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Shilo: Jewish Center Before Jerusalem

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Shilo: Home of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Before the ark of the covenant was lost to the Philistines and recovered, before the Jewish people were united in the Land of Israel under a single kingship, before the eternal heart and center of the Jewish people met it’s fulfillment in the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, Shilo stood for over 400 ... Read More »

Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit

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Israeli National Flower the Anemone Kalanit Israelis love their wild-flowers. In preschool the children learn the names of the most common flowers, with stories and songs about them. A number of wildflowers have been protected by law for many years. Yet until recently Israel had no ‘national flower.’ In 2013 the Kalanit (Anemone) was chosen. The name ‘Kalanit’ comes from ... Read More »

Spring, Wild Barley and Counting the Omer in Israel

Wild Barley stalks growing in a field in Israel

Spring in Israel Every year between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot religious Jews do a strange ritual of counting every night. The ‘counting of the Omer’ starts the night after Passover and ends the night before Shavuot. But what is an ‘Omer’ and why do we count them? Why this time of year? And what is the connection to ... Read More »