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Yom Kippur: The Day Of Atonement, Part 2

Now it was time for one of the most unusual yet fascinating rituals performed on the Day of Atonement—the scapegoat. Approaching the male goat with the red wool thread tied to its head, the high priest laid his hands on it and recited the same confession of sins as he pronounced over the bull, the only exception being the substitution of the House of Israel for himself and his own house.Read More...

The Jewish Calendar

The feasts of Israel are unequivocally unique. They are unique because they were established by the Word of God. They are unique because they belong to a unique people—the Jewish people. They are unique because they picture and foreshadow the person and work of the promised Messiah.Read More...

The Jews: Diversity With a Common Loyalty

The history of a people is like a river that flows between two banks. Even when it twists and winds through different lands, it is still the same river.Read More...

Different Jews: Various Branches of Judaism

Headline Israel: MESSIAH CAN’T BE FAR OFF… Fundamentalist Jews are also interpreting the Gulf War as the catalyst that will hasten their own end-time scenario and their long-awaited Messiah. Read More...

The Jewish People, A Jew or Not a Jew?

A rabbi tells a story of his days in rabbinical school. As part of his curriculum, the professor asked his students to list the names of the ten greatest Jews of the 20th century. The students wrote such names as Einstein, Freud, and Herzl. Read More...

The Jewish Life Cycle

When people visit Mea Shearim, one of the most Orthodox communities in all of Israel, or observe the crowds gathered at the Western Wall of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, questions often arise: What motivates people to be so committed?Read More...

The Light Shines Brighter Still

By: Elwood McQuaid

Most people in the world don’t know much about Hanukkah—they should. All most of us see in it are those quaint eight-branched candelabra which adorn the outside of synagogues or are seen in public displays depicting seasonal Jewish themes.

Rosh Hoshanah: The Jewish New Year, Part 2

By: Bruce Scott

Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish holiday celebrated on a new moon (the first of the month), in the month Tishri (September-October). Like other major Jewish festivals (except Yom Kippur), Rosh Hashanah is observed for an extra day, from Tishri 1 through Tishri 2.

Rosh Hoshanah: The Jewish New Year

By: Bruce Scott

As darkness fell, a small Jewish family began walking to the synagogue. They were alone. Then little bands of families and friends slowly appeared from between trees, from neighboring houses, and from dimly lit side streets.