Holidays

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.

Yael Eckstein spends time with family on beach

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

Time — A Sacred Gift from God

Time is given to us by God, to be valued and celebrated. I intend to make the most of every day and I hope that you will too.

Rabbi and Jewish boy celebrate Simchat Torah, 1974, rejoicing in the beginning of the reading of God's Word

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: In the Beginning

In this photo taken in Israel in 1974, Jews celebrate Simchat Torah, rejoicing in the beginning of the reading of the Torah readings for the year.

Sukkot in Jerusalem, 1912

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: A Festival to the Lord for Seven Days

In this photograph from 1912, one of Jerusalem's early photographers sits inside his sukkah, the temporary shelter used for Sukkot, the biblical Festival of Tabernacles.

Yael Eckstein and family in sukkah for Sukkot

Yael's Holy Land Reflections

A Shelter of Faith

Sukkot, the biblical Festival of Tabernacles, is known as the “time of our joy,” because there is no greater joy than having complete trust in God, no matter how difficult our situation may seem.

IDF soldier watches air cover over Golan Heights, Yom Kippur War, October 1973

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Yom Kippur

Stand for Israel remembers the Yom Kippur War, when, in 1973, Israel was attacked on the holiest day for the Jewish people.

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."

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