Psalms 34:13
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13  Who is the man who is eager for life, who desires years of good fortune?

mee ha-EESH he-kha-FAYTZ kha-YIM o-HAYV ya-MEEM lir-OT TOV

יג  מִי־הָאִישׁ הֶחָפֵץ חַיִּים אֹהֵב יָמִים לִרְאוֹת טוֹב׃

 34:13   Who is eager for life

Members of Kibbutz Chafetz Chaim studying Talmud after work, 1945

The kibbutz movement, which began in the 1920’s, was primarily a secular enterprise. Jewish pioneers sought to create an ideal living environment guided by brotherhood and shared idealism. However, there was also a religious kibbutz movement. In 1944, a group of religious Jews founded a kibbutz on the principles of Torah and religious idealism. They named their kibbutz in honor of one of the most towering rabbinic personalities of the century, Rabbi Israel Meir HaKohen Kagan, otherwise known as the Chafetz Chaim, the name of his book about the laws of guarding one’s speech. Chafetz Chaim means one “who is eager for life.” The name stems from this chapter in Tehillim where a question is raised, mee ha-eesh hechafeitz chaim (מי האיש החפץ חיים), ‘Who is the man who is eager for life?’ The response is found the next verse: One who guards his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.

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  • I desire life. I get life from Jesus the Massiah. Not all believe he was here the first time, but "all" believe he is coming to rule and reign in Jerusalem.

  • a group of religious Jews founded a ‘kibbutz’ on the principles of Torah and religious idealism. Yet this was yet to begin to create an even bigger and greater village, settlements that would spread in areas of Israel that were less than hospitable to Jewish Settlements. These Kibbutz were farming families that settled and farmed the land that was un-farm-able thus reclaiming unusable land that Israel so desperately needed to someday feed her growing population. He Who Desires Life.
    The fight for life, but not only for physical life of the body, no, this went far beyond the physical. The soul, the spiritual part of the body was so much more worth fighting for, living for. Who desires life? we the Jewish people desire life, for us and our children. for the generations yet to come. We now have our home land back again and we will never again give her up.

  • To follow the ways of the Lord, In both ancient and modern time, is in my opinion path of light , with challenges against the way of the globe………


Psalms 34:13

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