Holidays

Yael Eckstein at IDF base with Israeli flag, illustrating Yom HaAtzmaut, Independence Day

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

The Quest for Freedom Is Never Finished

On this Israel Independence Day, as we rejoice and celebrate, let us pray for the day when a true spirit of peace, cooperation, and understanding will cover the world.

Haggadah

Fellowship Blog

‘A Project of a Lifetime’

A Chicago Haggadah collection - more than 4,500 Passover texts - is likely the largest in the world.

Yael Eckstein reads Passover story with her children

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Understanding the Passover Story

Yael explains how making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) and raising a family has made the Exodus story of God’s deliverance come alive.

Rabbi Eckstein eats unleavened bread at matzah factory, 2014

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread

In this photograph from preparations for a past Passover, Rabbi Eckstein learns how matzah (unleavened bread) is made.

Israeli children dressed up as Beatles on days of Purim, 1966

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: These Days of Purim Should Never Fail to Be Celebrated

The Bible tells us that Purim, one of the most joyful days on the Jewish calendar, should be passed down from generation to generation.

Israeli children eating apples

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Refresh Me with Apples

Israeli children of yesteryear enjoy the fruit of the Holy Land, eating candy apples.

Olive trees in Israel illustrate Tu B'Shvat

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

The Promise of a New Season

If God can bring fruit from seemingly lifeless trees, I know He can turn around any situation — including the difficult one we find ourselves in right now.

Yael Eckstein with Hanukkah menorah, Winter 2020

Fellowship Blog

Hanukkah in the Year of COVID

As Jewish people around the world began a very different Hanukkah in 2020, Yael Eckstein shared a message of hope on Fox News.

Yael Eckstein smiles with her family's menorah on Hanukkah

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

It Was Winter

Yael comes to us from the Holy Land with a biblical message for Hanukkah – a message of rededication, of rekindling, and of light.

People gathered around pita bread and olive oil

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Sharing Our Traditions and Passing on Our Faith

We have been gifted a rich spiritual legacy from those who came before us, and it is a privilege and a responsibility to pass it on to the next generation and beyond.

Yael Eckstein giving thanks for Thanksgiving

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Giving Thanks and Recognizing Our Blessings

This Thanksgiving, despite these uncertain times, I pray our hearts will be filled with gratefulness for the many blessings in our lives, and brim over with thanks to God for all that He has given us.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein at 2012 Sigd celebration of Ethiopian Jews

Stand For Israel

Sigd – A Holy Day for Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

The holy day of Sigd (which means "Day of Prostration") is observed by Israel's Ethiopian Jewish community 50 days after Yom Kippur.

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