High Holy Days

Yael Eckstein praying at the Western Wall, illustrating Yom Kippur message

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

It Starts With Our Hearts

When I stand before God on Yom Kippur, I’ll be thinking about comforting the lonely, providing for the poor, and sending hope and healing around the world.

Yemenite Jewish man in Jerusalem blows shofar, Rosh Hashanah 1959

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: A Day for You to Sound the Trumpets

The Jewish people prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which the Bible calls "a day for you to sound the trumpets."

Yael Eckstein and family blow shofar for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

A Change for the Better

Let us all celebrate, anticipate, and pray for a good and sweet year to come, rededicating ourselves to living more godly lives.

Sukkah

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Bringing God’s Glory Down to Earth

During the High Holy Days, we reach toward the heavens. But afterwards, we bring godliness into this world by reaffirming our trust in Him and sharing our faith with others.

Yom Kippur prayers at Western Wall

Stand For Israel

Yom Kippur Blessings from Stand for Israel

Stand for Israel is suspending activity October 9 for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Yael at Rosh Hashanah food distribution celebrating three virtues

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Christians and Jews Celebrate Shared Virtues on High Holy Days

Before the High Holy Days began, Yael shared this reflection on the meaning of the holidays — for Jews and Christians alike — with our friends at Fox News.

Yechiel and Yael at Yad B'Yad Soup Kitchen

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Bless and Be Blessed in the Year to Come

On Rosh Hashanah, we look back at the past year’s challenges and blessings, and look ahead at the new possibilities God provides us — because with Him, all things are possible.

Yael with elderly Jewish woman, Lydia

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

So Much Blessing

When we bless others through charity, not only do we turn our righteous thoughts into righteous action, we use the blessings that God has given us — blessings that are His in the first place — to bless others.

Yael Eckstein praying at Western Wall and the Work of the Heart

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

The Work of the Heart

Prayer, the foundation of our relationship with God, allows us to develop our love for Him and experience His love for us. As the High Holy Days approach, let us renew our relationship with God by giving Him our hearts in prayer.

Yael Eckstein praying at the Western Wall

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Let Us Return to the Lord

Yael takes a look at the first of three pillars that serve as the foundation for the High Holy Days — repentance. When we make sure we are right with God, everything else will fall into place.

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