Visiting the Holy Land is an earth-shattering connection to “where it all began,” once in a lifetime experience. For all of you who love the Holy Land, whether you have visited or not, this blog is for all of you. We want to bring The Land a little bit closer to you, let you visit it through our stories and see it through our eyes. We hope you will be inspired to subscribe!
Beautiful Olive Wood products created in the Holy Land. Each piece is created with care from an olive tree grown in Judea or the Galilee. Olive wood products include keepsake boxes, home decor, mezuzahs, Nativities and Ornaments creating the perfect gift from the Holy Land.
City of Zion and City of David are also used to refer to this holy city of Jerusalem which is probably one of the most famous cities in the whole globe attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. What is the significance of Jerusalem to Christians today?
The 10 Commandments of God that was given to Moses during the Israelites experience in the wilderness is probably one of the most famous instructions that were given to man. Let us examine each of the 10 Commandments and its importance to our lives today.
The Sea of Galilee is one of the most famous places during the time of Jesus Christ. In fact, if you will study carefully the Gospel accounts, some of the major miracles of Jesus were performed in the surface of this famous body of water.
The Temple has always been a medium that has been used by God to connect with His people. For the Jews, it is not just a physical building composed of bricks and stones. It is a holy structure where the presence of God dwells and where His people can come and experience His glory.
Probably the most prominent animal in the whole Scriptures; the lamb is said throughout the books of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, the sheep have been used in symbolically throughout the Bible to portray God’s people while the lamb as a representation of His Son, Jesus.
Giving is one of the core foundations of the Christian Faith. The Bible is filled with stories that illustrates giving to God and giving to others. In fact, the word ‘give’ appears 921 times in the entire Scriptures. Why does God wants us to be a giving person?
The Tallit is used as a physical manifestation of a person‘s devotion and wholehearted submission to God and His will. On the other hand, the Tzitzit that are attached to the Tallit is a physical reminder of the mitzvah and the obligation of God’s people to obey it.
In ancient times shofar was used to signal the beginning and ending of a religious celebration, to empower the Israelite army before conquering an enemy nation and to call the people to prepare themselves for meeting with God.. see how we use it today.
The secret is simple; all that God wants us to do is to be careful in obeying the Law of Moses by not turning to the right or to the left. God also wants us to meditate on it day and night, again, for the purpose of doing everything that is written on it.
Getting a ring to wear from the Holy Land is an exciting moment. Whether the ring is for yourself or for a loved one, the style, the symbolism, the scripture is all of utmost importance when selecting a ring. However, many people forget an often overlooked detail: the ring size.
As a new couple on the path my husband and I first stepped into the synagogue on Saturday morning service and we noticed the men and the boys were draped in white fringed shawls bordered with black or blue stripes. My husband was new to Judaic tradition, I however, had grown up in al Jewish household, was a little familiar with these cloths.
The Menorah is a seven-lamp golden lamp stand that God commanded Moses to build and designated to be used inside the Tabernacle. The light coming from each of the lamps signifies the light that God is using to guide His people into the truth. Because of this, the Menorah is one of the oldest symbols associated with Judaism. God also commanded that the Menorah must burn its light from evening until morning.
In the heart of Jerusalem lies a jeweler with Jerusalem in his heart. Rafael Saedia is 4th generation jeweler specializing in silver and gold jewelry, combined with various types of precious stones and Roman glass. Each item is handmade, ensuring best quality materials, craftsmanship, and finish.
The Pomegranate fruit which is also known as ‘Grained Apple’ is one of the most prominent fruits that are mentioned in the Bible. One of the most esteemed fruits in the Jewish tradition, several Bible verses in the Old Testament mentioned the Pomegranate.
Presumed to be used by the early believers in the first century, the Messianic Seal is an expressive emblem of the connection between the Jewish and Christian faith. It is composed of two symbols: The Menora and the Fish which intertwined at the center to create a Start of David.
The Hoshen or the Priestly Breasplate is one of the pieces of the elaborate priestly clothes that were prescribed by God to be worn by the High Priest. One of the prominent features of the Hoshen is the precious stones that are mounted into it that represents the twelve sons of Israel. It might be a very beautiful relic of the Jewish faith but what is the significance of the Hoshen to the believers today? What does that symbol of faith means to us right now?
The cross represents the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because it communicates this powerful message, it has become the most popular symbol of Christianity. As such, different variations of it have been used throughout the centuries. Here are some of the variants of the cross and their origins and meanings.
Jesus used the mustard seed as an analogy for the Kingdom of God and He also encouraged His disciples to have faith – mustard seed-sized. But what does the symbolism really means in the context of Jesus’ words?
Whenever you see the Fish Symbol, always remember that God is never late, never on a hurry, God is always on time. Sometimes he allows times of silence and darkness for us to really reflect and consider what should be the most important in our lives.
Just like the music that the David’s harp produces, our music should be a comfort for the soul, a source of peace for the mind and a warm blanket of encouragement for the heart. As believers today, let us take some time to reflect what kind of music are we producing through our lives?
Women in the Middle East are known around the globe for their vibrant skin and youthful beauty. Not only does their habit of covering their skin make them young and beautiful, but they also use beauty secrets that have been handed down for generations. Find out their best-kept secret!
We all want to look younger. But if you’re like most women, you’ve tried a wide assortment of products without seeing much in the way of results. The good news is that there are solutions out there that have been reversing the signs of aging for thousands of years
Everyone wants healthier, better-looking skin. If you’ve tried using department store products in the past and have found yourself disappointed with the results, it’s time to consider what Dead Sea products could do for your skin.
You can see it everywhere, salt, of various kinds and formulations, is “hotter” as a cosmetic and skin care aid than ever. Generations have known the benefits of soaking in Epsom salts for stress and soreness relief — but that’s only the beginning! There’s more to the story than you suspect.
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Frankincense has a significant meaning to Christians. Like gold and myrrh, frankincense was one of the gifts the three wise men offered to the infant Jesus. Today, this fragrant anointing oil is transformed into an essential oil that’s still valued in practices of faith and devotion.
Most of us have heard of myrrh fragrance oil. According to Bible stories, it is one of the gifts (along with gold and frankincense) the three wise men offered the infant Jesus. But do you know why frankincense and myrrh were used and well-regarded for more than 5,000 years? Find out why!
The main reason we anoint with oil is to consecrate a person, place or thing to God. Anointing with oil also is part of the church’s ministry to the sick. No matter the reason, when we anoint with oil we are exercising our faith in a loving and all-powerful God who hears and answers our prayers.
Fragrances and herbs mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are physically and spiritually enriched with symbolism. They each symbolize the qualities and characteristics of Yeshua’s perfection and what He desires in the Bride of Messiah.
Anointing oil is a powerful tool when it’s used by a Believer. It should always be used in service to Him. There are many ways you can incorporate it into your devotions: Praying for Others, Traditional Daily Use, Prayer for the Sick, Spiritual Warfare, Consecration, As an Act of Hospitality.
Anointing oil—also called blessing or consecrating oil—is an act that changes regular olive oil into a spiritual symbol and tool. The ancient practice of anointing with oil goes back to the Old Testament. Anointing with oil also is part of the church’s ministry to the sick.
The original recipe for anointing oil can be found in Exodus 30: 23-14. It was comprised of myrrh, cinnamon and other natural ingredients. Rather, the strictness of the guidelines for creating the oil was a test of the Israelites’ obedience and a demonstration of God’s absolute holiness.
A special recipe oil was used in the Old Testament for anointing the head of the high priest and his descendants and sprinkling the tabernacle and its furnishings to mark them as holy and set apart to the Lord (Exodus 25:6; Leviticus 8:30; Numbers 4:16.).
Israel offers so much more than incredible old ruins and a host of biblical sites. Consider venturing off the beaten path to swim in the Dead Sea, take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee or enjoy Tel Aviv’s stunning beaches. With so many exciting places to visit it’s hard to know where to begin.
If you’re a Christian taking a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, one of the most important—and worthwhile—things to do is walk the Via Dolorosa. Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief” in Latin) is a road in the old city of Jerusalem. Visitors can walk the path where Jesus was led in agony while carrying the crucifixion cross.
Passover celebrates the Jewish people’s freedom and liberty from tyranny and autocracy. It deals with the struggle that Hebrews endured to reach—and create—the “Land of Hope and Promise.” In honor of this, every year thousands of followers and believers observe Pesach.
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For millions of people, Black Friday means it’s time for some serious Christmas shopping. The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of—if not the—biggest shopping days of the year. The term “Black Friday” originated in the 1960s to mark the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” into the “black.” When records were kept by hand red ink symbolized a loss and black a profit.
Pentecost commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. The first Pentecost come several weeks after His’ death and resurrection. Before that, there were followers of Jesus but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” From a historical and spiritual perspective, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started since the Spirit brings the church into existence and invigorates it.
Israel has always been rich in artistic expression and has always played an important part in Israeli culture. Its artists have been strongly inspired by Biblical and Zionist subjects. While styles of art in Israel change and evolve, mix and mingle with other cultures, the influence of the Bible and the Land of Israel are constant.
Passover—or Pesach—is the Jewish holiday of freedom, commemorating the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus. The eight-day festival is celebrated in early spring from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.
The events of Esther do not have the same meaning or importance in the Christian calendar as they do in the Jewish faith‘s observance of Purim. Christians can become more knowledgeable when it comes to God’s plan of redemption by familiarizing themselves with the holiday.
Purim celebrates Jewish deliverance according to the Book of Esther. After the Kingdom of Judah was destroyed, the Jews were taken into the 70-year Babylonian captivity. When ancient Persia gained control, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill the Jews. His plans, however, were foiled by Esther and her uncle, Mordecai.
The Bible refers to the use of "Holy" anointing oils for acts of worship, as a symbolic representation of our faith, for consecration and dedication and for laying on of hands in prayer for healing and deliverance. You can use it just the same!
Minerals are an essential ingredient when it comes to caring for your skin. As your skin ages, it loses its ability to produce those minerals on its own. The result is dull, aged skin. The solution to this problem can be found in the waters of the Dead Sea.
Located in the Middle East, the Holy Land is known for its religious and spiritual connections to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For Christians, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem are the holy cities most sought after when it comes to meaningful gifts and unique souvenirs from the Holy Land.
As do Christians the world over, Christians in Israel gather on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Together with some 70,000 pilgrims from every corner of the planet the hold midnight and morning masses and services.
The Sea of Galilee was first described in Numbers as God explained the boundaries of Caanan to Moses, “…the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Galilee.” (34:11). In the Hebrew Bible the Sea of Galilee is called Yom Kinnereth, today simply referred to as The Kinneret.
Wine has been produced in Israel since the time of Abraham. This drink was called ‘yayin’ which is described as fermented grapes. Grapes are indigenous to the Promised Land. When Moses’ spies returned from their scouting mission they carried a giant bunch of grapes between them on a rod. This image has endured and becoming the symbol for the Israel Ministry of Tourism.
The history of the Jewish people tells of many heroic stories, from the times of the Bible to modern Israel. Yet few heroic stories have made the same impression as the story of Masada, the last proud stand of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans.
For as long as Christians have made pilgrimage to Jerusalem they have been walking the final path of Jesus. Jerusalem has witnessed for over 1000 years of the faithful as they come to experience Jesus’ last hours. Then as today, they view the sacred landmarks called the Stations of the Cross and find meaning in each step of this fateful path.
The High Holiday season in Israel unites every Jewish citizen. This season includes Rosh HaShannah (New Year), Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (The Festival of Booths). It is a time when we come together in joy and fortitude with the intention of becoming better individuals and fostering out bonds with others and of course, God.
If you walk the streets of Israel in June, you‘re likely to see many lines of stalls were the country‘s publishers present their hot new releases alongside a wide array of their classics. It‘s the Hebrew Book Week, a unique event which celebrates Hebrew literature.
The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah to the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, people from all over the Holy Land would have brought "Bikkurim" – the first fruits – to the Temple as offering in the holiday. Jewish wisdom dictates that Bikkurim must consist only of fruits that are among the Seven Species of which the Holy Land has been blessed with.
Olive oil is one of the most prominent products that the Holy Land became famous for. To this very day, olive oil produced in modern Israel is considered among the world‘s finest oils, and this international renown dates back to ancient times.
Israel, a tiny country surrounded by enemies and originally covered with desert in the south and swamps in the north. In the 65 years since the modern State of Israel gained independence, this small country has turned the land lush and accomplished remarkable achievements that have influenced the world. We celebrate the amazing country we call Israel with two special days. The first is Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day after which Israel transitions to Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.
Yom HaShoah is Holocaust Remembrance Day and is the day on which we make a special effort to remember the Holocaust and honor its victims, survivors and heroes. To the survivors the Holocaust remains an ever-present horrifying testament to the depths of evilness. For some others the Holocaust may seem like a distant part of history. It can even seem impossible that these horrendous events occurred. Remembering the Holocaust is the responsibility of everyone with a conscience. It is our duty to make sure it does not ever happen again, not only to Jews but to any oppressed minority. The fight against ignorance is a constant battle and one we cannot afford to lose. The best defense to ignorance is of course education.
Learn about the symbolic meaning of each food on the Seder Plate. How are they related to the story of the People of Israel? Which food symbolizes which part of slavery in Egypt and which one symbolizes freedom? How do they all contribute to a very special Passover meal and keep tradition alive.
Welcome to our Passover Recipes page. Here we will share with you six genuine Israeli cuisine recipes that will delight your guest‘s palate with exotic Mediterranean flavors. From starters through side and main dishes to desserts, you will find inspiration to do things a bit differently this Pesach (Passover). All recipes are excerpts from Israeli cookbooks we offer at our online store. Be‘Teavon (Bon Appetit)!
As the Passover season approaches we start to contemplate what the holiday means. The Seder table is a sacred place: here we tell the story of the Exodus, we remember that G-d delivered His faithful from slavery and we share our faith in His words. The Seder table is set with traditional items, each of which is important in conveying the messages of Passover.
Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut in Hebrew, has become a global event for supporters of Israel. We would like to encourage you, our dear supporters, to organize and attend your own Israel Independence Day celebration in your community, organization or neighborhood. Throughout this post you will find pictures of other Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations around the world.
Passover is the celebration of the Israelite‘s escape from slavery in Egypt as told in Exodus. On the first night of Passover families gather to celebrate with a traditional meal called the Seder. Seder means "order" in Hebrew referring to the specific organization of the traditional meal. The Passover Seder is full of symbolic items and meanings. It is a time to reconnect with the plight of the Israelites and what freedom really means. For many families the Seder is the most sparkling night of the Hebrew calendar.