In Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, the cardiology ward hosts a beautiful sculpture engraved with all the verses in Scripture containing the word “heart.” Our verse describes a day when our hearts will become wholly good and seek only to follow in God’s ways.
Sukkot stands out from the other pilgrimage holidays in that not only Jews would celebrate in the Temple in Jerusalem. Bull offerings were brought on behalf of all 70 nations of the world during the Feast of Tabernacles in a mighty display of universal solidarity and worship of the One True God of Israel.
The Book of Exodus (21- 24) contains the first reference to the Sabbatical year. Every seventh year, all the farms, fields, orchards and vineyards in the Land of Israel were left “untended and unharvested.” To this day, the Sabbatical year is kept strictly in Israel providing a major test of faith in God, similar to… Read more »
In the Book of Numbers (Chapters 16-18) we learn about the rebellion by Korach against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Upon careful analysis, a remarkable pattern emerges, one with a powerful lesson for those who still try to rebel against God’s will, especially when it comes to denying the Jewish people’s right to the… Read more »
Listen to the incredible faith of the parents of Eyal Yifrach, one of the kidnapped teens. “We are believers and children of believers, and we believe that everything God does is for the best,” stated Eyal’s father, adding his immense gratitude “for the wonderful embrace, for the prayers … We believe that this great unity… Read more »
While Eskimos may have dozens of words for snow, the Jewish people have several words for knowledge. In this verse we are introduced to khach-ma-TO (wisdom) and t’vu-na-TO (understanding). With such a strong value placed on learning and growing each day, it comes as no surprise that Israel is known as the Startup Nation with… Read more »
This Torah portion contained one of the worst, if not the single gravest sin in the entire Torah: the slanderous report of the spies against the Land of Israel. Moses sends one representative from each tribe to scout out the territory and ten of the twelve return with a negative report. Only Caleb and Joshua… Read more »
The Torah begins with the letter ב/bet (‘In the beginning”/בראשית) and ends with the letter ל/lamed. Put the letters together and you get lev/לב, which means “heart.” The Torah is the heart and soul of the Jewish people and is an expression of God’s love towards all of mankind. By learning its words, we glean… Read more »
Repeatedly, God promises abundant blessings for the entire world when the Jewish people return to Israel, as in our verse. While I had always known about this promise, learning about a new Israeli innovation brings it to life in a powerful and exciting way. One Israeli startup, SightDx, has developed a low-cost and highly accurate… Read more »
One way of understanding King David’s poetic words in today’s psalm is that the Almighty’s “voice” is heard through nature. We become accustomed to the waves of the ocean and the rising of the sun each day without fail. Often it takes a natural disaster to awaken us to God’s mastery. Let’s not wait but… Read more »
This vision by Ezekiel is a hallmark of the Messianic Age when all of the tribes of Israel will be united. Among the exiled tribes, there were always a number who remained loyal to God, in the most unusual and distant of places. The Bnei Menashe (from the lost tribe of Menassah) held onto Jewish… Read more »