When the first sliver of the new moon appears, 'rosh khodesh', literally "head of the month," is celebrated. Last Friday night marked the first day of the month of Elul, which is an incredibly important month in the Hebrew calendar. It is the last month before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which is the moment when all are judged on the deeds of the past year, and their fates for the new year are inscribed in the Book of Life. Therefore, the month of Elul is a time of great repentance and reflection for Jews worldwide. In addition to preparing spiritually, Jews also prepare physically, cooking and decorating homes to celebrate the holiday, which is ushered in with a large festive meal. This feast includes a symbolic collection of foods which represent the hopes for the new year. Chief among them is the dish of "apples and honey". According to tradition, the apple symbolizes the garden of Eden, and the honey expresses both the wish for a "sweet New Year" and the bounty of the Land of Israel, known as the land of "milk and honey." There is no honey as sweet as honey from the Holy Land!
DON'T MISS this fantastically fun "Rosh Hashana" version of Shakira's iconic "This Time For Africa". The Fountainheads are one of the best-known young Jewish music groups today, and this video does not disappoint as we watch people all over Israel singing out the joy of the New Year and practicing dipping apples in honey!
For the Jewish nation, thousands of years have been spent in counting down to a time period that will ultimately usher in the final redemption. A special clock, known as the Messiah clock, has been counting down the final arrival of the Messiah for the last 200 years, giving hope and inspiration to generations of Jews during turbulent times.
On July 4, 1976, a team of Israeli commandos stormed Entebbe airport. Their leader was thirty-year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyhu. Their mission was to free 106 hostages held by international terrorists. An hour later, the hostages were safely on their way home, and Yoni had fallen in the battle for their lives. His legend was born that day. This book, containing his eloquent, passionate, revealing letters, gives a glimpse into the mind of a modern-day Israeli warrior and honors his sacrifice for the Land of Israel.
Hello Rabbi Tuly, I am from Oklahoma in the U.S. and I am truly enjoying reading your newsletter Jerusalem365. Jerusalem has a special place in my heart (Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you”). My wife and I toured the Holy Land in 2011 with our church group, and I cannot express in words the love I have for Israel and Jerusalem. May the Lord bless you and your ministry as you keep us informed of what’s going on in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Ted Naman