Israelis have a saying that if you want to talk to the Almighty, go to the Western Wall. If you want to see the Almighty, go to the Machane Yehudah marketplace in Jerusalem! Here we see Isaiah’s prophecy come to life with the bountiful fruits of the Land.
King David describes in this beautiful psalm the joy of seafarers in ancient times, who were delivered from peril at sea and arrived safely at port. They would publicly express their thanks to God. By sharing with others the miracles, however big or small, in our lives, it leads others to gain increased awareness of… Read more »
The Book of Proverbs is the most quoted of all Scripture to this day. It was written by King Solomon, the wisest king of Israel. In I Kings 3, the Bible relates how this son of King David achieved such greatness. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever his heart desired…. Read more »
The Hebrew word for truth, ’emet’ (אמת), contains a deep lesson. The word is comprised of three letters. The first letter “Alef” is the first letter of the alphabet and represents the One Almighty. Remove the initial letter Alef and all that remains is מת (mayt), meaning death. Without God there can be no truth. In its… Read more »
The Sages teach that the wisdom in this verse is the knowledge of the Torah, and the inheritance refers to the Land of Israel which is the eternal inheritance of the Jewish people. “Wisdom is good with an inheritance” means that the wisdom of the Torah is enhanced by the Land of Israel. The Sages… Read more »
During Operation Protective Edge, Israelis praised the Iron Dome for the protection that it provided. Soroka Medical Center in southern Israel gained its own nickname, “Israel’s Iron Dome for Health.” As the only hospital in the region, Soroka was the safe landing ground for injured IDF soldiers and civilians during the war.
As the Babylonian army surrounds Jerusalem, Jeremiah receives a truly confusing instruction from God. He is told to purchase a piece of the Land, though the Jewish people are on the verge of exile! This signified God’s promise that He will never forget His people, and they will yet return to their Land. How fortunate… Read more »
Non-Muslim visitors who “go up to the Lord’s mount” -the Temple Mount – will be in for a surprise when told they are forbidden to bring their Bibles or prayer books. Religious Jewish visitors get additional restrictions, and are made to wait on a separate entry line, where no water or food is allowed, in… Read more »
The Psalmist’s words strengthen our resolve to follow God’s word and merit a divine blessing that our “footsteps will not falter.” God desires that the nations of the world support Israel, His beloved Land, and those who do so stand to gain all of His overflowing blessings included in His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3).
The period of the Jewish calendar that we find ourselves in now is the saddest time of the year, the three weeks when we commemorate the loss of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem. People born during this period are often given names of hope and comfort based on the Hebrew root “Nachum” which means to… Read more »
Are you sitting for this one?! Our Sages say that the sailors recited a Psalm when they brought the mighty cedar trees for Solomon’s Temple. Psalm 93:4 describes “the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea,” and then speaks of the Lord’s house, the “dwelling of holiness.” As part of their route,… Read more »
Since the Torah is concise, and each word meaningful, we ask why the seemingly unncessary fact that Deborah the Judge sat “under the palm tree” is recorded, and what is it meant to teach us? Deborah was the greatest person of her generation, yet she concerned herself with being above suspicion, and never secluded herself… Read more »
Upon his dedication of the Temple, King Solomon declares in front of the entire People of Israel, that the Temple must fill a universal role and be a “house of prayer for all people.” Today, as Jews and Christians are forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount, one could be forgiven for assuming that we… Read more »
Listen to the incredible words of Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “It is a Canadian tradition to stand for what is principled and just, regardless of whether it is convenient or popular… Israel is the only country in the Middle East, which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of… Read more »