Category Archives: Slice of Israeli life

The silver lining to the coronavirus lockdown during the Jewish Festivals

We are at the height of Sukkot at the moment and I would love to write about the special prayers and celebrations that are taking place in Jerusalem and around the Jewish world, but with coronavirus still ravaging our population, … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 5781 – Gmar Hatima Tova!

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is upon us once again. It begins in a few hours time here in Israel, when we will be entering a 25-hour fast to pray for forgiveness for any wrongs we have committed towards … Continue reading

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Shana Tova Umetuka – 5781

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight (Friday night), and lasts for 2 days, until sundown on Sunday night. The Jewish year follows the lunar calendar, and the number counts the number of years since Creation. This year we … Continue reading

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Tisha B’Av 5780 – 2020

Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of Av began last night at sundown and finishing at sundown tonight. Tisha Be’Av is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. As I wrote in a previous Tisha Be’Av post: The fast commemorates the … Continue reading

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Chag Atzma’ut Same’ach! Happy 72nd Independence Day Israel!

It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, and, as we note every year, the country swings in a mad but so-Israeli kind of way from the mourning, sorrow and remembrance of Yom Hazikaron to the flag-waving patriotism and general merry-making of … Continue reading

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Yom Hazikaron 5780 – Israel’s Memorial Day 2020

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, began last night at sundown with the sound of the siren, as Israel commemorated its fallen with a one minute siren at 8 pm and a surreal ceremony … Continue reading

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