Joel 3:1
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1  After that, I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; Your old men shall dream dreams, And your young men shall see visions.

v’-ha-YAH a-kha-ray KHAYN esh-POKH et ru-KHEE al kol ba-SAR v’-ni-b’-U b’-nay-KHEM uv-no-tay-KHEM zik-nay-KHEM kha-lo-MOT ya-kha-lo-MUN ba-KHU-ray-KHEM khez-yo-NOT yir-U

א  וְהָיָה אַחֲרֵי־כֵן אֶשְׁפּוֹךְ אֶת־רוּחִי עַל־כָּל־בָּשָׂר וְנִבְּאוּ בְּנֵיכֶם וּבְנוֹתֵיכֶם זִקְנֵיכֶם חֲלֹמוֹת יַחֲלֹמוּן בַּחוּרֵיכֶם חֶזְיֹנוֹת יִרְאוּ׃

 3:1  I will pour out My spirit on all flesh

Yoel describes how, in the end of days, there will be an outpouring of God’s spirit and prophecy among all people, young and old, male and female. This is, in fact, Moshe’s fervent wish when Yehoshua confronts him with the complaint that Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp. Moshe responds “would that all Hashem’s people were prophets, that Hashem put His spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:29). The medieval commentator Ibn Ezra narrows the meaning of Yoel’s prophecy to those who reside in the Land of Israel. Only in the Holy Land can one reach the spiritual heights necessary to communicate with the Divine.

Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (1089-1167)

A family of old and young pray together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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  • SueJean Heinz

    I understand that the purpose of this site is to promote the heritage of the Jewish people and their connection to the Land of Y’srael. I would never contend or dispute the right of the Jewish people to return to and reside in all of the Land promised to Avraham, Yitszak and Ya’acov. I believe in the covenants made with the Patriarchs.
    However, to say that only those that reside in the Land can attain the spiritual height to communicate with the Divine is simply unbelievable and cannot be supported by Scripture.
    The medieval commentator Abraham Ibn Ezra does not understand the power nor the purposes of Elohim. HE is the GOD of the whole earth and every tongue, every tribe and every nation will one day bow before HIM. I’m sure that it is totally within HIS power to communicate to anyone, anywhere in the Universe whensoever HE choses to do so.
    Baruch Hashem.

    • Doreen Poole

      My understanding also. The Holy Spirit is Universal. We see it everyday in our lives if we only open our hearts to HaShem. I pray everyday to be lead by His Spirit and for the right words to speak. Thank you SueJean.

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