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Gale Boyd is an ethnic Jew who convert to the LDS Church. In 1983, she and her husband decided to move their family to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage.
She was unprepared for the culture shock she experienced as an American Jewish Mormon living in Jewish Zion. Not only was there the language barrier but also the differences in money, weights and measures, Sabbath observance, and even the year was counted differently.
As she became immersed in Israeli culture, she learned about Jewish holy days and their symbolism.
Her experiences led her to write Days of Awe with the purpose of sharing with Latter-day Saints the Christian symbolism found in the celebration of Jewish festivals.
The book contains a history of Old Testament feasts, their ancient and current patterns of observance, their prophetic symbolism, and their relevance to Latter-day Saints today.
She also clears up some misconceptions about the Jewish people, their scripture, the complexity of their religion and their history.
Join Laura Harris Hales of LDS Perspectives Podcast and Gale Boyd as they discuss Judaism, holy days, and the religious past, present, and future.