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Members of the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli civilians are jointly commemorating the decisive battles of the 1948 War of Independence ahead of national celebrations of Israel’s 70th year of Independence. “When you study the War of Independence, which is fascinating, in an in-depth manner, you see that the IDF was born in this war,” Education Officer Lt.-Col. Shul Ben...
SOFIA - The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry hosted the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria ‘Shalom’ and representatives of the Jewish communities of Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia on Thursday for a special Passover dinner. In a message conveyed to the participants by a World Jewish Congress representative, WJC CEO Robert Singer expressed the organization’s deep gratitude for the strong friendship shown by...
Counting of the Omer (Hebrew: ספירת העומר‎, Sefirat HaOmer, sometimes abbreviated as Sefira or the Omer) is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot as stated in the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 23:15–16. This mitzvah ("commandment") derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before...
Nearly every Jewish holiday puts food and wine at the center of the celebration. There is a common phrase that describes Jewish holidays thus: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.” A good meal, however, is certainly incomplete without a fine wine to go along with it. According to winemakers Victor Shoenfeld with the Golan Heights Winery and...
If you’ve ever been in Israel for Yom Hazikaron—the Memorial Day for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the Jewish homeland—chances are you will never forget it. Even if you somehow miss the official ceremonies honoring the fallen, there’s no way to sleep through the siren sounding across the Jewish state at 8 p.m. and then again at 11...
Kon la primavera por la ventana, los arvoles en boda, flores ke kon ke orgulyo prodigan sus perfumes, la vida ke se renovela kon miles de tonos del vedre i las frutas ke empesan a avrir sus ojos a los rayos del sol i a la dulse tievdor del tiempo de los mirakulos….  PESAH es un enkanto !   La...
U.S. President Donald Trump sent wishes to Jews for a “Happy Passover” and Christians for a “Happy Easter” in an annual video message. “During the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt and delivering them to the Promised Land of Israel,” the president said in...
Even those soldiers who fought to protect Israel’s border with Gaza on the night of Passover last Friday were able to celebrate a kosher Passover seder, according to an announcement by the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief Rabbinate. On Friday, as many as 30,000 Gaza residents rioted along the Gaza border, attacking the fence, burning tires, and hurling stones and firebombs...
According to a Jewish People Policy Institute survey of 3,000 respondents, 97 percent of Israelis Jews say they either host or participate in a Passover Seder, compared to the 2013 Pew Study’s finding of 70 percent of American Jews who participated in the Seder the prior year. In Israel, only one Seder is held on the first night of the...
Despite its many round-the-clock security missions, the Israel Defense Forces believes that bringing the holiday spirit to its personnel is an imperative. As Passover comes up, those serving in combat and combat-support roles in the military, as well as a brigade rabbi, told JNS about how they celebrate while in service. Sgt. Shir Zandberg, an Operations Sergeant in the Binyamin Brigade...

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