We wish all our friends and clients a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!
It really is exciting to be in Israel these days, especially with masses of tourists and families enjoying the holiday, out visiting the national parks and other amazing Holy Land attractions, spending quality time together – and above all, making pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
It is impossible to describe Jerusalem during Passover. So many people from all corners of the globe gather in the city of God. There is so much happiness, so much excitement, and through all those emotions it’s possible to get an impression of what Jerusalem looked like when the Temple was standing.
Among the Jewish Holidays, three are particularly important; the Festival of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Passover, and the Feast of the Tabernacle and Pentecost. From those three, Passover is the most important one since that is the only time that God spoke with his own voice and not through a prophet, saying to his people “I, God pulled you out of Egypt. I God brought you from slavery to freedom, honor me”.
This is also the reason why we read from the Bible every Friday around the Shabbat table, to remember and remind our children why we are here as free people. When we come to Jerusalem today we stand on the Mount of Olives and look out over the Temple Mount, but 2000 years ago we would have seen the actual Temple in all its glory and magnificence. We would have then performed a blessing and said “Bless you Lord, King of the Universe for enabling us to experience this very special moment”, ending the blessing with “Amen”. We all believe that soon the third Temple will be standing in its full glory again, and once again we will all come to Jerusalem and worship the Lord in his house.
On a different matter, spring is here and everything is blooming! It really is a fantastic time to take advantage of the great weather and enjoy the country. We are currently making preparations for our Summer and Fall tours – if you are interested in visiting this amazing country then please contact us and we will make sure we will fit you with the right group. We also started working with an amazing application through which you can all stay in touch with your families while away, and that includes sending pictures, letters, and comments – and it is all FREE.
We would love to see you on one of our upcoming trips!