Rosh Hashana: Why Blow the Shofar?

Blowing the Shofar on Mount of Olives

Rosh Hashana, the biblical Jewish New Year is described in the Torah (Lev. 23:24) as a “zikhron teruah”: A time of “blowing [of the shofar] of remembrance”. WHAT are we to “remember” and WHY do we blow the Shofar (ram’s Continue reading

Emmaus

Emmaus: Byzantine church

Emmaus Nicopolis Leaving Jerusalem, we follow the main road to Emmaus, a biblical Jewish town that became known as Nicopolis in the late Roman Byzantine period. Here passed Joshua, the Maccabees, Crusades, & Jesus who, according to the New Testament Continue reading