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The Israel Defense Forces has just awarded some of its most prestigious medals to 53 soldiers who defended the People and Land of Israel during the summer’s Gaza war. The highest award went to Lt. Eitan Fund, a true hero who entered a Hamas terror tunnel to search for his comrade who had been snatched… Read more »

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This year marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Just 37 miles east of the death camp is Krakow, a once-thriving pre-war Jewish community, where today empty doorposts bear the haunted markings of mezuzahs. Yet in an unbelievable resurgence, descendants of Jews who survived in hiding in Krakow are showing the best revenge… Read more »

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The opening of Genesis outlines God’s intimate involvement with the natural world and describes the Almighty proudly looking upon His handiwork and declaring, “v’hine tov meod” – “and behold, it was very good.” And we see that when man is created, he is immediately charged with caring for creation, as an “oved,” a worker who… Read more »

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The name Tel Aviv has a rich Hebrew meaning. “Tel” indicates an historically significant mound, with layers of civilization below it, while “Aviv” means springtime and alludes to new and fresh vitality. Tel Aviv was formed In 1909 when its founders gave this name to the city because it was the title of the Hebrew… Read more »

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In our verse, King David recognizes and thanks the Almighty for saving him many times through His messengers. Meet one of those modern-day messengers, United Hatzalah volunteer Yitzchak who recently received a dispatch of a choking baby in Jerusalem. On his amazing ambucycle, Yitzchak was at the address in under a minute! Over 2,500 volunteers… Read more »

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As the Israelites stand with the sea in their path and the Egyptians in pursuit, God asks Moses rhetorically why he is still praying when he should be commanding the people to cross the sea. Why does God discourage prayer here; isn’t prayer the ideal response to a difficult situation?

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All of God’s bounty is beneficial for us and there are many delicious foods that grow in the Land of Israel, yet the Creator of the world singled out seven species of fruit and grain as being particularly blessed – the Seven Species described in Deut. 8:8 and known in Hebrew as the שבעת המינים… Read more »

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Isaiah encourages the Jewish people in exile that God will yet bring the redemption. Just like a vine with a few good grapes will not be destroyed, but the good will be extracted for its blessed juice, thus will God redeem His people despite their sins.

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As the Children of Israel encamped in the desert, each tribe had a flag with unique insignia. Do you know the symbolism of the modern day flag of Israel? At the First Zionist Congress back in 1897, the organizers wanted an original flag, when one man said, “We have a flag — and it is… Read more »

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Civil rights’ leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man deeply committed to defending the biblical values of freedom and human dignity. King often used Biblical imagery, and in his last speech before being assassinated, he said: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life… But I’m not concerned about that now. I… Read more »

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One of the first things that Abraham does after receiving God’s eternal promise to inherit the Land of Israel is offer thanks to God in the holy city of Hebron. According to Biblical tradition, Abraham lived in Hebron for 35 years, and, along with his wife Sara, was buried there. Today Abraham’s city is the… Read more »

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The Book of Genesis concludes with the blessings that Jacob bestows upon his children as introduced by today’s verse. Jewish commentators explain that really, Jacob intended on doing more than bless his children; his ultimate desire was to tell them about the ‘End of Days’ and the arrival of the Moshiach (Messiah). Although Jacob wanted… Read more »

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Ezekiel’s well-known prophecy of dry bones arising was intended to comfort the Jewish people in exile, by reassuring them that God would one day bring them back “to the soil of Israel.” During the dark days of the Holocaust, few would have imagined the incredible truth in Ezekiel’s words, for from the ashes of the… Read more »

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