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Isaac followed in his father’s footsteps and returned to the well that his father Abraham had dug. ‘Beersheba’ in Hebrew means the “seventh well” named by Abraham in Genesis. Our Sages derive that Isaac is to be praised for continuing tradition and returning to the well of his father Abraham. While each forefather is listed… Read more »

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Here’s an incredible story of a Sabbatical year (“Shemittah”) agricultural miracle. Many potato farmers in the Land decided to plant their saplings earlier than usual, before the onset of the Shemittah year. In a stroke of pure blessing, the early potato plants had extra time to grow and become stronger, which then saved them from… Read more »

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The Psalmist teaches us in today’s verse about the extraordinary value of “achdus” – unity, which comes from the Hebrew word for “one” – אחד – echad. God’s blessings flow down into this world when we dwell in unity with one another, as brothers.

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In Israel, every inch of the Land seeps with historical and biblical significance and the beautiful oasis called Ein Gedi is a fascinating example. Found on the western shore of the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi is where David hid from King Saul and where he wrote many of the Psalms. Have you ever visited the… Read more »

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There is a wonderful story about Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook who in 1924 was invited to a tree planting ceremony and given the honor of placing the first sapling. The ordinarily dignified Rabbi became very emotional as he bent low to the ground. Suddenly, Rabbi Kook threw away the shovel and passionately… Read more »

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Throughout Scripture we meet biblical figures who prayed to the Almighty for all of their needs, showing that He is the Source for all blessings in our lives. Jewish tradition explains that prayer, however, is not meant to change the “mind” of the Almighty. What changes through prayer is us. By recognizing the Source of… Read more »

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Hebrew Lesson: Numerical Values (Gematriya) Every Hebrew letter has a numerical value, a system known as “Gematriya.” The first letter Alef =1; the second letter Bet = 2 and so on, and so each Hebrew word has a unique spiritual value based on the sum of its letters. The most significant Jewish number is 18… Read more »

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

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With these words God implies that He will be with Jacob only if he returns to the land of his fathers, the Land of Israel, but not if he stays with Laban in Haran. Rabbi Meir Leibush Weiser explains that God intentionally removed his protection from Jacob in order to motivate Him to return to… Read more »

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Today’s verse describes how Moses left Pharaoh’s palace not only to see the pain of the Jews, but to more deeply feel their suffering. His intense concern for others led him to take responsibility and become the ultimate leader to rescue the Jewish people.

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An ancient Jewish tradition states that after the miraculous deliverance of Judah from the Assyrian invasion, God desired to crown the righteous King Hezekiah as the Messiah. Only one thing was required – that Hezekiah would sing a song of praise before Him. Instead, Hezekiah arose that morning, and continued with his regular daily routine,… Read more »

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Despite living less than a mile from the border of Gaza and facing over 4,000 missiles this past year, the courageous people of Sderot are determined to fulfill today’s positive, biblical command that the Jewish people “possess and settle” the Land of Israel.

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In most of the world, an old city is one that has celebrated its bicentennial, 200th year anniversary. In Israel, a typical city has already celebrated its bimillennial! Just one example is the popular resort town of Eilat which is already mentioned in Deuteronomy 2:8 as one of the locations the Jewish people passed through… Read more »

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