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TBP = Throw Back Purim pic :)

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TBP = Throw Back Purim pic :)

The festivities of Purim are starting!! This is the holiday we read the Book of Esther and there are so many incredible themes to contemplate and sit with during this time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀The overwhelming theme of Purim is celebrating God's involvement in every aspect of our lives and this world. There is nothing to small, too little, too insignificant for Him to be intimately involved with. ⠀          

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The beautiful גשר המיתרים Bridge of Chords at the entrance to Jerusalem! ⠀⠀

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The beautiful גשר המיתרים Bridge of Chords at the entrance to Jerusalem! ⠀⠀

We love having visitors and first-timers to Israel come visit us in Jerusalem. It’s always fun to ask them what their expectations were of Israel before their trip and then hearing what they’ve experienced during their visit and what matched, didn’t match, and exceeded their expectations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀When I visited Jerusalem for the first time as a college student on a Birthright Israel trip, I was completely unprepared to see a large, modern, bustling city. I had thought that the Old City was the entire Jerusalem. So many expectations I had got turned on it’s head during that trip and the experience...

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Take a peek at (part) of our bookshelf

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Take a peek at (part) of our bookshelf

These books and their authors have been very inspirational to us and the information contained within them is eye-opening, enlightening and thought provoking each in their own way for individual reasons. {I've listed the title and author below and tagged them when I could} Maybe I'll expand on them further in a blog post... For now, get a copy of these and enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀•   The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine Within You⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀•   Book by (Rabbi) David Aaron⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀•   Psalms That Speak to You by Yitzchok Leib Bell⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀•   The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀•   To Kindle a Soul by...

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Did you know the average lifespan of an olive tree is 500 years old?!⠀

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Did you know the average lifespan of an olive tree is 500 years old?!⠀

When you think about your own personal growth or the family that you are pouring into do you think through the lens of legacy and what values and principles you are going to leave behind for them that will still be true in the next 500 years and beyond? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Some deep food for thought today :)

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A fun family picture during the holiday of Purim (Book of Esther) from 2 years ago (we're missing our newest addition to the family in the picture :))

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A fun family picture during the holiday of Purim (Book of Esther) from 2 years ago (we're missing our newest addition to the family in the picture :))

Celebrating the holidays in Israel have such a rich sense of meaning to us. There is a tangible sense of pureness in the expression of our faith - it's a total personal thing but that is part of what we love about living in the Holy Land! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Purim is an extremely spiritual day dressed up (pun intended) as a holiday for kids. There is nothing childish about the meaning and significance of the day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀A critical part of the day is the message that God is involved in every aspect of our lives and it's not always going to be...

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