Get ready for an amazing Hebrew lesson from today’s verse! The Hebrew word “ahava” – אהבה- which means ‘love,’ has at its root the word ‘hav’ – ‘to give.’ From the holy language we glean that the more we give, the more we grow to love the recipient of our giving.
The root word ‘shir’ שיר, song is found hundrends of times in the Bible, and Biblical personalities had strong ties to song: Saul with his music, David with his harp, and the Levites singing in the Temple. It is also no coincidence that the gematria (Hebrew alphabet and number correspondance) of ‘song’, shir, is equal… Read more »
This verses describe a very special detour taken by the righteous Caleb, who was part of the team sent to spy out the Land. Caleb desperately wanted to avoid the slander of the spies, so he took quick action and prayed for spiritual strength at the tomb of Abraham in Hebron. Today, Hebron remains the… Read more »
When Solomon got ready to build the Temple in Jerusalem, he turned to his father’s friend and ally, Hiram, for building materials. Hiram was a non Jew who supported the building of the Temple with a full heart, giving Solomon a wonderfully generous supply of cedar and cypress trees (v. 5:22-23). This Father’s Day follow… Read more »
The Book of Ruth which we read on Shavuot tells the story of the Moabite princess Ruth, who, through great self-sacrifice, finds her way to the ultimate truth of the Torah. This redemptive experience leads her to become the matriarch of King David’s royal lineage, and the ultimate ancestress of the Messiah who will bring… Read more »
On Shavuot we read about Ruth’s extraordinary kindness to her mother-in-law, Naomi. As the story unfolds, Naomi is bereft of her husband and sons in Moab. Ruth, a Moabite princess, clings to Naomi to accompany her to Israel, and collects food in the fields of Israel to take care of an aging Naomi. Today’s verse… Read more »
Moses tells the Children of Israel that as soon as they enter the Land, they should assemble and read from these beautiful blessings in the Torah, as a reminder of all the good that will come upon the Land when we fulfill God’s commandments. Also, to the read were curses that God forbid would befall… Read more »
In one of the most beautiful statements of faith and allegiance in all of the Bible, Ruth demonstrates for all time what it means to cast your lot with the people of Israel, the Land of Israel, and the God of Israel. For her sacrifice, she was rewarded by being the ancestress and matriarch to… Read more »
In our verse, Isaiah uses the Hebrew word “hi-tzeel” to describe God as the ultimate “rescuer” of the Holy City. Those who love God search for ways to emulate Him, and rescuing lives in Jerusalem fulfills His word. Israel’s largest, volunteer rescue organization took its name from the same Hebrew, biblical root, “Hatzalah” – to… Read more »
48 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.
In 1948, after the Jordanians expelled the Jews from the Old City of Jerusalem, a Jordanian commander boasted that “for the first time in 1,000 years, not a single Jew remains in the Jewish quarter…the Jews’ return here is impossible.” But those with faith know that nothing is impossible for the Almighty. In 1967, the… Read more »
The Holy Ark traveled with the Children of Israel to the Promised Land, reminding them of God’s presence within the camp. The Ark of the Covenant contained the Tablets of the Law – the Torah, teaching us that just like the Ark was the focal point of the Israelites existence in the desert, so too,… Read more »
The name “Israel” refers to both the Land and the People and has a deeper meaning as well. The first letter of the word “Israel” is the י – yud, which is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The final letter in “Israel” is the tall lamed – ל, the largest letter in the… Read more »