Tag: Friend of Israel

Abraham looks into the night sky (Genesis 22:16-17).

FOUNDATION: “You, Israel, Are My Servant”

“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.’”

Sukkah at Synagogue Beith Yossef, Paris.

SEASONS: Sukkot 5778

The sukkah memorializes God’s faithful provision in the past as Israel wandered in the wilderness. Waving the lulav joyfully acknowledges His bountiful supply in the present. But, there is also a future element to Sukkot.

Kol Nidre

SEASONS: Yom Kippur 5778

The momentous 24-hour event of Yom Kippur draws attention to God’s provision for the annual covering of Israel’s national sin. A profound message, however, is embedded in the ancient ritual for all who live in the 21st century.

Detail: Israel Defense Forces Weapons Instructor.

TISHA B’ AV 5777—A New Day

The Jewish community does this the day after Tisha B’Av every year—they move on. They do not stay focused on tragedies. They spend Tisha B’Av recognizing the horrific events of the past, reflecting on the significance, and then wake-up the next morning to a new day.