Devotionals

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Here’s a lesson in life from the Dead Sea, one of Israel’s most fascinating spots. Fresh water flows into the Dead Sea but no water flows out. Its stagnant water represents one who fails to grow and develop. We should choose rather to be like life-sustainable water and continue our learning and growing each day!

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Since the Torah is concise and no word is extraneous, our Sages asked what is added by the words “and He took him outside” as it is obvious when looking at the stars that one is outside! Our Sages explain that God meant, “Go out of your astrology,” for you have seen in the stars… Read more »

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On each day of Creation, the Almighty looks back at His work and declares “it was good!” But something is special about the third day of Creation, the only day where the Almighty repeats “it was good” twice. On this day, vegetation was created as described in today’s verse, and so vital is food and… Read more »

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The moon is a symbol of the nation of Israel. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, first appearing tiny and then growing large by the middle of the month, the Children of Israel follow a similar cycle. Though at times they are a small and downtrodden nation, they will again become great in the… Read more »

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Our Jewish sages explain that during the great flood described in Genesis, rain did not fall over the Land of Israel! However, as there is no gate surrounding the land, the flood waters did enter the Land from the surrounding lands. Since the powerful rain did not fall directly on the Land of Israel, the… Read more »

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Get ready for a great lesson from the holy language of Hebrew! The root of the Hebrew word “build” is בנה ba-NA. This root is shared by another, seemingly unrelated Hebrew word: בן ben, which means “son.” Here we discover a child’s special role as he grows and develops, to build on the merits of… Read more »

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Alexander, originally a Greek name, is one of the few names that has origins outside the Jewish faith, but has been made an official Hebrew name and widely adopted by many Jews on account of a fascinating story that occurred over two thousand years ago. During his conquest of the region, Alexander the Great met… Read more »

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Listen to the powerful words of the Israeli Army’s Chief Rabbi Brig. Gen. Peretz on what Sukkot means for the soldiers and the nation of Israel: “The IDF’s success in battle and in protecting the State of Israel is not just about physical strength. The sukkah, a flimsy and temporary structure, shows us that our… Read more »