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

Books: Overview of the Mishneh Torah

  Shalom, everyone! The following is an overview of the books of the Mishneh Torah compiled by Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon (a/k/a RAMBAM, Maimonides), a codification of halakha, and the various topics discussed in each of these books. The Mishneh Torah consists of 14 books, however, some of the books have been split into smaller … Continue reading Books: Overview of the Mishneh Torah

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

WATCH: Israeli Languages & Dialects – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about the various dialects and writing scripts of the Israeli national language, Hebrew, among the various ethnic groups of Bnei Yisrael. Hebrew is an Afro-Asiatic language, but has various dialects developed from fusions with the local languages of the … Continue reading WATCH: Israeli Languages & Dialects – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Israeli National Identity – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about the Israeli national identity, which is very diverse. Ehav Ever briefly discusses the many races and ethnic groups that form the population of Bnei Yisrael living in the State of Israel today. The Bnei Yisrael are a diverse … Continue reading WATCH: Israeli National Identity – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 2 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about Jewish migrations into West Africa. This lecture provides an overview of the sources of Jewish migration into West Africa from the 13th to the 18th centuries. These communities include Sephardi Jews who migrated into Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, … Continue reading WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 2 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 1 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about Jewish migrations into West Africa. This lecture provides an overview of the sources of Jewish migration into West Africa since the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans. These Bnei Yisrael form a part of the … Continue reading WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 1 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future – Professor William F. S. Miles (2015)

Shalom, everyone! The following is a lecture by Professor William F. S. Miles called "Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future," given at the Boston University African Studies Center in 2013. Professor Miles is a professor of political science at Northeastern University. This is a lecture about the history and current conditions of the Jews of … Continue reading WATCH: Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future – Professor William F. S. Miles (2015)

WATCH: Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry – Steve Benzell

Shalom, everyone! The following is a documentary called "Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry," written, directed and produced by Steve Benzell. This documentary provides an overview of the history of Beta Israel, a/k/a the Ethiopian Jews, their religious practices, and customs.  Also included in this documentary is rare film footage of the Beta Israel community in … Continue reading WATCH: Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry – Steve Benzell

WATCH: “Saving the Forgotten Jews” (2015) – BBC News

Shalom, everyone! The following is a documentary produced by the BBC recalling the massive airlift of Ethiopian Jews from refugees camps in Sudan more than 30 years ago. The Israeli government used covert means to evacuate thousands of Ethiopian Jews from a hostile Arab country. The operation was dubbed "Operation Moses." The Ethiopian Jews are an … Continue reading WATCH: “Saving the Forgotten Jews” (2015) – BBC News

WATCH: Elysha Netsarh of Madagascar at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU – Kulanu (2016)

Shalom, everyone! The following is a lecture by Dr. Elysha Netsarh of the Bnei Yisrael community of Madagascar given on December 5, 2016 at the Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Netsarh is a leader of the Bnei Yisrael community in Madagascar. In this lecture, Dr. Netsarh discusses her and … Continue reading WATCH: Elysha Netsarh of Madagascar at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU – Kulanu (2016)

WATCH: “The Jewish Kingdom of Kush” – Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) History – Documentary – Ibrahim Omer

Shalom, everyone! The following is a documentary about the ancient Jewish Kingdom of Kush, presented in 2013 by researcher Ibrahim Omer at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Monterey, California. The research supports the theory that the Ethiopian Jewish (Beta Israel) community are direct descendants of the tribe of Dan, Israelites who once ruled the ancient … Continue reading WATCH: “The Jewish Kingdom of Kush” – Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) History – Documentary – Ibrahim Omer

Torah: The Almighty’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy – Exodus 34:6-7

Shalom, everyone! After the incident of the Golden Calf (Exodus 32), The Almighty commanded Moshe (Moses) to hew two stone tablets upon which The Almighty would write the same words that were upon the first set of tablets that Moses broke in anger at the sin of Yisra'el. The Almighty commanded Moshe to come up … Continue reading Torah: The Almighty’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy – Exodus 34:6-7

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