According to the simple meaning of the text in Genesis, God created a lovely garden in Eden for the purpose of beautifying the land for humanity, as well as to provide sustenance and nourishment. Placed in the middle of the Garden is what God called the “Tree of Life”. Throughout history, Jewish scholars have interpreted… Read more »

This verse comes in the context of Midianite persecution of the Jewish people, which God brought upon them as a result of their undesirable behavior. When the Jews cried out to God asking for Divine mercy, He sent a prophet to remind them that He is the one who brought the Children of Israel out… Read more »

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon wrote of endless important lessons that are crucial to teach the next generation. Among the many teachings is that of treating the less fortunate with dignity and respect, and to aid your fellow when he or she is in need (see Proverbs 19). This wonderful trait of giving… Read more »

Israel is blessed with a large Ethiopian prescence, who bring a rich culture infused with tradition to the Holy Land. The women pictured here are in the midst of observing Sigd, a holiday celebrated by Ethiopian Jewry that rejoices over the renewal of the alliance between God, His people and His Torah!

One of the very first gifts God gave the Israelites at the outset of their 40-year journey to the Holy Land was the special manna bread. Every morning, the Hebrews would wake to find the ground covered with manna, which the people were commanded to go out and collect for the day’s needs. This was… Read more »

This verse brings to light the tremendous importance of educating our children and imparting them with the wisdom carried throughout the generations from father to son, mother to daughter, since time immemorial. Perhaps the most crucial piece is also the most basic; learning the ancient language native to the Jewish nation: Hebrew. Understanding the beauty… Read more »

The Torah names seven species as special agricultural products of the Land of Israel, and even today they can be seen growing all over Israel. The olive in particular has always been a symbol of purity and holiness used by Biblical and historical characters alike to anoint kings, prophets and priests. The primary purpose of… Read more »

At the time of the destruction of the Holy Temple, the Jewish nation could hardly imagine that a time would come when Jews from all over the world would return to Israel; not only to live, but bring the Holy Land to flourish and truly prosper. Witnessing as luscious grapes grow once again on the… Read more »

The prohibition of taking an egg without first chasing away the mother bird is just one example of how God commands us to behave with sensitivity and compassion. How cruel to take an egg away from its mother in her presence! If this is how we are expected to behave towards animals, how much more… Read more »

The Menorah was made of pure gold and was lit with pure olive oil. Its radiant light symbolized the Jewish nation’s duty to spread the light of Torah. The purest elements of gold and oil were used to impress upon the people that one must have pure intentions to come closer to God and to… Read more »

We learn in the Bible about how the Jewish priests (the “kohanim”) would assist the people in bringing gifts of offerings in the Temple so they could feel closer to God. Sometimes the offering was given just for the love of God, and sometimes it was given to show gratitude or repentance. In our lives,… Read more »

A story goes that after a massive hurricane, research was conducted to determine why some trees had fallen, while others in the very same vicinity had not. After much investigation it was revealed that the trees that grew very close to their water source had been uprooted, while those further away had stood their ground…. Read more »

This verse describes how in Nehemiah’s time the Jews working to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem would work with one hand, while holding weapons of self-defense in the other. Though they relied on their own strength for protection, they always looked to God as the source of that strength. Today, it is the soldiers of… Read more »

Jeremiah wistfully compares the evil king of Judah, Jehoiakim, with his righteous predecessor, King Josiah. Jehoiakim misused the throne for his own benefit at the expense of the poor, building himself new mansions of cedar. Josiah also enjoyed the material comforts of the king’s palace, but understood his primary duties, to care for and protect… Read more »

We are all familiar with the Biblical city Hebron, burial place of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, but did you know that Yaakov’s great grandson was named Hebron? Son of K’hat, Hebron was actually Moses’ uncle, named after the city of his forefathers, generations preceding his birth.