Inspiration

When coming out of Egypt, as well as during harvests, Jews lived in sukkot (booths or tabernacles). By leaving their sturdy homes, eating and sleeping in the sukkah, the Jewish people demonstrated trust that God would continue to take care of them throughout their trials and tribulations. It is through this dependence on God that the people realized that God protects them – a realization that brings comfort and joy.

A Stanford University-led study of three 13,000-year-old stone mortars discovered near a graveyard site called the Raqefet Cave, in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, identified ancient beer residue that is believed to be between 11,700 to 13,700 years old. The mortars are attributed to Natufians, a semi-nomadic group of people who lived in the Levant between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

Yehudis Schamroth is not a rabbi, a rabbi’s wife nor a Jewish educator. She’s an American Jew, now living in Israel, with a fire in her soul for geula (redemption). In 2017, Schamroth started The Miriam Project, focused on raising awareness that the final redemption is just around the corner. She raises awareness by interviewing people who have something to say about the impending redemption.

Each day, elderly Israelis struggle with hunger, loneliness and poverty – and this population is growing. According to Yair Asaf-Shapira, researcher for the Jerusalem Institute, while the elderly population of Israel is lower than other countries due to Israel being a relatively young country, the percentage of elderly people compared to the general population is… Read more »

.וְשַׁבְתִּי, אֶת-שְׁבוּת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וּבָנוּ עָרִים נְשַׁמּוֹת וְיָשָׁבוּ, וְנָטְעוּ כְרָמִים וְשָׁתוּ אֶת-יֵינָם; וְעָשׂוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאָכְלוּ אֶת-פְּרִיהֶם I will restore My people Yisrael. They shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine; They shall till gardens and eat their fruits. ve-SHAV-tee et sh-VUT a-MEE YIS-ra-el u-VA-nu a-REEM ne-HSA-mot va-YEESH-vu… Read more »

.בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, כָּרַת יְהוָה אֶת-אַבְרָם–בְּרִית לֵאמֹר: לְזַרְעֲךָ, נָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, מִנְּהַר מִצְרַיִם, עַד-הַנָּהָר הַגָּדֹל נְהַר-פְּרָת On that day Hashem made a covenant with Avram, saying, “To your offspring I assign this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.” (Genesis 15:18) ba-YOM ha-HU ka-RAT a-do-NAI et av-RAM b’-REET lay-MOR l’-zar-a-KHA… Read more »

.כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה אֶשָּׂא אֶל-גּוֹיִם יָדִי, וְאֶל-עַמִּים, אָרִים נִסִּי; וְהֵבִיאוּ בָנַיִךְ בְּחֹצֶן, וּבְנֹתַיִךְ עַל-כָּתֵף תִּנָּשֶׂאנָה Thus said Hashem: I will raise My hand to nations and lift up My ensign to peoples; And they shall bring your sons in their bosoms, and carry your daughters on their backs. koh a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM hi-NAY e-SA… Read more »

Tzefanya describes a future in which all the nations of the world will have “pure speech.” Many commentators explain that in the end of days the whole world will speak Hebrew. Today, the ancient language of Hebrew has been revitalized into the living language of the nation of Israel. Hebrew is also now being studied by millions of non-Jews eager to read the Bible in its purest form.

וַיִּלְכֹּד דָּוִד, אֵת מְצֻדַת צִיּוֹן–הִיא, עִיר דָּוִד But David captured the stronghold of Tzion;it is now the City of David. va-yil-KOD da-VID AYT m’-tzu-DAT tzi-YON HEE EER da-VID Yerushalayim has always been the capital city of the Jewish people. It is where King David ruled for 33 years, where King Shlomo built the Beit Hamikdash… Read more »