Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Tamuz (Fourth Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Tamuz, the first day of the Fourth Month, begins sundown Sunday, June 21, 2020, on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh will be celebrated over two days, Sivan 30 5780 and Tamuz 1 5780. The Fourth Month marks the Fast of the … Continue reading Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Tamuz (Fourth Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Holiday Greetings: Happy Juneteenth from Bnei Yisrael Society! #2020 #Juneteenth #EmancipationDay

Bnei Yisrael Society wishes all who remember and observe a happy Juneteenth ("June 19th"), Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day. Juneteenth is observed each year in the African-American community on the 19th day of June on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of … Continue reading Holiday Greetings: Happy Juneteenth from Bnei Yisrael Society! #2020 #Juneteenth #EmancipationDay

Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of August Mawnin' or Emancipation Day is celebrated each year throughout the former colonies of the British West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean) on the 1st of August on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire as a result of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, effective  August 1, 1834. … Continue reading Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Juneteenth, Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day is observed each year in the African-American community on the 19th day of June on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas and the Confederate States of America. The word "Juneteenth" … Continue reading Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance

Holiday Greetings: Happy Shavuot, Chag Shavuot Sameach from Bnei Yisrael Society #2020 #Shavuot #FestivalOfWeeks #FirstFruits #MattanTorah

Bnei Yisrael Society wishes all who observe a very Happy Shavuot, Chag Shavuot Sameach! Shavuot, also called the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the Shalosh Regalim (Three Pilgrimage Festivals) celebrated annually to commemorate The Almighty's giving of the Torah (Mattan Torah) to the Nation of Yisrael at Mount Sinai, seven weeks of our … Continue reading Holiday Greetings: Happy Shavuot, Chag Shavuot Sameach from Bnei Yisrael Society #2020 #Shavuot #FestivalOfWeeks #FirstFruits #MattanTorah

Recipes: Israeli Salad

Shalom everyone! Israeli salad/Israeli vegetable salad or salat yerakot yisra'eli has become one of my favorite dishes. I often eat Israeli salad, served with sour cream and challah bread, as part of breakfast or a light supper in the evenings. Israeli salad actually has Arab origins. It consists primarily of diced tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley, mixed with … Continue reading Recipes: Israeli Salad

Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Third Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the first day of the Third Month, begins sundown Saturday, May 23, 2020, on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Sivan marks the continued counting of the Omer and the annual mo'ed of Shavuot. Bnei Yisrael Society wishes a "Chodesh Tov" ("A Good Month") to … Continue reading Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Third Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Holidays: The Four Fasts – Fasts of National Mourning

Shalom, everyone! There are Four Fasts mentioned in Zechariah 8:19 which the House of Yehudah (Judah) observed annually in ancient times to mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the 6th century BCE. Zechariah prophesies that these solemn occasions will one day become joyous occasions for the House of Yehudah, provided they … Continue reading Holidays: The Four Fasts – Fasts of National Mourning

Holidays: Purim – The Festival of Lots #Purim

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Purim, also known as "Lots," is celebrated each year on the 14th day of Adar (Twelve Month, Hayir), and also on the 15th day of Adar in the city of Jerusalem, and other walled cities ("Shushan Purim"). During leap years on the post-exilic modern "Hebrew" calendar, Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of … Continue reading Holidays: Purim – The Festival of Lots #Purim

Holidays: Chanukah – The Festival of “Dedication” #Chanukah

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Dedication or Festival of Lights, is celebrated from the 25th of the Ninth Month (Kislev) to the 2nd/3rd of Tenth Month (Tevet) on the Hebrew Calendar. Please note that Chanukah is a post-Exilic holiday; it is not one of the appointed times/festivals commanded by The Almighty in the … Continue reading Holidays: Chanukah – The Festival of “Dedication” #Chanukah

Money: Biblical Measurements – Lengths, Weights, Liquid Measures, Dry Measures and Money

Shalom, everyone! The following is a list of the biblical measures for lengths, weights, liquid measures, dry measures and money used by the ancient Bnei Yisrael as recorded in the Holy Scriptures: Biblical Measurements Lengths Length Ancient Equivalent Imperial Equivalent Metric Equivalent Scriptural Reference Finger (Etsba) 0.73 inches 1.85 centimeters  Jeremiah 52.21 Handbreadth (Topah) 4 … Continue reading Money: Biblical Measurements – Lengths, Weights, Liquid Measures, Dry Measures and Money

Mo’edim: Rosh Chodesh (“Beginning of the Month”) #NewMoon #RoshChodesh

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh, which means "new moon," "head of the month," or "beginning of the month," is the name for the first day of each month on the Hebrew calendar. In ancient pre-exilic Israel, the event of Rosh Chodesh was triggered by the sighting of the first visible/waxing crescent moon each lunar month. Rosh Chodesh is considered a minor biblical holiday, … Continue reading Mo’edim: Rosh Chodesh (“Beginning of the Month”) #NewMoon #RoshChodesh

Mo’edim: Shabbat – The Weekly Sabbath #Shabbat

Shalom, everyone! Shabbat in purest terms is a day or period of rest. The term is used to describe the annual mo'edim during which The Almighty commands the B'nei Yisrael to cease from creative work (melakhah). Shabbat is also used to describe the sabbatical year (sh'mitah), the seventh year of a seven-year agricultural cycle during which The Almighty commanded … Continue reading Mo’edim: Shabbat – The Weekly Sabbath #Shabbat

Mo’edim: Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret (Feast of Booths and the 8th Day of Assembly) #Sukkot #SheminiAtzeret

Shalom, everyone! The biblical holidays of Chag Sukkot (Feast of Booths) and Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly), both collectively known as Sukkot in modern times, are observed each beginning on the 15th day of the Seventh Month (15 of Tishrei/Ethanim) and ending on the 22nd day of the Seventh Month (22 of Tishrei/Ethanim). This eight-day holiday is another of The Almighty's mo'edim (appointed times), and the third of the Shalosh … Continue reading Mo’edim: Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret (Feast of Booths and the 8th Day of Assembly) #Sukkot #SheminiAtzeret

Mo’edim: Yom HaKippurim – Day of Atonement #YomHaKippurim #YomKippur

Shalom, everyone! The biblical holiday of Yom HaKippurim (Day of Atonement) is observed each year on the 10th day of the Seventh Month (10 of Tishrei/Ethanim). The holiday is one of The Almighty‘s mo'edim (appointed times) which He commanded B’nei Yisrael to commemorate as a sacred solemn occasion with the affliction of the soul (fasting from food, drink, and pleasurable activities), a … Continue reading Mo’edim: Yom HaKippurim – Day of Atonement #YomHaKippurim #YomKippur

Mo’edim: Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah – Day of Blasts/Shouting, Head of the Year #YomTeruah #RoshHaShanah

Shalom, everyone! The biblical holiday of Yom Teruah (Day of Blasting, Day of Shouting) is observed each year on the 1st day of the Seventh Month (1 of Tishrei/Ethanim). The holiday is one of The Almighty's mo'edim (appointed times) which He commanded B'nei Yisrael commemorate as a sacred occasion with the sounding (loud blasts) of horns … Continue reading Mo’edim: Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah – Day of Blasts/Shouting, Head of the Year #YomTeruah #RoshHaShanah

Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Iyyar (Second Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Shalom, everyone! Rosh Chodesh Iyyar, the first day of the Second Month, also known as Ziv, begins sundown Thursday, April 23, 2020 on the Hebrew calendar, with the sighting of the new moon (first visible crescent). Rosh Chodesh Iyyar marks the continued counting of the Omer until the annual mo'ed of Shavuot, and Pesach Sheni … Continue reading Holiday Greetings: Chodesh Tov! Rosh Chodesh Iyyar (Second Month) 2020 #NewMoon

Mo’edim: Shavuot – The Festival of Weeks #Shavuot #ChagHaKatsir #YomHaBikkurim #FirstFruits

Shalom, everyone! The biblical holiday of Shavuot, also known as the "Festival of Weeks," is celebrated each year on the 6th day of Sivan, the third month, 50 days after the first yom tov (day of rest) of Chag HaMatzot on the 15th of Nisan (Aviv). The count of 50 days from Chag HaMatzot until Shavuot … Continue reading Mo’edim: Shavuot – The Festival of Weeks #Shavuot #ChagHaKatsir #YomHaBikkurim #FirstFruits