The Connection Between Sukkot and Gog and Magog

The Connection Between Sukkot and Gog and Magog

When Shabbat occurs during Sukkot, rather than reading from the weekly Torah portion, there is an ancient, yet unusual, Jewish tradition of reading about the famous war of Gog and Magog from the Book of Ezekiel in chapters 38 and 39. The terrifying battle is described...
Who is Jael?

Who is Jael?

Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, acted as a warrior on behalf of the Nation of Israel during the battle against the Canaanites. Recognizing that they were going to be defeated by the Israelites, the Canaanite general Sisera ran away from the battlefield and sought...
Israel is the land of mutual responsibility

Israel is the land of mutual responsibility

Yisrael has sinned! They have broken the covenant by which I bound them. They have taken of the proscribed and put it in their vessels; they have stolen; they have broken faith! (Joshua 7:11) חָטָא יִשְׂרָאֵל וְגַם עָבְרוּ אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִי אוֹתָם וְגַם...
What we can learn from the mighty lion

What we can learn from the mighty lion

Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a great beast let out a cry from its den without having made a capture (Amos 3:4) הֲיִשְׁאַג אַרְיֵה בַּיַּעַר וְטֶרֶף אֵין לוֹ הֲיִתֵּן כְּפִיר קוֹלוֹ מִמְּעֹנָתוֹ בִּלְתִּי אִם־לָכָד ha-yish-AG ar-YAY ba-YA-ar...