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During creation, he land was poised to allow its seeds to sprout, but God did not bring forth rain to allow them to grow, because there was no man yet to work the land. Hashem (God) did not bring rain until there was a person who could recognize the necessity for rain, and, pray for… Read more »

The Bible names seven species as the special agricultural products of the Land of Israel. Each of these species is symbolic of the Jewish People. For example, grapes, which grow on low and weak vines, are crushed by foot in order to produce valuable wine. Similarly, the small and scattered Jewish nation, which has faced… Read more »

The word hevel (הבל), ‘futile,’ appears many times throughout Ecclesiastes as a description of the pursuit of various physical pleasures. Although the word is translated as ‘futile,’ it literally means ‘vapor’. Vapor has the power to distort what a person sees. For example, the hot air rising from desert sands creates the mirage of an… Read more »

This verse concludes with the directive to cleave to Hashem (God). Since it is impossible to literally “hold fast” to a being that has no physical form, the Sages explain that this commandment means we are required to emulate His ways. Just as Hashem performs kind deeds, buries the dead (Deuteronomy 33:6) and visits the… Read more »

Once the entire Nation of Israel united behind King David, he was able to conquer the holy city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) from the pagan Jebusites, and to rule there for thirty-three years. His palace was located in the City of David, just outside the present walls of the Old City of Yerushalayim. After fifteen years… Read more »

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) describes the great contributions that the nations and individual non-Jews will play in the resettlement of the Land of Israel. In modern times, this prophecy is being fulfilled by the unprecedented number of non-Jews who visits, support and pray for Israel.

The Hebrew word for ‘language,’ safa (שפה), also appears in Zephaniah (3:9) when the prophet describes a safa b’rurah (שפה ברורה), ‘purity of speech,’ that will be shared by all the nations of the world in the end of days: “For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, so that they all invoke… Read more »

The “ingathering of the exiles,” known in Hebrew as kibbutz galuyot (קיבוץ גלויות), is promised in multiple places throughout the Bible. Although they are scattered throughout the four corners of the earth, Yechezkel (Ezekiel) declares that one day, God will gather the People of Israel and return them to their ancient soil, the Land of… Read more »

Throughout Talmudic literature, the Jewish people are compared to the dove. Once a dove meets her mate, she never leaves him for another, and a dove, even when her offspring are taken, will never abandon her nest. In a similar fashion, the Children of Israel are faithful to God. The Sages of the Midrash comment… Read more »

This famous phrase captures the mission statement of the People of Israel. For most of Jewish history, the role of “light unto the nations” has been understood primarily as a private call to have a positive influence on the world by living an ethical life and setting a personal example of righteous behavior. Rarely was… Read more »

The Land of Israel is described here as ‘fair’ or ‘beautiful,’ in Hebrew tzvi (צבי). The word tzvi also means ‘deer,’ which prompts the Talmud (Ketubot 112a) to compare the Land of Israel to the skin of a deer (see also Daniel 11:16 where the Land of Israel is referred to as eretz ha-tzvi, ‘the… Read more »

The third Temple will be a house of God for all nations. All people will visit Yerushalayim in order to learn Hashem’s Torah and walk in His ways. Our generation is blessed to see this promise being fulfilled, with millions of non-Jews realizing that the word of God comes from Tzion and Yerushalayim. Don’t miss… Read more »

This chapter lists the generations that emerged from Noach’s (Noah’s) sons after the flood, implying that the nations spread out as a result of natural population growth. Hence, the word nifridu (נפרדו), ‘divided,’ which connotes natural separation, is used here, as opposed to the term vayafetz (ויפץ), ‘scattered,’ used in the story of the Tower… Read more »

For the sake of his beloved friend Yehonatan (Jonathan), King David gives Mefiboshet a place at his table in the royal palace in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). As Yerushalayim is the city of peace, it stands to reason that this is the place where King David made such a peaceful gesture. Hashem (God) intends for Yerushalayim to… Read more »

The “ingathering of the exiles,” known in Hebrew as kibbutz galuyot (קיבוץ גלויות), is promised in multiple places throughout the Bible. Although they are scattered throughout the four corners of the earth, Yechezkel (Ezekiel) declares that one day, God will gather the People of Israel and return them to their ancient soil, the Land of… Read more »

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