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The name Judah was given at birth when Leah said, “let me gratefully praise God” (Genesis 29:35). Leah was especially grateful now that she had been granted more than her rightful share after giving birth to the 4th of the 12 sons of Jacob. The name Judah / Yehudah means thankfulness and Jews have come… Read more »

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Know anyone named Adam? Man in Hebrew is אדם, a-DAM. Three partners take part in the creation of a human being: the father, the mother and the Almighty. The word אדם ‘Adam’ expresses this concept. The letter א Alef indicates God who gives the soul, and the remaining two letters spell דם – dam (meaning,… Read more »

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Despite all the pressures of office, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made time for studying the Bible, remarking, “The Bible is always relevant vis-a-vis today’s problems and challenges. It inspires, it is a source of life for our people and I think it is important to expand Bible study and love for the Bible among all… Read more »

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There are many explanations behind the Hebrew name for Jerusalem. According to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, “Yerushalayim comes from the words ‘Yirah Shalem,’ complete, self-effacing awe, meaning it has nothing to do with what I think. The holy city is so special not because I love it, it’s special to me because God loves it so… Read more »

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Ezekiel’s well-known prophecy of the 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.” From the ashes of the Holocaust to the rebirth of the State of Israel, many see a prophecy fulfilled.

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47 years ago, the IDF chaplain, Rabbi Shlomo Goren proudly declared “The Temple Mount is in our hands!” After 2,000 years, Jerusalem was reunited and returned to the Jewish people. On Jerusalem Day, May 28th, we’ll commemorate the miracles and give thanks to the Almighty and the brave soldiers of the IDF.

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“We didn’t declare Jerusalem to be our capital city” Prime Minister Menachem Begin would often say, “King David declared it 3,000 years ago! While Jerusalem and Zion are mentioned over 800 times in the Jewish Bible, the holy city is not mentioned even once in the Koran.”

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Throughout the Holocaust, there were Jews of faith who summoned unimaginable reservoirs of spiritual strength, “remembering” God and risking their lives to study, pray and perform mitzvot in the most dire circumstances. The greatness of the Jewish people, their love of God and one other, often shone through in these faithful acts of spiritual resistance.

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Get ready for a great lesson from the pure 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… Read more »

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The miracle of the State of Israel and its independence has inspired thousands of souls to connect with Zion in an extraordinary awakening. From northeastern India to southern Spain, from the coast of Portugal to the shores of Brazil, countless numbers of people are looking to explore their Jewish ancestry and return to the Holy… Read more »

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In today’s verses, Joshua is commanded right after the death of Moses, to “Arise, now and cross this Jordan.” The nation just experienced the death of the greatest leader it has ever known. Couldn’t entering the Land wait just a few more days? From here we learn a beautiful lesson. When a person has an… Read more »

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We learn beautiful insight into Solomon’s role as king of Jerusalem just by studying his Hebrew name. In Hebrew, Solomon is שלמה/she-lo-MO. Look for the root of the word and you’ll see שלום/sha-LOM, peace! King Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem, without “hammers, chisels or any iron instruments” (I Kings 6:7), so that no… Read more »

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So many intricate details of the priestly service are described in the Book of Leviticus. We must delve a bit deeper into the passages to reveal lessons relevant for our lives. For example, today’s verse describes the continual fire on the altar. God lovingly gave a physical, continual reminder of His constant presence among the… Read more »

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Israel’s Independence Day is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, a Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers. The reason for connecting these two days is very clear: Israelis owe their independence to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.

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Job testifies that all of God’s creations, from the earth to the animals, recognize “in Whose hands is the soul of all living things” (Job 12:10). Though all the world is witness to God’s infinite powers, one’s challenge is to consciously thank the Creator and connect the everyday miracles in our lives to the Provider… Read more »

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