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10 Important Reasons Why Christians Should Study Hebrew
Guest contribution: Susan Nelson - Woman of Noble Character There are many benefits for Christians to learn biblical Hebrew. I’ll share just ten below. 10 Benefits of Studying Hebrew 1. It is Considered the Holy Language Hebrew is the original language of the Bible. It is called the “Holy Language” (lashon ha’kodesh). Hebrew is the language in which the Lord spoke the Torah to Moses, and it is also the language in which the prophets shared their revelations. If you want to know the Old Testament (Tanakh in Hebrew) better, you will want to study Hebrew. 2. Jesus Knew and Spoke Hebrew Jesus both spoke and read Hebrew. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ – Acts 26:14 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Luke 4:16-20 Hebrew is the foundational language of the New Testament. In fact, all the original authors of the New Testament were Jews who spoke and read Hebrew. And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: – Acts 21:40 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said: – Acts 22:2 (ESV) As a Christian, learning Hebrew will give you new insight into the meaning and context of the New Testament. Many Christians have traveled or desire to travel to the Holy Land, and having a basic understanding of the Hebrew language would be of great benefit if traveling to Israel. It would be an amazing experience to learn the same language and study the very scriptures that Jesus did! Although Aramaic was the language he would have probably spoken, Hebrew was the language of the synagogues in Jesus’ time as it is today. Since Jesus was raised in a Jewish home, he would have learned the Torah (the first five Old Testament books) in Hebrew, as all Jewish boys did. He was conversing with religious leaders in the synagogue, in Hebrew, when he was twelve years old (Luke 2:39-52)! 3. Hebrew Was and Is the Language of the Synagogue During Jesus’ time on earth, the Torah was regularly read at the synagogues. In fact, throughout the over 2,000 years since even before Christ was born, the study and recitation of Hebrew have helped unite the Jewish people with a common form of expression and worship. Jews have been praying the same blessings, chanting the same Scriptures, and studying the same texts for literally thousands of years. Studying Hebrew will help you appreciate the Jewish roots of Christianity and make you a more understanding witness to the Hebrews. 4. God is the God of Both Jews and Christians If God sent his Son to save all the people of the world, then the gospel is for all people. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28 (ESV) Heaven will include people from all cultures and languages, then why would he inspire the writing of a Bible that could only be read by certain people many years ago? God inspired the original writings and the translation of those languages. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, – Revelation 7:9 5. Learning Hebrew Helps Us to Understand the Scriptures Better Anytime you translate between languages, some words or phrases will be “lost in translation.” For example, in Hebrew, shalom is the word for peace. But it means so much more than that. Its full Hebrew meaning covers completeness, welfare, prosperity, perfection, soundness, safety, health, and more. However, when translated into English, nearly everywhere it appears in the bible, it is simply translated as “peace.” We can’t blame the Bible translators. Most are well-educated and have deep knowledge of Hebrew and English to ensure the correct meaning is used. The problem is that there are great differences between the two languages. Another potential issue in translation is the way that the translator translates or what they believe the correct translation to be. It can be subjective. “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30 (ESV) bold, mine And compare it to: “Therefore, this is the declaration of the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘I did say that your family and your forefather’s family would walk before me forever. But now,’ this is the Lord’s declaration, ‘no longer! For those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disgraced.” – 1 Samuel 2:30 (CSB) bold, mine They are close but certainly different. If, however, we look at the original Hebrew, the root word for disgraced or lightly esteemed, in Hebrew, it is qalal, which includes both lightly esteemed and disdained but also trifling, treated with contempt, dishonored, cursed, and insignificant. Neither of the above translations is technically wrong, but neither fully conveys the word's deeper meaning. The Christian student of the Hebrew language will shed light on this inevitable confusion. By learning to understand Hebrew – both the word meanings and how the words relate to the context, one gains a greater overall understanding of the scriptures in relation to their original intended language. 6. To Better Understand Jewish Culture Hebrew is the only ancient language to continue to be a modern spoken language. Today Hebrew still serves as the language of Judaism around the world and is also the official language of the state of Israel. Learning Hebrew for Christians will help you to appreciate better modern Jewish culture and the people living in Israel. It will also help you to understand the culture and customs of your Jewish friends and neighbors. In addition, do you recall certain saying by your parents or grandparents? For example, one hand washes another or “takes the cake.” These are called idioms. There are many Hebrew idioms or sayings in the bible. Martin Luther calls these expressions “Hebraisms” or “Hebrew expressions.” By translating from the Hebrew word for word, the meaning of some of these expressions understood in Jewish culture is lost. Here’s an example from Exodus 3:8: and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. – Exodus 3:8 (ESV) bold, mine God tells the Israelites that he will bring them to a good land, a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Clearly, the land isn’t flowing literally with milk and honey but rather is a land with good and fertile soil for them. There are many others, but we’ll look at just one more. In Romans 12:20, Paul uses an idiom from Hebrew culture when he quotes Proverbs 25:21-22. To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” – Romans 12:20 (ESV) bold, mine In our modern culture, heaping burning coals on someone’s head will get you thrown in jail. It’s not a literal phrase, however. It is simply overcoming evil with good. Throughout scripture, we read many times that God wants us to love even our enemies. Finally, scripture is filled with poetry and song. However, the structure of poetry and song is lost in the translation from Hebrew to English. A good bit of the Old Testament was written in song or poem form to help with the memorization of scripture or clarify concepts. This structure is lost when these scriptures are translated into English, where the verses then lose their form or cadence. Learning Hebrew for Christians will help you to discover the deeper meaning of God’s Holy Word beyond a simple translation. 7. To Gain Deeper Understanding During Your Bible Study Another reason why Christians should study Hebrew is to make you a better student of the Bible. Both the Old and New Testaments are unmistakably Jewish. The authors of the books of scripture were all Jews who knew not just the Hebrew language but the ways of Jewish thinking. One of the main reasons Christians should study Hebrew is that you cannot completely understand the meaning of the New Testament writers without understanding of the Hebrew mindset that underlies their message. Many issues in doctrine arise because non-Jews have imposed a Western mindset into Jewish-written Scriptures. 8. To Better Understand Jewish Concepts and Other Writing This relates to a better understanding of Jewish culture. However, learning biblical Hebrew will also help you to appreciate the struggle of the Jewish people through history and help you to sympathize with their circumstances and plight. Additionally, as a Christian studying Hebrew, you will understand the importance of Shabbat, the Jewish Holidays, and how they are best understood from a Messianic perspective. 9. To Strengthen our Relationship with God. As Christians, our greatest priority is to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. As we study His Word, we learn of His character and walk in closer fellowship with Him. Since the Bible, written in Hebrew, is where we learn of Him, we should be earnest students of it. In order to understand its truth, learning Hebrew for Christians will assist us in learning in a deeper, more meaningful way. New LinkWe could read and study the Bible every day, but by learning Hebrew for Christians, we could grow in His Word in a way we couldn’t if we didn’t study biblical Hebrew. Learning Hebrew, as a Christian, allows us to incorporate the insight of the Hebrew language and phrases into our studies. To deepen our understanding of the Bible, we must immerse ourselves in the study of it. This is a primary reason why Christians should study Hebrew. 10. To Grow as a Christian Leader Most Christian leaders and Pastors who honor the Scriptures encourage their flock to examine scripture in the Hebrew text. Even Martin Luther wrote: “The Hebrew language is the best language of all … If I were younger, I would want to learn this language, because no one can really understand the Scriptures without it. For although the New Testament is written in Greek, it is full of Hebraisms and Hebrew expressions. It has therefore been aptly said that the Hebrews drink from the spring, the Greeks from the stream that flows from it, and the Latins from a downstream pool.” Be it a blogger, Pastor, or ministry leader, learning Hebrew for Christians will greatly enhance your own understanding of the scripture and allow you to share it more effectively with others. One Final Note on Why Christians Should Study Hebrew. Jesus told his disciples that not one “jot” or “tittle” will pass away from the Law until all is fulfilled. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” – Matthew 5:18 (NKJV) The word “jot” (or iota in the Greek New Testament) refers to the smallest Hebrew letter, which is “Yod.” The word “tittle” (keraia in Greek) refers to the “horn,” which is the smallest stroke of a Hebrew letter. (This would be like the serif of a current typeface). If even the tiniest stroke of the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet was important to Jesus, and if we, as Christians, revere the Scriptures as He did, it would also be important for us to take care to pay attention to even the smallest details of scripture. However, how can we even know what a “jot” or a “tittle” is without having studied the original Hebrew text? I sincerely pray that you will ask God if He desires you to learn biblical Hebrew.. Are you ready to learn Hebrew for Christians? I have a fantastic resource for you, from serious to fun and from light to intense. Hebrew Letters and Bible Study with Artza Box and Woman of Noble Character Bi-weekly on a Thursday morning (with the replay sent immediately after for those that can’t make it), we study Hebrew letters, words, play learning games and dive into Bible study to help us gain a deeper understanding of the text. Occasionally, we have Israeli cooking demonstrations and learn about Hebrew culture. It is a fabulous class with great testimonials. Join us by registering here.
Israeli culture5 Ways You Can Support Israel - right nowOn October 7th Israel awoke to a nightmare. Palestinian Hamas terrorists had invaded southern Israel mercilessly massacring parents, grandparents, Holocaust survivors, children, and babies, taking with them more than two hundred as hostages to the Gaza Strip, where they are being held incommunicado and in inhumane conditions. This was the bloodiest day in Jewish history since the Holocaust. Our hearts are broken. Everyone in Israel is doing everything they can to support one another whether it's donating food for the army, taking in people who have been displaced (200,000+ who live near the border with Gaza and Lebanon have had to flee their homes so quickly they couldn't take anything). Hundreds of you have reached out asking how you can help while being in the States, we've put together this list of things you can do to help that will make a big difference in Israel: 1. Stand with Israel and donate to help those who are affected Artza has launched the "Emergency Supporters Of Israel Charity Fundraiser" to ensure that 100% of your funds reach those who need it most. Israel is at war. Israel needs you. Our Israeli brothers and sisters need you. Please act now! Act Now: Please join us in this vital mission. Every dollar of your donation will go directly to those in need. No fees will be taken out from your donation. 2. SHARE SHARE SHARE Sharing the facts about what is happening here is so important. The twisted narrative and falsehoods of the media are rampant and we must share the truth. The world MUST know what is happening here in Israel - it MUST know of the atrocities and heinous crimes committed by Hamas here in Israel. We cannot let the mainstream media win. We cannot allow them to push the Hamas agenda. You can find more information to share with your community on our socials: Instagram and Facebook 3. Pray Prayer is so important. You can also gather your bible study, church, or community to join in prayer together for Israel. 4. Reach out to all your Israeli and Jewish friends Check in with them. Israel is home for them all. These are their brothers and sisters - send a quick message and tell them that you are thinking about them and praying for Israel. 5. Host an Israeli dinner or a night to honor Israel as a way to bring people together around Israel and to learn. At difficult times like these - it strengthens us to know that we have friends around the world, coming together, united by their love for Israel, sharing in our history, our culture and our hopes. Hosting an Israeli dinner is a beautiful and meaningful way to bring people together in solidarity for Israel right now. You can get started on planning your Israeli dinner by: picking a time, calling up some friends and heading to the grocery store. Appetiser: Best Israeli Hummus served with fresh veggies or some warm falafel Dessert: Easy halva almond swirl cookies Dinner: Sumac roast chicken or Shakshuka This is a great way to create more awareness about the war which helps Israel and prayer is always so powerful. Our social media can be a source for what is currently happening: Instagram and Facebook Thank you so much for your support for Israel, it means so much to us all here during this difficult time - to know that we have friends like you around the world is a real encouragement. Every little bit counts, and together we must all do our part for Israel.
Israel holy land toursPart 1. Pilgrimage to Holiness: Israel's Christian Churches. Embark on a spiritual journey through Israel's ancient streets, tracing the echoes of a timeless faith as we visit revered Christian sites and discover the profound significance of these places in Christian history. In this three-part Artza series, we will lead you through the hallowed halls of some of the holiest churches in Israel, unveiling the stories, traditions, and sanctuaries that have shaped the Christian narrative in this holy land, Israel. As we wander through Israel's ancient cities and streets, we'll follow biblical figures and saints, tracing the echoes of a timeless faith that resonates today, from the northern reaches to the southern expanses. These churches in Israel stand as a testament to believers' enduring devotion and the enduring allure of Israel as a sacred destination. Our journey to the sacred landscapes, where our exploration begins in North Israel; where faith and history converge in a profound pilgrimage. The Church of the Annunciation (Basilica of the Annunciation), Nazareth: Our exploration begins at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, one of the world's most revered Christian sites in Israel and the world, where the Angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary resonates through time. The Basilica church is known for its stunning architecture and beautiful mosaics. Admire the exquisite architecture and intricate mosaics that adorn this sanctuary. A pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Annunciation is a profound and enriching journey, inviting Christians to walk in Mary's footsteps and connect with the heart of faith in a tangible and significant way. Who was Angel Gabriel? The Angel Gabriel is a significant figure, often portrayed as a messenger of God who plays a pivotal role in several important events, including the Annunciation to Mary, Annunciation to Zechariah, and Guidance to Joseph, delivering messages of great importance to various biblical figures. Gabriel's role as a messenger and bringer of divine revelations makes him a significant and revered figure in Christian theology. Mount of Beatitudes, near the Sea of Galilee: Our spiritual odyssey extends to the serene Mount of Beatitudes, nestled near the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This hallowed ground is believed to be the place where Jesus delivered his transformative Sermon on the Mount. As you wander through its meticulously landscaped gardens and ascend to the Church of the Beatitudes, you'll immerse yourself in a tranquil atmosphere inviting contemplation. The Sermon on the Mount is one of Jesus' most famous and significant teachings found in the New Testament, specifically in the Gospel of Matthew. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:14 A pilgrimage to the Mount of Beatitudes is a transformative and spiritually enriching journey, beckoning Christians to follow in Jesus' footsteps and experience the essence of their faith in a palpable and deeply meaningful manner. The Church of St. John the Baptist, Ein Karem: The Church of St. John the Baptist, nestled in the idyllic village of Ein Karem, Jerusalem, serves as a sacred portal to the birthplace of John the Baptist, a pivotal figure in Christian history. Within its hallowed walls, exquisite frescoes adorn the holy space, breathing life and providing a feeling and imagery into timeless stories. Surrounded by lush and enchanting gardens, this sanctuary invites you to enter a world where faith intertwines with natural beauty, offering a haven for reflection and spiritual renewal. Who was John the Baptist? John the Baptist was a significant figure in Christian history and a key figure in the Bible's New Testament, recognized for his role as a prophet and forerunner of Jesus Christ. John's role extends far beyond mere proclamation; he served & serves as the bridge between the Old and New Covenants, with his message of repentance and preparation paving the way for Jesus' transformative teachings. The Church of the Multiplication, Tabgha: The Church of the Multiplication, Tabgha: Located on the serene shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Multiplication is celebrated for its deep connection to one of Jesus' most remarkable miracles—the multiplication of loaves and fishes. The multiplication of loaves and fishes stands as a testament to the boundless compassion and divine abundance that can flow from a single act of faith." Matthew 14:13-21 The church's interior is decorated with a mesmerizing mosaic floor that vividly portrays this miraculous event, making it a profound spiritual destination for Christians worldwide. It's a place where faith merges with the tangible beauty of art, providing a space for contemplation and a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. As we conclude this chapter (1/3 of) our journey, it has been a pleasure to guide you through some of the most sacred churches in Israel. We invite you to join us in our next instalment, where we'll explore more Christian sites and experiences in other captivating locations across the Holy Land, Israel. And for those who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with up to eight stunning handcrafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics, and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible
Bible storiesHow Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is Observed in Israel: Traditions and Customs.Yom Kippur, referred to additionally as the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn and significant day in the Jewish calendar. A time for deep reflection, repentance, and seeking forgiveness for one's sins. In this blog post, we'll explore the meaning and traditions of Yom Kippur, its significance in Judaism, and how it's observed in the Holy Land, Israel. When is Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 27, and ends at sundown on Thursday, September 28. What is Yom Kippur? Yom Kippur falls on the seventh month in the Jewish calendar and marks the culmination of the Ten Days of Repentance that begin with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the most significant day in the Jewish Calendar and is marked by fasting, prayer, and introspection, allowing individuals to engage in meaningful self-reflection and seek spiritual renewal. The Importance of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement): Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is a day when Jews seek atonement and reconciliation with God. It is believed that God inscribes each individual's course for the coming year in the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah. The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the “Jewish high holidays” or “high holy days" and are a journey of introspection, self-examination, and the sincere quest for forgiveness. How is Yom Kippur celebrated? 1. Fasting and Prayer on Yom Kippur: One of the most well-known aspects of Yom Kippur is the 25-hour fast. This fast includes abstaining from food, drink, and other physical comforts. What is the purpose of the fast? Spiritual Focus: The fast serves as a means to redirect one's attention away from physical needs and desires and toward spiritual matters. Symbol of Repentance: Fasting is a tangible expression of sincere repentance and remorse for one's sins. Physical and Spiritual Detoxification: The fast serves as a form of purification, both physically and spiritually. Fasting on Yom Kippur serves a profound purpose with multiple dimensions. It stands as a powerful symbol of one's dedication to both physical and mental repentance, enabling an individual to create a sacred space for spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and divine reconciliation. 2. Reflection and Forgiveness: The essence of Yom Kippur is self-reflection and seeking forgiveness. Jews use this time to examine their actions over the past year, make amends with those they've wronged, and resolve to improve in the coming year. 3. Synagogue Services: Yom Kippur radiates with spiritual intensity as worshippers gather for a day of profound and intense synagogue services. On Yom Kippur, two central prayers hold profound significance for Jewish worshippers: Kol Nidre: This solemn and deeply meaningful prayer is recited during the evening service. It serves as a heartfelt plea for the annulment of vows and promises made to God, allowing individuals to approach the Day of Atonement with a clean slate and a spirit of repentance. Al Chet Confession: Following Kol Nidre, a full day of prayer unfolds, featuring the "Al Chet" confession. In this solemn act, a comprehensive list of sins is enumerated, and worshippers earnestly seek forgiveness, collectively embracing spiritual renewal and divine grace. These two prayers together reveal the heart of Yom Kippur, a day of profound transformation. Here, in the embrace of introspection, sincere repentance, and the quest for divine mercy, individuals are empowered to embark on a journey of spiritual renewal and personal growth. How is Yom Kippur celebrated in Israel? Yom Kippur in Israel is a special festival which is celebrated/respected by all levels of religiosity. Yom Kippur in Israel marks a unique pause in the rhythm of everyday life. On this day, the nation comes to a standstill, with businesses, restaurants, and recreational venues closing their doors. Transportation, including Ben Gurion Airport, grinds to a halt, and public roads, usually bustling, become remarkably empty. Additionally, Throughout Yom Kippur Day, when the highways are empty, it has become more and more common to see kids and their families take to the desolate roads to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards on what would be some of the busiest roads in Israel. Meaningful Activities on Yom Kippur. As Yom Kippur holds a profound spiritual significance for Jews, Christian visitors in Israel on this sacred day use it as an opportunity for their own quiet reflection and spiritual contemplation by seeking out a serene and peaceful natural setting or by visiting one of Israel's many historic and religious sites, like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the tranquil shores of the Sea of Galilee, or the sacred waters of the Jordan River. It's a moment to pause, reflect, and draw from the wellspring of spiritual energy that permeates the Holy Land on this extraordinary day. Yom Kippur transcends religious boundaries, offering a universal invitation to all who seek moments of inner peace, renewal, and connection with the divine. It's a day where anyone, regardless of their faith, can find solace and inspiration. For those who want a fully immersive experience of the Holy Land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with up to eight stunning handcrafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics, and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible.
Israeli cultureSukkot / Festival of Tabernacles 2023 Sukkot is known by many names: Feast of Shelters, Feast of Booths, Feast of Ingathering, and The Feast of Tabernacles. What is Sukkot? Sukkot is a week-long Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest. It is one of the most joyful festivals in Judaism, bringing families, friends and communities together. Sukkot is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals (Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot) and commemorates the 40 years of wilderness wanderings and the completion of the harvest or agricultural year. The Bible reveals dual significance in the Feast of Tabernacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel's "Thanksgiving." It is a joyous harvest festival celebrating the completion of the agricultural year. As a historical feast, Sukkots' main characteristic is the requirement of Israel's people to leave their homes and to dwell in temporary shelters or booths. The Jews built these booths (temporary shelters) to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt and their protection, provision, and care by the hand of God during their 40 years in the wilderness. Customs of Sukkot Many interesting customs are associated with the celebration of Sukkot. Sukkah - The booth of Sukkot is called a sukkah. The temporary shelters consist of at least three walls framed with wood and canvas, with the roof or covering made from cut branches and leaves placed loosely atop, leaving open space for the stars to be viewed and rain to enter.Decorating the Sukkah - It is common to decorate the Sukkah with flowers, leaves, and fruits. Decorating your sukkah is a celebration of Sukkot itself and will enhance the festival celebration throughout the week. Decorations for the Sukkah can get children more involved in the Sukkot celebration. Arba Minim / Four Spices - The Arba Minim / Four Spices are a set of four species of plants used in Jewish rituals during the holiday of Sukkot. *link to Arba Minim When is Sukkot 2023? Sukkot's celebration takes place on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. It comes five days after Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. This year (2023), the festival of Sukkot begins on the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends on Friday, October 6. "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, the Lord's Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.'" - Leviticus 23:34 (NIV) Why is Sukkot celebrated? The festival of Sukkot commemorates the 40-year desert journey of the Israelites following their liberation from Egypt, during which they lived in temporary booths (sukkot) and relied on God's guidance to reach the Promised Land, Israel. What are the Arba Minim / Four Spices? Lulav - A palm branch. It is typically the largest component of the Arba Minim and symbolizes the spine.Etrog - A citron fruit. It is often referred to as the "etrog," "etrog citron," or "etrog fruit." It is prized for its unique shape and fragrance and represents the heart.Hadas - Myrtle branches. Three myrtle branches are bound together, symbolizing the eyes.Arvah - Willow branches. Two willow branches are bound together, representing the lips. These four species are used together in a special ritual during Sukkot, with the ritual involving waving the lulav, etrog, hadas, and aravah in six directions (east, south, west, north, up, and down). This ritual is performed each day of Sukkot, with the exception of Shabbat, to symbolize unity, and is a way of thanking and praising God for the harvest and for the protection provided during the Israelites' desert journey. Events in Israel during the Sukkot festival. The Jerusalem March - Each year during the Sukkot holiday, the Jerusalem March paints the city with tradition, vibrant colours and a vast array of participants. Tens of thousands, both local and from around the globe, come together to joyfully parade through the streets of Jerusalem, creating a festive atmosphere that's hard to resist. For the past three decades, thousands of Christians from around the world have come to Jerusalem every fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.Succot Four Species Fair at Sarona - The vibrant festive market located at Giv’on Square, which takes place from Wed 27 September 2023 - Fri 29 September 2023, will be a treasure trove of artisanal delights, offering a rich array of wares that encapsulate the essence of Sukkot. From the symbolic "four species" to intricately designed Sukkahs and an assortment of Sukkah decorations, you'll find everything required to elevate your holiday experience.Tamar Festival - An enchanting five-day revelry, the Tamar Festival, traditionally held during Sukkot amid the awe-inspiring backdrop of Masada in Israel's Negev Desert, stands as the nation's grandest musical extravaganza. This festival showcases the talents of beloved Israeli musicians and invites the world's diverse musical heritage to harmonize within an unparalleled desert oasis. Many of the festival's sunrise concerts enable the breathtaking sunrise over the desert and the Dead Sea to provide a unique ambience serving as a stunning backdrop.Spicy Way Farm - During the joyous intermediate days of Sukkot, Spicy Way Farm in Beit-Lechem-Haglilit hosts a vibrant celebration of flavours and hues. This fiesta invites visitors to partake in creative culinary workshops centred around the deep red pepper Paprika. Attendees can immerse themselves in guided tours through the lush Paprika fields and savour delectable dishes inspired by this fiery spice, making it a truly uplifting experience for the senses. You're invited to join us as we continue our exploration of the diverse array of festivals and events in Israel. We'll be diving into Christian and historical sites, along with immersive experiences in other captivating locations throughout the Holy Land. And for those who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with up to eight stunning handcrafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics, and so much more - each, carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. 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Israel holy land toursBringing Beer Sheva, Israel to life through the Artza Holy Land blogEmbark on a journey and travel to the Holy Land through the lens of the 'Holy Land Artza Blog' series. In this series, you will be taken on an immersive journey through the Holy Land. Exploring ancient, biblical and modern stories, magnificent scenery, flavors, traditions, sites and most importantly of all - we will introduce you to the people that call this place home. Along the journey you will meet all of the Israeli artisans and charities that we hep support, and we explore the rich culture, history and beauty of Israel. And for those of you that want a fully immersive experience of the the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box, are designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed this gorgeous hand crafted gifts foods, locals spices, content, stories, scripture and so much more! Delivered from the Holy Land, directly to your home. Location: Beer Sheva (Beersheba) Our journey continues in Beer Sheva also known as Beersheba, a city located in southern Israel in the Negev desert. The city is considered an important site in both Jewish and Christian history, as it is the location where God made a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 21:22-34, promising to give him and his descendants the land of Canaan, including Beersheba. Top things to do in Beer Sheva, Israel. 1. Beer Sheva, Old City: The Old City is well in the throes of a transformation into a hub of tourism, culture, recreation and youth. The Old City also houses the city’s first mosque also built in 1906, the Turkish railway station built during the First World War, and many more buildings and streets which set the scene of life in the city and many other cities under Ottoman Rule. This district houses the city’s most famous attraction, Abraham’s Well 2. Beer Sheva marketplace: This market takes place every Thursday and has been a tradition since 1905. You'll get to see and shop for authentic Bedouin goods, such as copper and glassware, jewelry, and hand-woven rugs and crafts. But that's not all, the market also has modern stalls selling clothing, footwear, and delicious food. The Bedouin market is a unique and vibrant experience, it's definitely worth a visit while you're in the city. 3. Tel Beer Sheba: Tel Beer Sheva, is the area in which the forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) lived and worked. Located 5km outside of Beer Sheva is now an archaeological site. The tel, or "mound," is the accumulation of layers of human habitation and civilization that built up over time. You are able to see the remains of the ancient city, including the Israelite fortress and palace from the time of King David, an Iron Age city gate, an administrative building, and a water system from the time of the Israelite monarchy. 4. Tel Arad: Tel Arad is one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites. A fortified Canaanite city and fortresses from the time of the kings of Judah have been unearthed at the site. The remains of a unique Judean temple and an extraordinary water plant from the times of the Judean kings were discovered in the fortresses. Tel Arad is one of the most significant sites for the study of Biblical Archaeology. It is especially important for the evaluation of the reality behind the story of the Exodus. 5. Ottoman City: Beer Sheva is the only city planned by the Ottomans, and the unique architecture of that period shows in the city’s many buildings, including the Turkish Railway Station and Old Turkish Town districts. This biblical and Ottoman city is a cultural destination in its own right, offering a unique cultural and historical charm. 6. The Carasso Science Park: The Carasso Science Park is the largest science and technology-based museum in all of Israel. 7. The Negev Museum of Art: The Negev Museum of Art is an art museum dedicated to Israeli art. It is the former Governor's Mansion, built in 1906 by the Ottomans as part of a large collection of government buildings that also included the mosque and the Seraya. In recognition of the significance of the number seven, we listed seven great attractions in Beer Sheva. What is the meaning of Beer Sheva? The name "Beer Sheva" is derived from the Hebrew words "Beer" meaning "well" and "Sheva" meaning "seven." The name is believed to come from the seven wells that were found in the area during ancient times. The wells were a crucial source of water for the nomadic tribes who passed through the region, and the city that grew around them became known as Beer Sheva. Genesis 21:22-34: This passage describes the well that Abraham dug in Beer Sheva and it was the place where God appeared to him and made a covenant with him. It is considered by Christians a significant event in the history of the faith, as God promised to make Abraham the father of many nations, and that through his descendants all the families of the earth would be blessed. Rich history: The history of Beer Sheva, Israel has biblical significance. Beer Sheva in the Bible was the city Abraham and his son Isaac established after they made peace with the Philistine King Abimelech, over a dispute over a well of water. Distance from Jerusalem: Beer Sheva to Jerusalem is approximately 115 kilometres (71.4 miles). As we come to the close of our fourth Holy Land Artza Blog which takes you on a journey through Israel with us, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your participation. It has been a privilege to share with you the beauty, culture and traditions of this land that holds such a special place in our hearts thus far, and we are so excited for what is to come! For those who seek a deeper connection to the Holy Land, our Artza subscription boxes are the next best thing to actually travelling to Israel, it is the best way to bring the Holy Land to your doorstep. Each Artza box is sent to you from a different region in Israel, and it is packed with up to eight stunning hand-crafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. This is your chance to experience the Beauty of the Holy Land and to support the people of Israel. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and providing you with the next Holy Land Artza Blog, and of course, welcome to ISRAEL!
Israeli cultureBest Israeli Hummus Recipe: Step-by-Step GuideWhen people think of Israeli food, one of the first things they inevitably think about is hummus. Here in Israel, we have hummus with everything! Everyone claims to have their own best recipe and favorite hummus spot, where they gather with families to enjoy this healthy and delicious dish on the weekend. Did you know that the oldest written recipe for hummus was found in an Egyptian cookbook dating back over 800 years! For our loyal Artza family, we wanted to put our very own Artza twist on this quintessential Israeli dish. So we partnered with our friends at the “Spice Road Farm” to create a custom hummus spice blend that features over 10 different natively grown spices and herbs. As we say in Hebrew, te’he-nu (Enjoy)! INSTRUCTIONS To start – mix the tablespoon of Hummus seasoning with 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a separate bowl. Mix it thoroughly, then set it on the side to allow of the flavors to seep into the oil. Take a tablespoon of chickpeas, the diced-up parsley, and the boiled egg and put them to the side – we will use these at the end. In a blender combine the remaining chickpeas, garlic cloves, salt, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, cumin (optional) and blend until creamy. Now for the fun part – pour the hummus into a serving bowl, use the back of a spoon the create a circle in the middle. Drizzle your olive oil blend over the hummus, and sprinkle the diced up parsley to garnish. And the remaining chickpeas on top of the dish, alongside the boiled egg. Sprinkle some extra hummus seasoning on top and enjoy with warm pita bread!! INGREDIENTS 1 TBSP Artza Hummus seasoning2 CANS Chickpeas4 TBSPS Tahini3 1/2 TBSPS Lemon juice9 1/2 TBSPS Olive oil3 OR 4 CLOVES Fresh garlicA PINCH OR TWO Salt1 TSP PaprikaA PINCH OF Cumin (OPTIONAL)Diced parsley (OPTIONAL) Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureHow to Make Sumac Roast Chicken - Israeli StyleOriginally used by tanners in ancient Egypt as a natural coloring agent, Sumac today is one of Israel’s most widely used spices. With hundreds of sumac species grown all over the world, Rhus coriaria is the only species wildly grown and cultivated in Israel. With its unique piquant, lemony spice, the possibilities for using Sumac are endless! For you, Artza has chosen to share one of the most delicious recipes to transform your classic roast chicken to a dish you will absolutely love! INSTRUCTIONS Place the chicken in a bowl and add the lemon juice; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 1 1/2 tablespoons sumac; the garlic, cumin, allspice and cinnamon; and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub the mixture into the meat. Add the red onion and toss to coat. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate, 1 to 3 hours. Heat the oven to 37’F . Transfer the chicken, onion slices and any juices to a baking sheet and roast until the juices run clear for approx. 40 minutes. In a small skillet, cook the pine nuts in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until golden brown, then transfer to a paper towel to drain. To serve, heat the bread and transfer to a platter. Arrange the chicken and red onion on top. Finish with a smattering of pine nuts, sumac and chopped parsley. Drizzle any remaining roasting juices so they soak into the bread, then drizzle with a little more olive oil and enjoy!! INGREDIENTS 2 POUNDS Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks4TBS Fresh Lemon Juice4 TBS Olive Oil1 1⁄2 TBS Sumac Spice4 Garlic Cloves, Crushed1⁄2 TSP Ground Cumin1⁄2 TSP Ground Allspice1⁄4 TSP Ground CinnamonPINCH Sea SaltPINCH Black Pepper4TBS Fresh Lemon Juice1 Sliced Red Onion2 TBS Pine NutsHANDFUL Chopped ParsleyPita/flat bread For serving Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israel holy land toursBringing Bethlehem to life through the Artza Holy Land blogEmbark on a journey and travel to the Holy Land through the lens of the 'Holy Land Artza Blog' series. Discover the Holy Land's Rich Culture & History in Bethlehem, Israel. In this series, you will be taken on an immersive journey through the Holy Land. Exploring ancient, biblical, and modern stories, magnificent scenery, flavors, traditions, sites, and most importantly of all - we will introduce you to the people that call this place home. Along the journey, you will meet all of the Israeli artisans and charities that we help support and explore the rich culture, history, and beauty of Israel. And for those of you who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with gorgeous, handcrafted gifts, foods, local spices, content, stories, scripture, and so much more! Delivered from the Holy Land directly to your home. Location: Bethlehem, Israel Our journey continues in Bethlehem, Israel. Bethlehem holds a significant place in the history of Christianity and its connection to Jesus is a central part of the faith for many Christians. Bethlehem was the location where Jesus was born. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. - Luke 2:7 Where does the name Bethlehem come from? The name "Bethlehem" is derived from the Arabic word 'bêth lehem', which means 'house of meat.' Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst" - John 6:35. The name Bethlehem has symbolic and biblical significance for Jews and Christians. Bethlehem and the Birth of Jesus. Mary, pregnant with a child, left her hometown of Nazareth and travelled to Bethlehem, to register in a national census. Once there, they sought a place to sleep, but there were no rooms in the local inn. The innkeeper let them stay in the manger, where the animals were kept. The manger was a cave or grotto, and here it is believed Jesus was born. Many years later, in the 4th century, the Church of the Nativity was built around what is believed by many to be the Holy Grotto, and visitors to Bethlehem can worship at this site. Today Christian sites in Bethlehem include Manger Square and St. Catherine's Church adjacent to the Nativity Church. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." - Micah 5:2 Top things to do in Bethlehem, Israel. The Church of the Nativity: The Church of the Nativity is considered by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ and is one of the oldest churches in the world. The Milk Grotto: The Milk Grotto is a Christian site in Bethlehem believed to be where the Mary nursed Jesus. It is a place of pilgrimage for Christians, and many come here to pray. The Tomb of Rachel: The Tomb of Rachel is revered by Jews and Christians as the burial place of the matriarch. The Tomb of Rachel is important as it is believed to be the final resting place of the matriarch Rachel, who is regarded as an important biblical figure and is remembered as the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve tribes of Israel. It is also considered a significant place of pilgrimage, where many come to pay homage to Rachel and to seek blessings. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb." - Genesis 35:19-20 Manger Square: This square is located in front of the Church of the Nativity and is named after the manger where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was born. Manger Square is a major gathering place for Christians during Christmas celebrations and is considered to be an important site for Christian pilgrims visiting Bethlehem. Where does the name Magner Square come from? Manger Square is named after the manger where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was born. The word "manger" comes from the French word "manger," which means "to eat." In the Christian tradition, the manger is the feeding trough in a stable where the infant Jesus was placed after his birth. Why Did Mary and Joseph Go to Bethlehem? Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to participate in a census ordered by Caesar Augustus. This was ultimately so that everyone could be accounted for and pay taxes. And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. " - Luke 2:2. Everyone was to be registered in their own city, so Mary and Joseph had to return to Joseph's home city - Bethlehem in Judea. Bethlehem at the time was called David's city, and Joseph was of the descent from David. What Does the Star of Bethlehem Mean in Christianity? The star of Bethlehem is one of the most recognized symbols in Christianity as it represents the hope that came with the birth of Jesus. It is also now used regularly as part of the Christmas tradition of placing the star on top of the tree. Distance from Jerusalem: Bethlehem to Jerusalem is approximately 8.89 kilometres (5 miles). As we come to the close of our ninth Holy Land Artza Blog which takes you on a journey through Israel with us, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your participation. It has been a privilege to share with you the beauty, culture and traditions of this land that holds such a special place in our hearts thus far, and we are so excited for what is to come! For those who seek a deeper connection to the Holy Land, our Artza subscription boxes are the next best thing to actually travelling to Israel, it is the best way to bring the Holy Land to your doorstep. Each Artza box is sent to you from a different region in Israel, and it is packed with up to eight stunning hand-crafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. This is your chance to experience the beauty of the Holy Land and to support the people of Israel. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and providing you with the next Holy Land Artza Blog, and of course, welcome to ISRAEL!
Israel holy land toursBringing Jerusalem, Israel to life through the Artza Holy Land blogDiscover the Holy Land's Rich Culture & History in Jerusalem, Israel. In this series, you will be taken on an immersive journey through the Holy Land. Exploring ancient, biblical, and modern stories, magnificent scenery, flavors, traditions, sites, and most importantly of all - we will introduce you to the people that call this place home. Along the journey, you will meet all of the Israeli artisans and charities that we help support and explore the rich culture, history, and beauty of Israel. And for those of you who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with gorgeous, handcrafted gifts, foods, local spices, content, stories, scripture, and so much more! Delivered from the Holy Land directly to your home. Location: Jerusalem, Israel. Our journey continues through Jerusalem, regarded by many as one of the holiest places in the world for Christians, due to its deep-rooted connections to Jesus. With Jerusalem's rich history and spiritual significance, this holy city has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for centuries. Top holy sites in Jerusalem, Israel. 1. Church of the Holy Sepulchre: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a church situated in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to many traditions, it contains the two holiest sites in Christianity, the site where Jesus was crucified (Golgotha) and Jesus' empty tomb. Although this location is argued by many. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there - Gospel of John (19:41-42) 2. Via Dolorosa: The Via Dolorosa is a street in Jerusalem associated with the road Jesus walked on his way to his crucifixion, according to Christian tradition. The name means "Way of Suffering" in Latin, and it is believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The street is marked by a series of stations, each representing an event in the final journey of Jesus. The Via Dolorosa is a popular site for Christian pilgrimage, and it is one of the holiest places in Jerusalem for Christians. How many stations does the Via Dolorosa have? There are 14 stations in total along the Via Dolorosa: 9 stations of the cross and 5 from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The walk begins inside Jerusalem's old city, and the different stations are all marked with plaques. Where did the Via Dolorosa get its name? It is said that Jesus carried his own cross and wore a crown of thorns while he walked this route, so the name is fitting. 3. Temple Mount: Temple Mount is a hill in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been acclaimed as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity and Islam alike. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is considered an important site in Jesus' life because it was the location of the Second Temple, one of the most important Jewish religious and cultural centres of the time. One notable event recorded in the Gospels was when Jesus challenged the merchants and money changers who were operating inside the Temple, causing a disturbance. Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade" - Gospel of John (2:16). The event is considered significant in the life of Jesus and is often interpreted as an expression of his zeal for the House of God and his commitment to its spiritual purity. 4. Mount of Olives: This hill is considered a sacred site for Christians, as it is believed to be the location where Jesus taught and prayed, and where he will return at the end of time. According to the Gospels, Jesus often visited the Mount of Olives and used it as a place for prayer and contemplation. It is also the location where Jesus is said to have wept over the city of Jerusalem Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!" - (Luke 19:41-44) This statement, spoken by Jesus as he looked over the city of Jerusalem, expresses his deep sadness and longing for the people to understand the path to peace. The Mount of Olives is believed by many Christians to be the location where Jesus ascended into heaven after his resurrection this event is considered one of the most important in the Christian faith. This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." - Acts 1:9-12 The quote serves as a reminder of Jesus' promise to return and reinforces the idea of his ongoing presence in the world. 5. The Western Wall: The Western Wall, also known as the "Kotel" and the "Wailing Wall", is considered to be an extremely significant site in Christianity and Jesus because it is part of the Temple Mount, which was the location of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The wall is the only remaining structure of the retaining walls of the Temple of Jerusalem - the holiest site in ancient Judaism. In Christian tradition, it is believed that Jesus himself visited the Temple and taught there. The Western Wall is significant for Christianity and Jesus because it connects modern Christians with the history and tradition of their faith, and serves as a powerful reminder of the central role that Jerusalem played in the life and ministry of Jesus. Why is the Western Wall known as the 'Kotel' & 'Wailing Wall'? The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is called the Kotel in Hebrew as the word "Kotel" means "wall" in Hebrew. For centuries, Jews have come to the wall to mourn the destruction of the Second Temple. 6. Dome of Rock: The Dome Of Rock is significant in Christianity because it is believed to be the site where King Solomon built his Temple, and later where the Second Temple was located. In some Christian traditions, the Second Temple is also associated with the site of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus. Additionally, the location is considered to be sacred by Christians as it is considered the place where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac, as described in the Hebrew Bible. As such, the Dome of the Rock and the surrounding area have a rich religious history and hold significant spiritual value for Christians. God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son - (Genesis 22:8) . The quote demonstrates Abraham's faith and trust in God's promise, even in the face of a difficult and testing situation. It is often cited as an example of unwavering faith and devotion to God. As we come to the close of our tenth Holy Land Artza Blog which takes you on a journey through Israel with us, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your participation. It has been a privilege to share with you the beauty, culture and traditions of this land that holds such a special place in our hearts thus far, and we are so excited for what is to come! For those who seek a deeper connection to the Holy Land, our Artza subscription boxes are the next best thing to actually travelling to Israel, it is the best way to bring the Holy Land to your doorstep. Each Artza box is sent to you from a different region in Israel, and it is packed with up to eight stunning hand-crafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. This is your chance to experience the beauty of the Holy Land and to support the people of Israel. We look forward to welcoming you back soon and providing you with the next Holy Land Artza Blog, and of course, welcome to ISRAEL!