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In the above verse, King David, the author of Psalms, addresses the wealthy, telling them they should not think their riches are a result of their own efforts. He says not to look to the east or west as the source of their success and ends with the words v’lo mimidbar harim (ולא ממדבר הרים),… Read more »

Fleeing from Shaul (Saul), King David leaves Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and heads south to the wilderness of Yehuda (Judea), where he must survive with a scarce water supply. The Judean desert, pictured above, is geographically unique. It is located adjacent to the Jerusalem mountains, which receive ample rainfall. Just a few kilometers away however, the amount… Read more »

Be’er Sheva is mentioned in this verse as the southern boundary of the Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel in Biblical times. The Patriarchs, Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yaakov (Jacob), each spent time in this Biblical city. Today, Be’er Sheva is known as “the capital of the Negev Desert,” pictured above. It is… Read more »

Throughout the Torah (Bible) the desert serves as a place of escape. David, Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) and later, Bar Kokhba all flee to the desert hills to escape persecution. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of Hashem’s blessings, the deserts of Israel are filled with life…. Read more »

How is it possible that King Shlomo (Solomon) planted every type of tree in his garden when different trees require different climates in order to grow properly? Jewish tradition teaches that Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) is the heart and the center of the world from which the rest of the earth was created. Since Yerushalayim already contained… Read more »

King David compares a righteous person to a date palm tree, like the one pictured above. Just as the date palm produces numerous fruits, so too do the deeds of a righteous person bear fruit. In addition, righteous individuals will enjoy fruitful rewards for their actions in both this world and the next. Standing tall… Read more »

In his first vision, Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) is shown an almond branch. The almost tree is the first tree to blossom in the springtime in the Land of Israel. Pictured above is a beautiful blossoming almond orchard at Kibbutz Nachshon. When all else is dead, the almond tree with its bright pink buds, awakens the countryside… Read more »

In honor of Tu B’Shevat, Rabbi Tuly Weisz and Donna Jollay of Israel365 planted beautiful trees outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Biblical city of Hebron. Tu B’Shevat is the time to celebrate the trees and produce of the Land of Israel. Grapes are one of the seven special agricultural products of the… Read more »

In ancient times, olive trees were harvested with a stick, causing the olives to fall to the ground. The commandment in Deuteronomy 24:20 hints to the blessing of abundance in the Land of Israel. Hashem (God) promises that the Land will yield so much produce that the farmers will only need to harvest what falls… Read more »

Iyov (Job) contrasts the passing of man to the death of a tree. Once a man has passed, he cannot be brought back to life. A tree, on the other hand, though seemingly lifeless can be revived. The children of Israel are compared to a tree; at times it has appeared that the Jews are… Read more »

In illustrating the difference between trusting in Hashem (God) and in man, Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) contrasts two vivid images: one who trusts in man is compared to a small shrub in the barren desert such as the desert shrub pictured above in the Dead Sea region, whereas one who relies on Hashem is likened to a… Read more »

Tzfat is one of the holiest cities in Israel! Tzfat, located high up in the mountains, is the renowned center of mystical Judaism known as Kabbalah. Tzfat, pictured above, is a popular destination for both Israelis and international tourists due to its rich history and contemporary artisan and spiritual characteristics.

Psalm 122 uses the words sha’alu sh’lom Yerushalayim, pray for the well-being of Yerushalayim. Shalom (שלום), translated here as well-being, actually has three meanings: hello, goodbye and peace. Peace is the most important gift we can ask from Hashem (God), on an individual level, as families, and between nations. It is therefore of utmost significance… Read more »

The city of Shechem appears many times in the Torah (Bible). Yaakov (Jacob) purchased part of the city (Genesis 33:18-20) and later gifted it to his son Yosef (Joseph). When the children of Israel entered the Land under the leadership of Yehoshua (Joshua), they buried Yosef in Shechem. Other important sites in Israel were also… Read more »

Yaakov (Jacob) did not bury his beloved wife Rachel in the family tomb in Chevron (Hebron), but rather in nearby Beit Lechem (Bethlehem). Today, Rachel’s tomb lies on the outskirts of contemporary Beit Lechem and remains a popular prayer destination as illustrated above. Beit Lechem is also the birthplace of King David and the city… Read more »

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