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The Tribe of Naphtali
The Tribe of Naphtali

As the ancestors of the tribes of Israel, the lives and personalities of each of the twelve sons of Jacob significantly impact on the history and behavior of the tribe members who descended from them.As with Naphtali himself, little is said of the trib…

For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only

Did you know that according to the U.S. Postal Service, willfully and knowingly reading someone else’s mail is a federal offense. That’s right, even that department store bill addressed to your spouse! If it isn’t addressed to you, it isn’t yours…

Why Tiberias is Holy
Why Tiberias is Holy

While Israel is the Holy Land, four of her cities are considered holier than all the others, and each of these is accorded a mystical connection with one of the four classical elements.

The Original Little Red Riding Hood
The Original Little Red Riding Hood

The story of Dinah, the youngest child of Leah, and Jacob’s only named daughter, is often glossed over when it is first taught.When Jacob was camped outside the city of Shechem, Dinah went out on her own to see the local girls. She was seen by the pr…

Random Acts of Kindness
Random Acts of Kindness

Today, November 13, 2013 is “World Kindness Day.”An entire generation of North Americans hear the words “random acts of kindness” and immediately think of Oprah Winfrey. Without question, the queen of afternoon television has done amazing things an…

Fortunate! Fortunate! Forunate!
Fortunate! Fortunate! Forunate!

Central among the morning prayers known as Pesukei D’zimra, Songs of Praise, is Psalm 145, which is more often referred to simply as Ashrei. Actually, Ashrei is included in the service both during Pesukei D’zimra, and after the Shemonah Esrei, and …

For The Medal of Honor: The Story of Leonard Kravitz For The Medal of Honor: The Story of Leonard Kravitz

On March 6, 1951, a platoon of American soldiers serving in the Korean War came under heavy fire by the Chinese Army near Yangpyong, Korea. When the platoon’s Machine Gunner was wounded, Private First Class Leonard Kravitz took over for his injured c…

A Knotty Subject
A Knotty Subject

The act of knotting was one of the necessary creative works (melacha) necessary for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle).

Situation in the Suez
Situation in the Suez

The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, and thus to the Indian Ocean, was built in the 1860s through a French-Egyptian partnership. In 1875, debt forced the Egyptians to sell their share in the canal to the British (who sub…

The Many Wives of Esau
The Many Wives of Esau

Have you ever wondered who Esau married? In fact, Esau’s marital history is explicitly detailed in Genesis: “And when Esau was forty years old, he took as his wife wife Judith (also known as Oholibamah) the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basema…

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