For the Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday, which was celebrated worldwide this past Wednesday, I decided to go with my family to Jerusalem. Although we moved away from Jerusalem three years ago to less-populated and nature-oriented northern Israel, my heart still remains in Jerusalem. Prior to each holiday my soul yearns to return to this city that has always been at the center of religious experience.
Fortunately, my father lives in Jerusalem, so my family packed into his tiny apartment to celebrate the giving of the Torah, which Jews remember on Pentecost. I joined my father in the synagogue with my two older kids while my wife and our baby stayed home, where she celebrated on her own, lighting lots of holiday candles and filling the apartment with the light of the Pentecost. After dinner and a short study group with my father, his…
Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. Let’s reflect on the Jewish people’s unbreakable bond with this sacred city that combines diversity with harmony, and modernity with history.
This past Saturday night, bonfires lit the skies here in Israel and smoke filled the air. The sounds of music, laughter, and the occasional burst of fireworks made sure no one fell asleep before the early morning hours. The celebrations were in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose legacy includes the richest mystical writings ever to be recorded.
Weeks before the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing, kids of all ages pile up dry wood in preparation for the bonfires. The fires that we ignite on the day of Rabbi Shimon’s passing represent the beauty and wisdom of the Torah, which lights the way for the righteous. All schools, both orthodox and secular, are called…
With Yom Ha’atzmaut just a few days away, we’re celebrating all of Israel’s amazing accomplishments since its founding 65 years ago! Check out this two-minute video jam-packed with amazing facts about Israel. It’s sure to leave you astonished!
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Israelis and Jewish people around the world are in a season of remembrance and celebration. Sunday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and next week Israel Memorial Day is followed by Israel Independence Day. As Israel and her people mark these important days of commemoration, let us join in remembering – and then turn in prayer to our God who comforts, provides, and grants true freedom.
- According to a new survey, more than half of the Holocaust survivors living in Israel today cannot afford their monthly household expenses, forcing them to cut back on food and medicines. On the heels of Holocaust Remembrance Day, please pray that God will provide for their needs, and thank Him for the generous donors who help 4Zion care for these impoverished survivors. “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God‘” (Leviticus 19:32).
- As Israelis remember fallen soldiers…