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  • Celebrating Sukkot in Sukkot

    You might be wondering what Sukkot is and how can it possibly make sense to say “Celebrating Sukkot in Sukkot.”  This post will clear up that confusion. Currently throughout the Holy Land and world, Jews are celebrating the holiday of Sukkot.  Sukkot is an easily identifiable holiday because it is the holiday when Jews are commanded…

  • Eid al-Adha 101

    This Friday evening, both Jews and Muslims will be welcoming important holidays.  Jews will begin Yom Kippur, and Muslims will start Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is translated to “Feast of the Sacrifice” and directly correlates to the biblical story of Abraham sacrificing a nearby sheep, instead of his son, Ishmael.  This is a major holiday…

  • “The Benevolent Tree” Art Exhibition

    “The Benevolent Tree” Art Exhibition

    In the midst of the fall holiday season that includes Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur followed by Sukkot and the Muslim holiday of Eid – the site of blossoming trees throughout the Holy Land can’t help but remind us that the fall harvesting season is fast approaching. During the month of October,…

  • Rosh Hashanah 101

    This Wednesday evening (Sept. 24), Jews in the Holy Land and the Diaspora will be entering into the Jewish New Year, 5775. How is it that the Jewish calendar is starting year 5775, but based on the the Gregorian (aka Western) calendar, it is 2014? The Jewish Calendar starts from the creation of Adam and Eve, which was estimated to…

  • International Day of Peace- Sunday, Sept. 21

    International Day of Peace is coming up this Sunday, September 21! Quick Facts: – This day is dedicated to world peace and was first celebrated in 1982. –  This day is respected by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. – This year has a theme, which is “Rights of People to Peace.”  This theme…

  • 10 Facts about Druze

    A few years ago I was on a plane in the U.S. and started small talking with the woman sitting next to me.  Religion came up and when I told her I identified as a Jew, she laughed and told me that when she tells people which religion she identifies with, people often think she is saying…

  • From Figs to Pomegranates

    From Figs to Pomegranates

    In the Torah, the Land of Israel is described by God to be a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8).  Once you taste the fruit in the Holy Land, you will understand that this biblical reference remains true, even in modern times. As mentioned in a previous post about ice cream and sorbet,…

  • Benefiting from the Holy Land Cyberspace Culture

    How many times have you attempted to search on the Internet for specific information and failed miserably, not wanting to trust a Yahoo answer from 2007? If you are similar to me, your answer will range from “Often” to “[sigh] All the time.” While being in the Holy Land, however, I was introduced to different…

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of King Herod

    With a new school year around the corner…pop quiz! Which one of these statements about King Herod is FALSE? A) King Herod was known for being extremely friendly. B) King Herod was King of Judea from 37-4 BCE. C) King Herod attempted to kill Jesus as a baby. D) King Herod had astonishing architectural achievements in…

  • Holy Land Honey Festival

    Every holiday has its star food. Whether its Easter with chocolate eggs, or potato latkes and donuts during Hanukah, or Ramadan’s delicious Qatayef pastry, there is always a special food that is synonymous with a holiday. And honey claims lead billing during the Jewish high holidays. A bowl of honey is a traditional ‘dip’ eaten…

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