Showing posts with label Chag Sameach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chag Sameach. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Passover "Chag Sameach" From Israel! ✡ "And I Delivered You" - ISRAEL365

And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their land.

וָאַצִּל אֶתְכֶם מִיַּד מִצְרַיִם וּמִיַּד כָּל-לֹחֲצֵיכֶם וָאֲגָרֵשׁ אוֹתָם מִפְּנֵיכֶם וָאֶתְּנָה  לָכֶם אֶת-אַרְצָם

שופטים ו:ט
va-a-tzil et-khem mi-yad mitz-ra-yim u-mi-yad kol lo-kha-tzay-khem va-a-ga-raysh o-tam mi-p'-nay-khem va-e-t'-na la-khem et ar-tzam

Today's Israel Inspiration

Rabbi Avraham Kook teaches that the Exodus, described in today's verse, is not simply part of history. It is the beginning of a redemptive process which continues throughout Jewish history. Thus, all future redemptions, including the modern State of Israel’s defeat of its enemies, are all part of the ongoing redemption that will culminate with the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. "Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" investigates phenomenal historical and archaeological evidence of the Exodus, in a quest to determine whether or not the famous story of the Exodus is fact or fiction. What do you think?!

Discover Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Patterns of Evidence is a video presenting an examination of a plethora of information gathered during twelve years of research and travel, in an attempt to unlock and reveal evidence of one of the most well-known stories within biblical history, The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. See the preview here!

Priestly Sacrifices Revived as Paschal Lamb Offered to God Near Temple Mount

Last week, the Sanhedrin held a full reenactment of the Passover sacrifice and Temple service  in a manner reminiscent of the glory that was once the Holy Temple. See the amazing photos from this incredible event exclusively available here!

Bring LIGHT into the World

Every Friday as the sun sets across the earth, Jewish women light a candle or two and surround the planet with a ring of light. It's an auspicious time to request blessings for good health, for ample livelihood, and for children whose good deeds will light up the world. It is an opportunity to connect to the transcendent power of your soul, and to envision an era filled with true peace, joy and tranquility.
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Today's Israel Photo

Children enjoy the break from school this week amid the Passover holiday as they frolick in the fields in the Judean lowlands. Be sure to take a moment this holiday week and appreciate all the gifts God has given you!
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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sukkot - (Feast of Tabernacles) - A Celebration For Every Nation!

The nations stand with Israel - Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

The Jerusalem March celebration during the Feast

There's a party in Jerusalem and EVERYONE is invited! Watch this entertaining sneak preview into Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, as celebrated in Jerusalem today. Ari Abramowiz and Jeremy Gimpel will take you to the heart of Israel you'll see the restoration of an ancient tradition of the Jewish People where thousands of people from all nations of the world voyage to Jerusalem to Celebrate this Biblical Festival. See more Israel Inspired Media at

Friday, September 20, 2013

Home for the Holidays.....from our friends in Jerusalem.

"I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be 
uprooted from the land I have given them," says the 
LORD your God. Amos 9:15

Friday, September 20, 2013

Home for the Holidays.....

This is a phrase that was used in a recent video we watched, which 
will be included in this blog.  It's referring to the holidays that God 
said in the Bible that people were supposed to make a pilgrimage 
to Jerusalem each year - to "come home for the holidays!"  We have 
been so very much enjoying the holidays, we wanted to offer a few 
links that have come our way with those of you who may have 
interest in learning more about Israel, the Jewish people, and 
the Feasts of the Bible. 

For anyone wanting to view the Western Wall (Kotel) Live, here 
is a link to do so.  Please remember that on Shabbats (both weekly 
and other Biblical Sabbaths) the link will not air.  Also be aware 
that Israel is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard timezone.  You 
can click on the TV-Set icon below the live feed to make the 
image become full screen on your computer - then ESC to escape.

Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles - is a big celebration for 
the Christian community to come to Israel and show their support.  
ICEJ - International Christian Embassy - has a conference each 
year which can be viewed live as well.  Keep in mind that Israel 
is 7 hours ahead of EST.  You will need to fill out a very simple 
registration to have a username and password to watch each 
event.  The first event is tonight - Friday, 20 September 
beginning at 7 pm Israel time.  We will be attending this 
evening's outdoor event located on the Dead Sea.

For a really good explanation, there is a video about 1/2 hour 
long explaining the Biblical Feasts.  It is a program called Day 
of Discovery, and the show is called The Appointed Times: 
Jesus in the Feasts of Israel.  It is very well done and filmed 
here in Jerusalem showing some of the sights mentioned in 
the Bible pertaining to the Feasts.

Another excellent 1/2 hour program that was filmed recently 
in Israel, also is pertaining to the Biblical Fall Feasts and shows 
clips of life in Israel, especially Jerusalem.  We recommend 
this video as well, to learn more - "From Reverence to Rejoicing."

For a really good movie to watch, to enjoy and  also learn more 
about Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), we recommend 
Ushpizin - meaning "Guests."  It is our favorite movie!  
It is in Hebrew, but has English subtitles.  It is a quality full 
length movie filmed in Jerusalem.  The husband and wife 
actors are married in real life.  This movie will make you 
laugh and cry, and touch your heart.  We highly recommend it.  
You can watch it below on YouTube, or rent it, or find it however
 else you find movies to watch. :)


Full length movie

Here's a few pictures of the inside of our Sukkah.  Our new 
apartment is on the top floor, and has a closed in balcony - 
BUT - the roof retracts so you can build a Sukkah!!! :)

Chag Sameach!!!! ~ Happy Holidays!!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pesach (Passover) Holiday to Begin Monday Eve

Pesach (Passover) Holiday to Begin Monday Eve

Jewish families world over will sit down to the Seder Monday evening, read the Haggadah and recall the Exodus. Chag Sameach!
By Arutz Sheva, Jerusalem Post
First Publish: 3/25/2013

Matza factory
Matza factory
Israel news photo: Flash 90
Passover (Pesach) will take place this year between sunset on Monday, March 25, and sunset on Monday, April 1. The first and seventh days are marked as Sabbath-like holy days (Yom Tov) in which work is forbidden.

Jews outside of Israel, and those visiting Israel only for the holiday, observe an additional day in both the beginning and end of Pesach, which lasts eight days for them.

On this evening, the enslaved Jews were freed from Egyptian bondage after the Ten Plagues forced King Pharaoh of Egypt to listen to Moses and Aaron's call to "Let my people go!" The best known name of the holiday is Passover, to commemmorate the passing over of the Jewish homes during the plague that killed each Egyptian firstborn son. The holiday is also known as the Holiday of Matzahs, the Holiday of Our Freedom and the Holiday of Spring.

Jews are commanded to tell the story of leaving Egypt as if it had happened to them personally and not as a mere historical event, in order to emphasize the importance of our hard-won and precious freedom.

The government of Israel sold its “chametz,” leavened bread, to an Arab before the holiday in order not to transgress the commandment of not owning any chametz during the holiday. This includes any food product that contains leavened wheat, oat, barley, rye, or spelt products.

After a search for remaining chametz in houses Sunday night, Jews burn it the following morning, several hours before Pesach begins. Not a drop of chametz is allowed to remain in Jewish hands during the entire holiday, so that each family sells its own chametz for the week as the government does.

Dishes also are changed for the holiday or were made kosher through a procedure that depends on what material they are composed of. Glassware dishes can be koshered for Pesach by cleaning, leaving them unused for a period of time and then dipping them in water. Metal, if completely cleaned, is dipped in boiling water and prior to the holiday, large vats of boiling water are manned by people at various locations for that purpose. Not all materials can be made useable for Pesach and a rabbi should be consulted with any questions.
In the absence of leaven, Jews will eat specially prepared unleavened bread, or matza, on Pesach, as was done at the Exodus, when the Jews did not have enough time to wait for dough to rise before leaving Egypt.
First-born males over 13 are required to fast on the day before Passover – in commemoration of the fact that first-born Jewish males were spared when first-born Egyptian males were killed during the tenth plague – but may be released of this obligation by participating in a special festive meal, like the ones that accompany the conclusion of study of a tractate of the Talmud or a circumcision, on the morning before Passover.

The traditional Seder is held Monday night – Monday and Tuesday nights for Jews outside of Israel. The guide for the Seder is detailed in the Haggadah, literally "narration," which relates the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

A plate placed on the Seder table contains several special foods: a roasted egg, symbolizing the special holiday sacrifices which were brought in the Temple; a roasted shank bone, recalling the Passover lamb offered and eaten by every family in Jerusalem in Temple times and brought in Egypt right before the Exodus; a mixture of chopped apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon known as charoset, symbolizing the mortar that the Hebrew slaves in Egypt used to make bricks; sprigs of parsley and lettuce, symbolizing spring; a bitter herb symbolizing the bitterness of slavery; and salt water, recalling the tears shed by the Hebrew slaves in Egypt. There are additional explanations for some of the symbols.

Three whole pieces of matza mark the division of the Jewish people into priests (Cohanim), Levites and the general population are also placed on the table. There are also other explanations for this custom, as there are for almost all of the customs.

During the course of the Seder, the Ten Plagues are recalled. When each of the Plagues is mentioned, each participant dips a finger into his/her cup of wine and removes a drop; even though the Jews were oppressed in Egypt, we are reminded that we must not rejoice over the Egyptians' suffering. Our cups of wine cannot thus be full.

Four cups of wine are drunk at specific parts of the seder, to remember the four words symbolizing redemption that appear in the Biblical Exodus narration.

One of the more popular Seder customs for children concerns the afikoman, a special piece of matza that is the last food eaten during the Seder. The head of the household customarily hides the afikoman somewhere in the house, and the children then search for it. Once found, the afikoman is "ransomed," since the Seder cannot continue until the afikoman is eaten. This helps to keep the children focused on the Seder and to pique their curiosity regarding the entire Passover epic.

On the morning of Monday March 26, festive prayers, including a prayer for dew during the spring and summer, and special readings, will figure prominently in synagogue services.

During the intermediate days, between the first and last days, special prayers also are recited in synagogue. In Israel, all of Pesach is an official holiday for schools and most government offices and vacationing families fill the national parks and museums, many of which are free.

Jewish tradition maintains that the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army occurred on the seventh day of Passover, but even though Passover celebrates the Exodus from Egypt, Jews nevertheless do not rejoice over the death of the Egyptians in the sea and only an abridged version of Hallel (Psalms 113-118) – a holiday prayer – is recited after the first day of Passover.

On the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Passover (Saturday March 30), the day's special readings will include the Song of Songs and Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

From the evening prayer ending Tuesday March 26, Jews will keep a nightly count of the 49 days (seven weeks), until the evening of Tuesday, May 14, one day before the holiday of Shavuot. This count commemorates the Temple offering of the omer, or sheaf of new grain, in keeping with the Biblical injunction of Leviticus 23:15-16.

Maimouna – an informal, yet widely celebrated holiday which originated among the Jews of North Africa, particularly those from Morocco – will be celebrated immediately after Passover, from sunset on Monday April 1. According to custom, families prepare elaborate tables with various sweets and baked goods, and host friends and family members. Whole neighborhoods often close as celebrations spill out into the streets and parks.