16 Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is… Continue reading Dates for Pesach and Sukkot 2020
Sukkot is upon us! Tonight, at sunset, begins the week-long Feast of Tabernacles. The work of picking up trash and the challenge of the Yom haKippurim fast is behind us, so now we begin touring and enjoying the Land in the presence of the Lord. This morning I rose early to enjoy another stunning sunrise.… Continue reading Update and BIG gallery!
Our host, a moderately observant but self described 'spiritual' Jew, invited us for a walk uh Wadi Halilim, a nature preserve a very short drive from Givat Ye'arim. We value spending time with him, s, after a short time in the Scriptures, we packed some water and rode with him to enjoy the beauty of… Continue reading First rain of the season!
Following is a gallery of pics from today's hike. After the hike we had a nice visit with our host, Tzemach. Really, really good to catch up with him, but he did share some very challenging news. We are the last group to be staying in his home. As soon as we leave, after Sukkot,… Continue reading Gallery and a serious prayer request
It is approaching midnight but nobody wants to go to bed. Tomorrow we split up and most everyone heads home. This has been another amazing trip and we just don't want it to end... Earlier today, after a neat Torah study, we went to Independence Park in Jerusalem to meet dozens and dozens of others… Continue reading Last night in Jerusalem….
While this is only my fifth trip to Israel, it has easily been the coolest and rainiest. (Is rainiest a word? It fits!) Nobody here remembers a spring with so much rain, and the weather remains unseasonably cool. The day after Shabbat, the forecast was for more rain and very cool temperatures, so we decided… Continue reading Rain, Sunshine and Sheep (Gallery!!)
Pesach with the Ani Yosef team was special. While picking up trash in the days before Pesach, we talked of removing the trash from our heart. Friday evening we celebrated Pesach, or Passover, with the four cups. We pondered the release from both physical and figurative Egypt, release from sin and expectation of the Messiah.… Continue reading 4 Cups, 5 Languages, and a Park