Israel

Is Hanukkah the Jewish Christmas?

Is Hanukkah the Jewish Christmas?

The Enemy

Tones of a Mother: Tradition, Shavuot, Pentecost

Tones of a Mother

The crescent moon glistened high above the Mediterranean Sea, a warship was patrolling the coastline, and within ear range I heard the tender tones of a mother telling the story of her days as a youth to her teenage daughter.  The mother ended up chatting with me explaining her conversation. 

Shoshanna: Siblings Flayed by Nazis

Rose

This is Shoshanna (Rose), 94 years old.  She shared her story with us as she showed us her number that the Nazis tattooed on her arm.

During World War II, Shoshanna, then 21 years old, was taken to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Germany.   She ended up weighing 50 pounds.

Evil Things

Optimism is Not Hope!

Optimism is Not Hope!

Optimism is not hope.  Optimism is a mental positive attitude towards life in general.  Hope is more mysterious and more deep. Hope is like a tether anchored to the rock while your vessel is adrift in the sea of life.  You pull the tether until you reach the shore – it is there that you find stability, rest and peace. 

In a troubled world we struggle to find faith as though faith alone scatters the darkness.  Faith, like Holy Writ, is a lamp that guides our steps, one at a time. 

Hating Jews

 

 

 

“Israel is your home”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel is the only place where Jews can truly feel safe. "This wave of attacks is expected to continue," Netanyahu told his Cabinet. "Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home."- AP, Feb. 16, 2015

Why Hate the Jew?

Jewish Holidays - An Introduction

Jewish Holy Days

       The Jewish calendar is replete with celebration and reflection.  Following are a few highlights regarding some of the Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah: (September/October)

       Rosh Hashanah begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year and is also a celebration of the creation of the universe. The shofar (ram’s horn) is blown, special prayers are recited and the culmination of these events fall upon the holiest day in the Jewish year, Yom Kippur.

Messiah: Spirit and Light, Rabbinic Insights

Messiah: Spirit and Light, Rabbinic Insights

 

Regarding Regrets

Regarding Regrets

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