Though never legislated by the sages, the customs of not going about bareheaded at any time, at home, in the Synagogue and outdoors, extend back several thousand years in time. In many ways, it has become a mark of Jewish piety.
Mountains of Israel
The mountains of Israel have played a large part in their history and in scripture, however very few know much about them. Here is a brief report about these great mountains of Israel.
The Indestructible Jew
No nation can trace its lineage by the clear light of religious history so far back as die Jew. They had literature before most nations had letters, a literature that is today more widely diffused than that of any other people. In comparison with the Jews, the nations making history today are but babes. Some uninformed Christians today fume because prophetic teachers have so much to say about the Jews. That is because they know not their Bibles. The Jew is the key to prophecy and all prophecy is intimately concerned with the Jew.
A brief look at the the major observances of the Jewish people, including The Passover, Feast of Tabernacles, The Feast of Trumpets and several Sacrificial Offerings. (Includes link to a more indepth look at each Observance.)
The Jewish Year
The Jewish day begins at sunset. The Jewish month is based on the lunar or synodic month, the time it takes for the moon to circle the earth. Since the exact duration of one revolution is a little over 29.5 days, the length of the months normally alternates between 29 and 30 days. The Jewish new year begins with Rosh Hashana, the first of Tishri (although this is the seventh month), in September or early October according to the Gregorian (civil) calendar. Jewish years are counted from the Creation of the world.
The Passover Seder
Taking place the first 2 nights of the 8 day holiday, the Seder is the most important event in the Passover celebration. Usually gathering the whole family and friends together, the Seder is steeped in long held traditions and customs.
The Jewish Wedding
A traditional Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, giving expression to the deepest significance and purpose of marriage. These rituals symbolize the beauty of the relationship of husband and wife, as well as their obligations to each other and to the Jewish people. The guide explains the Jewish wedding traditions to help you better understand the beauty and joy of the celebration.
"HaTikvah" – "The Hope"
The Israeli national anthem - HaTikvah (The Hope) with words in both Hebrew and English.
The Torah in Judaism, is the Pentateuch, especially when in the form of a parchment scroll for reading in the synagogue. The Torah is the cornerstone of Jewish religion and law. The scrolls are considered extremely holy and are beloved by the pious. Every synagogue maintains several scrolls, each of which is protected by a covering of rich fabric and is decorated with silver ornaments. A special holiday in honor of the Torah, known as Simhath Torah (Hebrew, rejoicing in the Law), is celebrated in the synagogue by singing, and marching and dancing with the scrolls.
Other Interesting Jewish History
Languages of the Bible
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. These languages fall into the category of what is called Semitic languages. They are named after the descendants of Shem in Genesis 10. The Greek language was the language of the New Testament. It was popularised and promoted by Alexander the Great 336 B.C. and remained in use until about A.D. 500. The language of the New Testament is called Koine or common Greek rather than the more sophisticated classical Greek of schollars.
A look at archaeological evidence verifying several biblical cities. Very fascinating historical study.
Musical Instruments of the Bible
Music was an important part of the worship service at the temple. Certain groups of the Levitical tribes were designated as temple musicians and singers, offering their praises to God. David had a real gift of music, providing soothing harp music to King Saul when the king was distraught. David also commissioned most of the instruments and songs for the temple services. He also wrote most of the songs in Psalms, the longest book in the Bible.
Clothing In Bible Times
Our knowledge of the clothing worn by people in The Bible comes primarily from the Scriptures themselves, as well as from illustrations on various monuments, seals and plaques that have been found. Findings in grave and tomb remains by archaeologists have also provided direct evidence.