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As the Babylonian army surrounds Jerusalem, Jeremiah receives a truly confusing instruction from God. He is told to purchase a piece of the Land, though the Jewish people are on the verge of exile! This signified God’s promise that He will never forget His people, and they will yet return to their Land. How fortunate… Read more »

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Our Jewish sages describe a beautiful idea in the Talmud that “ten measures of beauty descended to the world, and nine of them were taken by Jerusalem.” The beauty of Jerusalem is not merely a physical magnificence which can be seen with the eye. It is a spiritual beauty and inner purity which one must… Read more »

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Today’s verse is alluded to in Israel’s famous national anthem, Hatikva (“The Hope”), which includes the moving lyrics: “Our hope is not yet lost, our ancient hope, to return to the Land of our fathers.” Though the Jewish people despaired in exile, God promised to redeem them and lead them back to the Land.

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One of the great Hasidic masters, known as the Rabbi from Kotzk (1787-1859) was just a child of five when he asked his father, ‘where does God exist?’ ‘Everywhere’ was his father’s natural response. The young boy thought about it for a moment, and answered his own question, “God exists wherever we let him in.”… Read more »

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The fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Av is a minor festival called Tu B’Av. It commemorates several joyous events in ancient Jewish history, including a road trip of sorts to ancient Jerusalem! During the reign of the evil king Jeroboam, who divided the ten tribes of Israel from the kingdom of Judea, he… Read more »

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Netanyahu spoke passionately about the importance of the city of Hebron to the nation of Israel: “The roots of the nation of Israel are inherent in the stories of our fathers … Abraham made his home in Hebron thousands of years ago, paying full price for the Cave of Machpelah and its surroundings. This acquisition… Read more »

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Isaiah gives a beautiful description of the ultimate redemption, when the disabled will heal, and the dry desert will flow with water. The ‘Ayalim’ organization is bringing us one step closer to the fulfillment of this prophecy, with its energetic student volunteers, who work to improve the Negev region and its small, neglected towns. Unfortunately,… Read more »

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The mystical book of the Zohar says that it was this blessing that has sustained Judaism throughout the millennia. If so, then why was Isaac specifically the one who gave the blessing and not Abraham or Jacob? “Open your hearts in a very deep way” explained Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, “Both Abraham and Jacob spent part… Read more »

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We can glean so many lessons from today’s verse to encourage the nation of Israel in trying times. Just as the Jewish people faced the overwhelming obstacle of the sea, yet passed through, so too, we should not lose hope in the face of today’s threats. God could have directed them along an alternate route,… Read more »

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Throughout Scripture, King David is often referred to as the “son of Jesse,” but what more do we know about his father, Jesse of Bethlehem? The name Jesse in Hebrew is Yishai, which means ‘gift.’ Jesse sent gifts to be delivered by David to King Saul, and also sent David to bring food to his… Read more »

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