Judaism follows both a lunar and solar calendar. While the months are determined by the cycle of the moon, and the new month begins when the first sliver of moon reappears in the sky, the Jewish calendar also has a solar component. Each of the holidays must to coincide with a specific season in Israel to reflect in the agricultural aspects of the holiday. Passover is the holiday of the spring, Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest and the beginning of the fruit harvest, and Sukkot is celebrated at the end of the harvest of the crops and fruits. There is, however, an 11-day discrepancy between the two calendars. In order to follow the cycle of the moon and to ensure that the holidays are celebrated in the appropriate season in the Land of Israel, a 13th month is added to the year 7 times over every 19 years. A year that has an extra month is referred to as a 'shanah meuberet,' literally "a pregnant year." Get your very own Jewish calendar, filled with breathtaking photos of the Holy Land and beautiful verses from the Bible, just in time for the Jewish New Year on September 14th!
Christians and Jews have had a rocky 2,000-year history. But that’s changed as evangelicals and religious Jews have worked to find common ground. One of the pioneers in that effort is Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. Meet Rabbi Eckstein and hear what he has to say about Jewish-Christian relations!
US lawmakers have only a few weeks left to decide the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. While it remains unclear whether Iran will be officially allowed to keep its nuclear program, the Bible offers some prophetic perspectives on the ultimate outcome of the accord and its implications for Israel and the Jewish nation.
Mentioned throughout Jewish sources, the sound of the shofar was used at various times, including at the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Today, the shofar is used on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, when that same sound has the unique power to awaken our souls to the presence of its Infinite source, and to renew a vision of the spiritual connection we are meant to build in this world. Many have the tradition to blow the shofar every morning in the month before Rosh Hashana to awaken our souls to come closer to God. Get this beautiful shofar in time for the Jewish New Year!
Thank you for the video clips, I have been to Israel twice (three months in all) and have traveled your stunning country extensively. I love the land and the people. There is no other place in the world that can compare, I pray continually that your enemies will never gain a foothold in your land, You are God's people and if you turn to Him and trust in Him all will be as it should be. Please continue the good work and the sending of the videos. Have courage! Lay-la tov. Clive Holland. Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, Republic of South Africa