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    Truly Hashem has comforted Tzion, Comforted all her ruins; He has made her wilderness like Eden, Her desert like the Garden of Hashem. Gladness and joy shall abide there, Thanksgiving and the sound of music
    Isaiah 51:3 (The Israel Bible™)

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    kee ni-KHAM a-do-NAI tzi-YON ni-KHAM kol kho-r’-vo-TE-ha va-YA-sem mid-ba-RAH
    k’-AY-den v’-ar-va-TAH k’-gan a-do-NAI sa-SON v’-sim-KHA yi-ma-TZAY VAH to-DA
    v’-KOL zim-RAH

    Israel's Supernatural Quality

    The Land of Israel has a supernatural quality to it. While under foreign occupation, it resembles an arid desert. However, under Jewish sovereignty, it comes to life, flourishes, and yields great produce. Indeed, for nearly two millennia, as the land switched hands numerous times between various foreign powers, including the Romans, the Arabs and the Turks, the land lay utterly desolate. Amazingly, the modern rebirth of the Jewish state in 1948 has brought with it an astounding development of the land, to the point where once again the Jewish people can claim a flourishing country all their own.
     
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    But you, O mountains of Yisrael, shall yield your produce and bear your fruit for My people Yisrael, for their return is near
    Ezekiel 36:8 (The Israel Bible™)

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    v’-a-TEM ha-RAY yis-ra-AYL an-p’-KHEM ti-TAY-nu u-fer-y’-KHEM tis-U l’-a-MEE yis-ra-AYL kee kay-r’-VU la-VO

    The Final Redemption is Near

    In this prophecy, Hashem (God) promises that the land will again be inhabited by the house of Israel and that it will flourish, pledging that the mountains will grow trees and produce fruit. Since the Jewish people have returned to Israel, the land has indeed begun to flourish, and there are once again trees growing throughout the land. While the world struggled with deforestation, Israel is the only country that ended the twentieth century with more trees than it had at its start. The flourishing of the Land of Israel described in this verse is a clear sign that the complete and final redemption is near.
     
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    Two thousand years of exile
    Knew our soul
    Until we were able to see your beauty
    Tears choked our throats
    We stood at the gates of Yerushalem
    Do not get sad city of the King
    Messiah ben David will call on your behalf
    From all corners of the world they will be on their way
    Pray in your honor Yerushalem

    From the Babylonian exile, we returned
    Our prayers have been dedicated to you
    Did you hear our voice Yerushalem
    In the alleys of Your city we marched
    To the wall that has survived
    Your House will be built in Yerushalem

    The legends tell, at the time of the evening
    A voice emanates from Mount Tzofim
    Prayers find the way
    The Way to the Gate of Mercy
    Do not get sad city of the King ...


     
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    I Hashem, in My grace, have summoned you, And I have grasped you by the hand. I created you, and appointed you A covenant people,
    a light of nations

    Isaiah 42:6 (The Israel Bible™)

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    a-NEE a-do-NAI k’-ra-TEE-kha v’-TZE-dek v’-akh-ZAYK b’-ya-DE-kha v’-e-tzor-KHA
    v’-e-ten-KHA liv-REET AM l’-OR go-YIM

    A Holy Mission Statement

    This verse captures the mission statement of the People of Israel, to be "a light of nations." Yeshayahu (Isaiah) calls on the Jewish nation to ignite the world with righteousness. The establishment of the State of Israel enables the people of Israel to carry out this Biblical mandate through its democratic government housed in the Knesset in Jerusalem.
     
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    In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations. You shall observe it as a day when the shofar is sounded
    Numbers 29:1 (The Israel Bible™)

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    ba-KHO-desh ha-sh’-vee-EE b’-e-KHAD la-KHO-desh mik-ra KO-desh yih-YEH la-KHEM kol ma-le-KHET a-VO-dah lo ta-A-SU yom T'-RU-ah yih-YEH la-KHEM

    Rosh Hashana

    The two days of Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year) mark the beginning of a period known as Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (Ten Days of Repentance) culminating with Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashana is a time of great joy and celebration as well as a time for prayer and repentance. There are many beautiful traditions associated with Rosh Hashana such as enjoying sweet foods as a symbol of the sweet year ahead and eating round challah bread symbolizing the circle of life.
     
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    He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey
    Deuteronomy 26:9 (The Israel Bible™)

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    vai-vi-AY-nu el ha-ma-KOM ha-ZEH va-yi-ten LA-nu et ha-A-retz ha-ZOT E-retz za-VAT kha-LAV ud-VASH

    A Land Flowing With Milk And Honey

    In the Bible, Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel) is described as flowing with milk and honey. In a literal sense, this refers to goat's milk and date honey. On a metaphorical level, milk is a nutritional necessity, whereas honey is a savory delicacy. Hashem (God) promises that the Land of Israel will not only sustain His nation with the basic essentials for survival, but He will bless the land with sweetness and prosperity.
     
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    At the turn of the year, the season when kings go out to battle, Yoavled out the army force and devastated the land of Ammon, and then besieged Rabbah, while David remained in Yerushalayim; Yoavreduced Rabbah and left it in ruins
    I Chronicles 20:1 (The Israel Bible™)

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    vai-HEE l’-AYT t’-shu-VAT ha-sha-NAH l’-AYT TZAYT ha-m’-la-KHEEM va-yin-HAG yo-AV et KHAYL ha-tza-VA va-yash-KHAYT et E-retz b’-NAY a-MON va-ya-VO va-YA-tzar et ra-BAH v’-da-VEED yo-SHAYV bee-ru-sha-LA-im va-YAKH yo-AV et ra-BAH va-ye-her-SE-ha

    A Time For Repentance
    In the above verse, the beginning of the year is called teshuvat hashanah which literally means 'the turn of the year.' The Hebrew year is cyclical in nature, and the holidays are repeated at the same time each year. In a certain sense, the beginning of a new year is in fact a return to the same period in previous years. Furthermore, the Jewish New Year focuses on God's judgement and man's repentance. The word teshuva, which means 'return', also means 'repentance'. Hence, the expression teshuvat hashanah also refers to the time of year when we are obliged to repent. As we find ourselves in the "ten days of repentance", between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Judgement), this is the time of year where the Children of Israel focus on repentance and returning to Hashem(God).
     

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