Author : Shmuel

ISRAEL & UAE DEAL – A Political and Torah Perspective

There’s is no question that the ISRAEL/UAE peace deal is a game changer in the Middle East. But many people have been asking, ‘does this help, or hinder the Biblical destiny of the Nation of Israel?’ How does this agreement fit in politically? Is it a good idea? How does suspending annexing of parts of […]

Judah means “Thanksgiving”

Our Matriarch Leah not only taught us about “Thanksgiving” but she understood that the essence of the of the mission of the 12 tribes would depend on “acknowledging that everything comes from God — there is no other power or source of blessing other than God. There is no real word in Hebrew for “thank.” […]

Hebrew Names of God – Why so many?

When reading the Torah in English, it’s not clear what the Name of the God of Israel is. However, when you read it in the original Hebrew things get even more complicated. There are SEVEN main Names for God and many other minor Names!!! How is it possible that the one true monotheisitic God has […]

“My Son, My Firstborn… is Israel!”

This week’s Torah portion begins the book of Exodus (Shemot) The book of Genesis details the beginnings of the Family of Israel. In Exodus, we will be forged into the Nation of Israel, after passing through the iron furnace of Egyptian slavery. At the “burning bush” the Almighty reaches out to Moshe and explains to […]

LOVE of GOD – How do you command an emotion?

Among the 613 “Commandments” given to Israel at Sinai are: 1. To Love God 2. To Fear God But aren’t “love” and “fear” emotions? How can we be commanded to “feel” something? We’ll take a deep dive into the Hebrew definitions of these words and learn how the Sages explain how we can fulfill these […]

What are the Protests in Israel REALLY About?

For the 12th week in a row, there were protests on Saturday night around the country, primarily in “left wing, secular” strongholds. The biggest protests were in Tel Aviv as seen in the photo above. Based on the banner above, you might think the protests are against Netanyahu personally, but the protests are supposedly about […]

Ephraim and Yehuda United – Rebuilding the Temple

As we approach Tisha B’av, the anniversary of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem I wanted to share this story with you. My friend A.Y. Katsof pictured above left is an Ashkenazi Jew who currently lives with his family in biblical Samaria. The press would consider him a “settler.” In 1999 when he discovered […]

Israel is the World’s 4th Happiest Country

The results for UN’s 2023 World Happiness Report look at the extremely challenging three year period of 2020 – 2022. After Finland, Denmark and Iceland — Israel was the happiest country in the world… way ahead of the USA (#15), Canada (#13) and United Kingdom (#19)! Not only did Israel suffer through Covid like the […]

The Torah’s View on Marriage

The Torah Model for Marriage This is a presentation of the Jewish approach to marriage and sexuality, highlighting the benefits of entering into a monogamous heterosexual relationship for life, without having premarital relations.

Keep Shabbat or Die???!!!

We have a saying… “More than the Jewish People have kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept the Jews…” Every week, in an unbroken chain for over 3,300 years, Torah Observant Jews around the world have been keeping Shabbat. It is a beautiful experience to take a day off, and sanctify the Shabbat by reciting […]

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