I am the eldest daughter of four children in my family. I have one sister and two brothers.
We have more important holidays like Yom Kippur, when we have to fast for a whole day to ask for forgiveness from God by praying the whole day for our since in the past year. This holiday comes right after Rosh Hashanah. Another Holiday is Sukkoth when for seven days we eat, and sleep in the Suka, which is a reminder that our people slept in tents for forty years when they walked in the desert before they reached the land of Israel. We have many other holidays to celebrate, many more wonderful traditions.
When boys reach the age of 8 days they are going through a ceremony of circumcision that enters them to Judaism. When they reach the age of 13 years old they enter adulthood and become men, they go through a ceremony called Bar Mitzvah. Girls enter adulthood and become mature women at the age of 12 and this ceremony is called Bat Mitzvah. When men and women get married the ceremony is held under a Hupa, with a rabbi under the eyes of God. The man signs an agreement to take care of his wife at least like she was taken care of in her parents home.
In Israel we all go to the army when we finish high school and reach the age of 18, it is mandatory. Boys serve for a minimum of 3 years, and girls serve for a minimum of 2 years. If they become officers they serve more. To be a soldier in Israel is a great honor. Right now the situation in Israel is dangerous, there is a lot of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. We hope that the situation will quiet down soon and we can get more tourists to come and visit our beautiful country.
|LANGUAGE: Fairy Tales in Spanish - Peter Pan|
|FOOD: La Cocina Mexican - great Mexican recipes|
|CUSTOM OF THE WEEK: Woodcarving in Kenya|
to visit or special Holiday:
The Galapagos Islands - off of Ecuador
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