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The Number One Quality of the Temple Priests

  The Torah Portion of Tezaveh describes the duties of the priests in the times of the Temple. The Torah’s emphasizes on the quality of humility encouraging it’s readers to strive to emulate the priests. Much is learned about the priest’s importance in the nation’s…

MESSIANIC FOOTSTEPS IN MODERN TIMES

BOOK EXCERPT: The Case for Judaism Having outlined the fundamental tenets of Judaism and why we believe them, it is appropriate that we now discuss the era of the collective fulfillment and implementation of Judaism. This is referred to as the Messianic era. In order to…

Can Zionism Exist Outside of Israel?

  As a full time Bnei Akiva employee, I spend much of my time jetting back and forth between Israel and the United States. On every trip, I encounter interesting and passionate individuals who are committed to both their Judaism and the State of Israel.…

My Role Model, My Grandfather

This week marked the 11th year since the passing of my grandfather, Rabbi David Stavsky, of blessed memory. Affectionately known by his family as “Zeide”, he was one of the most significant influences on my life whose larger-than-life presence still serves as a role model…

5 Thoughts for Your Passover Seder

  1. Inscribe the Story on the Hearts of our Children The central mitzvah of the Seder is to tell the story of leaving Egypt. Our Sages term the telling of the story, in Hebrew, sippur yetziat Mitzrayim, “the story of the Exodus from Egypt.” Rabbi…

The Bible Name Game

[caption id="attachment_21285" align="aligncenter" width="325"]Abraham and Sarah hosting the three angels. Photo: WIkimedia Commons Abraham and Sarah hosting the three angels. Photo: WIkimedia Commons[/caption] There are 14 characters in the Bible that underwent name changes. Two of the more famous name changes occur in this week’s Torah portion - husband and wife duo Abraham and Sarah. Some of the more obvious questions which are asked by Biblical commentators throughout the ages are: Why change a person’s name?  What is the significance of a name in the first place? What does a name symbolize? Is there any correlation between a name change and the destiny of the person whose name is changed?

What Does Your Name Mean in the Bible?

Every name is rooted somewhere in the holy words of the Bible. “Give us your name and we will give you a Hebrew one,” said the Outreach Coordinator of Israel365, Aliza Abrahamovitz, in conversation with Breaking Israel News. “We find the Hebrew name for everyone…

Top 10 Celebrity Baby Names Inspired by the Bible

  Celebrities are known for giving some pretty unconventional names to their children. From Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter Apple, to singers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz naming their son Bronx Mowgli, there are many fun and exotic names to choose from. A recent phenomenon is…

Jerusalem Covenant

On June 4th, 2013 Israel365 and Christian Friends of Israeli Communities presented over 10,000 signatures on the Jerusalem Covenant, a pledge to keep the city united, to MK Gila Gamliel, Chairperson of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. The signatures were gathered digitally over a period of three weeks from May 14 until the first week in June, 2013.

Temple Seal Inscribed “Pure for God” Unearthed

While Jerusalem today is a bustling, modern capital city, archaeologists are discovering artifacts that reflect millennia of Jewish life there and have recently unearthed several important finds. Rabbi Barnea Selevan, Old City expert, tells of several small stone buildings, possibly from First Temple times, uncovered…