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According to Governor Mike Huckabee on his fantastic trip to Israel: “Going to Israel is like going home, even if you’ve never been there before. It’s one of the only places that a person who loves liberty can go where the moment you arrive you feel like you are at a place you’ve been before…. Read more »

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The “tree of life” in today’s verse is a beautiful metaphor for the Torah (Five Books of Moses). Just as a tree’s roots go deep into the earth, so too does our learning and support of the Holy Land connect us to God and hold us together.

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Today’s verse sketches a piece of Jewish history and is recited at two surprisingly different times. All Jews who brought their first fruits to the Temple would recite this verse, acknowledging God’s hand in saving the Jewish people and bringing them to the Land of Israel. This verse was also chosen to be recited as… Read more »

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On the upcoming festival of Passover we celebrate God’s awesome display of miracles during the Exodus. For the sake of Israel, a ‘pillar of cloud’ protected it from the shooting arrows of the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Today we celebrate the mighty sacrifices and bravery of the soldiers of the IDF, shielding Israel from its… Read more »

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When reading the Haggadah at the Passover Seder, we recall the miraculous ten plagues, and at the mention of each one, we spill out a small drop of wine from our cups. In this way, we demonstrate that our rejoicing is not perfect, because other people suffered in the process of our redemption. True, they… Read more »

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Today’s verses describe a special detour taken by the righeous Caleb, who was part of a team sent to spy out the Land of Israel. 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… Read more »

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Today’s verse gives a beautiful metaphor to describe the Messianic age. Just as nothing can halt the flow of the ocean, so too nothing will be able to stop the spread of the knowledge of God throughout the world. Yet just as the depth of the ocean waters varies from place to place, so too… Read more »

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In today’s verse, King David inspires us to speak well of one another and seek peace for our brethren. When we look at others as “my brothers,” the Almighty rains down blessings of peace into the world in the merit of our unity.

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Today’s verse begins with the pivotal word ש-מ-ע /Shema/Hear. Shema is famous for the biblical Pledge of Allegiance of our faith in the One God – “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God the Lord is One” – Deuteronomy 6:4. Scripture could have used any other word within the five senses to affirm our… Read more »

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The Hebrew word for prayer is tefilah – תפילה. It is derived from the root פ-ל-ל and the word l’hitpalel, which means to introspect. The most important part of any prayer is the time we spend looking inside ourselves, seeing our role in the world and our relationship to God. Learn more Hebrew with a… Read more »

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Isaiah describes the great contributions that non Jews will play in the resettlement of the Land of Israel. This week marked the 70th anniversary of the passing of one of Isaiah’s heros, a great Christian warrior for Zion, Orde Wingate. An officer in the British army in the 1930’s, Wingate trained many of the future… Read more »

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The beautiful metaphor comparing the Children of Israel to the stars of the heavens is not to be understood literally, for at that time, and throughout history, the Jewish population has never been nearly as great as the number of the stars! Rather it is a blessing that Israel will be as permanent as the… Read more »

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The ancient stone roads of Jerusalem were walked by history’s greatest religious leaders. In fact, astronaut Neil Armstrong told his Israeli tour guide, that he was more excited, and it meant more to him walking in the streets of Jerusalem, than walking on the moon! Where would you rather walk?

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