Tu B’ Av: The Jewish Holiday of Love

Aug 01, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The first mention of Tu b’Av (15th of the Hebrew month of Av) as a special day in Jewish sources is in the Mishnah (end of the 2nd century): Said Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel: There were no greater celebrations for Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. (Talmud, Taanit 26b). According to the Talmud, on the 15th of Av the daughters of ancient Israel would go out dressed […]

Category  : Judaism   

City of David: The Birthplace of Jerusalem

Jul 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The City of David is the site of the birthplace of Jerusalem, where 3,000 years ago King David captured the city from the Jebusites, turning it into the capital of what would soon become an Israelite empire. Today, this same City of David is an extraordinary archeology wonderland, where each discovery is an authentic testament to the history of ancient Jerusalem. Excavations began in the 19th century, and since then […]

Category  : Jewish History, Jewish Jewelry   

5 Unique Facts About the Israel Defense Forces

Jul 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

In 1948, with the country in middle of its War for Independence, the interim government ordered the establishment of the Tzvah Haganah L’Yisrael, Hebrew for the “Israel Defense Forces” (IDF). Underground fighting units were dismantled and thousands of volunteer immigrant farmers, some of them Holocaust survivors, were drafted into a new unified military to fight off the invading Arab armies. Generations later, the war still goes on, however the IDF […]

Category  : Judaism