Some things once you give them away are gone, like birthday presents or charitable contributions. Other things we give away, yet we haven’t lost anything at all, like a smile or kind words. However, sometimes when we give to others, we not only haven’t lost anything – we actually gain something in return! Today's devotional explores something we can give that blesses everyone.
Fellowship Bridge Blog
Natalia, 44, always dreamed of making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) one day. She believed living in the Holy Land would allow her to return to her Jewish roots. “I always thought that Israel is my real home,” says Natalia. Thanks to our Fellowship Freedom Fights, Natalia and her family are finally home in Israel.
Israeli tour guides now offer Slow Tourism in the Valley of Springs, where you can leisurely walk hiking paths and float in natural springs.
An internationally acclaimed historian of the Second Temple period, Stern was murdered in Jerusalem by terrorists during the First Intifada.
This week I received a chilling email from a relative of mine who lives in America. The email was written to her adult children, also living in the U.S., and she included me as well, knowing that I made the choice many years ago to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) with my family. The letter was written in the shadow of the growing anti-Semitism in the U.S. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 90 bomb threats to Jewish institutions across the country, and two Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized since January 1.
Next weekend Jews around the world will celebrate Purim! It’s one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. During the Purim celebration, Jews participate in a boisterous public reading of the biblical book of Esther, as well as delivering baskets of food and drink to friends, eating hat-shaped cookies, or hamantaschen, and dressing up in costume.
Yael discusses the upcoming holiday of Purim, how it is celebrated, and why it is just as relevant today.
Tatiana, 70, still remembers observing Jewish tradition as a child, even during the harsh years of Soviet rule. She continues to inspire her family – her daughter, Lyuba, and grandchildren, Anton, 19, and Augusta, 12 – to hold onto their faith. She is the reason they frequently participate in Kiev’s Jewish community. The Fellowship has been a major part of the family’s life for many years now.
Anastasia, 31, planned to spend her whole life in Donetsk, Ukraine, a place she knew was home. “It was what we knew and things were going very well,” she says. “Then the war came.” Thankfully, the family can count on The Fellowship.
Jean Phillipe was a French police chief during World War II whose actions of resistance saved the lives of many Jews, and ultimately cost him his own.