The Digital Library

The Overseas Education Department has put together a number of digital resources for you on topics around Judaism, Israel’s heritage, and the Land of Israel.

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The Overseas Education Department's Kits

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My Jerusalem Activity Kit

My Jerusalem Activity Kit

Created by KKL-JNF for students from 1st – 9th grade, this 48 page long booklet includes ten interactive activities that explore various topics related to the city of Jerusalem and the

KKL-JNF Quiz: Zionism, Man & the Environment

KKL-JNF Quiz: Zionism, Man & the Environment

This 88 page long information booklet was created as a preparatory tool for KKL-JNF’s 2015 “Zionism, Man, and the Environment” quiz. It has pictures and information about a wide range

Tu Bishvat Activity Kits

Tu Bishvat Activity Kits

Created by KKL-JNF for their flagship holiday, the following resources aim to strengthen participants’ connection with the land and ecology of Israel through videos, songs, and more.  The Overseas Education

Our Israel Activity Kit

Our Israel Activity Kit

Created by KKL-JNF for students of a wide range of ages, this 96 page long activity booklet includes lots of interactive activities about the State of Israel, including its establishment and

The Jerusalem Story Told By Its Gardens

The Jerusalem Story Told By Its Gardens

Created by KKL-JNF in 2017, in celebration of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, this photography exhibition tells the unique stories of the city

Ways to Jerusalem Activity Kits

Ways to Jerusalem Activity Kits

Ways to Jerusalem is an educational and value-laden program comprised of eight original activity kits that engage participants with different aspects of Jerusalem. Created by the KKL-JNF for youth within a

Israel Independence Ceremony

Israel Independence Ceremony

Created by the KKL-JNF Education and Youth Division for an audience of all ages, this 45-75 minute long experiential activity is designed to create an emotional connection to Israel, educate about

Israchute: A Parachute Adventure In Israel Activity Kit

Israchute: A Parachute Adventure In Israel Activity Kit

Created by KKL-JNF for children of all ages, this activity kit introduces participants to various sites in Israel through dynamic games that use a parachute designed with 12 carefully chosen landmarks

iMap Israel Activity Kit

iMap Israel Activity Kit

Created by KKL-JNF, this kit contains 13 different activities designed for teenagers and young adults that explore Israel through its geographic map. The activities, each one which takes between 45-120

Israeli Inventions Activity Kit

Israeli Inventions Activity Kit

Created by the KKL-JNF for teenagers and adults, this 95 minute long activity will introduce participants to Israeli inventions, strengthen their connection to Israel through the world of Israeli innovation, and

My Vision Activity Kit: Social, Moral & Political Dilemmas

My Vision Activity Kit: Social, Moral & Political Dilemmas

Created by KKL-JNF for teenagers and adults, this 95 minute long leadership activity introduces participants to the visions of outstanding leaders, provides them with the tools to develop their own

The Many Faces of Jerusalem: A Poster Set of Jerusalem Sites

The Many Faces of Jerusalem: A Poster Set of Jerusalem Sites

Created by the Education Division of the KKL-JNF Overseas Department in 2017, in celebration of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, this poster set presents

Israel Independence Day Activity Kits

Israel Independence Day Activity Kits

Created by the KKL-JNF for middle school students and older, the following two activities focus on the establishment of the State of Israel and the Declaration of Independence. Students will

Independence in Color, Shape & Symbol Activity Kit

Independence in Color, Shape & Symbol Activity Kit

The Overseas Education Department and the Education and Community Division of KKL-JNF are pleased to share our educational activity kits. Feel free to download and use these resources however you

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The Overseas Education Depatment's Activities

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Join the Yizkor Memorial Prayer for Fallen IDF Soldiers and Victims of Terror and Write Your Own Personal or Communal Prayer

Join the Yizkor Memorial Prayer for Fallen IDF Soldiers and Victims of Terror and Write Your Own Personal or Communal Prayer

At this unprecedented time in history, on Yom Hazikaron we invite people around the world to virtually unite in memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Join the

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E-Learning

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Lag B’Omer, Bar Kochba & Zionism

Lag B’Omer, Bar Kochba & Zionism

What is the connection between the minor Jewish holiday of bonfires, the second century leader of the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans, and the modern Zionist movement? Written by Tuvia

KKL-JNF & Lag B’Omer

KKL-JNF & Lag B’Omer

As the leading green organization in Israel, KKL-JNF works very hard leading up to Lag B’Omer to educate the public about fire safety rules and the environmental impact of bonfires.

Why Do We Celebrate the Death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?

Why Do We Celebrate the Death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai?

On Lag B’Omer, we mark the passing of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with joyous song, bonfires, learning Kabbalah, and more. This video (02:22) explores the Jewish concept of celebrating one’s

What is Lag B’Omer?

What is Lag B’Omer?

The 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, Lag B’Omer is a minor Jewish holiday associated with bonfires, weddings, haircuts, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Rabbi Akiva, and the mystical

Who Was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai & What Can We Learn From Him?

Who Was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai & What Can We Learn From Him?

Lag B’Omer commemorates the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second century Talmudic sage known for learning Torah in a cave for 12 years and revealing

In Honor of Lag B’Omer: Receiving & The Power of Kabbalah

In Honor of Lag B’Omer: Receiving & The Power of Kabbalah

Produced in honor of Lag B’Omer, this animated video (02:48) by Rabbi David Aaron describes the essence of Jewish mysticism through a personal anecdote that reflects the profound difference between

Lag B’Omer & The Story of Rabbi Akiva

Lag B’Omer & The Story of Rabbi Akiva

This animated video (01:40) briefly tells the story of Rabbi Akiva and his connection to the holiday of Lag B’Omer. Although it was produced for children, the video presents a

Be the Light: The Power of Fire in Judaism

Be the Light: The Power of Fire in Judaism

Fire plays an essential role in Jewish ritual, from lighting candles to welcome Shabbat and holidays, during the Havdalah ceremony, on Hannukah, and on the anniversary of a loved one’s

Sites & Regions in Samaria, the Coastal Plain, and the Sharon

Sites & Regions in Samaria, the Coastal Plain, and the Sharon

The Coastal Plain & Gush Dan Tel Aviv Holon, Petah Tikva & Gush Dan The Sharon Plain Hadera & Caesarea Herzliya a& Netanya Kfar Saba, Ra’anana & the Surrounding Area

KKL-JNF Books of Honor

KKL-JNF Books of Honor

KKL-JNF invites you to join generations of Zionist visionaries in writing your own chapter in the story of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. By inscribing yourself or

The Yatir Field and Forest Center: Where Desert and Forest Meet

The Yatir Field and Forest Center: Where Desert and Forest Meet

KKL-JNF’s Yatir Field and Forest Center was established in the heart of the Yatir Forest, the largest planted forest in the Middle East, and the meeting point of the Judaean

Sites & Regions in Jerusalem surrounding area & Yehuda Mountains

Sites & Regions in Jerusalem surrounding area & Yehuda Mountains

Jerusalem Shfela Lowlands    Yehuda Mountains The Mountains of Bet El The Jerusalem Mountains The Hebron Hills This data is from tiuli website –  a tourism website that provides information about

Sites & Regions in northern Israel

Sites & Regions in northern Israel

Upper Galilee, Galilee Panhandle & The Golan Heights Mount Hermon & the Jordan River Tributaries The Golan Heights The Galilee Panhandle – From Rosh Pina to Metula Western Galilee Akko,

Sites & Regions in southern Israel

Sites & Regions in southern Israel

The Dead Sea & The Judean Desert Northern Dead Sea Southern Dead Sea & the Judean Desert The Central Negev & the Makhteshim Mitzpe Ramon & the Western Negev The

Shmita: The Whats & Whys

Shmita: The Whats & Whys

From the website of KKL-JNF, this thorough article introduces the biblical commandment to let the Land of Israel rest for one year out of a seven-year cycle, known as the

Shmita in Action in KKL-JNF Nurseries and Forests

Shmita in Action in KKL-JNF Nurseries and Forests

Produced by KKL-JNF, this video (08:03) introduces Shmita, the biblical commandment to let the land rest every seventh year, as well as the ways in which the sabbatical year is

Understanding Shmita: Israel’s Agricultural Shabbat

Understanding Shmita: Israel’s Agricultural Shabbat

Written in September 2014, just before the start of the most recent Shmita year, this informative article explains “seven things you should know about Israel’s sabbatical year,” including how the

A Timeline of the Six Day War

A Timeline of the Six Day War

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this useful post presents a concise timeline of the major historical events leading up to, during

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

The Territories After the Six-Day War: 1967-1981

From My Jewish Learning, this informative article provides an overview of Israel’s relationship and policy toward territories conquered in the Six Day War – the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

CAMERA: The Six Day War Website

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this website is entirely dedicated to the Six Day War. With sections about

Causes & Consequences of the Six Day War

Causes & Consequences of the Six Day War

Compiled by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Center in 2017, this 10 page PDF document outlines the causes and consequences of the Six Day War, including the regional background and

Myths & Facts: The Six Day War

Myths & Facts: The Six Day War

Created by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, a pro-Israel media-monitoring and research organization, this article explores myths and facts surrounding the Six Day War, including the role of

The Six Day War Project #5-10: Each Day of the War

The Six Day War Project #5-10: Each Day of the War

This post presents videos 5-10 in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve 2-5 minute long videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

The Six Day War Project #11-12: The Aftermath of the War & the Peace Process

This post presents the last two videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve short videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, produced

How the Six Day War Changed the Map of the Middle East

How the Six Day War Changed the Map of the Middle East

Produced by History, an American television network, this video (04:21) provides a brief introduction to the Six Day War, including basic historical context, the major events of the conflict, and the

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

The Six Day War Project #1-4: Causes of the War

This post presents the first four videos in the Six Day War Project, a mini-series of twelve 2-5 minute long videos about the dramatic events and impact of the Six

The Geopolitical Context for the Six Day War

The Geopolitical Context for the Six Day War

With a focus on geopolitical context, this informative, neutral, animated video (04:04) provides an excellent historical overview of the regional and international relations leading up to the Six Day War, including

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

BBC Archives: The Immediate Aftermath of the Six Day War

From the archives of the BBC, this video (04:52) presents the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War, reported live from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv right after the war. The

A Reporter Reflects 50 Years Later on the Effects of the War: Now & Then

A Reporter Reflects 50 Years Later on the Effects of the War: Now & Then

In this PBS NewsHour video segment (06:09), former correspondent Terence Smith reflects on his coverage of the Six Day War fifty years later. He emphasizes how, in the immediate aftermath of

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Zionism in Animation: The Six Day War

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (02:42) tells the story of the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria in 1967, focusing

Why Isn’t Sigd Celebrated by All Jews?

Why Isn’t Sigd Celebrated by All Jews?

Sigd is an Ethiopian-Jewish holiday celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur. It is a day of fasting, prayer, and communal introspection. Its origins are admittedly somewhat hazy, but the Beta

Ethiopian Israelis: Statistics, Goals & Challenges

Ethiopian Israelis: Statistics, Goals & Challenges

From the website of the Ethiopian National Project, this article presents background information and facts about the Ethiopian community in Israel, including the challenges they face, and statistics about demographics,

Celebrating an Ancient Holiday in Modern-Day Jerusalem

Celebrating an Ancient Holiday in Modern-Day Jerusalem

The holiday of Sigd is an ancient celebration of Torah and of God’s covenant with the Jewish people. Having yearned for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel for generations upon

Everything You Need to Know about Sigd

Everything You Need to Know about Sigd

The ASF Institute of Jewish Experience presents this in-depth primer video (5:20) on the Ethiopian festival of Sigd. Celebrated by the Beta Israel community (the Jews of Ethiopia) for hundreds

What is Sigd?

What is Sigd?

This short clip (2:27) put out by CBN News introduces the ancient Ethiopian Jewish festival of Sigd. A celebration of God’s giving the Torah to the Jewish people, Sigd has

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

Havdalah – Taking Leave of Shabbat: An Introduction & Guide

This thorough article from My Jewish Learning provides a basic outline of the Havdalah ritual that concludes Shabbat, along with an explanation of the meaning behind it, step-by-step written and

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Havdalah (Plus How To, Text & Audio)

Great for beginners, this thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the ritual, a step-by-step how-to guide of the Orthodox

What Is Havdalah?

What Is Havdalah?

This thorough article from Chabad.org provides a comprehensive introduction to the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including an outline of the ritual, an exploration of the deep spiritual meaning behind

Women and Zimmun

Women and Zimmun

This two page article by Jennifer Breger summarizes the complicated subject of a women’s participation in a “Zimmun,” (literally, “invitation”) the opening verses of the Grace After Meals recited responsively

Introduction to the Grace After Meals

Introduction to the Grace After Meals

This thorough and informative article explains the structure, content, and development of the Grace After Meals, as well as some spiritual intentions behind the ritual and explanations of various customs.

“Benching” 101: The Origin, Stucture, Customs and History of the Grace After Meals

“Benching” 101: The Origin, Stucture, Customs and History of the Grace After Meals

This comprehensive introductory article by Kate Palley provides a thorough explanation for people of all knowledge levels on the origin, structure, customs, and history of the Grace After Meals. The author clarifies the circumstances under

A Brief Introduction to the Grace After Meals

A Brief Introduction to the Grace After Meals

This short post offers a basic overview of the Grace After Meals, including its biblical sources, an explanation of its structure, and links to the full Hebrew, English and transliterated

Why Say Bircat Hamazon? A Halachic and Spiritual Approach from Maimonides

Why Say Bircat Hamazon? A Halachic and Spiritual Approach from Maimonides

In this ten-minute video featured on Chabad.org, Rabbi Mendel Kaplan discusses the halachic and spiritual significance of the Grace After Meals according to Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204), a highly

An Esoteric, Historical and Halachic Analysis of the Grace After Meals

An Esoteric, Historical and Halachic Analysis of the Grace After Meals

This 46 minute lecture from Chabad.org is an in-depth exploration of some esoteric, historical and halachic ideas around the Grace After Meals by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Schapiro, the dean of the Yeshiva

A Historical Approach to the Composition and Structure of the Grace After Meals

A Historical Approach to the Composition and Structure of the Grace After Meals

This thorough article by Rabbi Yizchak Etshalom outlines the structure of the Grace After Meals, explaining how the Biblical command to thank God for the food and land is fulfilled through

Rav Kook: Blessings Over Bread and Torah

Rav Kook: Blessings Over Bread and Torah

This excerpt, written by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, explores the dual benefits we gain from both eating and studying Torah, comparing the Grace After Meals and the blessing over studying

Eishet Chayil Q&A

Eishet Chayil Q&A

This excerpt from an article by Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky presents and responds to both technical and philosophical questions about specific words and verses in Eishet Chayil. Due to his use of Hebrew

On Labor Day, Let’s Consider a New ‘Woman of Valor’

On Labor Day, Let’s Consider a New ‘Woman of Valor’

This article, posted on Labor Day by Lana Adler, criticizes Eishet Chayil for celebrating a woman who works only for others, instead of herself. While she is certainly capable and

Women of Valor: An Evolving Role Model

Women of Valor: An Evolving Role Model

In this article, Jordyn Rozensky explores the concept of valor from a modern, feminist perspective, challenging readers to think about what it means to them and who they consider contemporary “Women of Valor.”

A Valorous Woman: A Feminist Critique of Eishet Chayil

A Valorous Woman: A Feminist Critique of Eishet Chayil

This blog post by Ellie Kahn challenges the impossible standards to which women have always been held, from Biblical times (as seen in Proverbs 31, the text of Eishet Chayil) through

A Love Letter to the Woman of Valor

A Love Letter to the Woman of Valor

In this scholarly article, Dr. Malka Simkovich describes her evolving relationship to the song Eishet Chayil. While she once disregarded it as outdated and misogynistic, upon a closer analysis of

Happy to Skip Eishet Chayil: A Modern Feminist Critique

Happy to Skip Eishet Chayil: A Modern Feminist Critique

In this personal critique, Lauren Kramer challenges the traditional custom of singing Eishet Chayil to the woman of the house on Friday night. She claims that the words are outdated

Standing or Sitting for Shalom Aleichem and Eshet Chayil?

Standing or Sitting for Shalom Aleichem and Eshet Chayil?

This short post states that there is no uniform custom for whether the songs “Shalom Aleichem” and “Eshet Chayil” should be sung standing or sitting on Friday night. This response was written by Rabbi

Eishet Chayil: A Template for Modern Women

Eishet Chayil: A Template for Modern Women

In this article, a modern woman who lives by Jewish tradition explains why she feels that Eishet Chayil is very relevant for her and her family. In response to another

How Eishet Chayil Shaped One Woman’s Evolving Jewish Identity

How Eishet Chayil Shaped One Woman’s Evolving Jewish Identity

In this personal article, Sarah Zell Young shares how her religious journey is reflected in her evolving relationship with the words of Eishet Chayil. From her initial embracing of traditional observance,

Origins and Interpretations of Proverbs 31

Origins and Interpretations of Proverbs 31

This brief article from Wikipedia offers an introduction to Proverbs 31, the Biblical source for Eishet Chayil. It provides both literal and classic interpretations of the text, and gives different theories as

More Precious Than Pearls: A Digital Book of Essays on Eishet Chayil

More Precious Than Pearls: A Digital Book of Essays on Eishet Chayil

This 94 page book, “More Precious Than Pearls: A Prayer for the Women of Valor in Our Lives,” is a collection of ten essays discussing Eishet Chayil from a wide variety of

How To Read Eshet Chayil: Reflections from a Feminist Scholar

How To Read Eshet Chayil: Reflections from a Feminist Scholar

This reflection by feminist scholar, Dr. Wendy Zierler, traces her evolving relationship with the words of Eshet Chayil over the course of her life. She suggests several ways of reading the text,

Which Biblical Woman Was the Original Eishet Chayil?

Which Biblical Woman Was the Original Eishet Chayil?

This essay discusses some theories as to which biblical woman the poem, Eishet Chayil, could be referring. The author, Asher Gabbay, suggests that since the only woman in the Bible specifically

Why We Recite Eishet Chayil on Friday Night

Why We Recite Eishet Chayil on Friday Night

In order to explain why Eishet Chayil is traditionally sung on Shabbat, this detailed article by Rabbi Yehuda Shuprin offers insight into the literal reading of the text, as well as several

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

Introduction to Eishet Chayil: Meaning, Origins, How To, English Text

This detailed article by Chaviva Gordon-Bennett provides a thorough introduction to Eishet Chayil, including the meaning, origins, and practical how-to’s of singing this song on Friday night, along with the English translation of the

A Scholarly and Contextual Approach to the Identity of the Eshet Chayil

A Scholarly and Contextual Approach to the Identity of the Eshet Chayil

This scholarly article argues that there is no single answer to the question “Who is the Eishet Chayil?” because the interpretation relies upon the context in which it is read. Professor

One Jewish Woman’s Musings on Eishet Chayil

One Jewish Woman’s Musings on Eishet Chayil

In this personal blog post, Amy Meltzer shares her desire, as a Jewish woman, to hear her praises sung at her family’s Friday night table, particularly since showing such appreciation

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

A Complete Guide to Eishet Chayil

This thorough article offers a complete introduction to the custom of singing Eishet Chayil on Friday night, including the reasons behind the ritual, a step-by-step guide noting common customs, the Hebrew,

Exploring the Controversial Aspects of Shalom Aleichem: Idolatry & Domestic Relations

Exploring the Controversial Aspects of Shalom Aleichem: Idolatry & Domestic Relations

In this provocative article, Atar Hadari explores some of the more controversial aspects of the song “Shalom Aleichem,” explaining why several leading rabbinic figures have taken issue with it. Hadari

Friday Night: Angels in My House

Friday Night: Angels in My House

In this personal article, Jewish educator Amy Deutsch suggests an original understanding of what type of angels we are welcoming into our home when we sing Shalom Aleichem on Friday night.

An Introduction to Shalom Aleichem

An Introduction to Shalom Aleichem

The Wikipedia entry about Shalom Aleichem includes an explanation of the origins and background of the custom of singing ‘Shalom Aleichem’ on Friday night prior to Kiddush, along with the

Do Jews Believe in Angels?

Do Jews Believe in Angels?

This comprehensive article, written by Rabbi Louis Jacobs on MyJewishLearning.com, discusses the development of the references and understanding of angels in Judaism from Biblical times until modern day, including an exploration of how

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Shalom Aleichem (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Shalom Aleichem (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik provides meaningful explanations as to why Shalom Aleichem is recited at the beginning of the Shabbat evening meal. Complete with the Hebrew,

The Significance of the Shabbat Angels in Breslov Hassidic Thought

The Significance of the Shabbat Angels in Breslov Hassidic Thought

This excerpt from “7th Heaven: Shabbat With Rebbe Nachman of Breslov” explores the significance of angels in Jewish theology, focusing on the accompanying angels that visit the home each Shabbat. Moshe

Shalom Aleichem: Various Customs and Explanations

Shalom Aleichem: Various Customs and Explanations

In this short article, Devorah Channah outlines the origins of Shalom Aleichem, as well as several different customs of why and how the song is sung according to different traditions on Shabbat

Maimonides’ Ten Levels of Angels

Maimonides’ Ten Levels of Angels

In this article, Whitney Hopler elaborates on the ten different types of angels found in Jewish literature according to Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204), the great medieval Spanish philosopher. Although angels

The Role of Angels in Judaism

The Role of Angels in Judaism

This comprehensive article from Chabad.org provides a survey of the Jewish understanding of angels and the role they play within Jewish theology. Shalom Aleichem, traditionally sung on Friday night before Kiddush,

Chabad: Origins, Customs, and Meanings Behind Shalom Aleichem

Chabad: Origins, Customs, and Meanings Behind Shalom Aleichem

In this 9:15 long video from Chabad.org, Rabbi Pinchas Taylor gives a thorough and detailed explanation of the origins, customs and meanings behind singing Shalom Aleichem as part of the Shabbat evening ritual. Sung

Why Repeat Shalom Aleichem Three Times?

Why Repeat Shalom Aleichem Three Times?

This responsum from the “Ask the Rabbi” column of the Ohr Somayach website provides several explanations for the popular custom of reciting each stanza of Shalom Aleichem three times, as opposed

Different Orthodox Shalom Aleichem Customs

Different Orthodox Shalom Aleichem Customs

In this short article, Rabbi Simcha Weinberg, founder of the leading Torah website, The Foundation Stone, briefly presents the unique “Shalom Aleichem” customs of several well-known rabbinic figures, including The Ben

Chabad Customs: The Background and Details of Shalom Aleichem

Chabad Customs: The Background and Details of Shalom Aleichem

This short post presents the background and halachic details surrounding Shalom Aleichem, according to the Shulchan Aruch Harav – the body of Jewish law compiled by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of

Alone Time: Why We Usher the Shabbat Angels Out

Alone Time: Why We Usher the Shabbat Angels Out

In this article from Chabad.org, Rabbi Elly Krimsky explores why we bid farewell to the accompanying angels in Shalom Aleichem, focusing on a Chasidic idea that when we are alone we have

What is Havdalah and Why is it Important?

What is Havdalah and Why is it Important?

In this 3 and a half minute long video, Dayan Ivan Binstock explains the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including the basic structure of the ritual as well as its important

The Mystical Meaning of Havdalah

The Mystical Meaning of Havdalah

In this almost 14 minute long video, Rabbi Alon Anava delves into some of the mystical reasons behind the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat. He explains the custom of rubbing

Havdalah 101

Havdalah 101

This thorough article from Wikipedia provides a comprehensive overview of the Havdalah ceremony that concludes Shabbat, including an introduction to the basic structure of the ritual, the meaning behind it, and variations

The Structure and Spirit of the Kabbalat Shabbat Service

The Structure and Spirit of the Kabbalat Shabbat Service

This brief article from Chabad.org describes the structure of the Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv even prayer services on Shabbat. With a focus on prayer as the essence of Shabbat, the

L’cha Dodi and the Kabbalistic Background to Kabbalat Shabbat: A Collection of Articles

L’cha Dodi and the Kabbalistic Background to Kabbalat Shabbat: A Collection of Articles

This link will take you to a collection of articles exploring the Kabbalistic background to the Kabbalat Shabbat service, with a special focus on the L’cha Dodi prayer, a central

The Structure & Mystical Meaning of Kabbalat Shabbat

The Structure & Mystical Meaning of Kabbalat Shabbat

This post presents two approximately 4 minute long videos by Rabbi David Paskin introducing the basic structure and meaning behind the Kabbalat Shabbat service. The first video focuses on the

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Guide to the Friday Night Synagogue Services

Great for beginners, this brief excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik offers an explanation of the structure and meaning behind the Friday night synagogue services, including Mincha (the afternoon

Introduction to the Kabbalat Shabbat Prayer Service

Introduction to the Kabbalat Shabbat Prayer Service

This introductory article describes the origins and structure of the Kabbalat Shabbat services, noting various customs practiced in different communities. Originally from the Encyclopaedia Judaica, this article was shared on Jewish Virtual

Welcoming the Sabbath with Kabbalat Shabbat, Lecha Dodi and Ma’ariv

Welcoming the Sabbath with Kabbalat Shabbat, Lecha Dodi and Ma’ariv

This introductory article by George Robinson outlines the basic structure of the Kabbalat Shabbat and evening prayer service, including an explanation of traditions held in various communities and the development of

Zemirot: An Introduction

Zemirot: An Introduction

The word ‘zemer’ (plural – ‘zemirot’) actually means ‘song’ in Hebrew.  It has become the word used almost exclusively to describe the various table songs that are sung at the

Rabbi Abraham Twerski: Candle Lighting and a Child’s Self Worth

Rabbi Abraham Twerski: Candle Lighting and a Child’s Self Worth

In this short post, Rabbi Abraham Twerski relays his childhood memories of his mother lighting the Shabbat candles, focusing on the powerful message they sent about his own inherent self

Shabbat Home Ritual: Candle Lighting

Shabbat Home Ritual: Candle Lighting

In this short post, Sarah Fishman describes the basics of the candle lighting ceremony, as part of an article introducing the Shabbat home rituals of candle lighting, kiddush over wine,

Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi: Shabbat Candle Lighting as a Lesson in Faith

Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi: Shabbat Candle Lighting as a Lesson in Faith

This interview describes how watching his mother light Shabbat candles was a formative spiritual experience for Reb Zalman Schacther Shalomi, one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal movement, which

Sacred Ritual: Lighting Shabbat Candles

Sacred Ritual: Lighting Shabbat Candles

This short article serves as an introduction to the basics of the candle lighting ceremony, including who lights candles, with what type of candles, when, and how, plus a mention of

The Meaning Behind the Flames

The Meaning Behind the Flames

In this comprehensive article, Rhona Lewis shares many of the deep spiritual and kabbalistic teachings behind the mitzvah of lighting Shabbat candles. Using a wide variety of Biblical, Talmudic, halachic

An Academic Approach to the Meaning of Shabbat Candles

An Academic Approach to the Meaning of Shabbat Candles

In this highly sourced academic article, Dr. Ismar Schorsch explores how and why lighting Shabbat candles is of paramount importance in Jewish tradition, despite the fact that it is actually not

Shabbat Candles: Why is it Called ‘A Women’s Mitzvah?’

Shabbat Candles: Why is it Called ‘A Women’s Mitzvah?’

This article, reprinted on My Jewish Learning from JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, mentions a variety of candle lighting customs, including how many candles to light, the order of lighting

Covering Our Eyes During Shabbat Candle Lighting

Covering Our Eyes During Shabbat Candle Lighting

This post explains the halachic reasoning behind the popular custom of covering one’s eyes while reciting the blessing after lighting the Shabbat candles. The author, Rabbi Howard Markose, is a

Lighting Candles: A Spiritual Cure-all

Lighting Candles: A Spiritual Cure-all

In this thought-provoking article, psychologist, Dr. Miriam Biber, explores the unique spiritual power of lighting the Shabbat candles through personal anecdotes and biblical, Talmudic and Chassidic sources. Described as a prototype for all of

The Connection Between Giving Tzedakah and Shabbat Candle Lighting

The Connection Between Giving Tzedakah and Shabbat Candle Lighting

The following article describes the practice of giving tzedakah (charity) before lighting the Shabbat evening candles, along with an explanation as to how these two actions are intrinsically connected. This

The History of Lighting the Shabbat Candles

The History of Lighting the Shabbat Candles

In this excerpt from the article, “Lighting Sabbath Candles,” Avi Lazerson discusses the historical and textual explanations for the commandment of lighting the Shabbat evening candles. He explains how this ritual was

Candle Lighting: The Test of Time

Candle Lighting: The Test of Time

The following excerpt from the article “Truth Stands the Test of Time” explains how the Shabbat candles are symbolic of the truth and authenticity of the Torah and the Jewish

Candle Lighting: A Blessing or a Curse to Women?

Candle Lighting: A Blessing or a Curse to Women?

In the following excerpt from Wendy I. Zierler’s article, “Shedding Feminist Light on the Sabbath Candles,” Zierler explores the possibility that the commandment for women to light the Shabbat evening

Reconstructionist Thought on Candle Lighting

Reconstructionist Thought on Candle Lighting

In this short excerpt from the essay “Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach,” Shabbat candle lighting is expounded on as an example of the importance of ritual within Reconstructionist Judaism. Reconstructionist Judaism

Shabbat Candles as a Revelation of the Hidden Light of Creation

Shabbat Candles as a Revelation of the Hidden Light of Creation

The following excerpt is a translation and explanation of a Hasidic text relating to Shabbat candle lighting, from The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time by Eitan

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Quotes on Shabbat Candles

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Quotes on Shabbat Candles

These poetic quotes from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel describe the moment when Shabbat arrives, bringing with it an atmosphere of light, peace, rest, joy, and renewal. Heschel points to the creative and

Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

Women in Judaism: Lighting Shabbat Candles

This article explains how lighting Shabbat candles brings peace and harmony into the home, both practically and symbolically, and why this ritual is connected to the unique role of women in

The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

The History and Symbolism of Lighting Shabbat Candles

In this short, informative video, Rabbi Michael Laitner offers both historical and spiritual explanations for the Shabbat evening candle lighting and provides guidelines on how to fulfill the commandment. This video

Waving the Hands Before Candle Lighting: A Kabbalistic Understanding

Waving the Hands Before Candle Lighting: A Kabbalistic Understanding

This short post explores the Halachic (Jewish law) and Kabbalistic (Jewish mysticism) explanations as to why those lighting the Shabbat evening candles wave their hands three times over the lit candles

Shabbat Candle Lighting: Empowering or Restricting to Women?

Shabbat Candle Lighting: Empowering or Restricting to Women?

The following article addresses whether the tradition of women lighting Shabbat candles is empowering or restricting. The anonymous author explores the role of women in Orthodox Judaism, drawing on both Jewish

“Shamor” and “Zachor”: Observe and Remember

“Shamor” and “Zachor”: Observe and Remember

This blog post by Rabbi Adam Feldman explores the dual language of “shamor” and “zachor” used in the Torah to command the Jewish people to “remember” and “observe” Shabbat. Jewish

A Woman Before God: Candle Lighting Throughout the Generations

A Woman Before God: Candle Lighting Throughout the Generations

This article discusses the strong feminine aspect of the candle lighting ritual, including how various traditions which have been handed down from generation to generation through family matriarchs have gained halachic

HuffPost Blog: “Going Dark” on Shabbat

HuffPost Blog: “Going Dark” on Shabbat

In this blog post, Ellie Krupnick shares her personal journey of coming to appreciate the refuge from technology and work offered by Shabbat. Although not specifically about the candle lighting ritual,

Shabbat Observance in Alaska: Lighting Shabbat Candles Without Sunset

Shabbat Observance in Alaska: Lighting Shabbat Candles Without Sunset

In this article, Rabbi Dov Gartenberg shares his thoughts and halachic insights about Shabbat observance when living in Alaska, where during certain times of the year, the sun does not

Switching On Shabbat: Temples in Time

Switching On Shabbat: Temples in Time

Referencing Jewish thinkers Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Blu Greenberg, this article describes lighting the Shabbat candles as a transformative act that enables us to create temples in time, thus

Sarah’s Light: The Candles that Never Waned

Sarah’s Light: The Candles that Never Waned

This enlightening article explores the age old connection between Jewish women and Shabbat candles, explaining references to the Matriarch, Sarah, lighting Shabbat candles in the Torah and Midrash. The article delves into

Candle Lighting as a Spiritual Union

Candle Lighting as a Spiritual Union

This piece provides a mystical explanation of the Shabbat candle lighting ritual, applying ancient Kabbalistic concepts in a way that is relevant for modern Jews. Written by Rabbi Goldie Milgram, a

The Sabbath as a Journey Through the Worlds   

The Sabbath as a Journey Through the Worlds   

In this piece, the author describes Shabbat as a holistic experience, beginning with the lighting of the Shabbat candles. She suggests that the two candles represent different dualistic aspects we

Lighting Candles as a Way to “Unplug” from Distraction and “Plug in” to Shabbat

Lighting Candles as a Way to “Unplug” from Distraction and “Plug in” to Shabbat

In this short video, Rabbi Noa Kushner encourages people to use Shabbat – and particularly, candle lighting- as an opportunity to “unplug” from the distractions and tasks of daily life

A Brief Halachic Exploration of the Shabbat Morning Kiddush

A Brief Halachic Exploration of the Shabbat Morning Kiddush

This 4 minute long audio recording presents the different customs and halachic opinions regarding the wording of the daytime Kiddush. The short but highly technical lecture is relevant to those

A Talmudic Analysis of Kiddusha Rabba – The Great Kiddush

A Talmudic Analysis of Kiddusha Rabba – The Great Kiddush

This article is an analysis of the Talmudic passages from which we learn the minimum halachic requirement for the daytime Kiddush. The ideas are based upon the insights of Rabbi Adin

Daytime Kiddush as a Reminder of the Sanctity of Shabbat

Daytime Kiddush as a Reminder of the Sanctity of Shabbat

In this 2.5 minute video, Rabbi Chaim Brovender explains how the daytime Kiddush serves as a reminder of the sanctity of Shabbat, regardless of whether one simply recites the blessing

A Halchic Discussion of the Wording of Kiddush

A Halchic Discussion of the Wording of Kiddush

  This short, technical article discusses which passages should be recited prior to the blessing over the wine as part of the daytime Kiddush on Shabbat. Due to its technical

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

Friday Night & Beyond: Insights on Daytime Kiddush (Plus Text & Audio)

This thorough excerpt from “Friday Night and Beyond” by Lori Palatnik begins with meaningful explanations as to why Kiddush is recited during the day on Shabbat. Great for beginners, this resource offers

Psalm 23

Psalm 23

The following article outlines the place of Psalm 23 in Shabbat liturgy in various communities, as well as a literary analysis of several theological and psychological interpretations of the words, according to

What is Kiddush?

What is Kiddush?

This short video provides a playful but informative discussion about how and why we make Kiddush. Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel explains that Jews sanctify sacred time

Kiddush as a Bridge Between the Physical & Spiritual

Kiddush as a Bridge Between the Physical & Spiritual

This short video provides a brief and meaningful explanation for why Jews make Kiddush at Shabbat meals. Arik Singer, a former educator at the Orthodox Perth Hebrew Congregation in Australia and

Kiddush: Stand or Sit?

Kiddush: Stand or Sit?

This responsum, written for Aish.com’s “Ask The Rabbi” column, explains the halachic reasoning behind some of the different customs regarding whether the nighttime and daytime Kiddush ceremony should be recited while standing or

JOFA: The Women’s Role in Kiddush, HaMotzi & Havdallah

JOFA: The Women’s Role in Kiddush, HaMotzi & Havdallah

The following excerpt from the article “Halachot of Kiddush, HaMotzi and Havdalah, printed by The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), illustrates how women and men are equally obligated to  participate

OneTable Shabbat Dinner Guide

OneTable Shabbat Dinner Guide

Created by OneTable, a grassroots organization whose goal it is to help people enjoy Shabbat dinners together, the guide (39 pages) to the Friday night dinner experience provides both inspiration and optional

Shabbat Home Ritual: Kiddush

Shabbat Home Ritual: Kiddush

In this short post, Sarah Fishman describes the basics of the Kiddush ceremony, as part of an article introducing the Shabbat home rituals of candle lighting, kiddush over wine, and

How Kiddush Became Part of the Synagogue Service

How Kiddush Became Part of the Synagogue Service

This article by the late German Jewish scholar Rabbi Ismar Elbogen discusses how the Kiddush was introduced into the synagogue service in Babylonia, a custom which eventually spread to Ashkenazi Jewish communities

The Role of Wine in Jewish Tradition

The Role of Wine in Jewish Tradition

This excerpt, from an article by Rabbi Maurice Lamm, explains the integral place of wine in Sabbath, festival, and wedding rituals, as a celebratory and symbolic marker between the mundane

Kiddush in Kabbalistic Thought

Kiddush in Kabbalistic Thought

In this excerpt from “The Thirteen Petalled Rose,” Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz provides a step-by-step interpretation of the ritual of Kiddush on Shabbat evening, using complex Jewish mystical thinking

Kiddush: Shabbat and the Possibility of Transformation

Kiddush: Shabbat and the Possibility of Transformation

Using both Hassidic and classic commentaries, these excerpts from the article “Shabbat and the Possibility of Transformation” explore Kiddush as a reminder of the personal and national redemptive power of

Shabbat as Rest from Creation

Shabbat as Rest from Creation

In this article, Rabbi David Aaron explores the deeper meaning of rest on Shabbat, as referenced in the Friday night Kiddush, by encouraging readers to focus on the “yeses” instead of all

Kiddush: At Home or Synagogue?

Kiddush: At Home or Synagogue?

This article, ideal for readers with an interest in the development of Jewish law and custom, discusses whether the Friday night Kiddush should be recited as part of the evening

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: Kiddush and the Sanctification of Time

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: Kiddush and the Sanctification of Time

This excerpt from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s “The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man,” explores the idea of Shabbat as a symbol for the sanctification of time. Although Heschel does not specifically mention

Kiddush as a Reflection of the Jews’ Universal and Particular Relationship with God

Kiddush as a Reflection of the Jews’ Universal and Particular Relationship with God

This excerpt from the article “The Dual Nature of Shabbat Observance” provides insight into how the text of Kiddush reflects the Jews’ simultaneous universal and particular relationship with God. Rabbi

Biyur Chametz: Burning Chametz Before Passover

Biyur Chametz: Burning Chametz Before Passover

This video introducing the ritual burning of leftover leavened products on the eve of Passover shows a communal burning conducted by the ultra-Orthodox community in Spring Valley, Michigan, in conduction

The Four Sons

The Four Sons

Who are the four sons, and how can we relate to them? This amusing animated video (04:07) brings the story of the Four Sons from the Passover Haggadah to life

The Transformational Power of the Four Cups of Wine

The Transformational Power of the Four Cups of Wine

How do the four cups of wine represent the experience of freedom during the Passover Seder? In this video (04:22), Rabbi Michoel Gourarie explains how the four cups of wine

The 15 Steps of the Passover Seder

The 15 Steps of the Passover Seder

In this short yet informative video (03:39), Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald briefly explains each of the fifteen steps of the Passover seder in order. The steps are as follows:   Kadesh

Bedikat Chametz: Searching for Chametz in Your Home

Bedikat Chametz: Searching for Chametz in Your Home

In this instructional video (03:38), a family demonstrate how to conduct the ritual search for crumbs of forbidden food in your home on the night before Passover, including the ritual

Unique Passover Traditions from Around the World

Unique Passover Traditions from Around the World

Passover is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Jewish world, yet each community adds their own unique twist, rooted in ancient traditions. This article presents a collection of some

The Passover Seder Plate Explained

The Passover Seder Plate Explained

This basic video (01:30) introduces the six symbolic food items traditionally laid on the seder plate during the Passover seder. 

National Identity & The Stories We Tell

National Identity & The Stories We Tell

Why does Moses focus on the duty of the Jewish people to transmit the story of their exodus from Egypt to future generations when they are still enslaved? In this

Why Do Jews in the Diaspora Often Have Two Passover Seders?

Why Do Jews in the Diaspora Often Have Two Passover Seders?

This brief article from My Jewish Learning explains the halachic rationale for having two Passover seders outside of Israel and only one in Israel. It also outlines the accepted practices today in different

Matzah & More: Textual Sources & Spiritual Significance

Matzah & More: Textual Sources & Spiritual Significance

What are the textual sources for our Passover traditions and rituals? In this video from Chabad.org (05:29), Dr. Michael Chighel examines the biblical sources for what foods we eat and

The Tale of a Sale: The Custom of Selling Chametz Before Passover

The Tale of a Sale: The Custom of Selling Chametz Before Passover

This clear and concise video (02:46) explains the history and halachic rationale behind the custom of selling one’s chametz to a non-Jew before Passover.  

The Evolution of Passover Throughout History

The Evolution of Passover Throughout History

What are the roots of the Passover festival, and how has its observance changed over time? This article from My Jewish Learning examines the various names given to this holiday

The Symbolism Behind Matzah: Freedom Can’t Wait

The Symbolism Behind Matzah: Freedom Can’t Wait

How can the ancient traditions of Passover be applied to our modern lives? In this inspiring video (04:22), Charlie Harary from Aish.com goes beyond the traditional explanation for why we eat

What is “Kosher for Passover”?

What is “Kosher for Passover”?

When it comes to what can and cannot be eaten on Passover, there are many confusing Hebrew terms and conflicting customs. This short video (01:21) briefly explains the concepts of

How Food is Prepared for Passover

How Food is Prepared for Passover

Passover is not only about which symbolic foods are traditionally eaten and abstained from, but also about how the food is prepared. This i24News segment (02:39) takes viewers into the kitchen

The Passover Seder: What to Expect

The Passover Seder: What to Expect

This introductory video (03:57) explains the basics of a traditional Passover seder, including the symbolic foods and ritual items and a brief introduction to each of the fifteen steps outlined

Passover Themes from Exodus: Recognition of God, Renewal & Empathy

Passover Themes from Exodus: Recognition of God, Renewal & Empathy

Going beyond freedom, this animated video (07:02) produced by Aleph Beta Academy reexamines the biblical text of Exodus to explore central themes of the holiday: recognition of God, renewal, and empathy. Aleph Beta

Innovative Passover Foods that Tell the Story of the Jewish People

Innovative Passover Foods that Tell the Story of the Jewish People

Chef Ido Zarmi connects to the history of the Jewish people through food. In this video (03:28), he describes how he balances tradition and innovation in order to create delicious

Tefillin: A Primer

Tefillin: A Primer

This thorough article from Aish.com outlines everything you need to know about tefillin, or phylacteries, the ritual prayer object worn during weekday morning prayer services. Rabbi Shraga Simmons provides an overview of the

Entering Adulthood: The Spiritual Significance of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Entering Adulthood: The Spiritual Significance of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah

This thoughtful article from Chabad.org gives parents tips on how to transform the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration from a fun party to a meaningful and inspiring spiritual milestone. A profound exploration of the deep

How the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child Participates in the Service

How the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Child Participates in the Service

This informative article briefly describes the different roles bar/bat mitzvah celebrants may take on in the service, depending on his/her abilities, as well as the norms of the community. Although it has become

The Parents’ Role in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service

The Parents’ Role in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service

This informative article by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Kohn  provides an overview of the parents’ role in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, presenting the ways in which the ceremony and the synagogue worship service

The Laws of Bar Mitzvah

The Laws of Bar Mitzvah

This informative article, written by Rabbi Aryeh Citron of Chabad.org, presents many of the Jewish laws associated with planning a Bar Mitzvah or becoming a Bar Mitzvah boy, from an Orthodox

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains when, how and why traditional coming-of-age rituals are celebrated in the Humanistic community. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah is celebrated at 13

Today I Am a Man: Thoughts on Contemporary Male Identity for Bar Mitzvah Boys

Today I Am a Man: Thoughts on Contemporary Male Identity for Bar Mitzvah Boys

In this thought-provoking article, Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner explores what it means to be a Jewish man in contemporary American society, encouraging parents and educators to introduce Bar Mitzvah boys to some

What Non-Jews Should Know About a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

What Non-Jews Should Know About a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

An appendix from the book “Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah,” this 3 page article is written

The History & Evolution of the Bat Mitzvah

The History & Evolution of the Bat Mitzvah

This excerpt from A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven by Renewal Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow provides a survey of the modern historical development of the Bat Mitzvah celebration. He shows

Bar and Bat Mitzvah 101: History, Ceremony & Contemporary Issues

Bar and Bat Mitzvah 101: History, Ceremony & Contemporary Issues

This informative article provides an overview of the Jewish rite of passage for 12- and 13-year-olds, including the origins of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and how ceremonies, rituals and celebrations have developed

Reform Bar/Bat Mitzvah FAQ

Reform Bar/Bat Mitzvah FAQ

This thorough article answers many Frequently Asked Questions about the Bar/Bat Mitzvah coming-of-age ritual, including questions about the origins and developments of the custom as well as how it is

What Is the Haftarah, and Why Do We Read It?

What Is the Haftarah, and Why Do We Read It?

This informative article by Rabbi Peretz Rodman provides a thorough introduction to the Haftarah, the weekly reading from the Prophets often recited by the Bar/Bat Mitzvah boy/girl. This resource is from MyJewishLearning, an

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide

This 7 page long guide from Aish.com outlines everything you need to know about the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. Rabbi Shraga Simmons introduces the rituals of the synagogue ceremony and reception, provides meaningful

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics

This introductory article from Judaism 101 explains the Bar/Bat Mitzvah basics, including an explanation of the terms, the meaning behind this Jewish milestone, and an explanation of the various religious and cultural

The Bar Mitzvah as a Milestone for Engagement and Accountability

The Bar Mitzvah as a Milestone for Engagement and Accountability

In this short video, Dr. Rachael Turkienicz introduces the Bar Mitzvah coming of age ritual in Judaism, with an emphasis on encouraging young adults to become contributing members of the community,

What to Expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

What to Expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

This short animated video provides guests with some basic information about what to expect at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and how to navigate this traditional Jewish coming of age ceremony. It

A Bat Mitzvah Girl Describes the Jewish Rite of Passage

A Bat Mitzvah Girl Describes the Jewish Rite of Passage

In this introductory video, 12-year old Emily describes her recent Bat Mitzvah at an Orthodox Synagogue, while comparing her experience with that of her friend, Ben, who just celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. She

Aliyah 101: What You Should Know Before Being Called to the Torah

Aliyah 101: What You Should Know Before Being Called to the Torah

Perfect for beginners, this comprehensive article by Ronald L. Eisenberg explains everything you need to know about the ritual of getting called up to the Torah. The author describes the entire process

Join the Yizkor Memorial Prayer for Fallen IDF Soldiers and Victims of Terror and Write Your Own Personal or Communal Prayer

Join the Yizkor Memorial Prayer for Fallen IDF Soldiers and Victims of Terror and Write Your Own Personal or Communal Prayer

At this unprecedented time in history, on Yom Hazikaron we invite people around the world to virtually unite in memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Join the

When the Siren Sounds on Mount Herzl

When the Siren Sounds on Mount Herzl

This blog post describes the unique experience of commemorating Yom Hazikaron at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem. Shira Pasternak Be’eri, mother to two IDF soldiers, describes both the national

Yom Hazikaron: “Families Have Been Notified”

Yom Hazikaron: “Families Have Been Notified”

Produced by Substantial Truth FilmMakers in honor of Yom Hazikaron, this sobering video (03:46) is a cinematic illustration of an IDF casualty notification officer preparing to share the horrific news of a

Mishnah for the Souls of the Departed

Mishnah for the Souls of the Departed

Ten years ago, Lt. Col. Uri Shlomai, of blessed memory, founded the “Mishnah for the Souls of the Departed” Project, through which mishnayot are learned continuously for the entire 24 hours

The Last Words of Fallen Soldiers

The Last Words of Fallen Soldiers

Produced by the IDF in honor of Yom Hazikaron in 2016, this heartbreaking video (01:03) reveals the last words of several soldiers who died in Operation Protective Edge in 2014,

IDF Remembers Fallen Soldier Dan Talasnikov

IDF Remembers Fallen Soldier Dan Talasnikov

Produced by the IDF in 2012 in honor of Yom Hazikaron, this video (05:08) tells the tragic story of Dan Talasnikov, 21, a paratrooper who was killed by a terrorist

Michael Levin: Fallen Soldier of Israel

Michael Levin: Fallen Soldier of Israel

This video (06:23) tells the inspiring and tragic story of Michael Levin, an American lone soldier who fell in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 at just 22 years old.

That Moment When Mourning Becomes Celebration

That Moment When Mourning Becomes Celebration

In this touching blog post, Rabbi Ari Abramowitz describes the powerful transition between Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, explaining that the level of joy and gratitude he feels on the

With All Your Soul: Roi Klein’s Extraordinary Act of Self Sacrifice

With All Your Soul: Roi Klein’s Extraordinary Act of Self Sacrifice

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this moving video (03:30) tells the extraordinary story of Roi Klein, an Israeli soldier and father of two young children who died during the 2006

Holocaust Survivor Remembers Fallen Survivor-Soldiers

Holocaust Survivor Remembers Fallen Survivor-Soldiers

In this moving video from Yad Vashem (02:18), Holocaust survivor Yehuda Szternfeld briefly tells his own story and introduces the initiative he launched to commemorate “The Last Descendants” – survivors who lost

The Story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948)

The Story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948)

This page tells the story of Esther Dreisinger Koifman (1923-1948), a Polish Holocaust survivor who lost who entire family in the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine as part of the

The Last Descendants: The Stories of Mordechai David Gantz & Shalom Tepper

The Last Descendants: The Stories of Mordechai David Gantz & Shalom Tepper

This page on the IDF website introduces the concept of “The Last Descendants” – survivors who immigrated to Palestine alone after losing their entire families in the Holocaust, only to

The Nine Days of ‘We’: Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Nine Days of ‘We’: Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this thought-provoking video (04:42), Avram Infeld suggests a unique way of understanding the process the nation goes through between Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), and

How Israeli Veterans Transition from Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

How Israeli Veterans Transition from Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this i24NEWS Memorial Day special (13:24), two Israeli combat veterans – an Israeli-Arab who served in the Second Lebanon War and a trauma counselor who works with IDF soldiers

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Haatzmaut: Remembering That We Are Not Truly Independent

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Haatzmaut: Remembering That We Are Not Truly Independent

In this thought-provoking video (03:00), Dr. Rachael Turkienicz reflects on the importance symbolism of commemorating Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut back-to-back, suggesting that Jews around the world are never truly “independent,”

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (Video & Teachers’ Guide)

This post provides excellent educational resources about the 35 soldiers who were killed during the War of Independence trying to bring supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc

A Twice Bereaved Mother Discusses the Purpose of Yom Hazikaron

A Twice Bereaved Mother Discusses the Purpose of Yom Hazikaron

In this moving video (06:03), educator and inspirational speaker Miriam Peretz tells the story of how she continued to live after two of her sons, Uriel and Eliraz, were killed

68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel

68 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Israel

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in celebration of Israel’s 68th birthday in 2016, this entertaining and informative video (06:18) lists 68 fun facts about Israel’s culture, industry,

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

Clash of Nationalisms: Arabs in Zionist Thought

From My Jewish Learning, this article by Scott Copeland, head of education for Onward Israel, explores the conflict between Jewish and Arab nationalist movements beginning in the late 19th century, as well as

Yom Ha’atzmaut Torch Lighters 2019

Yom Ha’atzmaut Torch Lighters 2019

This post introduces the individuals that will be honored with lighting the torches at the official 2019 Torch Lighting Ceremony that marks the transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Zionism in Animation: How the State Of Israel was Born

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (03:05) tells the story of the establishment of the State of Israel, starting from the early

Excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s Writings

Excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s Writings

This link provides excerpts from Theodor Herzl’s writings about different topics, including the meaning and purpose of Zionism, the physical beauty of the land of Israel, and his vision for

Rav Kook on Psalm 126: We Were Like Dreamers

Rav Kook on Psalm 126: We Were Like Dreamers

This philosophical article is a translation and adaptation of a teaching from Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (Midbar Shur, pp. 226-227) about the connection between the eternal yearning of the Jewish

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

A Message from the URJ for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut

In this short video, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the President of the Union for Reform Judaism, encourages viewers to commemorate, connect and commit to Israel on the country’s memorial and independence

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (Text & Video)

This post provides resources about the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, including a short video with information and excerpts from the historic event, a 13 minute video of

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

The Impossible Transition Between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

In this 6:20 long video, Daniel Gordis describes the challenge and meaning behind the transition between the deep grief of Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day, and the joy and celebration

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

An Introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and How to Celebrate

This short article from the website of the Reform movement provides a brief introduction to Yom Ha’atzmaut and how it is celebrated in Israel, and then offers a few simple ways

Yom Ha’atzmaut: New Meaning to a Traditional Prayer

Yom Ha’atzmaut: New Meaning to a Traditional Prayer

In this blog post, Benjamin Dukas, a 19 year old American who spent a year studying in a Yeshivah in Israel, describes his experience of participating in the musical Yom

The Significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Jewish Nationalism

The Significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Jewish Nationalism

This lengthy article by Rabbi Mordechai Greenberg explores the significance of Yom Ha’atzmaut in the context of the controversial views within Orthodox Judaism toward Jewish nationalism and the religious status of

How Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews Mark Yom Ha’atzmaut

How Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews Mark Yom Ha’atzmaut

This article from the Jerusalem Post explores how Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews in Israel mark the birth of the secular State of Israel. Through interviews with both public figures and average people

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In Search of a Poetic Ritual for Yom HaZikaron/Ha’Atzmaut

In this blog post, Rabbi Ela Merom asks complex questions about how we use communal memory as we move through the sorrow of Yom HaZikaron to the exuberance of Yom Ha’Atzmaut. She encourages

The International Bible Contest: An Israeli Yom Ha’Atzmaut Tradition

The International Bible Contest: An Israeli Yom Ha’Atzmaut Tradition

In this personal blog post, Bluma Zuckerbrot-Finkelstein describes the experience of accompanying her son to Israel to participate in the International Bible Contest, an annual competition for Jewish teens competing for

Yom Ha’atzmaut in Halakhah, Custom & Story

Yom Ha’atzmaut in Halakhah, Custom & Story

This lengthy scholarly article by Dr. Aharon Arend explores different perspectives on how Yom Ha’atzmaut should be celebrated through an examination of different halachic opinions and customs. The author begins

How is Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated in Israel

How is Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrated in Israel

This 3 minute long video briefly explains the history of the establishment of the State of Israel and how Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated in Israel each year. With entertaining animations,

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

What Does Yom Ha’atzmaut Mean to You? Voices from the Streets of Jerusalem

In this 4 minute long video, Rafi Di from HonestReporting asks locals on the streets of Jerusalem what Yom Ha’atzmaut means to them. With footage of different types of celebrations,

The Religious Status of Yom Ha’atzmaut

The Religious Status of Yom Ha’atzmaut

This article from My Jewish Learning explores the differing views at to whether there is a religious nature to Israel’s Independence Day. Noting customs of the secular, Reform, Conservative, Religious Zionist (Orthodox), and

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut and How is it Celebrated?

This 3 and a half minute long video provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day

Searching for a Meaningful Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Searching for a Meaningful Yom Ha’Atzmaut

In this thought provoking article, Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon calls on the Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora to reconceive Yom Ha’Atzmaut as a day of searching for the meaning of

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

Yom Ha’atzmaut: How the Jewish State is Celebrated in Israel & Abroad

This article from My Jewish Learning provides a thorough introduction to Yom Ha’Atzmaut, focusing on the various religious and secular customs that have developed to celebrate this special day in different communities

Greetings from Natan Sharansky for Israel’s 64th Independence Day

Greetings from Natan Sharansky for Israel’s 64th Independence Day

In this short video, Natan Sharansky discusses the significance of Israel for the Jewish people all over the world in honor of Israel’s 64th Independence Day. Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive of the

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

66 Israeli Heroes Share a Powerful Message

In this 5:42 minute long video, 66 Israeli heroes and new immigrants share powerful messages about the State of Israel, inspired by the words and values of the Declaration of

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Liturgy

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Liturgy

This article presents a survey of some of the liturgical traditions that have developed to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut in different communities. An excerpt from “Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holiday Handbook” by

A Yom Ha’atzmaut Message: Israel as a Divine Miracle

A Yom Ha’atzmaut Message: Israel as a Divine Miracle

In this short video made for Yom Ha’atzmaut, Rabbi Doron Perez discusses how the establishment of the modern State of Israel is a divine miracle and the fulfillment of ancient prophecies.

Ritual Creation for Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Conservative Rabbi’s Suggested Mitzvot

Ritual Creation for Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Conservative Rabbi’s Suggested Mitzvot

In this bold article, Rabbi Vernon Kurtz suggests a number of mitzvot – religious commandments – which he claims should be observed by Diaspora Jewry, including moving to Israel, supporting

Hoshanot: When, How, Why

Hoshanot: When, How, Why

This thorough article from Chabad.org explains the origins and meaning of the Hoshanot prayers recited on Sukkot, as well as a practical guide for how and when these prayers take

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

Hoshanot: Text & Explanation

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the Hoshanot prayers recited on each day of Sukkot and on Hoshana Rabbah, the final

What is Hoshanah Rabbah?

What is Hoshanah Rabbah?

This informative article provides a basic introduction to the origins and rituals of Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, a semi-holiday in its own right. With its lengthy prayer

Prayers for Rain & Dew

Prayers for Rain & Dew

This excerpt from the Conservative Or Hadash Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom provides the Hebrew and English text of the prayer for rain recited on Shemini Atzeret, the day following Sukkot, and the prayer

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

The Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret

In this excerpt from “Every Person’s Guide to Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah,” Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs introduces the Jewish ritual of praying for rain on Shemini Atzeret, the holiday

An Introduction to Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

An Introduction to Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

This informative video (04:39) provides a basic introduction to the Jewish holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, which immediately follow Sukkot. Aiming to clear up some of the confusion regarding

Sukkot: Ushpizin (Guests) & Jewish Hospitality

Sukkot: Ushpizin (Guests) & Jewish Hospitality

This amusing and informative video (05:22) by Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel introduces the origins and significance of the Jewish value of hospitality throughout the year, and especially on the holiday

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

How & Why to Shake the Lulav & Etrog

In this clear, instructional video, Jesse M. Olitzky from the Conservative Congregation Beth El in New Jersey introduces each of the Four Species waved on the Sukkot holiday, including a demonstration

A Thorough Introduction to Sukkot

A Thorough Introduction to Sukkot

This thorough article by Tracey Rich from Judaism 101 provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, customs and spiritual significance of the biblical festival of Sukkot, including what constitutes a kosher Sukkah, an outline of

The Kabbalistic Secret of Sukkot

The Kabbalistic Secret of Sukkot

In this short yet profound video (03:44), Rabbi Jonathan Taub reveals the Kabbalistic secret of Sukkot as a holiday where the Jewish people try to arouse God’s mercy, tempering the

Sukkot in 60 Seconds

Sukkot in 60 Seconds

This minute long animated video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Sukkot. Useful for people of all ages, with amusing animations and a colloquial narrator, this video is provided by Parsha in

Why Jews Celebrate Sukkot in 60 Seconds

Why Jews Celebrate Sukkot in 60 Seconds

In this minute long video, Israel advocate Hananya Naftali briefly introduces the biblical origins of the Festival of Sukkot, explaining why Jews build Sukkot in Israel and around the world

Mayim Bialik: Building My Sukkah

Mayim Bialik: Building My Sukkah

In this thought provoking video (02:26), actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik shares some of the deep symbolic significance to the rituals and laws of Sukkot, to the backdrop of time-lapse footage of the building of her own

The Connection Between the Sukkah and Joy

The Connection Between the Sukkah and Joy

In this animated video (02:18), Rabbi Mark Fishman explores the connection between dwelling in a Sukkah and experiencing happiness on the particularly joyous festival of Sukkot. In addition to a basic

Sukkot for Kids

Sukkot for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video (4:06), Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance of Sukkot, including dwelling in a Sukkah, shaking the Lulav and Etrog, and

Sukkot: A Celebration for Every Nation

Sukkot: A Celebration for Every Nation

This informative video (03:26) presents how the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, is celebrated in Jerusalem, with a focus on the pilgrimage of non-Jews from around the

Sukkot 101: The LEGO Movie

Sukkot 101: The LEGO Movie

This 4-minute long LEGO stop motion animation video presents an excellent introduction to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, including the biblical origins and spiritual meaning behind all of the unique rituals, as

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

Guide to the Ashamnu Portion of the Vidui (Confessions)

This link provides introductory information to the “Ashamnu” part of the Vidui (Confession) liturgy, including the Hebrew, English and transliterated text, as well as a step-by-step guide for how to

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

Text & Exploration of the Al Chet Section of Vidui (Confessions)

This article by Rabbi Shraga Simmons explores each line of part of the “Al Chet” portion of the Vidui confession, recited during each of the five prayer services on Yom Kippur. With guiding

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: Readings to Help You Focus

This 4-page long PDF document is full of profound poems, prayers, quotes and readings that will help you focus on the essence of Yom Kippur – so you don’t “cheat”

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

How to Observe Yom Kippur 2018

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. The article briefly outlines what to do (and not do!) before, during and

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

What To Do the Day Before Yom Kippur

This introductory article from Chabad.org provides a brief overview of the mitzvot and rituals performed on the day before Yom Kippur, according to Orthodox custom, including the kaparot atonement ritual, making amends with people

Yom Kippur: How God Helps Us Come Clean

Yom Kippur: How God Helps Us Come Clean

In this short yet profound video, Charlie Harary compares the relationship between a child and parent to that of man and God, claiming that just as parents help their children do the things

Yom Kippur: Everyone Falls

Yom Kippur: Everyone Falls

In this empowering video (04:37), Charlie Harary reminds us that failure is an inevitable part of the human experience in every aspect of life, from work and relationships to spirituality. A profound message

Yom Kippur for Kids

Yom Kippur for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video, Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance of Yom Kippur, including saying sorry to friends, family, and God, fasting, praying, and

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur FAQ: All About the Day of Atonement

This thorough article answers all of your questions about Yom Kippur, including a basic introduction to the Jewish Day of Atonement, an explanation of customs and synagogue services, and how to

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

A Guide to Yom Kippur Prayers

This informative article by Conservative Rabbi Daniel Kohn provides a guide for Yom Kippur prayer services, including the origins, content, and rituals of each of the five services: Kol Nidrei, Shacharit, Mussaf, Mincha, and Neilah.

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Yom Kippur

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains the themes and customs of Yom Kippur according to the Humanistic community. The movement has reinterpreted many traditional ideas and

The Crash Course on Yom Kippur

The Crash Course on Yom Kippur

In this 6-minute long video, Orthodox Rabbi, Avraham Goldhar, presents an excellent overview of the significance and customs of Yom Kippur, “a spiritual homecoming for the Jewish people.” He summarizes the ancient

Yom Kippur in 60 Seconds

Yom Kippur in 60 Seconds

This minute long animated video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Useful for people of all ages, with amusing animations

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: The Three Levels of Forgiveness

In this 3.5 minute long video from Aish.com, Orthodox Rabbi, Etiel Goldwicht explores how to truly forgive someone who has hurt you before Yom Kippur. Rabbi Goldwicht delves deep into the three

Jewish Holidays Explained: What is Yom Kippur?

Jewish Holidays Explained: What is Yom Kippur?

This short video provides a brief introduction to the process of teshuvah (repentance), culminating in the holiday of Yom Kippur. Rabbi John Carrier of Reform Burbank Temple Emanuel explains how fasting and afflicting our

The Secret to a Guilt-Free Yom Kippur

The Secret to a Guilt-Free Yom Kippur

In this short but empowering video, social worker, Chayi Hanfling, encourages viewers to understand the crucial difference between negative guilt and constructive regret on Yom Kippur. While this day is

Yom Kippur: Becoming the Artists of Our Own Lives

Yom Kippur: Becoming the Artists of Our Own Lives

In this creative 5 minute long video, Rabbi Irwin Kula describes the significance of Yom Kippur using an analogy that our lives are a work of art, where we are the

What is Yom Kippur?

What is Yom Kippur?

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds,

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

This short video outlines the four steps to teshuvah (repentance), according to Maimonides: regret our actions, stop doing them, confess or apologize, and commit to changing our behavior in the

Rosh Hashanah 101

Rosh Hashanah 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a time of both rejoicing and introspection. An excellent resource for anyone interested in the basic

Rabbi Saadia Gaon’s 10 Reasons for Sounding the Shofar

Rabbi Saadia Gaon’s 10 Reasons for Sounding the Shofar

This post summarizes ten different symbolic explanations as to why we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana, according to Rabbi Saadia Gaon, including to proclaim God as King, to serve as

Selichot: Prayers of Repentance

Selichot: Prayers of Repentance

This article by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer explains the origins, significance and structure of selichot – the special prayers recited during the High Holiday season and on Jewish fast days. Noting

Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day

Tzom Gedaliah Fast Day

This article from Chabad.org explains the origins, historical background, and ritual observances of the minor fast day of Tzom Gedaliah, observed on the day after Rosh Hashanah. This fast commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the Babylonian-appointed governor

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

This infographic from Aish.com lays out the various traditions and rituals of the Jewish New Year in a concise and visually appealing way. This well-designed image outlines shofar blowing, Rosh

A Technical Explanation of the Shofar Blasts

A Technical Explanation of the Shofar Blasts

In this highly technical video (6:38), Orthodox rabbi, author and educator, Hadar Margolin, explains why we hear 100 blasts of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and what we should be

Preparing for the New Year with Rabbi Sacks: A Thought Provoking Video Series

Preparing for the New Year with Rabbi Sacks: A Thought Provoking Video Series

This post contains a series of ten short, thought-provoking videos to help prepare for the new year. Recorded by  Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, each

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the rituals, customs and significance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, with amusing animations

Mayim Bialik: 4 Things Jews Do on Rosh Hashanah

Mayim Bialik: 4 Things Jews Do on Rosh Hashanah

In this short, informal video, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik introduces four Rosh Hashanah customs: eating ritual foods, hearing the blowing of the shofar, participating in synagogue prayer services, and taking a

Tashlich: A Rosh Hashanah Tradition

Tashlich: A Rosh Hashanah Tradition

This minute-long video from MyJewishLearning provides a basic introduction to tashlich, a Rosh Hashanah ritual during which Jews symbolically cast off their sins into a body of running water. MyJewishLearning empowers

Rabbi Sacks: 3 Fundamental Questions for the High Holidays

Rabbi Sacks: 3 Fundamental Questions for the High Holidays

In this short yet inspiring video, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, prompts viewers to ask themselves three fundamental questions leading up to the High Holiday

Rosh Hashanah for Kids

Rosh Hashanah for Kids

In this sweet, interactive video, Rabbi David and Kerry Bar-Cohn introduce young children to the rituals and significance behind the Biblical festival of Rosh Hashanah, including dipping apples in honey, praying

Rosh Hashanah Customs

Rosh Hashanah Customs

In this clear video, aimed at both Jews and non-Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein introduces the customs and spiritual significance of the Jewish New Year. Emphasizing Rosh Hashanah as a time

Elul & Rosh Hashanah: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Elul & Rosh Hashanah: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

In this short yet profound video, Charlie Harary suggests that the month of Elul and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah provide us with an opportunity to build an intimate relationship with God based

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

In this short and sweet animated video, Rabbi David Aaron shares the profound message that judgement is actually an act of love. Comparing the relationship between a child and parent

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

The Jewish Educator Journal: Shavuot Resources

This link opens up the Winter 2018 issue of the The Jewish Educator journal, full of articles, resources, activities, and lesson plans about Shavuot, created especially for Jewish educators. With high quality,

Taking Tikkun Leil into the Modern World

Taking Tikkun Leil into the Modern World

In this article from the South African Jewish Report, Adina Roth describes how the ancient Kabbalistic practice of learning Torah all night long on Shavuot has developed to include different types

Chabad on Shavuot

Chabad on Shavuot

This introductory article from Chabad.org explains the history, customs and deep spiritual significance of Shavuot. With many internal links to relevant videos, how-to guides, and articles, this is a great resource for anyone

Shavuot in Israel: A Celebration of Torah or First Fruits?

Shavuot in Israel: A Celebration of Torah or First Fruits?

In this article, Dr. Hizky Shoham explores the multiple identities of the holiday of Shavuot, which began as an agricultural festival, was transformed into the “holiday of the giving of

The Omer & Shavuot: Self-Betterment and a Divine Relationship

The Omer & Shavuot: Self-Betterment and a Divine Relationship

In this short video, Rabbi Shira Stutman shares a profound explanation of Shavuot and the 49 day period of the Omer between Passover and Shavuot, with an emphasis on self-betterment and

A Detailed Overview of Shavuot

A Detailed Overview of Shavuot

This thorough article from Wikipedia provides a detailed and well-sourced overview of the Biblical origins, ancient and modern customs, and agricultural and scriptural significance of Shavuot. The article mentions many different practices observed

Shavuot 101

Shavuot 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Shavuot, a lesser known Jewish holiday that commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is

Akdamut: Text & Commentary on a Liturgical Poem for Shavuot

Akdamut: Text & Commentary on a Liturgical Poem for Shavuot

This 8-page long PDF document provides the Aramaic text and English translation of Akdamut, the lengthy Aramaic poem recited during the Torah reading in synagogue on the morning of Shavuot.

Why do Jews Eat Cheesecake on Shavuot?

Why do Jews Eat Cheesecake on Shavuot?

This minute-long video from the My Jewish LearningYouTube Channel offers two explanations for the popular Ashkenazi custom to eat dairy food on the holiday of Shavuot.

Shavuot in 60 Seconds

Shavuot in 60 Seconds

This minute long animated video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Shavuot. Useful for people of all ages, with amusing animations and a colloquial narrator, this video is provided by

What is Shavuot? An Introductory Video for All

What is Shavuot? An Introductory Video for All

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Shavuot, dubbed “the most important Jewish Holiday most people have never heard of.” Useful for people of all

Shavuot: The Day that Shook the World

Shavuot: The Day that Shook the World

This minute-and-a-half long video, creatively produced to resemble a movie trailer, presents the eternal influence of the revelation of the Torah in the world, the historical event commemorated on the holiday

Tu B’Shvat in Jewish Tradition & Ritual

Tu B’Shvat in Jewish Tradition & Ritual

From KKL-JNF,an organization dedicated to the development of the Land of Israel and the strengthening between the Jewish people and the land,this thorough article explores the biblical origins, spiritual significance, and

A Tu B’Shvat Crash Course

A Tu B’Shvat Crash Course

Produced by Aleph Beta Academy, this animated video (05:13) explains the technical calculations, halachic implications and spiritual significance of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, which marks the beginning of the

The Spiritual Message of Tu B’Shvat

The Spiritual Message of Tu B’Shvat

In this video (03:53) from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Yael Eckstein discusses why the Jewish New Year of the Trees is celebrated in the middle of winter,

An Introduction to Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees”

An Introduction to Tu B’Shvat, the “Birthday of the Trees”

Produced by My Jewish Learning, this short video (01:09) introduces the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the birthday of the fruit trees. It provides a brief survey

Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating the Spiritual & the Environmental

Tu B’Shvat: Celebrating the Spiritual & the Environmental

In this informative video (03:36), Jewish naturalist, Deborah Newbrun introduces Tu B’Shvat as a Jewish holiday that celebrates our spirital and natural roots through ancient mystical rituals and modern environmental

The Evolution & Customs of Tu B’Shvat

The Evolution & Customs of Tu B’Shvat

This article from My Jewish Learning traces the evolution of the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, beginning with its halachic roots in Temple times through the different ways in which it was

The Custom of Eating Fruits on Tu B’Shvat

The Custom of Eating Fruits on Tu B’Shvat

This article from My Jewish Learning explores the variety of beliefs and customs surrounding fruit celebrated by Jewish communities around the world on Tu B’Shvat throughout history, from the mystical Seders of

A Sassy Retelling of the Purim Story

A Sassy Retelling of the Purim Story

This amusing animated video (04:08) presents a modern retelling of the Purim story from Megillat Esther. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, this video was produced by BimBam, which creates and distributes fun,

The Significance of the Fast of Esther

The Significance of the Fast of Esther

Produced by Aleph Beta Academy, this video (09:17) explores the historical and spiritual significance behind Taanit Esther, the day-long fast observed immediately prior to Purim. The video links our fast

God is in Control: The Spiritual Message of the Purim Story

God is in Control: The Spiritual Message of the Purim Story

From Aish.com, this animated video (04:46) retells the story of Purim as told in Megillat Esther, focusing on how the events of the story can be viewed as either serendipitous

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

Why Do Jews Wear Costumes on Purim?

Produced by My Jewish Learning, this introductory video (01:32) provides several historical, spiritual and practical explanations for the custom of dressing up in costume on Purim. 

Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

Drop Your Mask: Why We Dress Up on Purim

Produced by Aish.com, this insightful video (02:29) features Rabbi Yaakov Cohen reveals the deep psychological and spiritual wisdom behind the custom of wearing costumes on Purim. He explains how wearing

Matanot L’Evyonim: Gifts to the Poor

Matanot L’Evyonim: Gifts to the Poor

From the Zdaka Center in Israel, this thorough article introduces the commandment to give gifts to the poor on Purim, including the roots and significance of the mitzvah, and when,

The History & Spiritual Significance of Hamantaschen

The History & Spiritual Significance of Hamantaschen

This short video (01:12) from Chabad.org suggestions several different reasons why we eat Hamantaschen on Purim. This thorough article by Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin delves deeper into the historical and spiritual symbolism behind

Why Do Jews Eat Hamantaschen on Purim?

Why Do Jews Eat Hamantaschen on Purim?

Produced by The Nosher, a Jewish food blog, this video (01:11) explains the history behind the Ashkenazi custom to eat hamantaschen (triangular shaped filled pastries) on Purim.  

Mishloach Manot: Now & Then

Mishloach Manot: Now & Then

This video (01:12) from the Central Synagogue Reform Congregation introduces the custom of Mishloach Manot – delivering gifts of food to our friends on Purim – including the original source of

The Festive Purim Meal: Seudat Purim

The Festive Purim Meal: Seudat Purim

From the website of the Orthodox Union, this thorough article outlines the spiritual significance and halachic guidelines of the Seudat Purim – the festive meal eaten on Purim – including

What Is Purim?

What Is Purim?

This amusing and informative video (05:04) presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Purim, including an animated summary of the Purim story from Megillat Esther and an introduction

Hellenism in Palestine as a Cultural Force and its Influence on the Jews

Hellenism in Palestine as a Cultural Force and its Influence on the Jews

This lengthy academic article is an excerpt from Martin Hengel’s seminal work “Judaism and Hellenism: Studies in their Encounter in Palestine during the Early Hellenistic Period.” Through studies of archaeological evidence and

Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah

Publicizing the Miracle of Hanukkah

Written by Rabbi Iscah Waldman, this article explores how the modern phenomenon of public displays of Hanukkah menorahs in store fronts, city squares and private homes developed from ancient rabbinic

The Pardes Hannukah Companion: 8 Articles

The Pardes Hannukah Companion: 8 Articles

Created by educators at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, this 8-page long booklet provides one article for each night of Hannukah, each one exploring a different theme of the Jewish

Who Are the Maccabees: Heroes or Fanatics?

Who Are the Maccabees: Heroes or Fanatics?

Along with a minute long video introducing the Maccabees role in the Hanukkah story, this thought-provoking article by Michele Alperin presents the celebrated Jewish heroes as multi-layered historical figures who

What You Need to Know About the Hannukah Story

What You Need to Know About the Hannukah Story

Reprinted from Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holiday Handbook by Lesli Koppelman Ross, this article summarizes the story of Hannukah from the 2nd century BCE, including both the Maccabean revolt against the

What is Hannukah Gelt?

What is Hannukah Gelt?

In this introductory article, Ariela Pelaia explains the origins of  the custom of giving “gelt” to children on Hannukah, including the development from money to chocolate coins. Published on ThoughtCo, a website that

The Deeper Meaning of the Word ‘Hanukkah’

The Deeper Meaning of the Word ‘Hanukkah’

Written by Aviya Kushner, the language columnist at The Forward, this article explores the deeper meaning of the Hebrew word “Hannukah,” with an emphasis on the linguistic and thematic ties

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Hannukah

Humanistic Judaism’s Approach to Hannukah

This introductory article from the Society for Humanistic Judaism explains the themes and customs of Hannukah according to the Humanistic community. The community focuses on the values of human action, courage, dignity, freedom, justice, Jewish identity,

A Kabbalastic Infographic: 8 Hannukah Insights

A Kabbalastic Infographic: 8 Hannukah Insights

Created by the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute, this infographic presents Jewish mystical insights and symbolism behind eight Hannukah-related themes, including candles, oil, the Maccabees, the Greeks, and the

Kabbalistic Numerology and the Miracle of Chanukah

Kabbalistic Numerology and the Miracle of Chanukah

Written by Orthodox psychotherapist, Karen Wolfers-Rapaport, this profound article from Chabad.org explores the connection between Hannukah – the eight day festival of miracles – and the Kabbalsitic significance of the number eight.

8 Insights for 8 Nights of Hannukah

8 Insights for 8 Nights of Hannukah

Created by NCSY, an Orthodox organization dedicated to inspiring Jewish youth to engage with Judaism, this one-page document presents one Hannukah-themed thought for each night of the festival, along with guiding questions

Hannukah in 60 Seconds

Hannukah in 60 Seconds

This minute long introductory video presents a brief overview of the origins, significance and customs of Hannukah. This video is provided by Parsha in 60 Seconds, a YouTube Channel which creates and distributes short, accessible videos

Hannukah 101

Hannukah 101

This introductory article briefly explains the history, customs and significance of Hannukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. A helpful resource for anyone interested in the basic background and practice of the festival, this

Miracles: Now, Then & Every Day

Miracles: Now, Then & Every Day

Produced by Jewish Educational Media, the multimedia archive of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, this inspiring video (07:43) encourages viewers to appreciate the everyday miracles of nature, technology and history. The

Why do Jews Play Dreidel on Hannukah?

Why do Jews Play Dreidel on Hannukah?

This short video (0:40) from My Jewish Learning, briefly explains the historical reasons behind the custom of playing dreidel – a gambling game with spinning tops – on the holiday of Hannukah.

Hannukah FAQ

Hannukah FAQ

This thorough article answers all of your questions about the Jewish Festival of Lights, including instructions for how to spell and pronounce the word “Hannukah,” an explanation of the customs, ritual

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Chag HaBanot: The Festival of the Daughters – Introduction & Rituals

Written by Rabbi Jill Hammer, this post presents an introduction to Chag HaBanot, a women’s festival traditionally celebrated during Hannukah by some Sephardic and North African communities, as well as a summary of

8 Videos for 8 Days of Happiness

8 Videos for 8 Days of Happiness

This post contains a series of eight thoughtful, one-minute-long, animated videos exploring various Hannukah themes from a psychological, relationship-focused perspective. The first video, featured above, discusses the centrality of family cohesion and home life

The History & Meaning of the Menorah

The History & Meaning of the Menorah

This informative video (02:24) explores the significance of the menorah as the eternal symbol of the Jewish nation throughout history, from the Biblical commandment to create a menorah after the Exodus from

Carrying the Torch: The Menorah and the Eternal Jewish People

Carrying the Torch: The Menorah and the Eternal Jewish People

In this moving video (03:53), Rabbi Yaakov Cohen attributes the miraculous spiritual and physical survival of the Jewish people throughout history to the eternal commitment to the Torah, symbolized by the menorah. He

Menorah vs. Channukiah

Menorah vs. Channukiah

In this short video (01:15), Joshua Mallett clearly explains the difference between the 7-branched menorah lit in the ancient Temple and the 9-branched channukiah lit on Hannukah. Reviewing the biblical origins

Hannukah: Tap into the Light

Hannukah: Tap into the Light

In this inspiring video (02:20), Rabbi Yitzchak Botton explains that Hannukah is not the commemoration of a one-time historical event, but rather the opportunity to tap into a revelation of

How Holidays of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter: In Talmudic & Modern Times

How Holidays of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter: In Talmudic & Modern Times

In this interesting video (03:36), Rabbi Judith Hauptman explores the Talmudic references to Hannukah, suggesting that the significance of the minor Jewish holiday has always been aggrandized due to its

Judith & The Hannukah Story

Judith & The Hannukah Story

Produced by the Jewish Women’s Archive, this informative video (02:24) emphasizes the feminist Jewish history angle of the Hannukah story, briefly telling the story of the Book of Judith, where a

The Historical Origins and Customs of Hannukah

The Historical Origins and Customs of Hannukah

Produced by the American TV Network, History, this introductory video (03:50) presents the historical origins and modern customs of Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights. 

An Animated Story of Hannukah for Kids

An Animated Story of Hannukah for Kids

Produced by Speakaboos, an educational company promoting children’s literacy, this short animated video (02:15) presents the Hannukah story and the historical origins of the holiday. Although the video was created for

Mayim Bialik: A True/False Quiz Introducing Hannukah

Mayim Bialik: A True/False Quiz Introducing Hannukah

In this humorous, informal video (05:58), actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik presents a short true or false quiz to clear up some misconceptions about the Jewish holiday of Hannukah. Bialik explains the basic historical

Ben Shapiro: The Story & Takeaways of Hannukah

Ben Shapiro: The Story & Takeaways of Hannukah

In this short informative video (01:55), Ben Shapiro provides a quick historical overview of the history of Hannukah, emphasizing the political dynamics within the Jewish community, as well as between

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: 8 Thoughts for 8 Nights

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: 8 Thoughts for 8 Nights

This post contains a series of eight 2-3 minute-long, thought-provoking videos in which Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, explores various Hannukah themes. The first video, featured above, discusses

What is Hannukah?

What is Hannukah?

This short animated video (03:51) presents an excellent overview of the origins, significance and customs of Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Useful for people of all ages and backgrounds, it focuses on how

The Significance of Fire in Judaism

The Significance of Fire in Judaism

This excerpt notes the universally recognized power of fire, as well as its particular significance in Jewish ritual, such as lighting Shabbat and Hannukah candles and the Havdalah ceremony. It

The Power of Light in Judaism

The Power of Light in Judaism

Inspired by both nature and Jewish mysticism, this short article explores the physical and spiritual power of light in Jewish tradition as well as our own personal experience. Originally from Wellsprings of

Understanding the Israel Lobby: AIPAC & J Street

Understanding the Israel Lobby: AIPAC & J Street

Posted by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, this video (03:32) features Prof. Rogan Kersh, Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner, discussing AIPAC, J Street, and the current state of

The State of Israel-Diaspora Relations

The State of Israel-Diaspora Relations

In this i24 NEWS segment (07:10), Rabbi Seth Farber of ITIM, an organization that helps people navigate the religious authorities’ bureaucracy in Israel, discusses the tensions in the relationship between

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations

Published by the Jewish People Policy Institute in 2018, this thorough report presents the findings of a structured dialogue process in Jewish communities throughout the world exploring 70 Years of Israel-Diaspora

How Israel’s Younger Voters Have Grown More Conservative

How Israel’s Younger Voters Have Grown More Conservative

Written following the April 2019 elections, this article from the Jerusalem Post explores how young Israeli Jews have become more conservative over the years, especially in regards to issues of

Why Israel is Losing the Support of Millennial Jews in America

Why Israel is Losing the Support of Millennial Jews in America

Produced by Neil Lazarus, Middle East Current Affairs Expert, this video (01:20) uses recent data to show how the Jewish State is losing the support of today’s young American liberal

Israel Through the Peoplehood Lens

Israel Through the Peoplehood Lens

Produced by the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, this animated video (02:00) explores the State of Israel through the lens of global Jewish Peoplehood, presenting it as a product of

Rethinking the Partnership Between Israel and World Jewry

Rethinking the Partnership Between Israel and World Jewry

Written by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute in 2008, this lengthy article looks at how the relationship between Israel and Jewish Diaspora communities has deteriorated as each one

Israeli Views of Diaspora Jewry: 2014 Survey Results

Israeli Views of Diaspora Jewry: 2014 Survey Results

Published by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Jewish Media Summit, this 8 page long booklet presents the findings of a 2014 study conducted about Israeli views of Diaspora Jewry,

Together & Apart: Israeli Jews’ Views on their Relationship to American Jews and Religious Pluralism

Together & Apart: Israeli Jews’ Views on their Relationship to American Jews and Religious Pluralism

This thorough 28 page long report presents the findings of the 2017 UJA-Federation’s survey of 2,050 Israeli Jews regarding the extent to which Israelis value the overall relationship with Diaspora

AJC 2018 Survey of American & Israeli Jewish Opinion

AJC 2018 Survey of American & Israeli Jewish Opinion

Through graphs and analyses, this article explores the findings of the AJC’s comparative 2018 surveys of Israeli and American Jews, revealing serious divisions in how the two communities relate to

Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

Published by the Jewish People Policy Institute in 2015, following Operation Protective Edge, this thorough report presents the findings of a structured dialogue process in more than 40 Jewish communities

Can American and Israeli Jews Stay Together as One People?

Can American and Israeli Jews Stay Together as One People?

Written by Gil Troy and Natan Sharansky in Mosaic Magazine in July 2018, this thorough article offers an in-depth look at the strained relationship between Israeli and American Jewry, while

Northern Israel’s Misgav Region: Progressing Towards Sustainable Living

Northern Israel’s Misgav Region: Progressing Towards Sustainable Living

The Misgav Regional Council is home to 22,000 people, and comprises 35 small towns. The region is noted for the way that Jewish and non-Jewish communities live side-by-side. Environmental awareness permeates

The Multisensory Science Park for Special-Needs Children at the Jordan River Village

The Multisensory Science Park for Special-Needs Children at the Jordan River Village

This video [02:21] shows the newly-built multisensory science park at Jordan River Village (Kfar Nahal Yarden), a unique project funded by JNF-KKL Australia, and the actors Chaim Topol  (Tevye in

Ancient Amphitheater Rocks as Shalit Returns Home

Ancient Amphitheater Rocks as Shalit Returns Home

On the night that Gilad Shalit returned home from 5 long years in captivity at the hands of Hamas, a massive concert was held in the Shuni Amphitheater. The amphitheatre

Planning the Prison Break – Scene from Exodus (1960)

Planning the Prison Break – Scene from Exodus (1960)

In this scene (2:18) from classic MGM film Exodus (1960), we see members of the pre-State underground movements planning a massive, clandestine operation to free Jewish prisoners held in the Acre prison. This is

Staged Naval War Games at Shuni

Staged Naval War Games at Shuni

This video (1:52) shows a reenactment of Naumachia, staged naval battles which were very popular in the Coliseum in Rome. Archaeologists have found marks at the bottom of the ancient Shuni

Underground Headquarters in Pre-State Israel

Underground Headquarters in Pre-State Israel

In the pre-State years, the medieval Shuni fortress served as the headquarters for the Irgun, the right-wing underground movement for freeing the State of Israel. Shuni played an important role

Etzel and the Shuni Region Nowadays

Etzel and the Shuni Region Nowadays

Back in the pre-State era, the Shuni fortress used to serve as the headquarters for the Etzel (Irgun Tzva’i Le’umi), a movement of freedom fighters dedicated to the liberation of

From Shuni to Caesarea — The Roman Aqueducts

From Shuni to Caesarea — The Roman Aqueducts

Between Haifa and Tel Aviv lies the ancient city of Caesarea, built by King Herod in 10 BCE. Even in medieval times, the city had an abundant supply of water that came

Shuni Then and Now

Shuni Then and Now

The Shuni Fortress and the land surrounding it bear major historical significance. Once a Jewish Talmudic village, the Romans built an amphitheater where they gathered for water celebrations. The Crusaders

Tzfat’s Top Eight Historical Synagogues

Tzfat’s Top Eight Historical Synagogues

This list, comprised by Ascent, a hostel which also offers educational Jewish enrichment programs for visitors from Israel and around the world, highlights the eight major historical synagogues in Tzfat.

Exploring the Historic Tunnels of Tzfat — A Kabbalistic Experience

Exploring the Historic Tunnels of Tzfat — A Kabbalistic Experience

This video, produced by the non-profit educational organization, Livnot U’lehibanot, gives a brief tour of the 16th century tunnels in Tzfat. This excavation site offers visitors the chance to delve

A Glimpse at David Friedman’s Kabbalistic Art Gallery

A Glimpse at David Friedman’s Kabbalistic Art Gallery

This drawing, “The Seed Of Creation,” from David Friedman’s Kosmic Kabbalah Art Gallery, depicts “Ein Sof” — the Infiniteness and Eternal Light of God. Friedman integrates complex Kabbalistic ideas into his art,

KKL-JNF Restores Tzfat’s Blue Valley Park

KKL-JNF Restores Tzfat’s Blue Valley Park

Thanks to the generous funding of KKL-JNF Australia and Canada, the Tzfat municipality has been able to  restore Blue Valley Park, located a stone’s throw from the entrance of Tzfat.

The Artist Colony of Tzfat

The Artist Colony of Tzfat

This wordless video (01:12) captures the energy and creativity of the Artist Colony in Tzfat, where a wide range of local artists feature and sell their work, including paintings, jewelry,

Jewish History in Tzfat: From Ancient Times Until Today

Jewish History in Tzfat: From Ancient Times Until Today

Citing ancient historical and Jewish sources, this informative, yet basic, slideshow (05:51) presents the more than 2,000 year long history of Tzfat. It traces the Jewish community in Tzfat from

The Ancient Cemetery of Tzfat

The Ancient Cemetery of Tzfat

This informative, yet basic, slideshow (01:25) presents the history of the ancient cemetery in Tzfat, a pilgrimage site due to the many righteous sages buried here. It provides basic information about

The Annual Tzfat Klezmer Festival Brings this Historical City to Life

The Annual Tzfat Klezmer Festival Brings this Historical City to Life

Check out the Tzfat Klezmer Festival with this video concert [02:42], performed by the eclectic “Israel Klezmer Orchestra” in August, 2019. Klezmer musicians from Israel and around the world bring the ancient

The History & Essence of the Mystical City of Tzfat

The History & Essence of the Mystical City of Tzfat

This i24NEWS segment (03:36) introduces the Holy City of Tzfat, including its history as a center of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah, the economic and spiritual Golden Age of Tzfat in

History, Nature & Spirituality in the Biriya Forest

History, Nature & Spirituality in the Biriya Forest

This i24NEWS segment (05:20) explores how the Galilee became the economic and spiritual center of the Jewish people following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, with a focus

The Life & Death of Joseph Trumpeldor

The Life & Death of Joseph Trumpeldor

Produced by Rabbi Oran Zweiter as part of his “This Week in Jewish History” YouTube series, this informative video (03:22) tells the story of the life and death of Joseph

The History and Battle of Tel Hai

The History and Battle of Tel Hai

From the website of the Gems in Israel Tour Company, this article tells the story of Tel Hai, one of the first four Jewish settlements in the Galilee and site of

The Legacy of Tel Hai: To Live or Die for our Country?

The Legacy of Tel Hai: To Live or Die for our Country?

Created by The Kibbutz Institute for Festivals and Holidays, an educational organization committed to the formation of a Jewish-Zionist-humanist culture in Israel based on the Jewish festivals, this video (02:00) explores the

The Roaring Lion Monument

The Roaring Lion Monument

This photograph below depicts the Roaring Lion Monument erected in memory of the eight defenders who fell in the iconic Battle of Tel Hai on March 1, 1920. Located in the

Shlomo Ben Yosef: A Betar Youth Hung by the British

Shlomo Ben Yosef: A Betar Youth Hung by the British

From the website of the Betar Revisionist Zionist Youth Movement, this article tells the story of Shlomo Ben Yosef, a Betar youth member who was hung by the British in

The History of Rosh Pina: From the Mid-19th Century Until Today

The History of Rosh Pina: From the Mid-19th Century Until Today

From the website of the Pina Balev tourist suites in Rosh Pina, this article summarizes the history and geography of the “mother of the Galilee settlements,” located on the slopes

Tree Planting in Rosh Pina Commemorating the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

Tree Planting in Rosh Pina Commemorating the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article describes the moving ceremony in which eleven olive trees were planted in the Rosh Pina community forest in commemoration of the eleven victims of

From Gei Oni to Rosh Pina: A Story of Trial & Error

From Gei Oni to Rosh Pina: A Story of Trial & Error

From the website of the World Zionist Organization’s Zionist Quiz venture, this article tells the story of Rosh Pina from the late 19th century through the early 20th century. Originally established

The Settlement of Rosh Pina During the First Aliyah

The Settlement of Rosh Pina During the First Aliyah

Featuring tour guide David Wexler, this informative video (01:50) tells the story of Israel’s early pioneers who settled Rosh Pina, the first Jewish agricultural village in Israel, during the First

Har Shaul Scenic Lookout & the Biblical Story of the Downfall of King Saul

Har Shaul Scenic Lookout & the Biblical Story of the Downfall of King Saul

This dramatized video (04:49) from the History Channel tells the biblical story of the death of King Saul and his son, Jonathan, in the battle with the Philistines on Mount

The Old City of Nazareth

The Old City of Nazareth

Produced by the Christian Media Center, this video (02:55) takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Old City of Nazareth, including the Arab Market, the Synagogue Church, and the

The Church of the Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation

A slideshow of photographs with onscreen explanations, this video (04:35) introduces the history, architecture and significance of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the site where Mary was told

Celebrating Christmas in Nazareth

Celebrating Christmas in Nazareth

Including interviews with Christian tourists and pilgrims from around the world, this video (03:49) describes the unique atmosphere and festivities of Christmas in Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus and “the place

Nazareth: History, Culture & Coexistence

Nazareth: History, Culture & Coexistence

Produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (01:43) highlights the history and culture of the Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel and a model of coexistence. 

Nazareth: A Hub of Tech & Coexistence

Nazareth: A Hub of Tech & Coexistence

Produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:24) highlights some tech startups that have emerged from Nazareth, a leading high-tech hub that serves as a model for diversity

The Christian History of Nazareth

The Christian History of Nazareth

Produced by Pastor Dr. Todd Michael Fink, this video (10:53) provides a virtual tour of Nazareth, the village where Mary learned she would be the mother of the messiah and

Upper Nazareth Changes Name to Nof Hagalil

Upper Nazareth Changes Name to Nof Hagalil

This news segement (01:06) shares how and why the Jewish city of Upper Nazareth officially changed its name to Nof Hagalil (“View of the Galilee|), following years of confusion with

The History & Development of Upper Nazareth

The History & Development of Upper Nazareth

This article tells the story behind the city of Upper Nazareth, officially established in 1962 as part of David Ben Gurion’s efforts to create a Jewish majority in the predominantly

The Aliyah of Bnei Menashe From India

The Aliyah of Bnei Menashe From India

From i24NEWS, this video (02:40) tells the fascinating story of the Bnei Menashe community from northeast India, believed to be descendants of  the Tribe of Menashe, one of the Ten

KKL-JNF Houses for Excellence: A Unique Informal Education Project

KKL-JNF Houses for Excellence: A Unique Informal Education Project

Produced by KKL-JNF, this video (02:52) introduces the KKL-JNF House for Excellence in Upper Nazareth, an informal educational initiative that aims to empower the youth of Israel’s periphery. The House in Upper Nazareth

Lavi Forest

Lavi Forest

This post introduces the Lavi Forest in the Galilee, initially planted by KKL-JNF in the 1950s, including a video (01:05) showing highlights of the area and a thorough article outlining

Tourist Attractions in the Haifa Region

Tourist Attractions in the Haifa Region

This article presents a roundup of the best attractions in Haifa and the surrounding areas, including holy shrines, museums, parks, beaches, archaeological sits and national landmarks, and interesting neighbourhoods to wander around. With

Coexistence in Haifa: The Holiday of Holidays Festival

Coexistence in Haifa: The Holiday of Holidays Festival

Produced by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:42) highlights the diverse city of Haifa as a symbol of religious coexistence through the annual “Holiday of Holidays” festival, where

The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa

The Baha’i Gardens in Haifa

Produced by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (03:47) introduces the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, a UN World Heritage Site located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. The Baha’i

Historical Overview of Akko’s Old City

Historical Overview of Akko’s Old City

Put out by ISRAEL21c, this historical overview (3:24) of the Old City of Akko brings 5,000 years of history to life. Learn about the ancient crusader city that was literally

Welcome to Akko: From Ancient Sites to Modern Marketplaces

Welcome to Akko: From Ancient Sites to Modern Marketplaces

This video (02:31) briefly introduces the city of Akko, highlighting its ancient history, archaeological sites, diverse population, and the historic outdoor market, famous for its produce, spices, pastries and fresh fish

Walking Through the Old City of Akko

Walking Through the Old City of Akko

Take a quick tour of Akko‘s Old City in this clip (3:01) from The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck. Akko is a unique city rich in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian history.

The Secrets of the Old City of Akko

The Secrets of the Old City of Akko

Produced by the Old Acre Development Company and the Ministry of Tourism, this creative video (08:35) blends video footage and animation to take viewers on a journey through the Old

The Akko Prison Break (1947)

The Akko Prison Break (1947)

Produced by i24NEWS, this video (02:06) tells the dramatic story of the Akko Prison Break, an operation carried out by the Irgun on May 4, 1947, when 27 Irgun and

The Baha’i Gardens in Akko

The Baha’i Gardens in Akko

This video (02:30) shows aerial footage of the beautiful Baha’i Gardens in Akko, which surround the mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith, lived during the final

The Ideology & Activities of the Irgun/Etzel

The Ideology & Activities of the Irgun/Etzel

Including interviews with a former Irgun member and global terrorism experts, this video (09:28) introduces the ideology and actions of the Irgun, a Zionist paramilitary organization that operated in the

Akko: Ancient History Meets a Vibrant Culinary Scene

Akko: Ancient History Meets a Vibrant Culinary Scene

This quick vignette (2:22) introduces the unique city of Akko which is as ancient and historical as it is hip and modern. Known for both its historical sites and modern

Mikulov Park in Katzrin

Mikulov Park in Katzrin

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article describes Mikulov Park in Katzrin, the capital city of the Golan Heights. A recreational green space developed with the support of friends of

Katzrin: The Ancient Talmudic Village & Synagogue

Katzrin: The Ancient Talmudic Village & Synagogue

Filmed by a tour guide, this video (02:48) shows tourists walking through the ancient Jewish village and synagogue at the archaeological site of Katzrin in the Golan Heights. With onscreen

Rediscovering the Ancient Golan at The Golan Archaeological Museum

Rediscovering the Ancient Golan at The Golan Archaeological Museum

From the Biblical Archaeology Review Journal, this article highlights some of the important archaeological finds on display at the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin. With artifacts dating back to the

Har Adir Observation Point: In Memory of Fallen Soldiers from the Second Lebanon War

Har Adir Observation Point: In Memory of Fallen Soldiers from the Second Lebanon War

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article introduces the Har Adir observation point in the Galilee commemorating the 121 IDF soldiers who lost their lives during the Second Lebanon War

A Million Stars: A Song in Memory of the Fallen Soldiers of the Second Lebanon War

A Million Stars: A Song in Memory of the Fallen Soldiers of the Second Lebanon War

This video presents a slideshow of pictures from the Har Adir observation point along with the song “A Million Stars,” sung by Amit Farkash in memory of her brother, Captain

The Battle of the Valley of Tears

The Battle of the Valley of Tears

In this dramatic video (06:10), Messianic Minister Ron Cantor, retells the miraculous story of how Israel defeated Syria in one of the greatest tank battles in history: the Battle of

Chava Alberstein / Naomi Shemer: All We Pray For (Lu Yehi)

Chava Alberstein / Naomi Shemer: All We Pray For (Lu Yehi)

Written by Naomi Shemer at the beginning of the Yom Kippur War as a prayer that the soldiers would return home in peace, this song captured the emotions of an

Golan Trail: From the Ein Zivan Recreation Area to Bab al-Hawa

Golan Trail: From the Ein Zivan Recreation Area to Bab al-Hawa

From the website of KKL-JNF, this thorough article describes Section Five of the Golan Trail, which begins at the Ein Zivan recreation area, ascends to the summit of Mount Bental,

The Tzippori Synagogue Mosaic

The Tzippori Synagogue Mosaic

From the American PBS television broadcasting website, this article provides photographs and explanations of the detailed mosaic work discovered on the floor of the ancient synagogue in Tzippori, the political and

Tzippori Forest: Israel during the Talmudic Period

Tzippori Forest: Israel during the Talmudic Period

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article introduces the history and features of the Tzippori Forest Scenic Trail, a 16 km path which runs along the Tzippori River in the

Usha: The First Seat of the Sanhedrin in the Galilee

Usha: The First Seat of the Sanhedrin in the Galilee

Produced by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (01:52) shares the significance of the archaeological remains of Usha, a Galilean village that became the first

Tzippori: The Ancient Capital of the Galilee

Tzippori: The Ancient Capital of the Galilee

Produced by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (02:03) explores the archaeological site of Tzippori, the political and religious capital of the Galilee following the

The Sanhedrin Train: An Interactive Hiking Trail Across the Galilee

The Sanhedrin Train: An Interactive Hiking Trail Across the Galilee

This video (07:17) introduces The Sanhedrin Trail, an interactive 70 km long path dedicated in honor of the State of Israel’s 70th birthday, celebrating the cultural heritage, nature, archaeology and

KKL-JNF: Moving Forward With the Galilee

KKL-JNF: Moving Forward With the Galilee

From the website of Karen Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Israel’s largest green organization, this site summarizes the organization’s activities in the Galilee, including projects in the fields of water management,

Jabotinsky Shuni Park: History, Culture & Nature

Jabotinsky Shuni Park: History, Culture & Nature

Written by Sarina Roffé, JNF Director of Communications, this informative article shares the history and attractions of the Jabotinsky Shuni Park, excavated and renovated by KKL-JNF. Located between Binyamina and Zichron Yaakov,

Best Attractions in and Around the Galilee

Best Attractions in and Around the Galilee

Explore Israel’s beautiful and historically-rich North with veteran tour guide Marty Friedlander in a Haaretz article called ‘From the Sea of Galilee to the Bahai: Where to Go in the North

Golan Heights: History & Overview

Golan Heights: History & Overview

This article from the Jewish Virtual Library presents a historical overview of the Golan heights from biblical through modern times, a description of the local Druze and Jewish population groups, an

Shrinking Sea of Galilee Has Some Hoping for a Miracle

Shrinking Sea of Galilee Has Some Hoping for a Miracle

This article from i24NEWS warns readers of the shrinking of the Sea of Galilee (also known as the Kinneret), often seen as a symbol of Israel’s water challenges. Citing drought, irrigated

The White City of Tel Aviv

The White City of Tel Aviv

This informative video (01:35) introduces the unique architectural story of “The White City” of Tel Aviv, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of more than 4000 Bauhaus-style buildings. Through

White Night in Tel Aviv

White Night in Tel Aviv

From i24NEWS, this video (02:27) introduces “White Night,” an all-night cultural event in Tel Aviv celebrated each year since UNESCO named a neighborhood of the city a World Heritage Site

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The White City: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

This article from the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality website explains why UNESCO proclaimed a historic area of Tel Aviv as a World Cultural Heritage site. It tells the story behind the world’s largest

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Before Bauhaus: “White City, Black City” Remembers Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s Forgotten History

Written by urban planner Jesse Fox in Haaretz, this article is a summary and review of Sharon Rotbard’s “White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.” This

Tel Aviv Then & Now

Tel Aviv Then & Now

The first three pages of this edition of Tel Aviv University’s Kesher Journal present an overview of Tel Aviv’s history from its inception as a “homestead society” in 1906 to

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance in Israel

Published by online Israeli news magazine, Israeli 21c, this video [03:36] spotlights the prestigious Suzanne Dellal cultural center, located in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. The Batsheva Dance company, recognized as

The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

The Restoration of the Writers’ House and the establishment of the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

This video [05:25], published by the National Portal of Museums in Israel, offers a brief overview of the life and art of the “Land of Israel” artist, Nahum Gutman (1898

KKL-JNF House in Tel Aviv: Where the State of Israel Was Born

KKL-JNF House in Tel Aviv: Where the State of Israel Was Born

A brief journey (1:23) into ‘Beit Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael’, or KKL-JNF House. It was here that David Ben-Gurion and others pre-State leaders hotly debated their contesting views about what should

Neve Tzedek: Where Old Meets New in Tel Aviv

Neve Tzedek: Where Old Meets New in Tel Aviv

Check out Neve Tzedek, the trendy Tel Aviv neighborhood featured in this video [03:45], published by the online news magazine Israel 21c. Neve Tzedek was founded in 1887 by Jewish

Alexander River/Italy Park: Rehabilitation for Coexistence

Alexander River/Italy Park: Rehabilitation for Coexistence

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article introduces the history and attractions of the Alexander River, a 32 km long river running through the mountains of Samaria from city of Nablus

Top-Notch Bike Trails in Ben Shemen Forest

Top-Notch Bike Trails in Ben Shemen Forest

The inauguration of KKL-JNF’s Ben Shemen Forest bike trails in 2011 was an exciting moment for Israel, as this Jerusalem Post article explains. The forest, initially purchased by the KKL-JNF

Special Needs Children Planting Israel’s Future

Special Needs Children Planting Israel’s Future

This clip (4:14) depicts a moving event hosted in the Ben Shemen Forest each year: a Tu Bishvat tree-planting celebration for Israeli children with special needs. This joint initiative between

Cyclists Ride the Ben Shemen Forest’s Blue Trail

Cyclists Ride the Ben Shemen Forest’s Blue Trail

Come along for the ride as the two cyclists in this clip (2:16) tackle the Ben Shemen Forest’s single-track Herzl Trail, also known as the “Blue Trail.” Located near Modi’in,

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

Remembering Israeli War Hero Ariel Sharon

This video [03:27], published by the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), recounts the dramatic life of Israeli war hero and former prime minister, Ariel Sharon. Sharon fought in all of Israels

Neve Tzedek: Hip & Historical

Neve Tzedek: Hip & Historical

This video (03:44) tells the story of Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighborhood built outside of the old port city of Jaffa. A bohemian artist colony in the 1900s, the

Bursting the ‘Bubble’ as Tel Aviv Turns 100

Bursting the ‘Bubble’ as Tel Aviv Turns 100

In this article, Lisa Goldman explores how the vision of the “First Hebrew City” has been achieved in “one of Zionism’s greatest success stories.” Tracing the city’s development from its

Restoring Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River / Rosh Tzipor Forest

Restoring Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River / Rosh Tzipor Forest

This clip (2:42) introduces the quiet oasis of greenery and serenity located in the heart of the urban metropolis of Gush Dan: the Yarkon River. Beginning in the 1950s, the

Rehab for a River

Rehab for a River

This informative article from non-profit news magazine ISRAEL21c walks us through what it took to transform Israel’s Yarkon River from an ecological disaster to a beautiful center for recreation and nature.

Trees Rooted in Tel Aviv’s History

Trees Rooted in Tel Aviv’s History

An ode to Israel’s trees in honor of Tu B’shvat, this Times of Israel Blog post follows tree historian Yaacov Shkolnik of the Jewish National Fund to four of his favorite trees in

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv

Startup Guide: Tel Aviv is a website dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with Tel Aviv’s dynamic startup scene, providing an introduction to the city’s startup ecosystem and insider information, such as the

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Years

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Years

Produced by ISRAEL21c in honor of Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday, this video (03:16) celebrates how far Israel has come since its founding in 1909. It tells the story of the

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

Left for Dead in 1948: The Battle that Shaped Ariel Sharon

This Times of Israel article tells the story of how a young Ariel Sharon led his battalion in one of the most important military missions of his career: the Battle

The White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement

The White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement

From the UNESCO website, this video (01:58) and accompanying article explore the history, architectural vision and symbolism behind “The White City” of Tel Aviv, the world’s largest collection of International or

A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv in an Age of Globalization

A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv in an Age of Globalization

In this academic article (13 pages), Prof. Nurit Alfasi of Ben Gurion University and Prof. Tovi Fenster of Tel Aviv University compare the impact of globalization on “local Jerusalem” and “global Tel Aviv,”

A Brief History of Tel Aviv

A Brief History of Tel Aviv

From the Tel Aviv Municipality website, this article summarizes the history of the First Hebrew City, from its founding in 1909, through its development into a modern “garden city” in the 1920s,

The Mythography of Tel Aviv

The Mythography of Tel Aviv

Produced by Leadel, a Jewish Media Hub that focuses on Jewish identity in the 21st century, this video (09:41) explores the vision, myths and culture which fueled Tel Aviv’s development from

Uri Avnery’s Battle of Latrun Story

Uri Avnery’s Battle of Latrun Story

In this clip (2:43), the late political activist Uri Avnery recounts part of his experience in the Battle for Latrun in 1948. Located on the main road from Tel Aviv

Israel’s Amazing Tank Museum

Israel’s Amazing Tank Museum

Check out Israel’s world-renowned tank collection and learn about the fascinating story of Latrun in this video tour (3:45) of the Yad LaShiryon Armoured Corps Museum and Memorial. Latrun was

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy to All Monotheistic Faiths?

What Makes Jerusalem So Holy to All Monotheistic Faiths?

Written by Erica Chernovsky of the BBC, this informative article explains why Jerusalem is sacred to each of the three monotheistic religions by looking at the historical and religious significance

Jerusalem: Sacred to the Three Monotheistic Faiths

Jerusalem: Sacred to the Three Monotheistic Faiths

This video (05:09) provides a general introduction to the historic city of Jerusalem and its significance to each of the three monotheistic religions. The video briefly discusses the city’s religious history

Why was Jerusalem Important to the First Muslims?

Why was Jerusalem Important to the First Muslims?

Written by Robert G. Hoyland, a Professor of Early Islamic Middle Eastern History at New York University, this thorough article discusses why Jerusalem became so important to Islam in the beginning

The History of Jerusalem’s Importance in Islam

The History of Jerusalem’s Importance in Islam

Produced by Israel for Tourists, this informative video (02:53) provides a historical approach to the significance of Jerusalem in Islam, describing it as a “political outcome stemming from religious beliefs.”

The Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity

The Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity

Produced by Voice of America News, a U.S. government-funded international multimedia agency, this video (04:00) explores the significance of Jerusalem in Christianity as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection,

The Spiritual Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity Through Scriptures & Prophecy

The Spiritual Significance of Jerusalem in Christianity Through Scriptures & Prophecy

Created by the One for Israel Ministry, an evangelical organization that seeks to share the Gospel of Jesus with Israelis, this video (06:38) describes the spiritual significance of Jerusalem according

Jerusalem’s Sacred Christian Sites

Jerusalem’s Sacred Christian Sites

Published on the website of the Holy Land Voyager, a Christian tour agency, this article describes the significance of Jerusalem in Christianity. Exploring the historical and spiritual meaning behind some

Why is Jerusalem So Important for Muslims?

Why is Jerusalem So Important for Muslims?

This introductory video (01:00) provides a list of the different reasons why Jerusalem is considered sacred according to Muslim tradition.   

The Significance of Jerusalem in Islam

The Significance of Jerusalem in Islam

This introductory article from ThoughtCo clearly explains the religious significance of Jerusalem in Islam. Known in Arabic as Al-Quds or Baitul-Maqdis (“The Noble, Sacred Place), the city is sacred to Muslims because

An Animated History of Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

An Animated History of Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

Produced by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, an independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy, this comprehensive video (05:15) summarizes the long and tumultuous history of Jerusalem

Celebrating 3500 years of Jewish History in Jerusalem

Celebrating 3500 years of Jewish History in Jerusalem

Modeled after a Facebook-generated video, this creative video (01:36) celebrates the Jewish presence in Jerusalem from biblical to modern times, highlighting significant political and religious events from a Jewish perspective. Created

Zionism in Animation: A Concise History of Jerusalem

Zionism in Animation: A Concise History of Jerusalem

Part of The Jewish Story In Animation, a Zionist educational initiative, this animated video (01:45) presents a concise summary of the history of Jerusalem from biblical times through the reunification of the city

An Introduction to the Al-Aqsa Mosque

An Introduction to the Al-Aqsa Mosque

This informative article introduces the history and significance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the Haram al-Sharif, the third holiest site in Islam. (Photo credit: Richard Sevcik, Shutterstock)

An Introduction to the Dome of the Rock

An Introduction to the Dome of the Rock

Written by Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, an archaeologist and architectural historian, this article explains the history, design and political and religious significance of the Dome of the Rock. A thorough introduction

The Second Temple & its Destruction: A Look into the Psyche of Ancient Judaism

The Second Temple & its Destruction: A Look into the Psyche of Ancient Judaism

An except from Rabbi Irving Greenberg’s “The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays,” this article describes the unimaginable shattering of the Jewish people and way of life that resulted from the destruction

The Construction, Spiritual Significance & A 3D Virtual Tour of Solomon’s Temple

The Construction, Spiritual Significance & A 3D Virtual Tour of Solomon’s Temple

This lengthy video (16:30) is a dramatic, animated short film in which King Solomon describes to King Rehoboam, his son and successor, the construction, worship and significance of the First

The History & Significance of the Dome of the Rock in Islam & Judaism

The History & Significance of the Dome of the Rock in Islam & Judaism

Produced by Andrew Henry, a Ph.D student in Religious Studies and creator of the Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel, this informative video (09:40) explains the history of the Dome of the

The Roman Siege of Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Second Temple

The Roman Siege of Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Second Temple

Created by HistoryPod a daily “on this day” YouTube history channel, this brief video (02:44) recalls the Roman attack on Jerusalem, as part of the First Jewish-Roman War. With a historical and

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

The Talmudic Tale of Kamtza & Bar Kamtza and the Destruction of the Second Temple

Created by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, this animated video (04:03) retells the famous Talmudic tale of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza as an example of the “baseless hatred” among the Jewish nation

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

Virtual Tour of the Second Temple

This fascinating video (12:29) takes viewers on a virtual tour of an animated 3D reconstruction of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following King Herod’s expansion project. Despite the poorly written onscreen

What Was the Holy Temple?

What Was the Holy Temple?

Written by Rabbi Mendy Hecht for AskMoses.com, this thorough article describes the physical structure of the First and Second Temples, as well as their spiritual significance and centrality to Jewish

An Introduction to the Sacred Jewish Temples

An Introduction to the Sacred Jewish Temples

Produced by Christian historian and author, Kelly Warman-Stallings, this video (08:11) provides an introduction to the history of the First and Second Temples based on the Hebrew and Christian Bibles

Jewish History from the Building of the First Temple through the Destruction of the Second Temple

Jewish History from the Building of the First Temple through the Destruction of the Second Temple

This post presents four short, informative videos in which Jewish historian Rabbi Berel Wein explains the period of Jewish history from the building of the First Temple through the destruction of the Second

The Babylonian Conquest and the Destruction of the First Temple

The Babylonian Conquest and the Destruction of the First Temple

Produced by Megalim, the City of David Institute for Jerusalem Studies, this informative video (07:32) recalls the history of the Babylonian conquest of the Kingdom of Judah and the eventual

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Interactive Virtual Tour of Haram al-Sharif

Produced by Al Jazeera, a state-funded Qatari news network, this interactive video (06:37) provides a detailed virtual tour of the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount Complex, including the Dome of the Rock,

Thorough Virtual Tour of Haram-Al Sharif

Thorough Virtual Tour of Haram-Al Sharif

Created for AramcoWorld Magazine, which aims to broaden knowledge of the Arab and Muslim worlds, this link opens up a detailed, interactive virtual tour of the Haram al-Sharif / Temple

Solomon’s Stables

Solomon’s Stables

From the GoJerusalem City Guide website, this article describes the history and significance of Solomon’s Stables, a large underground space located beneath the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount. Widely

The Layout of the Temple Mount During the Crusader period

The Layout of the Temple Mount During the Crusader period

In this informal yet informative video (03:36), archaeologist Frankie Snyder draws a diagram and describes the the layout of the Temple Mount during the Crusader period and what happened afterward.

Photographs & Explanations of the Closed Sites of the Temple Mount

Photographs & Explanations of the Closed Sites of the Temple Mount

Compiled by Ron Peled of the All About Jerusalem city tour guide website, this 18-page document contains photographs and descriptions of some of the sites on the Temple Mount /

The History of Yom Kippur

The History of Yom Kippur

This article from ReformJudaism.org presents the historical development of the focus and rituals of Yom Kippur, from its biblical origins as a day centered on the Temple services to a

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

Israeli & Jordanian Veterans Meet On Ammunition Hill 50 Years Later

This article from the Times of Israel describes a unique encounter between Israeli and Jordanian veterans of the Six Day War on Ammunition Hill, 50 years after the war. The

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

Reenactment of the Biblical Shavuot First-Fruits & Twin Loaves Offerings

This 4-minute long video presents a reenactment of the first-fruit and twin loaves offerings, as they were performed in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem on the festival of Shavuot. Due to the

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

The Significance of Ammunition Hill

This home video (02:50) takes viewers on a brief tour of the bunkers and trenches of Ammunition Hill, emphasizing the heroism of the soldiers and the importance of the battle and

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

Interviews with Soldiers from Ammunition Hill: 40 Years Later

In this video (04:02), three IDF veterans recall the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill during the Six Day War. With honesty, humor and pain, they describe the lack of preparation, the

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

The Strategic Importance of the Battle for Ammunition Hill

This video (07:40) recalls the bloody battle of Ammunition Hill, explaining why this strategic site needed to be conquered in order to liberate the Old City of Jerusalem. With useful

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

IDF Veteran Yaki Hetz Returns to Ammunition Hill: 50 Years Later

In this video (04:19), produced by i24News to mark 50 years since the Six Day War, Yaakov “Yaki” Hetz, a decorated IDF veteran returns to Ammunition Hill, recalling the fear, chaos and ultimate

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

The Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill: A Tribute to Jewish Soldiers Around the World

Produced by the Jewish National Fund, this video (06:32) introduces the Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill, a tribute to the courage, heroism and sacrifice of Jewish soldiers who have

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

The Battle for Ammunition Hill: An Interview with Abraham Rabinovitch

In this video (05:12), Abraham Rabinovich, author of “”The Battle for Jerusalem,” describes the battle for Ammunition Hill, including the strategic importance of the site, the lack of preparedness of the

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

The Conquest of Armon Hanatziv in 1967

From the Ammunition Hill Memorial Site website, this lengthy article provides a detailed account of the military conquest of Armon Hanatziv by the Jerusalem Brigade in the Six Day War.

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

The Hasmonean Aqueduct Tunnel in Armon Hanatziv

Written by Ron Peled from AllAboutJerusalem.com, this article provides a detailed description of the 2000 year old aqueduct that once brought water from Bethlehem to the Temple Mount, including the

The Peace Forest

The Peace Forest

This article, from Shalom Israel Tours, introduces the history and attractions of the Peace Forest. The forest was planted by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, an organization dedicated to building a connection between

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

The Hasmonean Water Tunnel

Created by Israel Inside Out, this low quality video (01:47) introduces the 2000 year old Hasmonean aqueduct located near the Armon Hanatziv promenade and also provides panoramic views from this site with

The History & Spiritual Significance of Armon Hanatziv

The History & Spiritual Significance of Armon Hanatziv

In this video (03:04), tour guide Rabbi David Ebstein provides a comprehensive introduction to Armon Hanatziv, including its biblical history, its role in the British Mandate period and the Six Day War,

The Tolerance Monument Near Armon Hanatziv

The Tolerance Monument Near Armon Hanatziv

This post presents a video and article introducing the Tolerance Monument, a symbolic statue located in the Tolerance Park between the Arab village of Jebel Mukaber and the Jewish neighborhood

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

An Introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

From the Jerusalem Insiders’ Guide website, this article provides a comprehensive introduction to the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, including a detailed description of the panoramic view and a survey of the historical significance

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

Armon Hanatziv: The Palace of the Governor

From World Jewish Heritage Wiki, this article presents the modern history of the Armon Hanatziv government structure in Jerusalem from the period of the British Mandate through the Independence War

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Armon Hanatziv Attractions: Hasmonean Aqueduct & Segway Tours

Created by the City of David, this video (03:01) highlights some of the activities and attractions offered at the Armon Hanatziv promenade, including a virtual tour through a 2000 year

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

Psalm 125:2 – The Mountains Surrounding Jerusalem

This post presents the Hebrew and English text of the second verse of Psalm 125, in which God’s protection for His people is compared to the mountains surrounding the holy

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

The Hurva Synagogue: A Symbol of Rebuilt Jerusalem

This post tells the story behind the historic Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Originally built in the 18th century, the synagogue was destroyed

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

A Virtual Guide of the Western Wall Tunnels

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (05:08) takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Western Wall Tunnels, the continuation of the exposed Western Wall which extends for almost half a

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

IDF: The Military Story of the Six Day War

Produced by the Israel Defense Forces in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (09:04) describes Israel’s military victory against four enemy armies on three fronts during the Six Day War. With

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

A Brief Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Created by the Israeli branch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television, network, this video (06:14) takes viewers on a virtual guide of the Old City of

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

The History of the Old City of Jerusalem

From HaAtika, the official website of the Old City of Jerusalem, this post presents a concise history of the Old City, from King David’s conquest of the city in 1000

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem

Written by Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the New Media editor at the Times of Israel, this blog post describes the atmosphere and sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the unique and

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

The Legends of Zedekiah’s Cave

Created by All About Jerusalem, this video (03:27) introduces the mysterious site of Zedekiah’s Cave (also known as King Solomon’s Quarries and the Cave of the Kings), a 5 acre underground quarry beneath the

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

A Virtual Tour of the Southern Wall Excavations

Created by All About Jerusalem, in this video (03:13), tour guide and archaeologist Danny Herman, takes viewers on a virtual tour of the archaeological excavations of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Stepping

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

This informative video (03:11) tells the story of the history and significance of Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem in both ancient and

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls & Gates of the Old City of Jerusalem

In this informative video (03:30), local tour guide Jenni Menashe gives an entertaining introduction to the history and significance of the walls and gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism, Islam & Christianity

The Significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism, Islam & Christianity

In this simple video (05:10), archaeology student and Jerusalem tour guide, Nir Ortal, outlines the significance of the Temple Mount in each of the three Abrahamic religious, explaining when and

The Ancient Significance of Mount Moriah

The Ancient Significance of Mount Moriah

This article briefly lists some of the ancient biblical stories that allegedly took place on Mount Moriah (later known as the Temple Mount), according to Jewish tradition. Although the Torah

Six Reasons Why The Western Wall Is Holy

Six Reasons Why The Western Wall Is Holy

This article from Aish.com provides historical and spiritual reasons for why the Western Wall is a holy site in Jewish tradition. Among the explanations provided, Rabbi Shraga Simmons says that the Western Wall is the site

Sacred Siteseeing: A Virtual Tour of the Western Wall

Sacred Siteseeing: A Virtual Tour of the Western Wall

In this video (5:15) from Chabad.org, tour guide, Rabbi Mordechai Weiss, takes viewers on a virtual tour of the Western Wall, the Southern Wall Excavations and the Western Wall tunnels,

Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook: Behind Our Wall

Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook: Behind Our Wall

An English translation of an excerpt from an article written by Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook in 1937, this piece describes the Western Wall as a symbol of the eternal nature

What is the Western Wall?

What is the Western Wall?

This short introductory video briefly summarizes the historical and religious significance of the Western Wall, the holiest site in Jewish tradition, also mentioning its role in modern political and religious

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

An Archaeological Approach to the Significance of the Western Wall & The Temple Mount

In this informative video (4:50), Ze’ev Orenstein, the Director of International Affairs at the City of David, presents the historical and biblical significance of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. Filmed

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

Mourning Rituals at the Western Wall

In this post from JewishAnswers.org, Rabbi David Stadley (Orthodox) answers the question of what prayers should be said at the Western Wall. While mentioning that it is a special place

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Tranquil Dwellings: The Story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Written by Israeli tour guides, Shmuel and Aviva Bar Am, this article tells the story of Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe, the first neighborhoods built outside of the walls of the

The History of the Windmill: Official Brochure

The History of the Windmill: Official Brochure

Created by the Jerusalem Foundation, this 10-page brochure details the history of Jerusalem’s iconic windmill, from the initial construction by Sir Moses Montefiore, damage sustained during the War of Independence, renovation following

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

12 Things You Need to Know About Moses Montefiore: Jewish Benefactor Extraordinaire

This article provides both basic biographical information and lesser known facts and anecdotes about Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist that founded the first Jerusalem neighborhoods outside of the

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

The Story Behind Jerusalem’s Iconic Windmill

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this fascinating video (12:58) tells the story behind the iconic windmill of Jerusalem, showing how the flour mill constructed by Sir Moses Montefiore at the end

Memorial Ceremony at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem

Memorial Ceremony at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem

From KKL-JNF Worldwide, this video (03:35) presents highlights from the 2018 annual 9/11 memorial ceremony held at the Living Memorial in the Arazim Valley in Jerusalem. Featuring the US Ambassador,

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

How Did Moses Montiefiore Convince People to Move to Yemin Moshe?

This short video (02:53), provides a brief introduction to the history of the Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, focusing on how Moses Montefiore convinced poor Jews to move beyond the

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

The Jewish Journey of Sir Moses Montefiore

Created by Orthodox Rabbi, Netanel Friedman, this video (04:23) explores Sir Moses Montefiore’s personal connection to Judaism throughout his life. After describing some of the British Jewish philanthropist’s famous contributions to the

9/11 Twin Towers Living Memorial Lookout

9/11 Twin Towers Living Memorial Lookout

From the website of KKL-JNF, this article describes the 9/11 Twin Towers Living memorial established by KKL-JNF in memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

Sir Moses Montefiore: “A Great Jew Devoted to the Jewish People”

In this short video (03:12), Jewish historian Rabbi Berel Wein, introduces the life and legacy of Sir Moses Montefiore, the British Jewish philanthropist who founded the first Jerusalem neighborhood outside

The Design & Significance of the 9/11 Living Memorial

The Design & Significance of the 9/11 Living Memorial

Featuring JNF leadership and donors, this video (03:04) presents the 9/11 Twin Towers Living Memorial in the Jerusalem Forest, the first memorial constructed outside of the United States and the

The Annual Yom HaShoah Ceremony at Yad Vashem

The Annual Yom HaShoah Ceremony at Yad Vashem

The 27th of Nissan, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day), is the national day in Israel dedicated to commemorating the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, held

Visits of VIP Individuals to Yad Vashem

Visits of VIP Individuals to Yad Vashem

It is common for political and religious leaders and celebrities visiting Israel to include a visit to Yad Vashem on their itineraries. This post includes short videos documenting the 2018

Yishai Shefi: Golden Sky

Yishai Shefi: Golden Sky

Performed by the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, this instrumental song was composed by Yishai Shefi in memory of his brother, Hagai Shefi, and the rest of the victims of the 9/11 terror

The Dedication of the 9/11 Twin Towers Living Memorial in Jerusalem

The Dedication of the 9/11 Twin Towers Living Memorial in Jerusalem

Produced by the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, this video (04:26) presents highlights from the dedication ceremony of the 9/11 Living Memorial in the Jerusalem Forest on November 12, 2009. Designed

Yad Vashem’s Activities in Israel & Around the World

Yad Vashem’s Activities in Israel & Around the World

Featuring Avner Shalev, the Chairman of Yad Vashem, this video (04:33) presents an overview of the World Holocaust Remeberance Center’s diverse activities in Israel around around the world, including running

The Children’s Memorial: A Place of Memory & Contemplation

The Children’s Memorial: A Place of Memory & Contemplation

Featuring Architech Moshe Safdie and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, this video (03:02) highlights the unique and moving experience of Yad Vashem’s Children’s Memorial, which pays tribute to the 1.5

The Landscape Architecture of Yad Vashem

The Landscape Architecture of Yad Vashem

Featuring Shlomo Aronson, the landscape architect who designed the grounds for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial & Museum in Jerusalem, this video (03:22) explains the careful thought and symbolism behind

A Virtual Tour of The Architecture & Exhibits of Yad Vashem

A Virtual Tour of The Architecture & Exhibits of Yad Vashem

Produced by ILTV Israel Daily, this video (06:52) takes viewers on a virtual tour of some of the most unique monuments and exhibits of Yad Vashem. The World Holocaust Remembrance

Yad Vashem: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future

Yad Vashem: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future

Produced by Yad Vashem, this video (06:58) describes the goals and projects of the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the global source for Holocaust education, documentation, commemoration and research in Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

The Jerusalem Light Rail:  A Microcosm of the City’s Diversity

Produced by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:01) introduces the Jerusalem Light Rail, the first  in Israel, constructed in 2011. Built along the line that once divided the

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Six Days of Miracles: The Religious Significance of the Six Day War

Created by the World Mizrahi religious Zionist organization, this uplifting video (10:09) interprets Israel’s surprising and total victory in the Six Day War as a modern-day miracle. Employing biblical language, the

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

Mayor Nir Barkat: Jerusalem as the Eternal Capital

In this short video (0:53), Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat affirms that the city of Jerusalem is the spiritual, national, united capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Battles on the Road to Jerusalem During the War of Independence

Produced by i24News to mark 70 years since the establishment of the State of Israel, this video (05:26) looks back on some of the fiercest and most significant battles of the War

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

President Reuven Rivlin’s Speech at Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

This video (06:52) presents Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin’s speech at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. He speaks of the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

The Battles of the Paratroopers in the Six Day War

From the official website of Ammunition Hill, this link provides detailed information about the role of the Paratrooper Brigade during the Six Day War, including the conquest of Ammunition Hill

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Soldiers Describe the Battle for Ammunition Hill & Jerusalem: 50 Years Later

Written by journalist Paul Auster to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, this article from the Jerusalem Post describes a meeting of the surviving soldiers who fought

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

PM Ariel Sharon’s Address at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

This post presents the text of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s speech at the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill on 6 June 2005, in which he pays tribute to

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

Touring the Four Quarters of the Old City from the Rooftops

This video (06:21) from Israeli tour guide, Itay Rotem, presents an excellent introduction to the four quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. From the rooftops of the Old City,

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

Introducing the Holy City from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade

This low quality video (0:54) presents tour guide Muki Jankelowitz introducing a group to the significance of Jerusalem from the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, with a backdrop of the panoramic views

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

The Battle for Jerusalem in the Six Day War: Survival of a Nation

Produced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, this moving video (08:29) tells the story of Israel’s 1967 battles for Jerusalem and the ensuing liberation of the Old City and the Western

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

20 Famous Quotes About Jerusalem

This post presents a selection of famous quotes about the power and role of Jerusalem from a wide range of sources, including the Bible, politicians, authors, poets and religious leaders.

The Gates of the Old City

The Gates of the Old City

This post presents a map of the seven gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, along with a brief explanation of the history of each one. This

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem

This post presents a collection of quotes from rabbinic liturgy describing the significance of Jerusalem in Jewish tradition.  Quotes from the Sages About Jerusalem “Whoever did not see Jerusalem in

The Contributions of Different Populations to Jerusalem Throughout History

The Contributions of Different Populations to Jerusalem Throughout History

Produced by Emek Shaveh, this animated video (02:38) briefly summarizes the history of Jerusalem from prehistoric to modern times, focusing on the cultural and industrial contributions of each of the

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Jerusalem: The Eternal Jewish Capital

Featuring Danny Ayalon, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to the US, this animated video (04:00) presents the historical, religious, cultural and physical connection of the Jews to Jerusalem

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

Footage from the Liberation of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount in 1967: “The Temple Mount is in Our Hands”

This short video from the Israel Defense Forces presents actual footage from the historic moment when Israeli soldiers overcame Arab troops and reached the Western Wall during the Six Day

Who Controls Christianity’s Holiest Church?

Who Controls Christianity’s Holiest Church?

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the main attractions for Christian tourists visiting Jerusalem. Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, it is believed to

Dead Sea Drying Up, but it’s Not the First Time

Dead Sea Drying Up, but it’s Not the First Time

The Dead Sea is drying up, but drilling shows that this might not be the first time. An article from the Earth Institute at Columbia University describes the massive drilling project

How did the Tower of David Get its Name?

How did the Tower of David Get its Name?

This informative article [4 pgs.] from the official website of the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, offers a brief explanation of the history of this ancient

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

The Historical and Current Significance of the Knesset

This film [10:03], produced by Lapam, Israel’s Government Advertising Agency, illustrates the importance of the Knesset, and the historical decisions and crucial moments which took place there.  After moving its

The Old City of Jerusalem: a Tour of the Ramparts

The Old City of Jerusalem: a Tour of the Ramparts

This video [03:46], produced for the Jerusalem Development Authority by the Israeli audio touring company, Tour-man, guides viewers through the Old City of Jerusalem’s Northern Ramparts. The tour starts at

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem: an Architectural Gem

This video, published by the Jewish Learning Institute, an organization committed to making Jewish learning accessible and meaningful to Jews of all backgrounds, shows the unique architectural design of the

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

The Walls Surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem

In this video [10:36] produced by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, tour guide Asaf Salomon explains the history of the walls encompassing the Old City of Jerusalem, rebuilt by

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

History of Jerusalem’s Tower of David

This video [05:43], published by i24NEWS, an Israel-based international news channel, briefly explains the multi-layered history of Jerusalem’s “Tower of David,” a medieval fortress  originally dating back to King Herod

An Overview of the Knesset

An Overview of the Knesset

This video [01:42], produced by the Israel Project, an American educational organization committed to informing global media about Israel, explains in brief how the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, functions. The

Biblical Archaeology in the Ella Valley

Biblical Archaeology in the Ella Valley

Produced by the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem in Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (08:52) highlights the significance of the archaeological findings from Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Elah Valley.

Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard story of David & Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell: The Unheard story of David & Goliath

In this fascinating TED talk (15:40), world-renowned journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell offers an original perspective of the classic biblical underdog tale of young David defeating the mighty Goliath with

The Azekah Inscription: The Strategic Importance of Azekah

The Azekah Inscription: The Strategic Importance of Azekah

The Azekah Inscription, today found in the British Museum, is a an archaeological discovery that describes the military campaign of King Sennacherib of Assyria against King Hezekiah of Judah, including the conquest

The Story of Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

The Story of Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

Produced by Christians United for Israel and Trinity Broadcasting Network, this episode of The Watchman (05:23) takes viewers on a guided virtual tour through some of the sacred Christian sites

Ein Kerem: Jerusalem’s Village Within a City

Ein Kerem: Jerusalem’s Village Within a City

Produced by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this video (02:13) introduces Ein Kerem, a quaint, picturesque neighbourhood on the southwest  border of Jerusalem with beautiful views and many sacred Christian sites. 

Jerusalem: Three Religions, One City

Jerusalem: Three Religions, One City

 From the PBS LearningMedia Sacred Journeys series, this engaging video (03:59) explores Jerusalem as a sacred city that holds some of the holiest sites for the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism,

Sataf: Ancient Agriculture in Action

Sataf: Ancient Agriculture in Action

From the website of JNF-KKL, this article describes the history, nature and unique features of the Sataf site, located on the western edge of Jerusalem. With ancient agricultural terraces, two

Sharing Sacred Space: Holy Places in Jerusalem Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Sharing Sacred Space: Holy Places in Jerusalem Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

In this academic article (14 pages), Professor Ora Limor from the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University explores how believers of different religions share sacred sites.

The Nes Harim Education Center in Action

The Nes Harim Education Center in Action

In this clip from KKL-JNF Worldwide (2:19), see one of the KKL-JNF’s most popular field and forest education centers in action as a site for a day of fun and

Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018

Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018

“Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2018” is a 102 page long publication from the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research that presents the main trends occurring in the city in a wide

The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem

This article from the Jewish Virtual Library takes readers on a virtual tour of Jerusalem, introducing the important landmarks, architectural features, diverse population and unique atmosphere of Israel’s capital, which blends together the ancient

Kibbutz Nir Am: Life Under Threat

Kibbutz Nir Am: Life Under Threat

In this i24NEWS segment (02:23), Dana Bar-On from Kibbutz Nir Am describes how residents attempt to go on living a normal life in the pastoral community, despite the constant threat of

Living with Terror Rockets, Tunnels, Balloons & Kites in Kibbutz Nir Am

Living with Terror Rockets, Tunnels, Balloons & Kites in Kibbutz Nir Am

This heartbreaking video (03:01) reveals the reality of living under the constant threat of terror attacks in Kibbutz Nir Am, which has suffered from years of rocket attacks, underground terrorist

Moshe Smilansky: A Zionist Pioneer & Author

Moshe Smilansky: A Zionist Pioneer & Author

From the website of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, this short article provides basic biographical information about Moshe Smilansky (1874-1953), a pioneer of the First Aliyah and

Supporting Israel’s Innovative Water Solutions

Supporting Israel’s Innovative Water Solutions

Produced by the JNF, this video (05:54) looks at the organization’s contributions to innovative solutions to Israel’s water crisis, including the treatment, recycling, and collection of waste and runoff water, aquifer

A Brief History of Kibbutz Nir Am

A Brief History of Kibbutz Nir Am

This short article from the Jewish Virtual Library provides historical background on Kibbutz Nir Am, an agricultural community located close to the Gaza border. The article tells of the founding

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

An IDF Soldier’s Account from Gaza

In this clip from the IDF (4:21), Lieutenant Adam Landau of the 188th Armored Brigade describes his firsthand experiences during Operation Protective Edge. The operation began in the wake of

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Heroes of Operation Protective Edge

Meet some of the heroes behind 2014’s Operation Protective Edge in this clip (5:35) from the Friends of the IDF. In June 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis Near the Gaza Border

Life for Israelis near the Gaza border is no picnic to say the least, as this clip (4:31) from The Watchman so vividly describes. Fear of rocket barrage has become

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Sderot Residents Live in Fear of Gaza Rockets

Get a glimpse into what life is like for residents of the Gaza envelope in this clip (3:20) from VOA News. In times of conflict and unrest, residents of cities

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

Supporting Communities Living Near the Gaza Border

This clip (4:16) gives an overview of just a handful of the many ways that KKL-JNF supports Gaza border communities that are most vulnerable to Hamas rocket fire. In times

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

A Day in Be’er Sheva River Park

This video (01:11) presents some of the highlights of the restored Be’ersheva River Park, from a children’s park to historical sites to a giant outdoor amphitheatre. For more information about

Be’er Sheva River Park: A Jewel in Israel’s Desert

Be’er Sheva River Park: A Jewel in Israel’s Desert

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this video (01:00) shows how JNF-KKL’s Beersheva River Park restoration project has transformed a garbage dump into a flourishing park, realizing David Ben Gurion’s visions

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

JNF Blueprint Negev: Be’er Sheva

This video (04:17) highlights JNF’s commitment to transform Be’ersheva through investment in the environment, culture, people and infrastructure of the city. From the biblical history of Abraham in the area through

Pushing Back the Desert in Be’er Sheva

Pushing Back the Desert in Be’er Sheva

In this clip (5:54), learn how KKL-JNF is literally turning back time and pushing back the deserts of the Be’er Sheva region. Pairing ancient water harvesting and soil conservation techniques

SWITCH: Employment Opportunities for Bedouins in the Negev

SWITCH: Employment Opportunities for Bedouins in the Negev

In the Idan Hanegev Industrial Park near Rahat, the most populated Bedouin community in Israel, KKL-JNF and its partners have built a vocational training centre to empower the Negev’s Bedouin

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

Top 10 Things To Do In The Negev Desert

This article from Culture Trip reveals some of the best attractions to visit in the Negev Desert, including archaeological sites, geological phenomenons, historical monuments, culinary and cultural experiences, nature reserves,

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

Masada: Breathtaking Views & A Dramatic Tale

This video (02:03) shows excellent aerial footage of the ancient mountaintop fortress of Masada, along with an brief onscreen retelling of the story behind this archaeological site. 

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

The Bedouins of the Negev: A Population Transforming

This very short article presents a snapshot of Israel’s Bedouin population, including a summary of the complex cultural changes underway in their society. 

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

10 Reasons Why Hiking in the Negev Should Be on Your Bucket List

From the website of The Green Backpackers desert hostel and hikers base camp in Mitzpe Ramon, this blog post points out some of the unique cultural, geological, and technical factors that

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

The Siege of Masada: What Really Happened?

Produced by Andrew Henry, a Ph.D student in Religious Studies and creator of the Religion for Breakfast YouTube channel, this informative video (08:32) tells the story of Masada, one of the most

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

How Do We Tell the Story of Masada? A Window into Modern Israel

This fascinating, animated video (04:04) briefly describes the history of Masada, with an emphasis on the role the alleged mass suicide of Jewish rebels on this desert mountaintop fortress has played

The Ashalim Solar Energy Plant in the Negev

The Ashalim Solar Energy Plant in the Negev

This video clip [01:28] from the YouTube Channel NoCamels, which reports on cutting edge Israeli innovations, shows Israel’s “Solar Valley” a massive clean energy “farm” in the Negev Desert. In 2018,

האנדרטה במצפה גדות The Monument at Gadot Lookout

האנדרטה במצפה גדות The Monument at Gadot Lookout

This article, from the social media platform, Steemit, discusses the historical background of the monument at Kibbutz Gadot. Through the initiative of KKL-JNF, this monument was erected in 1972, in memory

1956- Rare Interviews with Ben-Gurion, Nasser, and King Hussein from 1956

1956- Rare Interviews with Ben-Gurion, Nasser, and King Hussein from 1956

This rare video from 1956 (6:57) taken from the YouTube channel SetFree68 was initially prepared as a television broadcast. Interviews with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Jordanian

Ecological Tourism in Israel– Is There Such a Thing?

Ecological Tourism in Israel– Is There Such a Thing?

  This video [02:42] shows the unique center for ecological tourism in Kibbutz Lotan, in the Arava Desert.  Today, the tourist industry leaves a large and heavy carbon footprint on the environment.

The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

This slideshow [00:48] from the Arava Tichona Regional Council provides a peek of the beautiful hiking trail, “Derech HaShalom,” opened in the 1990’s with the help of  KKL-JNF Australia, Canada, and

The International Film Festival in Tzukim –Modern Pioneers Dream Big

The International Film Festival in Tzukim –Modern Pioneers Dream Big

Tzukim was established in the Arava in 1996, as a pioneering yishuv. It wasn’t just any agricultural community, as its members had a deep yearning to connect to the land

Brothers in War- The Anzacs Who Fought for The Jewish People

Brothers in War- The Anzacs Who Fought for The Jewish People

This video [04:01], from the YouTube channel anzacconnection, is the first in a series of documentary films covering the untold story of the Australian and New Zealander army corps (Anzac) in

Agriculture Without Boundaries in the Arava

Agriculture Without Boundaries in the Arava

This video [02:36] shows the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT), which brings together more than 1,200 students from 18 different countries around the world, every year. The participants learn

The Arava – From Agricultural Innovation to Educational Innovation

The Arava – From Agricultural Innovation to Educational Innovation

This video, [03:16] from the KKL-JNF YouTube channel, relates the story behind the Environmental Science Education Center, which was established with the support of KKL-JNF Australia. This learning center offers

The Pioneering Movement in the Arava is Alive and Kicking

The Pioneering Movement in the Arava is Alive and Kicking

This video, [03:18] from the KKL-JNF’s YouTube channel, offers a glimpse into the “Vidor Center: A Window for Arava Agriculture,” which celebrates the Arava as a global leader in agricultural

Renewing the Days of Old in the Arava

Renewing the Days of Old in the Arava

This video [02:30], published by the YouTube channel “Israel,” illustrates how an entire history can be found inside of one small seed. The archaeologist,Yigal Yadin, known for leading the excavation

The Nabateans: The Ancient Merchants

The Nabateans: The Ancient Merchants

Erick Stakelbeck of The Watchman brings us this informative clip (4:48) explaining that in the times of Jesus, there existed an ethnic group called the Nabateans. They had a unique economic

The Fundamental Role of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Israel’s Existence

The Fundamental Role of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Israel’s Existence

This video [07:45], narrated by Larry King and published by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), traces the organization’s history, from its establishment in 1901  at the fifth Zionist Congress,

Can the Disappearing Dead Sea Come Back to Life?

Can the Disappearing Dead Sea Come Back to Life?

This clip (6:18) from i24NEWS introduces the virtues of the Dead Sea — its uniqueness as the lowest point on Earth, its coveted mineral-enriched mud, and its staggeringly beautiful rock and salt

David Ben-Gurion — The ‘Old Pioneer’

David Ben-Gurion — The ‘Old Pioneer’

This clip (1:16), taken from the British Pathé, shows one of our nation’s fathers shoulder to shoulder with young boys in the Kibbutz of Sde Boker — working with them, dining

The Demise of the Dead Sea and its Effects on the Surrounding Residents

The Demise of the Dead Sea and its Effects on the Surrounding Residents

This article, authored by Elisa Oddone  and published on the PBS science news site, Nova, discusses the  environmental problems connected to the quickly shrinking Dead Sea, and how its demise will

Ein Tzukim: The Secret of the Dead Sea

Ein Tzukim: The Secret of the Dead Sea

This clip (7:50) from popular YouTube channel Sergio & Rhoda in Israel introduces a side of the Dead Sea that is unfamiliar to most. While most of us associate the Dead Sea

Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project still happening?

Is the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project still happening?

This Jordan Times article by Hussam Hussein investigates the relevance of the Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal project. The canal draws water from the Dead Sea into the Red Sea, aiding agriculture in

David Ben-Gurion’s ‘One Million Plan’

David Ben-Gurion’s ‘One Million Plan’

This clip of David Ben-Gurion (6:23) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explores the risk and opportunities of Ben-Gurion’s famed One Million Plan. Even before the establishment of the State of