From Despair to Delight: Celebrating Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

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This Sunday night marks the beginning of Yom HaZikaron LeChalalei HaTzava LeYisrael ULeNifga’ei Peulot HaEver – Memorial Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Known colloquially as Yom HaZikaron it is Israel’s day national mourning for those who died fighting for her right to exist. In Israel, this solemn day is observed in […]

Festivals In The Omer

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Passover is over and we have moved into one of the more serious periods of the Jewish calendar. Named the Omer, it is an official countdown of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost), the holiday on which we celebrate receiving the Torah from God on Mount Sinai. The seven weeks of the Omer […]

A Passover Poem

Jewish people wondered through the desert for 40 years

It’s very nearly Passover! On Monday night we’ll start Recalling plagues and slavery and Pharoah’s hardened heart For many years ago the Jews were bound as slaves in Egypt They catered to King Pharoah’s whims; built pyramids and huge crypts Their lives were hard and miserable. They lived in fear and pain Until one day […]