“I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” – Jeremiah 32:41
Shana Tova from the Land of Israel!
As we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I’m in awe of the profound connection between our people’s history and this incredible land.
While this is our second High Holiday season in the Holy Land since making Aliyah, our Jewish ancestors celebrated their first Rosh Hashanah here more than 3,500 years ago –establishing our biblical and historical connection to the Promised Land.
Rosh Hashanah celebrated by the Jewish people in the land of Israel dates back to the period of the First Temple.
Following our Exodus from Egypt, we settled in the land of Canaan, later known as the land of Israel, under the leadership of Joshua.
Joshua succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites and led them into the Promised Land of Canaan. The Book of Joshua in the Tanach provides an account of his leadership and the Jewish people living in Canaan (Israel).
This celebration of Rosh Hashanah in ancient Israel marked the beginning of the Jewish people’s observance of this important holiday in our homeland, and it has continued as a central part of Jewish religious and cultural tradition to this day.
May this year bring us all closer to our Jewish soul’s connection to this sacred soil and to our Torah, wherever we may be in the world.
“It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.”
– Deuteronomy 11:12: