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Biblical Israel

Reflections on Ushering in and Bidding Farewell to Shabbat

May 2010 In my home, as in many Jewish homes around the world, Friday afternoon, as Shabbat approaches, tends to be hectic. I call a five-minute warning upstairs to my girls who are putting the final touches on their Shabbat finery and remind my boys to turn off the computer and start setting the Shabbat … Read more

Reflections on Blessings

November 2010 The Jewish Liturgy is filled with formal prayer services, performed three times a day, every day, with even more added on Shabbat and festivals! But there are also mini prayers—blessings, actually—which we sprinkle steadily throughout our days, adding significance and spirituality to the events which color our lives. You can find them every … Read more

Reflections on Prayers for Good Health

February 2011 Too many of us know, from personal experience, what it’s like when someone close to us is diagnosed with a serious illness. You feel like you have to do something… everything and anything possible in order to help. You go to the best doctors in that field; you ask for a second opinion, … Read more

Reflections on the Prayers for Purim

March 2011 I can’t get those faces of the Fogel family out of my mind. Udi and Ruth, the mother and father, little Yoav and Elad the sons, and Hadas the baby girl. Friday night, two knife-wielding terrorist monsters infiltrated the Samaria community of Itamar, just outside of Shechem, and slaughtered these five members of … Read more

Reflections on the Yizkor Service

May 2011   Last week I attended the ceremony commemorating Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror at my son’s school. Every school, every city, every small community, has a ceremony commemorating the country’s heroes– those who fell in the battlefields of our endlessly long list of wars, and those who fell … Read more

Reflections on the Prayer For Our Children

June 2011   Today is June 14, but it is also the 12th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, a month which boasts the Jewish holiday of Shavuot- Pentecost- the holiday celebrating the Giving of our Torah. It’s a very special holiday and a very special month… a time in which we are meant … Read more

Dezember 2011

Dezember 2011 einmal im Jahr nutze ich die Gelegenheit, Ihnen direkt zu schreiben. Ich möchte Ihnen damit  im Namen der christlichen Leitung von CFOIC Biblisches Kernland meinen persönlichen Dank für die Unterstützung unserer Arbeit aussprechen. Vielen Dank, dass Sie CFOIC Biblisches Kernland in diesem Jahr unterstützt haben. Mit Hilfe so treuer Freunde wie Sie konnten … Read more

November 2011

November 2011   De feestdagen zijn weer voorbij en we zijn weer overgegaan tot de orde van de dag. We kijken uit naar het begin van de winter en bidden dagelijks voor de regen die zo nodig is voor ons woestijnland. Er zijn geen feestdagen op de de kalender deze maand, een soort van rustperiode … Read more

Wedding – September 6, 2011

Editor’s Note: Because you’ve been with us through so much, we’ve joyfully included some of the pictures from the Baras wedding for you, a part of our family. The first is of the bridegroom being escorted by his dad, the bride’s dad, and friends to verify that the bride is truly his chosen. The second … Read more

The Ninth of Av – August 9, 2011

Today is the 9th of Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On this day, we mourn the destruction of both the first and second temples, 2597 and 1941 years ago, respectively. However, this date on the Hebrew calendar has become associated with so many national tragedies throughout our history, beginning with the fateful … Read more