Deuteronomy 30:5
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5  And Hashem your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.

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ה  וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יָרְשׁוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְהֵיטִבְךָ וְהִרְבְּךָ מֵאֲבֹתֶיךָ׃

 30:5   The land that your fathers possessed

Customarily, this passage is read in synagogue every year prior to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and the first of the High Holidays. It describes the redemption of the Jewish people and their physical return to the Land of Israel. What is the connection between the return to the land and the High Holidays? One of the central themes of Rosh Hashana is the recognition of Hashem’s dominion over the whole world. Only at the time of the complete return of the People of Israel to Eretz Yisrael will all the world recognize Hashem as the King of the world. As it says “And Hashem shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Hashem with one name” (Zechariah 14:9).

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  • From Michael Freund:
    Consider this tidbit of information: the State of Israel was reborn in 1948, which was the year 5708 on the Hebrew calendar. And the 5708th verse in the Torah is Deuteronomy 30:5, which reads as follows: “And the Lord your God will bring you to the Land that your fathers possessed, and you will possess it, and He will do good unto you and multiply you more than your forebears.”
    Skeptics will dismiss this as mere coincidence, but I prefer to see it as the Creator’s way of reminding us of the supreme significance of this special day.

    • Rick

      Amen to that!

      Rabbi, is there a web site I can go to get the a reliable verse counter of the Torah?

    • Richard T Collamore

      You almost got it right. Deuteronomy 30:5 is actually the 5715 verse in the NAB Bible (which follows Hebrew Bible). When you convert May 14, 1948 into Hebrew, you get 5 Iyarr 5708. Iyarr is the Biblical 2nd month, so we get 5+2+5708= 5715. God bless

      And a bonus, add up May 14 1948 (5+14+1948) = 1967, the year Israel recaptured Jerusalem

      • Jon Williams

        Interesting, I read the King James and the verse quoted from the Torah is verse 5714 in the KJV. The reason for the verse count discrepancy is in the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17. In the Torah, adultery, theft, and bearing false witness are combined in the verses from Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17.

        So, in the Torah the 5708 verse is Deuteronomy 30:5. If you got that info from Sandy Armstrong, I wish he would clarify where he gets his info from. Anyway, mystery solved!

  • “Only at the time of the complete return of the People of Israel to the Land of Israel will all the world recognize God as the King of the World.” What a blessed thought to reflect on. We know that there was a kingdom split (1 Kings 12) between the Northern kingdom (10 tribes of the north who followed Jeroboam) and the Southern kingdom (2 tribes of the south who followed Rehoboam). Judah has always had a remnant who were present in the land of Israel. But, the Northern kingdom, the House of Israel (also known as Ephraim or Joseph), they were taken into captivity into Assyria, became assimilated into the nations, forgot their identity, forgot the name of God and forgot the torah. They never returned. But now, in the last 20 years or so, there has been a quiet spiritual awakening, and many are returning to the Hebrew roots of their faith. This passage in Deuteronomy 30: 1-6, I believe it is speaking to all 12 tribes, to the whole house of Israel….and, when they begin to return, this will usher in Mashiach! Amein! What a joy and a blessing to study the scriptures together….

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