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The Land of Israel’s Secret Sauce of Happiness

The Land of Israel’s Secret Sauce of Happiness

One year ago, I fulfilled my lifelong dream and moved from the suburbs of New Jersey to the Land of Israel. We moved to the small town of Efrat, just outside of Bethlehem, trading our view of the local gas station and pizza shop in New...

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Why is the Nation of Israel So Small?

Why is the Nation of Israel So Small?

God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or, alternatively, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. In fact, Jews are rare. Today, Jews represent a mere .2% of the world’s population.  In the...

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Two Sticks, One Kingdom

Two Sticks, One Kingdom

The Torah portion of Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) completes the story of Joseph’s slavery in Egypt. The story culminates in a dramatic meeting between Judah and Joseph, ending in revelation and reconciliation. Jacob’s household...

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Jacob or Israel: What’s in a Name?

Jacob or Israel: What’s in a Name?

Names, especially names of Biblical characters, are very significant. The granting of a name is a divine gift bestowed upon Adam, giving him an active role in Creation Genesis 2:19: And Hashem formed out of the earth all the wild beasts...

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Three Things You Must Know About Genesis 12:3

Three Things You Must Know About Genesis 12:3

This week’s Torah portion known as Lech Lecha contains Genesis 12:3, the foundational Scripture for Christian Zionism. So many non-Jews read this wonderful verse and conclude that it’s time to start caring more for Israel. This verse is...

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