• Purim

    The Fast of Esther and the Spiritual Art of War

    On the day before Purim, we fast from the first light of dawn until after reading the book of Esther. This fast trains us in the most ancient of all martial arts: spiritual combat. Even today, otherwise godly people fret about perceived existential threats. While evil must be opposed, let us not forget where the true battle rages.

    7-min

  • Prayer

    A Call to Prayer and Fasting

    Will you make March 9 a day of prayer and fasting for those who are sick, suffering, and dying from this dreadful virus? Please join us and ask your brothers and sisters to pray too. And may God keep us all healthy and protect his people.

    3-min

  • Israel News

    Coronavirus Spreads in Israel, Victory for Netanyahu

    Netanyahu’s victory in the country’s third round of elections gives him yet another chance to form a government. Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus has spread to Israel and inflicts economic damage while the nation prepares for quarantine. This and more in this week’s Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    8-min

  • Torah

    Moses + Love

    Even though numbers may not be everyone’s strong suit, some simple addition can uncover some deep spiritual concepts. It may be the glory of HaShem to conceal these matters, but it is our glory to search for them. I decided to try my brain at gematria. Something cool popped up.

    6-min

  • Calendar

    Adar and the Search for Joy in a Discontented World

    When we view the world with eyes that look forward to the beauty and bounty of the world under the rule of King Messiah when he returns, our hearts should be filled with hope. Our Master teaches that we should rejoice in the hope of his coming.

    7-min

  • Israel News

    Preparing for COVID-19

    Israel is the most proactive country when it comes to preparing for the spread of the global COVID-19 virus, a strategy the prime minister says is not going to change. Plus, a viral video of body removal of terrorists sparked a new missile barrage from Gaza.

    8-min

  • Calendar

    Something Fishy about Adar

    Adar is the month in which we observe the joyous festival of Purim and the symbol for the month of Adar is the fish. What do fish have to do with Adar and Purim? In Jewish mysticism the fish represents a concealed reality.

    6-min

  • Sabbath

    The Money Sabbath

    By collecting the half-shekel one month in advance, the Sanhedrin ensured that the new flock of animals sacrificed from the beginning of the month of Nisan would be paid for with the new shekels. This system allowed everyone to have a share in the daily sacrifices.

    4-min

  • Israel News

    Hamas Hacker’s Seduction Plot Foiled

    A Hamas honeytrap targeting IDF soldiers was dismantled, COVID-19 infects three Israelis trapped on a cruise ship in Japan, and the UNHRC targets Israeli business on “blacklist.” This and more in the Weekly Israel News Recap (Without the Rhetoric).

    9-min

  • Prayer

    The Great Commission: Revelation through Prayer

    I remember reading these verses and wondering where the basis for this commission was in the Hebrew Scriptures? Yes, Israel is called to be a light to the nations but where are they told to go among the nations and actively turn people to the God of Israel?

    5-min

  • Israel News

    Six Million Israeli Voters’ Data Leaked, West Bank Violence

    A breach in an election app used by the Likud party leaked the personal data of more than six million Israeli voters. Meanwhile, twelve IDF soldiers were wounded in a car-ramming, and multiple clashes have left at least three Palestinians dead and several Israeli security members injured.

    7-min

  • Jewish Holidays

    Tu Bishvat: Emerging from Dormancy

    When man was first created, God crafted the perfect environment for humans to thrive: a garden—an orchard, really. He was surrounded by fruit-bearing trees. Trees are important in the Torah's agricultural system and subject to special laws of holiness.

    4-min