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The Ninth of Av: Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our wish that the mourner be comforted “among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”. It is generally understood that the two are connected because they both…

Finding the Light in a Time of Darkness

Judaism teaches that from the time of Pesach (Passover), until the time of Shavuot (Pentecost) the Jews shall count. This fifty day period is a time of preparation from the time that the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt until they receive the Torah…

Passover: The Holiday of Redemption

The origins of Pesach (Passover) lie in the spring celebrations of the first grain harvest. The holiday celebrates God's great redemptive act of the Jews' exodus from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Together with Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles), Pesach is one of the…

Adar I: You Have Been Vindicated!

This year in the Hebrew Calendar we are in what is known as a leap year or a pregnant year. There are seven years in a 19 year cycle on the lunar calendar that are a leap year. So in these years a whole additional…

Tu B’Shvat: New Year for the Trees

This week marks a significant date in the Jewish agricultural calendar, but for most of us city-dwellers, it would have gone unnoticed if not for the Jewish people’s undying connection to the Land of Israel. According to Jewish tradition, there are four “new years” in…

Month of Tevet: Strengthen My Rear Guard

During this month of Tevet, the tenth month on the Jewish calendar and the first month on the Gregorian calendar, as we start the new year, the Lord is showing us vital truths that need our attention. The month of Tevet is a very interesting…
Photo of Mount Hermon by Yehoshua Halevi. “In the extreme northeast [of Israel], Mount Hermon with its 2,814-meter peak is the country’s highest point. It served as the northern boundary of the Promised Land (Deut. 3:8) and is called in today’s Israel “the eyes of the nation.”  This is because its heights make it a strategic early warning system against always possible unpleasant surprises from the Jewish state’s northern neighbors.” Angelo Colorni’s “Israel for Beginners.”

Bringing in the Month of Tevet

The new month of Tevet might slip by unnoticed, falling as it does towards the end of the holiday of Hanukkah. It should not be forgotten, however. The month signifies the potential which is hidden in the winter. The name of the month, Tevet, comes…
This breathtaking view of the Temple Mount was photographed by Noam Chen. As we all know, Jerusalem is holy to three major religions, watch this video to learn more about the religious intensity attached to the ancient city of Jerusalem.

Kislev: A Time for Leaders

In the last 3 months, starting with the tribe of Gad back in Elul, we have been learning much about how to prepare for battle, be valiant warriors, and finish well. Just like the tribes of Gad, Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, Benjamin was also known…

Bringing in the Hebrew Month of Kislev

The Hebrew month of Kislev is the third month in the calendar, counting from the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana. It marks the beginning of the winter and always falls out during the darkest days of the year. It is therefore a fitting time…
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