Jesus Boat Newsletters
The Three Week: Spiritual Renovations
Throughout our lives it is a series of beginnings and endings, this is the way it has always been. On the Jewish calendar we are in a period called “The Three Weeks”. In the midst of the sunshine and enjoyment of summer, it is a time of great mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the exile of Jews from Israel.
HaShoah means “The Catastrophe” and is the Hebrew word for the Holocaust. This year Yom HaShoah commences at sundown on April 15th. It is a national day of mourning in Israel. Please join all of Israel in remembering the Holocaust and its victims and in saying "Never Forget". Read our special Yom HaShoah message...
B.I.G. Buy Israel Goods
One of the most important tools we have against anti-Semitism is to support Israel. There are many ways to do this, but possibly the most effective is "B.I.G." -- Buy Israeli Goods. At JesusBoat.com we want to encourage you to support Israel by offering a coupon for 10% off any purchase. To find out how click here to
Hanukkah is the story of sacrifice and bravery, the story of destruction and renewal, a grand story of two miracles. There are many beautiful traditions on Hanukkah including the Hanukkah Menorah, the Dreidel, all the delicious foods, and of course the spiritual aspects. Check out our Hanukkah newsletter...
Something Special for All!
No matter how you celebrate, ordering your Holy Land gifts are great for giving your loved ones a token of your appreciation and love. This year we present out first ever Holy Land Gift Guide. These are some of our best selling items that will surely be hits with your family and friends. For gift ideas for the men, women kids, even the culinary enthusiast so hard to shop for just click here and
Low Stress Shopping!
The High Holiday Season in Israel has drawn to a close. But the winter holiday season is just gearing up! No matter how you celebrate, ordering your Holy Land gifts now will alleviate all the stress that comes from last minute shopping. We are excited to offer three new Hanukkah Menorahs this season. And as always we have beautiful Holy Land Olive Wood ornaments and Nativities. If you want to know more about holidays in Israel here you can
Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, commemorates the 40-years the Israelites spent in the desert after the Exodus. In this time they did not have a permanent homes and lived in "booths". Today to honor this time we build a sukkah and dwell in it for a week. Sukkot also is an agricultural festival honoring the autumn harvest. To learn about Sukkot you can
Rosh HaShannah 5775!
The Jewish New Year, called Rosh HaShannah in Hebrew, is observed for two days beginning on the Jewish date of Tishrei 1st. At Rosh HaShannah we focus on the special relationship between G-d and humanity when we reaffirm and proclaim that God is King of the Universe. May we be inscribed in the Book of Life for a year of health and peace.
The Flavor of Eretz Israel
To honor the bounty of the Holy Land, we are currently featuring food products grown and manufactured in Eretz Israel! The flavor of Israel means Galilee Olive Oil, Jordan Valley Honey and Date Honey, Elite coffee from Tzfat, Witzozki Teas from Tel Aviv, gourmet Dead Sea Salt and Israel wines. This coming New Year will bring a Shmita year... a Biblically mandated time where the land lays fallow.
The Month Elul
The Jewish month of Elul is the period of preparation for the High Holidays. This preparation is necessary as the Jewish New Year brings many obligations, one of the most important is introspection and repentance. JesusBoat.com has two specials offering free shofars to help you prepare for the coming Holidays. To learn about Elul and the specials, here you can
The Lone Soldiers of Israel
Israel’s Lone Soldiers are those whose families live abroad and chose to leave their countries of origin to serve the State of Israel. These soldiers willingly accept the responsibility of defending Israel, their adopted home, in the name of Jews worldwide. Over 17% of all Lone Soldiers choose to serve in combat positions, enduring grueling training, exercises, missions and operations, all to ensure Israel’s safety.
5775 Calendars are here!
It is time once again to get your new Hebrew calendar for the coming year 5775. The calendars list all Shabbat candle lighting times, Torah parshiot, and holidays in Hebrew and English, each month accompanied by lovely photos of the Holy Land. Quantities are limited so order soon! Also learn more about your Jewish roots with our blog article on Tammuz 17 or you can click here to
Fun in the Israel Sun!
Summer in Israel is hot! But summer in Israel is also fun. We have some really fun products to help you savor summer while supporting Israel -- Israel flip flops, Sunscreen made with Dead Sea Minerals, Jerusalem Beach Bags and Picnic and Grill Seasonings! To learn more about how Israelis spend their summers check out our blog post or you can click here to
Shavuot - Giving Our Torah
Shavuot commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai—one of the biggest events in Jewish history – but it is also known by another name, Hag ha‘Bikkurim, the Festival of First Fruits honoring the 7 Species. For 10 Commandments, Torah Scrolls and 7 Species Products visit our Shavuot Shop , to learn about the 7 Species see our Blog article and to learn more about Shavuot
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
It is Tu b’Av -- a day of romance. It is celebrated much like Valentine’s Day in other parts of the world where tokens of love are given and proposals are made. It is wonderful to have a day of love and focus on all that is good in the world. For more about the historical aspects of Tu b‘Av you can
Pray for Jerusalem
Jerusalem Day celebrates the tremendous victory of the reunification of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. The Western Wall was back under Jewish control after nearly 2000 years and today a complete Jerusalem still stands as the capital of Israel. For more Jerusalem products click here , to learn about Jerusalem see our Learning Center article and to know more about Jerusalem Day
We Love Israel!
We love Hanukkah season in Israel. Happy children learn about the powerful story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil, prepare Hanukkah crafts, sing songs and have Hanukkah parties at school and performances in community festivities. It is a lot of fun to be in Israel at Hanukkah.
Hanukkah is Coming!
Just a Little Bit about Hanukkah... Hanukkah is probably the best known Jewish holiday on the calendar. This eight-day festival commemorates the military victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek army, the rededication of the Holy Temple and most importantly, the miracle of the oil. Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and how G-d will always be present for his faithful.
IDF's 65th Anniversary
With the mounting tensions along the Golan Heights border with Syria, the IDF once again finds itself in the world’s spotlight. Here as always, the IDF will fulfill its primary duty is to protect the existence of the State of Israel and her independence, and to thwart all enemy efforts to disrupt life in Israel.
Shavuot, Festival of the Harvest
It is known as the Festival of Weeks, Festival of Reaping, Day of the First Fruits and is generally celebrated around Israel on Kibbutzim and Moshavim which are villages where people gather for picnics. Shavuot is celebrated by Dancing and singing followed by a parade of agricultural products and equipment, such as tractors and wagons used to bring in the harvest.
Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut: The Hope Endures
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.
Celebrate the Family
Originally, this day was Mother’s Day, but over time it grew to celebrate not just the mother, but the whole family created around her. Is it a special day to honor the strength, support and love of the family. It is a day that emphasizes positive family relationships and the importance of family.
Tu b'Shevat: Plant a Tree!
Tu B‘Shevat the New Year for Trees. It is based on the Biblical mandate to not eat the fruit for seven years to ensure that the tree becomes well established and healthy.JesusBoat.com is proud to work with the Jewish National Fund to offer you the chance to plant a tree in Israel. Tu b‘Shevat Special Plant a Tree Price! $19.99 (35% off) Special ends Feb 16, 2014.
Another year has come and gone... We begin the New Year with some exciting new products. We hope you will all continue to be Israel‘s and our supporters in the coming year. Stay tuned to JesusBoat.com, there are BIG changes coming!! If you want to know about our new products click here to
Then a great miracle occurred. The oil burned through the first night and on to the second and continued to burn for eight nights, each night the light from the Menorah cleared away more of the darkness that had befallen the land. These eight miraculous nights have been chosen as the eternal commemoration of the Maccabees and their true faith in G-d’s divine presence.
Fall is Here!
Stock up on moisturizing creams and serums so you can combat the damaging winds and temperatures of fall and winter. This fall JesusBoat.com is working closely with Edom Dead Sea Cosmetics to bring you five deeply discounted products. Order soon as quantities are limited at these prices!
Rejoice with the Torah!
Celebrate Simchat Torah, a day of unbridled joy on which we celebrate G-d‘s precious gift to the world, the Torah. On this day we read the final Torah portion of the year and then begin it all over again. The Torah is our connection to G-d and is the essence of His wisdom and guidance.
Purim: The Masked Holiday
We often think of Purim as a holiday of revelry. We dress in costume and go to boisterous and merry masquerade parties. However, Purim is so much more than that. While Purim is a very fun holiday, there is a much deeper meaning in the holiday and in the tradition of dressing in costume.
Welcome Year 5774!
The entire JesusBoat.com staff and management wishes a Happy New Year to all our wonderful friends and customers. May the Lord inscribe you for a sweet year and shower you with His blessings. We all look forward to another great year as your connection to the Holy Land. Shannah Tova!
Family Day in Israel
In 1951 an 11-year-old Israeli girl named Nechama Frankel wrote a letter to a newspaper. She proposed that Israel establish a special day for mothers. As refugees from Poland, her family was used to honoring mothers and celebrating Mother’s Day as an important occasion. Nechama suggested that Mother’s Day be celebrated on the birthday of Henrietta Szold. Szold was an Israeli heroine. She founded the organization called Youth Aliyah. This organization rescued over 30,000 children from the Nazis. Sadly Henrietta had no children of her own. However, she spent her life championing children’s rights and was considered by many the mother of all the children her organization rescued.
You're Invited to Plant a Tree in the Holy Land!
The idea that we have a responsibility to the G-d’s Earth is not a new one. This message was expressed thousands of years ago in ancient Israel. This concept has come to be celebrated every year in January or February during a holiday called Tu b’Shevat – the New Year for trees.
My Hebrew Name
Names play an important role in our personal identity. Your name connects you to your family and to your life. Names have a significant role in the Jewish religion. For this reason, Jews who live outside of Israel are usually given two sets of names: a secular name and a religious name. The secular name is used in all non-religious aspects of life and reflects the culture and language of the person. The religious name is a Hebrew name by which he or she is known to G-d. This name is very precious
The Dark and Lightness of Hanukkah
During Hanukkah, it is customary to give the children “Maot” which is Hebrew for coins or little money so they’d be encouraged to donate some for a good cause and learn to appreciate the value of money. Coins have two sides and so does our story of Hanukkah. It literally has a light side and a dark side and we are going to discover both
Yom Kippur - My own personal Triumph
I admit it. I‘ve got it too. We live in a digital era. With every new upgrade of your mobile and shrinking of an I-pad, you are expected to become more and more available to, well, everyone. That is why there is no wonder it is very hard to find a single moment of complete peace and silence – a true moment of coming into oneself, gazing within and talking to G-d quietly. I am grateful for Yom Kippur because I get the break I need from my fast-paced life to find the words, my own private words and call G-d
Rosh haShana - To a Fruitful Year!
Rosh Hashanah is the appropriately designated Hebrew name of the first of Jewish holidays. It literally translates to”Head of the year”. Rosh HaShanah is celebrated in the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This holiday carries with it a spectrum of significance in the spirit of new beginnings. It is believed that Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a period where the important books of the heavens are opened for review and all people are examined closely. The fate of everyone is carefully considered by the one and only G-d based on their deeds and merits.
Tu b'Av - Israel Unite
Tu B’Av is an ancient celebration of love which helps us move from a period of mourning to thinking about new beginnings. Albeit the little attention it receives in comparison to other Jewish holidays such as Rosh Ha’Shana, Purim or Passover; Tu B’Av is perceived as THE most joyous day of the Jewish calendar.
Tisha b'Av -Rising from the Ruins
Av means "Father" in Hebrew and Tisha B‘Av is calling for deep examination of our relationship with our Father in Heaven and connects us to strong feelings of yearning that He may descend and find His home re-built on Earth. Tisha B‘Av is not about saddness without hope. It holds a promise of reunification with the Lord and rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.
Happy Birthday Israel!
64 years ago Israel was re-born! The original Jesus Boat Store is proudly offering Independence Day Specials. Visit our Independence Day page and click on a product, below the picture you will see the special offering on 2 items with savings of up to 20%! These Israel products are a great way to show your support of Israel and the IDF.
Thoughts about the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a very special, yet very strange place. Here is a sea, but is it not life giving like all other bodies of water – fresh water bodies give us water to drink, other salt water bodies give us a plethora of food. The Dead Sea gives us neither. But that doesn’t mean it has no purpose.
As night falls on the 18th of April the State of Israel commences a 24 hour period of mourning for those murdered in the Holocaust. Called HaShoah, the Catastrophe, in Hebrew, the Holocaust took 6 million Jewish victims, of which 1.5 million were children. Please donate a tree to the Holocaust Children‘s Forest in remembrance of their lives.
Passover: Food for Thought
Passover is one of the best known Jewish holidays. It is a celebration of something most of us hold quite dear – freedom. Passover commemorates the Israelite’s escape from slavery in Egypt as told in the Exodus. On the first evening of Passover families gather for a festive traditional meal called the Seder.
Support an Israeli Soldier!
It is tremendously satisfying to be able to give an Israeli soldier the joy or Purim. Show a young defender of Israel that you care,that they are not alone, and that we are all part of Israel. For Purim 2012 we offered a basket full of goodies for only $19.90. We delivered the goodies to an IDF soldier on your behalf with a note from you.
New and Improved!
Shalom to all our dear friends and customers. JesusBoat.com made some great improvements. We are now faster and have an updated look. With our new system we are able to offer you better coupons and specials. We invite you to explore JesusBoat.com. We think you are going to love it! Please contact us with any technical difficulties.