »
Passover is the most widely celebrated of all Jewish festivals with the vast majority of Jewish people worldwide acknowledging the holiday in one way or another. This year, the festivities begin on Friday evening April 22 and end April 29. For the strictly observant, the routine activities of going to work or school and carryingContinue Reading »
Crowds at the Kotel to receive the priestly blessing Thursday, 1 October 2015 | About 50,000 people attended the biennial priestly blessing at Jerusalem’s Western Wall on Wednesday, despite mounting tensions in the Old City over the past few weeks. The blessing, Birkat HaCohanim in Hebrew, takes place during Sukkot and Passover holidays, on oneContinue Reading »
Sukkah Tuesday, 29 September 2015 | For the Yom Kippur afternoon Mincha prayer and the closing Neila prayer this year I walked over to the Western Wall. At first it was very hot outside, and few people were there. But by the time Neila started, the Kotel was packed and all the variations of JewishContinue Reading »
Synagogue in Jerusalem Tuesday, 22 September 2015 | 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… Offices and schools will send their staff and pupils home early today. Shops, markets and restaurantsContinue Reading »
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