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“And as to Esau…”

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The words of the Elijah of Vilna [by his Hebrew acronym Gra (“HaGaon Rabbenu Eliyahu”)] about the first verses in this week’s Haftarah are quite surprising: “Is not Esau a brother to Jacob, and I have loved Jacob? But as to Esau I have hatred.” [Malachi 1:2-3]. Just at this place, where the passage emphasizes the differences between Israel and ... Read More »

Greetings from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, sent a greeting of encouragement to Brit Olam and the Noahides of the world on the occasion of the online conference marking Humanity Day (celebrated this year on November 8). Among other things, he wrote: “The activities of Brit Olam in support of Bnei Noach take their inspiration from a verse in Genesis, ‘All ... Read More »

Why Perform a Miracle?

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Why did Elisha perform the miracles described in this week’s Haftarah – the continuous production of new oil and reviving the son of the Shunamite woman? Even though righteous people and prophets can indeed cause wonders to take place both by praying and by the force of their holiness, it is not appropriate to change the ways of nature for ... Read More »

Tell about His glory among the Nations

“Tell about His glory among the Nations” (Psalms 96,3) From the very beginnings of history, the descendants of Abraham were given the task of being a source of blessing for all the families of the earth (Genesis 12,3). When the nation of Israel was chosen and was given the Torah of God, it was charged with the task of being ... Read More »

He Released the Nations

In this week’s Torah portion, humanity makes a covenant promising to observe Seven Mitzvot. However, surprisingly, this covenant is not kept. The following appears in the Talmud: “Rav Yosef said: ‘He stood and measured the earth, and He released the nations’ [Habakkuk 3:6]. What did He see? He saw that the Bnei Noach did not observe the Seven Mitzvot which ... Read More »

Celebrate Humanity Day

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The Twenty-Seventh of Marcheshvan – a holiday for Noahides, on the date that Noach left the ark and received the Seven Mitzvot. Download “Humanity Day”, pdf Read More »

How can we Recharge our Batteries?

The power is in your hand!

Any relationship with another person must be based on reciprocity. It is not possible to have one side always give while the other always is on the receiving end. When that happens, it is exploitation and not a mutual relationship. For example, when we want to build up a healthy relationship with our mate, it must be based on mutual ... Read More »

The Beginning, the Middle, and the End

Why did our tradition choose the Song of David (Samuel II 22:1-51) as the Haftarah of the Torah portion of Ha’azinu, which contains the epic exalted poem written by Moses? For the portion of Beshalach, which includes the epic poem of the Children of Israel at the Red Sea celebrating the victory over the Egyptian army, the Song of Deborah ... Read More »

Let-us-all-pray-together

Nobody will stop us from praying!!! Certainly not in the most sacred place for us, the site of the Temple – the sanctuary of all mankind. As is written in King Solomon’s prayer to Hashem: “Also a gentile who is not from Your people, Israel, but will come from a distant land… and pray toward this Temple – may You hear ... Read More »

The Essence of Existence

The Prophet Isaiah turns to the community of Israel with consolation: “Be happy, barren woman who did not give birth” [54:1]. Who is this person to whom the prophet turns? Is there a personality that stands alone, which has a dialogue with the Creator? The answer is that it is the entire nation, throughout all the generations, which is viewed ... Read More »