15 Look down from Your holy abode, from heaven, and bless Your people Yisrael and the soil You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.”
hash-KEE-fah mi-m’-ON kod-sh’-KHA min ha-sha-MA-yim u-va-RAYKH et a-m’-KHA et yis-ra-AYL ve-AYT ha-a-da-MAH a-SHER na-TA-ta LA-nu ka-a-SHER nish-BA-ta la-a-vo-TAY-nu E-retz za-VAT kha-LAV ud-VASH
26:15 And bless Your people Yisrael and the soil You have given us
In Hebrew, the name ‘Israel,’ Yisrael (ישראל), refers to both the land and the people. It also has a deeper meaning. In his book The Secrets of Hebrew Words, Rabbi Benjamin Blech points out that, “the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet is the yud (י). The largest letter is the lamed (ל). The very name of the Jewish people, Yisrael (ישראל), alludes to both its humble beginnings as well as its glorious destiny.” There is no other language like Hebrew, where every word is infused with such deep meaning.