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Seven days in hell

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By Naomi Ragen

Translated from an article that appeared in Yediot Ahronot on June 4, 2002

A week has passed since the murderous terrorist attack in Petah Tivka, ending the Shiva (seven days of mourning) of the Peled family for grandmother Ruthie and granddaughter Sinai, who were murdered next their table outside a bakeshop in the heart of their own neighborhood.

Lamentations – Tisha b’Av 2002

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By Naomi Ragen


Tonight we will gather fasting in the synagogue, sit on the floor, tear our clothes, put ashes on our heads and read the scroll of Lamentations.

The Hebrew Language

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"For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord." (Zephaniah 3:9)

Hebrew is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is also one of the newest.

The Biblical Feasts

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"These are the designated times of the LORD, the holy convocations you are to proclaim at their designated times." (Leviticus 23:4).

Thousands of years ago, as He moved to bring about His wonderful plan for the redemption of mankind, the LORD God of Israel sanctified particular days and periods - setting them apart as holy to Himself.

These "times" are the Shabbat - Sabbath (Lev 23:3), Pesach - Passover (Lev 23:5), Chag HaMatsot - Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6), Bikurim - First Fruits (Lev 23:9-11), Shavuot - Weeks (Lev.

Special Occasions

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The Jewish calendar includes many special occasions which are not sanctifed as holy convocations as are the biblical feasts, but which nonetheless point to God's involvement in and on behalf of the people of Israel.

Here we will take a closer look at some of these special days, and the events that weaved them into the rich tapestry of Israel's long history.

Customs & Traditions

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Custom: a particular established way of behaving.

Tradition: a custom, opinion or belief handed down to posterity especially orally or by practice.


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Have you ever wondered why the Bible contains so many long lists - called genealogies - tracing lines of descent continuously from the earliest known ancestors?

For many years, when reading through the Word, I was inclined to skip over these family history lists, which certainly do not comprise the most invigorating and uplifting sections of Scripture.

How They Suffer

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Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.

Christianity is Jewish

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By Jan Willem van der Hoeven

"Christianity is Jewish." The title Edith Shaeffer gave to her book may be offensive to some, but it is historically true.

For in the beginning, the faith we call Christianity started as a purely Jewish phenomenon.

Concerning the Jews

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By Mark Twain

If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race.

It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of.

He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.