Devotionals

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 »

In this verse, God is reassuring the Israelites shortly after their exodus from the slavery in Egypt, telling them that if they adhere to His commandments, He will ensure their everlasting health. Indeed we see that for the duration of their 40 years in the desert as they made their way to the Land of… Read more »

A study of the individual words in a language and of the the ways their meanings develop, lights up the past of the people, the conditions under which they lived and reflects its morality and ethical life. What a revealing thing it is to observe that the same word in Hebrew, צדקה – tzedaka, which… Read more »

King Solomon, author of the Book of Proverbs, teaches an incredibly valuable lesson: a word spoken can be as cherished to the soul or as healthy to the body as any spiritual or physical nourishment, as long as the words are said with care and conviction. We therefore learn from King Solomon of the tremendous… Read more »

This chapter contains Ezekiel’s famous vision of the valley of dry bones coming to life. In the prophet’s time, Israel was destroyed and the people scattered to the four corners of the earth. Yet, when God asks Ezekiel “can these bones live?” he doesn’t express doubt or hopelessness. He answers that anything can happen if… Read more »

In King David’s final days, he publicly blesses the Almighty with the beautiful words of today’s verse. David was a mighty warrior for Israel whose bravery on the battlefield was deeply woven with his belief that all strength is a gift from God. The Israel Defense Forces are the mighty warriors of our days who… Read more »

The purpose of the Tabernacle in the desert and Temple in Jerusalem was to serve as a fixed resting place for God’s presence on Earth. It is for this reason that the command to build the Tabernacle, the ‘Mishkan,’ follows immediately after the revelation at Sinai, for the Tabernacle was the continuation of the revelation… Read more »

“We didn’t declare Jerusalem to be our capital city” former Prime Minister Menachem Begin would often say, “King David declared it 3,000 years ago! While Jerusalem and Zion are mentioned over 800 times in the Jewish Bible, the holy city is not mentioned even once in the Koran.” Nearly 50 years ago, Jerusalem, Judea, and… Read more »

The Lubavitcher Rebbe gave a beautiful insight into the meaning of the words “according to the children” in today’s verse. When young children eat,they are prone to drop crumbs on the floor, thereby wasting some of their food. Joseph of biblical times was so sensitive to each person, that he made sure to give the… Read more »

The Bible is filled to the brim with instructions on how to live our lives the way God intended when He created the heavens and the earth and all its inhabitants. One of the most important categories the Bible deals with is that of how we care for our physical bodies. Scattered throughout the ancient… Read more »

In Jewish circles, it’s a very common practice to purchase a new article of clothing or, for women, jewelry before every holiday to add a special sense of newness to the already joyous celebration. It’s an especially considerate tradition for husbands present their wives with gifts of jewelry and flowers each holiday, to ensure they… Read more »

Daily Devotional

The story of Creation gives over incredible lessons on God’s love for mankind. The Almighty provides for Adam and Eve, giving them food and clothing (Genesis 3:21). For those of us Bible believers who seek to emulate God as much as possible, we are charged with caring for those less fortunate.

In an uplifting moment in IDF history, on March 10, 1949, the IDF reached the southernmost city of Eilat during the last operation of the War of Independence. The city fell into Israeli hands without a fight. When the soldiers realized they didn’t have an Israeli flag, General Avraham Adan made one from a white… Read more »

Bildad attempts to comfort Job by telling him that if he is as righteous as he claims to be, his suffering will not last long. When the suffering ends, he will feel so happy that his mouth will be filled with laughter. These words are reminiscent of the description of the return of the exiled… Read more »

We find ourselves amid one of the most special weeks of the year, when the nation of Israel celebrates our festival of redemption. On Passover we commemorate our thanks to God and joyfully sing His praises as we remember what the Lord did for our ancestors long ago in Egypt. Yet, not every Israeli family… Read more »