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Yom Kippur 101

Yom Kippur, the Sabbath of Sabbaths, is observed the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, September or early October in the secular calendar. The first Yom Kippur took place after Moses returned from his second trip to Mt. Sinai with the replacement set of tablets containing the Ten Commandments. He had broken the […]






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Hasmonean Aqueduct tour in Armon Hanatziv

Following the Water to Jerusalem One of the first sites we took our kids to explore when we began our summer in Israel was this tour. This is one of several tours offered through the City of David, so you need to book early because it’s very popular.  Tours run in English and in Hebrew […]






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Jerusalem Paint Ball

For information and reservations: 02-6268700 I have two boys ages 16 and 12. They’ve tried Paintball once or twice here in the States. We live in Chicago, so there are lots of places for Paintball. I’m not a fan. They can get hurt so I don’t look for Paintball opportunities. However, when I found out […]






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Segway Tours of Ancient Jerusalem

Ever since the Segway was invented, it was all my husband Mike talked about. So imagine my excitement when I learned that the City of David also offered Segway tours of Jerusalem! You have to be 18 years old to join this tour, so I knew I’d be the one  to stay back with the […]






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The Temple Mount Sifting Project

I’d bet anyone who’s been to this Temple Mount Sifting Project can recognize the woman in this picture. She’s probably one of the best tour guides and docents I’ve ever met. This opportunity is relatively new and the history and archeological finds change daily, perhaps even hourly. If you’ve ever doubted our historic Jewish presence […]






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Rosh HaShannah – Heroes & Villains

The stories associated with Jewish holidays are well known. They are the stuff of books and movies. However, they are not all just for children at bedtime. They have lessons for everyone who reads and discusses them. The purpose of this section is to mention the most famous and some not so famous, in the […]






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Rosh HaShannah – Laws & Customs

Your spiritual journey begins in Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah which is usually the beginning of September. During Elul it is custom to blow the shofar, the ram’s horn, in the synagogue, during weekday services. The shofar, the most visible symbol of Rosh Hashanah, is a reminder of the animal that was sacrificed […]






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Rosh HaShanah – Religious Meaning

Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, is unlike other religious, ethnic or cultural New Year celebrations. For example, the first of January, the most famous of all new year celebrations, is marked each year by elaborate parties, music, food, countdowns till midnight and toasting. And, while Jews around the world celebrate […]






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Rosh HaShanah 101

Rosh Hashanah, which literally means the head of the year, commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world.   It is celebrated on the first and second days of the seventh Hebrew month, Tishri. Depending on the solar calendar, Rosh Hashanah occurs in September or October. Rosh Hashanah, when all living things are judged, is […]






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