Yael’s Holy Land Reflections


Yael Eckstein delivers food box during extraordinary year of 2020

Extraordinary Challenges, Extraordinary Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  December 16, 2020
My prayer is that we can help even more people in the new year. And as I look back on all we have achieved over the past year, I have faith that we will.
Yael Eckstein smiles with her family's menorah on Hanukkah

It Was Winter

Yael Eckstein  |  December 9, 2020
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

Sharing Our Traditions and Passing on Our Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  December 1, 2020
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

Giving Thanks and Recognizing Our Blessings

Yael Eckstein  |  November 24, 2020
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.
Sea of Galilee

Tending to Our Inner World

Yael Eckstein  |  November 18, 2020
In a time when the world can seem chaotic and frightening, I hope that you can find a way to turn inward and receive God’s perfect peace.
The day after Kristallnacht

Certainty in Uncertain Times

Yael Eckstein  |  November 11, 2020
This week we remembered Kristallnacht, a somber reminder of our responsibility to spread hope, share God’s love, and be a source of blessing to the world.
Yael Eckstein at Western Wall, site of biblical Temple

Biblical Wisdom for a Brighter Future

Yael Eckstein  |  November 5, 2020
Let us stay in faith, love one another, and set a good example for our children, guided all the while by the biblical values on which Israel and America are founded.
Yael Eckstein with American flag overlooking Jerusalem, illustrating US-Israel friendship as America prepares to vote

A Time to Pray

Yael Eckstein  |  October 27, 2020
As the U.S. elections approach, let us come together in prayer, asking God to bless America, granting the nation strength, peace, prosperity, and healing in the weeks and years ahead.
Yael Eckstein spends time with faith and family on beach

Time — A Sacred Gift from God

Yael Eckstein  |  October 22, 2020
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 Eckstein places a humble hand on his daughter Yael Eckstein's head in Jerusalem

Remembering Our Humble Beginnings

Yael Eckstein  |  October 13, 2020
Remaining humble is the key to success in the future, so let us thank God for what He has allowed us to do so far, while leaning into our personal humility as we continue to do His work.
Yael Eckstein holds Bible/Torah Word of God at Western Wall

The Lessons of Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  October 7, 2020
As we celebrate God’s Word, let us rejoice in how the Bible strengthens our trust in the Lord, and how our communities of faith inspire faith in Him.
Yael Eckstein and family in sukkah for Sukkot

A Shelter of Faith

Yael Eckstein  |  September 29, 2020
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.

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