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    And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have assigned the land to you to possess
    Numbers 33:53 (The Israel Bible™)

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    v’-ho-rash-TEM et ha-A-retz vee-shav-tem BAH KEE la-KHEM na-TA-tee et ha-A-retz
    la-RE-shet o-TAH

    Miraculous Settlement

    This verse is the source for the biblical command to settle and inhabit the Land of Israel. It emphasizes the importance of living in the land. As Deuteronomy draws to a close, the Children of Israel are on the verge of entering the Promised Land and fulfilling these words. They would remain in the land for hundreds of years, but sin and transgression eventually led to their exile. For centuries, the Jewish people yearned to return and resettle their land. While over the centuries, some individuals were able to fulfill these dreams, the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 made it possible for any Jew who wished to return to come and settle in their homeland. Today, there are approximately six million Jews and eight million total residents in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). How fortunate we are to live in a time when the Land of Israel is so accessible to all.
     
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    On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Yehudim from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis
    Esther 4:14 (The Israel Bible™)

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    KEE im ha-kha-RAYSH ta-kha-ree-SHEE ba-AYT ha-ZOT RE-vakh v’-ha-tza-LAH
    ya-a-MOD la-y’-hu-DEEM mi-ma-KOM a-KHAYR v’-AT u-VAYT a-VEEKH to-VAY-du
    u-MEE yo-DAY-a im l’-AYT ka-ZOT hi-GA-at la-mal-KHUT

    Deliverance Will Come

    Mordechai encourages Esther to intercede on behalf of her people, taking a leading role in the redemption instead of sitting quietly on the sidelines. In every generation there are those who threaten Israel. Ultimately, Hashem (God) will defend His people and His land, but it is up to each of us to decide if we will rise up, as Queen Esther did, on behalf of Israel. Above, an Israeli army tank sits in the Golan Heights, reminding visitors of the challenges the people of Israel face to maintain control of their promised land. Get this beautiful photo in Israel365's brand new 16-month calendar and Jewish Holiday guide.
     
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    "With the end of Yom Kippur," the Lubavitcher Rebbe said, "the congregation dispersed in the light of the moon to their homes, and the synagogue remained empty, but only one man found it difficult to part from the sanctity of the day. He leaned on one of the tables, and began to sing a melody of nostalgia from the 'Song of Honor', known for its uniqueness and sanctity: "I'll make pleasant melodies, and weave songs, for my soul yearns to You". His eyes closed and his soul sang with love, he caressed the pompous words until the door opened and the sun shone into the synagogue. A Jew who forgot to eat, forgot to sleep and forgot to recover from the fast of Yom Kippur. "

    The laws of the Torah and the details of the commandments encircle their inner axis,
    which is pure love. Quiet love, moving love, love as fire and love as water. The 613 commandments are the 613 streams of love. Even if it sometimes seems as though, we are not really strangers.
    We are invited to open our hearts, and to listen quietly to the negation of the secret that is taking place within us. "My soul caveats in the shadow of Your hand, to know every enigma of Your secret".


     
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    Your beneficence is like the high mountains; Your justice like the great deep; man and beast You deliver, Hashem
    Psalms 36:7 (The Israel Bible™)

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    tzid-ka-t’-KHA k’-ha-r’-ray AYL mish-pa-TE-kha t’-HOM ra-BAH a-DAM uv-hay-MAH
    to-SHEE-a a-do-NAI

    Choose Good

    God created a world in which man and animal alike can live and prosper. Had Hashem(God) desired that only the animals would roam the world, there would have been no notion of mishpatecha, ‘your justice,’ nor tzidkatcha ‘your beneficence.’ However, as the verse says, “Man and beast You deliver, Hashem.” Man, with the capacity to veer from evil and to become educated, was set on the land to fulfill God’s will. With man as part of the balance, it is necessary for Hashem to judge the world based on man’s actions. Similarly, since man has the ability to choose good, God’s world can also be encompassed by tzedaka, ‘beneficence’ and ‘righteousness.’
     
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