Two holidays. Both are celebrated the same time of year. Both are celebrated with many presents. Both are celebrated with an abundant amount of joy and good cheer. Both are celebrated with family get togethers, and large quantities of delicious, traditional foods. So both holidays must be pretty much the same, part of the “Holiday Read More
It happens every December. Festive lights are seemingly everywhere. Ornate decorations are on trees, on lawns, on lamp posts, in town halls, and in store windows. It is impossible to miss the distinctive sound of the season. Radio stations, stores, professional offices, and even elevators, play a loop of holiday songs. Of course the biggest Read More
It’s Time to be a Maccabee By Rabbi Reuven J. Epstein Close your eyes and picture it: Greek soldiers, more than the eye can count, marching towards Jerusalem. They easily take Jerusalem and the entire land of Israel and impose harsh rules and decrees. They prohibit Torah study, keeping Shabbat, and interfere with Read More
These reactions from IDF paratroopers as they arrived at the Kotel are a powerful reminder of the place Jerusalem has held in the Jewish heart for centuries. “The Wall was before us. I trembled. There it was as I had known it – immense, mighty, in all its splendor…overcome, I bowed my head in silence.” Read More
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Attributed to Avi Chai
Honor Israel’s Fallen Dear Friends: It is an honor for The Afikim Foundation to take the lead in developing the global commemoration of Yom Hazikaron in honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers. Yizkereim — Olami’s worldwide commemoration through its 320 affiliates worldwide, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, and IDF Widows and Orphans – reflects upon the Read More