What is the Talmud?

Many people have heard about the Talmud, but aren’t too sure what is is, exactly. To have a better understanding of modern Judaism, it’s very helpful to have some grasp of this important collection of writings - where they came from, what…

The Messiah’s Perfect Timing

Scholars agree that Yeshua was probably not born on 25th December, year 0. In fact, there is no year 0! So when WAS he born? There are two main schools of thought - the prevailing opinion is that he was probably conceived at Hanukkah and…

What Do Jewish Families Do On Shabbat?

Kabbalat Shabbat means welcoming the Shabbat on Friday night. It makes Friday evening very special for Jewish people - especially Jewish families. The family meal together on Friday is almost a no-excuses obligation. Even for many secular…

Living Water

Here in Israel we we are entering our summer months that are very hot and dry; there is no rainfall at all usually from late April until October or even November. We do not take rainfall, or fresh water in general, for granted. As some of…

Helen Keller and Israel

Helen Keller is famous for overcoming and championing a new way forward for those who are blind and deaf, but did you know that she also left a legacy in Israel? Since she was a baby she lived without sight or hearing, and was unable to…

Holiday of Holidays

Every year in Haifa, a multi-cultural city where Jews, Arabs and many others live side by side, there is a month-long festival to celebrate the holidays of the three main faiths; Hanukkah, Christmas and Eid. The roads are shut off, stalls…

Dangerous Missionaries

A notice published in the Jerusalem Post read: “The citizens of Israel warmly welcome tourists who have come to get to know our country and its residents. But those who come to convince Jews to abandon their religion are most definitely…

Peace When There Is No Peace

It is perhaps ironic that “shalom” has often eluded the Jewish people. Since the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Israel has often had to wander through deserts and continents, with an almost constant threat of trouble, death and even…