Tour Rewind: Entering the Holy City

Temple Mount at night There is something special about entering Jerusalem for the first time. Often, tour groups arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, following a tour day en route. In that case, Temple Mount is lit up and the golden-capped Dome of the Rock glistens. Though that dome is a Muslim icon, …

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Is Christmas Celebrated in Israel?

Strange question, huh! Why would a Jewish nation, who does not acknowledge Yeshua (Jesus) as anything more than a good teacher or philosopher, celebrate His birth? You might be surprised to know there is a population of both Messianic Jews and Arab Christians (among other smaller groups of believers) in Israel. But even beyond that, …

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All Lights are Lit as Hanukkah Comes to a Close

On the streets of Jerusalem and around Israel, Hanukkah menorahs burn brightly on the eighth night! Hanukkah has come and gone in Israel, but the joy remains!

Amir Tsarfati’s Commentary: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah?

Is modern-day Christmas pagan?  Should Christians celebrate Hanukkah?  Does it really matter?  Are we making too big a deal of it? I've heard similar questions, and I bet you have too!  In today's materialistic world, Christmas seems to have lost its purpose.  Hanukkah is a Jewish festival unrelated to Christmas, yet with so many connections …

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