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Psalm 69 begins with a vivid prophetic portrayal of Israel’s plight in its long and bitter exile and concludes with an impassioned plea for its speedy deliverance and return to the Land of Zion. Today in the midst of political upheaval, the Jews of the Ukraine are facing a frightening 30% rise in anti-Semitic acts,… Read more »

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Could anything seem further from the joyous festival of Purim than the solemn fast day of Yom Kippur?! Yet from the holy language of Hebrew, our Sages derive that the two days are intrinsically similar in our ability to achieve a close connection to God on these special days. The name Yom HaKippurim (as the… Read more »

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The book of Esther is the only book of Scripture where God’s name is never mentioned, but our Sages teach that wherever the book refers to “the king” as in today’s verse, it alludes to the true King above. The book gives beautiful lessons for our days when God’s hand is seemingly hidden, to give… Read more »

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In today’s verse, Mordechai inspires Esther to courageously stand up in defense of her people, despite her natural inclinations, by assuring her that the God of Israel will surely deliver His people, one way or another. In our times, we are given opportunities to stand and support the nation of Israel. Though we firmly believe… Read more »

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In a new public television project called “The Royal Tour,” Prime Minister Netanyahu leads a fabulour tour of the Land. He says, “I happily joined this project in order to show the world the beautiful face of the State of Israel, the land of milk and honey. Each place that we visited was more beautiful… Read more »

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In this final chapter of Isaiah (ch. 66), the prophet assures the Jewish people that God will bestow peace upon them, and that all the nations will come forth with blessings like a torrent river sweeping things along effortlessly. Jewish tradition teaches that all the blessings of the world are contained in the blessing of… Read more »

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The book of Leviticus includes not only today’s verse, but the pivotal maxim: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Over the centuries Judaism has made great contributions to the world, but according to Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, it was the three words, ואהבת לרעך כמוך (‘Love your neighbor as yourself’) that are the… Read more »

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King David is often referred throughout Scripture as the “son of Jesse” but what more can we learn about his righteous father, Jesse of Bethlehem? In today’s verse we find Jesse concerned for the welfare of others and sending his son David to bring food to his brothers on the battlefield and to inquire into… Read more »

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When asked to reflect upon the significance of Jerusalem, renowned Holocaust survivor and Nobel prize winner, Elie Wiesel said, “Jerusalem must remain the world’s Jewish spiritual capital, not a symbol of anguish and bitterness, but a symbol of trust and hope. As the Hasidic master Rebbe Nahman of Bratslav said, ‘Everything in this world has… Read more »

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Listen to the stirring words of a traditional prayer recited by worshippers in Hebron: “Now I have come to this holy place to ask the Holy One, blessed is He, to have compassion on me and on all Your people Israel, wherever they may be… Now I stand facing the Cave of the Patriarchs, where… Read more »

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Today’s verse from the Book of Exodus offers eternal insight into God’s loving relationship with humanity as the ultimate Redeemer. Indeed, this book of the Bible has always served as inspiration for those who long for the Land throughout the ages. In the darkest moments of Jewish history, we have tolerated persecution in faith, knowing… Read more »

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From our earliest Biblical roots, the Jewish people have held soldiers up in high esteem. Our greatest biblical heroes have combined their spiritual service of God with a willingness to physically fight for what they believed in and defend His honor. Abraham went to battle against the five kings, David was a brave warrior and… Read more »

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Today’s verse bestows acknowledgement upon God who blesses His children with children and the privilege and responsibility to raise and nurture them, all who are created in His image. The premier pro-life organization in Israel, Save a Jewish Baby/EFRAT, has found a simple solution to lower the number of abortions in the Holy Land due… Read more »

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In Hebrew we see a beautiful lesson from the exchange of just one letter in a word. The word for ‘light’ – אוֹר – spelled with an Alef – is closely related to the word for a physical matter – “leather” or “skin” – עור – spelled with an Ayin (see Genesis 3:21). Similarly, the… Read more »

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