10 Days of Awe: What do They Mean?

I drive through a Jewish neighborhood each day on the way to and from work. This week, I see many Jewish families walking to a neighborhood synagogue. That is not an unusual scene, except that it is currently happening every single day. What's going on? Jews worldwide celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) last Sunday …

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A Look Back at Shavuot (Pentecost)

Shavuot (Pentecost) is one of the seven major Biblical feasts commemorated by Jews since their days of enslavement in Egypt. It actually commenced at sundown last Saturday (June 8), but rather than interrupt our series on the Six Day War, I chose to delay this post. We have discussed the Biblical roots, yet differences, of …

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Devastating Floods Hit Iran

For the third time in two weeks, Iran is dealing with the aftermath of massive flash flooding as heavy rains recently caused rivers and dams to overflow. Floodwaters washed away homes and vehicles, while building in some areas were submerged up to their roofs. Following previous floods on March 19 and March 25, which took …

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…and the Shofar Blows!

https://www.facebook.com/hnaftali/videos/293884618092101/   This evening at sundown the shofar will blow, signaling the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil New Year.  Jewish people around the world will celebrate one of the most joyful days of the year. Biblically speaking, though, it is the Feast of Trumpets...also a most joyful time!  If you follow this blog, …

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