Newsletter

SURVIVING SODOM


We were in Israel during last summer’s missile attacks. The sirens would sound and we would rush to the shelters. This year there is no siren; there are no shelters; there is no warning. The attack can come at any time, at any place. The Arab you knew for years from the neighborhood grocery store can kill you. The Arab in the Bezeq truck can kill you on his way to “work.”  

view
CULTURE OF SELF-WORSHIP


The “wicked Greek kingdom” in the time of the Maccabeans was so dangerous that we commemorate our liberation thousands of years later. What was the problem? How exactly did the Greeks attempt “to make Your people Israel …. forget Your Torah and compel them to stray from the statutes of Your Will?” 

view

 

Recent Posts


Tags

Abraham Malbim God synagogue Purim forefathers Sefiras haOmer New Moon redemption kosher earthquake Rabbis alone terrorists Psalm Nation of Israel Balak Temple America Achashveirosh David Holiness shofar Sukkos chessed slaves angel flood holiday ethics Ishmeal Pharaoh Elul Amalek Zechariah Red Sea Geula shield of Abraham Rosh Hashanah Red Heifer hubris Maimonides fragrance Shavuos kinneret incense End of Days Blame cries matzos Chanukkah Rashi Galil cholent materialism messiah Hebrew slavery three weeks Rebecca murder Sabbath heaven Creator tremors Talmud Babylonia Boaz compassion esrog mikveh Angel of Death Shabbos Samuel Leah bible mitzvos Rabbi Akiva Hagar Rebbe shmittah patriarchs Golus seder exile King of the Universe sun bris milah King Solomon 2020 Vision Solar eclipse Jewish festival evil inclination King David tears Bais Hamikdosh Day of Atonement Tallis Sea of Galilee Macabees Isaiah Father in Heaven Holy Temple Mordechai Ammon automobiles Dead Sea Europe commandment plague enemies Matisyahu culture Song of Songs Faith minyan survival deluge Chanukah fires Psalms idolatry Jeremiah Tisha b'Av Canaan miracle meraglim Egypt Lot Torah judgement logic tabernacle prayer book Babylon Tu b'Shvat Judaism peace evil United Nations king ancestors media Hashem Yaakov Garden of Eden Repentence Teshuva Ashkenazi heavenly throne brotherhood persecution Pinchas Shechina Yerushalayim Abrahem Bilaam Temple Mount violence spies patriarchs'matriarchs angels Laban idol war bird trees Jewish holidays fear prophet Samuel yarmulke keys Raiders of the Lost Ark prophets mikveh, Sabbath Rosh Hashana Miriam Ten Commandments rosh chodesh stars biblical Exodus priests resurrection Gog barley Children of Israel night Moshiach Sarah Tefillin holy terrorism prayers Sages Rome Sodom Banias yeshiva Eglon moon Zion, Angel song Zohar chaos Haman purity Chofetz Chaim locusts Edom siddur Moses Passover missiles Jew Samuel the Prophet sin salvation Israel India Jacob Beit Hamikdash Chol haMoed dreams Ruth evolution Moab danger spiritual Day of Judgement Divine presence redeemer secret lights Parsha Torah scholars rabbi Tu b'Av Judah Jews Matriarchs Sukkah kiddush spirituality Land of Israel menorah creation miracles Lunar eclipse terrorist Mount Sinai Sephardi Greeks Holy Ark Moshaich Esther heavenly gates G-d Mount Zion repentance world to come self-worship Holy land blessing soul Tzuk etan Noah Earth Aharon prayer Judgement Day Ezekiel fault Torah portion Golan Prophecy Golden Calf rain Mount Hermon Solomon eternal Esau repent Moshe Jewish Yom Kippur liberation gossip Miraglim water Chafetz Chaim tablets Protective edge Benjamin Amram eternity Jerusalem death Ishamael Master of the Universe Second Temple Baku prophet Magog Jewish People Terror Attack in Jerusalem Maccabeans sanctity Midrash mitzva Final redemption Western Wall Avraham pain Joseph Heavenly Mercy Holocaust Adam Shushan pray Western World Ishmael terror Rachel High Holy Days leprosy Zion Eve High Priest sacrifices Isaac Genesis light stones kesuba Passover Seder paradise darkness Hasmoneans

Archive