Devotionals

In the final chapter of Isaiah, the prophet assures the Jewish people that Hashem will extend shalom (שלום) upon them, and that all the nations will come forth with blessings like a torrent or river sweeping effortlessly along. The Hebrew word shalom is usually understood to mean peace, but it is translated here as prosperity…. Read more »

The wisdom of the Torah is described in this verse as the “beginning of His course.” The Hebrew word for ‘beginning,’ reishit (ראשית), is also used to describe the children of Israel, called reisheet t’vuato, ‘the first-fruits of Hashem’s harvest’ (Jeremiah 2:3), and it is also the first word of Sefer Bereishit, (Genesis) describing the… Read more »

Zechariah prophesied that in the end of days, the righteous from among the nations will make a pilgrimage to Yerushalayim on Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles. Today, one of the most beautiful events in Yerushalayim during Sukkot is the massive parade through the streets of the holy city where thousands of non- Jewish representatives of… Read more »

In Psalm 22, King David expresses the desire for all of the children of Israel to be fed and satisfied. King David goes on to say that after the children of Israel are physically satisfied they can properly serve and praise Hashem. Without proper nutrients, it is difficult to flourish spiritually. Millennia later, Israel is… Read more »

The seventh feast given to Israel is called Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). After the Children of Israel entered the Holy Land, Sukkot became the festival associated with the fall harvest during which thanks was given to Hashem for sustaining the Children of Israel with the bounty of the Land. In fact, the Torah refers to… Read more »

The Book of Samuel records that shortly after the Jews entered the Land of Israel, they fought a battle against the Philistines. The narrative continues with a young man from the tribe of Benjamin running from the scene of the battle to Shiloh where the High Priest Eli was awaiting a report. Tradition holds that… Read more »

The last book of the Twelve Prophets, Malachi, represents the end of the era of prophecy in Israel. The central theme of this book is Hashem’s unremitting love for His people Israel. In chapter 3, the final chapter of the book of Malachi, the Prophet describes how Hashem will send His messenger to purify the… Read more »

The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, during which hundreds of millions of people from around the world joined together in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. This annual day of prayer has becomes the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history. Jerusalem has always played a central role not just in Jewish history,… Read more »

In Deuteronomy 16:14, Hashem commands the Children of Israel to rejoice on Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. This year, Sukkot begins at sundown on October 4th. In the days of the Temple, all the nations of the world ascended the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to offer the Sukkot sacrifices enumerated in the Torah. One of… Read more »

Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a day spent in prayer, introspection and asking for forgiveness for our sins and wrongdoings. Interestingly, the Bible makes little to no mention of prayer on Yom Kippur. Rather, Leviticus 16 comprehensively outlines the High Priest’s lengthy and detailed Temple service for… Read more »

The Book of Proverbs contains the collected wisdom of Shlomo, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. Proverbs 1:7 sets the tone for the entire book of Proverbs. Once King Solomon has set out his purpose – to impart wisdom – in writing, he begins by identifying fear of Hashem as the… Read more »

Zephaniah prophecized that in the end of days, all of the nations will speak Hebrew. Today, we see the fulfillment of prophecy as people from around the world are studying the Bible in it’s original Hebrew, as well as speaking modern Hebrew…

The Book of Isaiah covers a spectrum of themes, from threats of destruction of Israel and Judea to the ultimate consolation for the Jewish people with the promise of their return to the Land of Israel from exile. For thousands of years, Jews read these prophecies and believed them, yet wondered how and when they… Read more »

Psalm 27 is recited daily during the morning prayers beginning in the Hebrew month of Elul and continuing through to Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement, we read King David’s eternal words as a reminder to never give up hope in Hashem. While the Jewish people were exiled for thousands of years, their desire to… Read more »

The above verse was uttered in prayer by Jonah the Prophet while he was trapped inside the belly of a large fish. Despite his grim situation, Jonah did not despair, but rather turned to God in prayer and in the hopes of surviving his ordeal and once again being worthy of standing before God in… Read more »