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Israel Embraces (Handel’s) Messiah

– By Batina Lorenz – You can’t escape it. Each year, from the time the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, until December 25th, every church, radio station, music hall, college auditorium and shopping mall in America is permeated by Handel’s Messiah. Not so in Israel. But this musical super- classic recently made history (and headlines), when it delighted Israeli audiences entirely in Hebrew. First in the north, then in Tel Aviv- Yaffo, with a grand…

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A Canadian Tradition with All American Roots

– By Ben Volman –

Would you rather observe Thanksgiving in Canada or in the United States?
Yes, Canada does celebrate Thanksgiving. Though it usually comes in early October, America’s northern neighbors are just as fond of turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and even enjoy their own brand of football. But the American holiday is bigger and Canadians, who have lived in the United States, as well as Americans living in Canada, agree. Americans do it better.

Canadians don’t make that admission easily—even a Messianic Jewish Canadian; so it’s surprising that the verdict was unanimous from everyone who was asked.

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Thanksgiving: Israeli Style

– By Karen Faulkner –

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

With approximately 110,000 American immigrants now living in Israel, plus half a million visitors from the U.S.A. and Canada each year here are plenty of people who appreciate Thanksgiving in the Land. The Pilgrims based this celebration on Leviticus 23: 34 to 44, the Fall feast of Sukkot. And now, even the Hebrew language has found room for it. “The word for both ‘turkey’ and ‘give thanks’ is the same in Hebrew,” explains Baht Rivka, singer and worship leader. “It’s hodu.”

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