Yael’s Holy Land Reflections


Olive trees in Israel illustrate Tu B'Shvat

The Promise of a New Season

Yael Eckstein  |  January 27, 2021
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.
Remembering Holocaust with view from gates of Kaufering, Dachau concentration camp

Remembering a Dark Past, Ensuring a Bright Future

Yael Eckstein  |  January 20, 2021
As we remember the victims of the Holocaust, let us find comfort in knowing that the Jewish people have faithful friends today, and knowing that as God’s people return to their biblical homeland, prophecy is being fulfilled.
Yael Eckstein speaking at Fellowship event for emergency responders

Part of a Greater Whole

Yael Eckstein  |  January 12, 2021
A recent event recognizing Israeli emergency medical responders who you helped equip showed me that we each have a unique role to play in God’s plan, but are united in this amazing partnership.
Yael Eckstein and family watch sunrise on beach last year, 2020

A New Perspective for a New Year

Yael Eckstein  |  January 5, 2021
May we continue to be God’s faithful messengers in this new year and learn from the lessons of the past year, so that the coming year will be our best one yet!
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.
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.
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.

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