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Rejoicing in the Word of God: Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah means “joy of the Torah.” Week after week throughout the year, Jewish people the world over are reading the “parasha”, the weekly Torah portion. Scattered around the world, they are united together by reading the same Scripture passages each week.... read more

A Joyous Festival to You!

Sukkot is the last of the annual feasts for the Jewish year, and it celebrates God’s provision with rejoicing and thankfulness. It’s the only one of the annual feasts in which God commanded there be rejoicing! God instructed His people to build booths (also called... read more

This Threat Has Not Gone Unnoticed

UNESCO, the United Nations agency charged with dealing with cultural heritage sites, is at it again. Almost one year ago to the day, I warned readers in this space of plans by UNESCO to pass a resolution officially declaring Jerusalem’s Western Wall a part of the... read more

Praying for All Israel to be Saved During Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It is described in Leviticus chapters 16 and 23 and it was the one day of the year that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies with blood to seek atonement for Israel’s... read more

Their Three Year Wait is Over

Amid civil unrest in Ethiopia, the first group of Jews since 2013 is set to arrive in Israel this month, and more than 9,000 are still waiting to reunite with both tribe and family. Ethiopian immigration to Israel is resuming after a 3-year freeze. The first group of... read more

Sukkot: Remembering and Rejoicing

Remembering and rejoicing. That’s what Sukkot is about. Sukkot (su-kote) is the last of the yearly feasts God commanded Israel to observe. The word sukkot means booths, and the holiday is also known as the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles. God told Israel... read more

Yom Kippur through the Eyes of Longing

The air around the tabernacle is thick today. It is Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement when the Almighty and Holy God covers our sin. We haven’t eaten anything. God commanded that we afflict our souls, so we fast. He also commanded a complete Sabbath, so, we... read more

Yom Kippur and Man’s Need of Atonement

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest holiday of the Jewish year. It is a day that reminds us of our sin and our need of atonement before a holy God.   In ancient days, the Day of Atonement was a solemn day for Israel. The High Priest first offered a... read more