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20 Av — For The Sake Of Others

In the ancient world, all cultures outside of Israel had many gods. The Greeks had many gods in their belief system. As they conquered different nations, the Romans would invite the religions and gods of these nations into their pantheon. In other words, the gods...
19 Av — Accentuate The Positive

19 Av — Accentuate The Positive

In Israel’s history, we see that there were many times that the people of Israel would rise up and go throughout the land destroying the images, the icons and the groves that had been dedicated to foreign gods. At times God instructed them to do this because that was...

18 Av — Arise, Shine!

18 Av — Arise, Shine!

According to tradition it was on this day, during the reign of King Ahaz, that the western light of the Menorah was extinguished. Much earlier in Israeli history, in the days of Samuel, during the tenure of the High Priest Eli and his two sons Hofni and Pinchas, the...

17 Av — All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

17 Av — All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

They say that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” (although my wife scoffs at the notion). I guess the point of that maxim alludes to the fact that, from the very beginning, people have been attracted to things that glitter or sparkle. The down side to this is,...

16 Av — A Reflection Of His Character

16 Av — A Reflection Of His Character

The Bible tells us that, after Moses had returned from speaking to the Lord on Mt. Sinai, the glory of God was reflected upon Moses’ face (Exodus 34:35). The radiance was so brilliant that a veil had to be placed over his face. It’s important to underscore the...

15 Av — Dwelling Among Our Enemies

15 Av — Dwelling Among Our Enemies

According to tradition, it was on this day that the last of the Exodus generation - those who were barred from entering Canaan - died in the wilderness. These are the people who refused to enter the land of Canaan at the time God had appointed and, according to Moses,...

14 Av — Seek And You Will Find

14 Av — Seek And You Will Find

It was on this day, in the year 636, that Arab armies wrested control of the Holy Land from the Byzantines. It’s interesting that all three monotheistic religions have lost control of the Holy Land in the Hebrew month called Av. Judaism lost control on the 9th of Av....

13 Av — Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

13 Av — Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

If you’re like me, the troubling news in this present world leads you to conclude that we are in the midst of great spiritual darkness. There is a darkness descending upon the earth, so dense, that can almost be felt. There is no doubt that we are living in perilous...

12 Av — Breaking Down the Walls of Division

12 Av — Breaking Down the Walls of Division

It was on this day, in 1263, that a famous discussion occurred between the noted Rabbi Maimonides and a Jew who had converted to Christianity by the name of Pablo Christiani. Christiani had taken it upon himself to challenge Judaism and its views on writings other...

11 Av — Fight For The Promise

11 Av — Fight For The Promise

It was on this day, in 1948, that Arab forces blew up a pumping station that supplied water to the city of Jerusalem. This occurred just months after the state of Israel had become a reality. By cutting off Jerusalem’s water supply, the enemies of Israel tried to...

10 Av — The Sons of Issachar

10 Av — The Sons of Issachar

According to tradition, it was on this day that the son of Jacob, Issachar, was born. One of the most notable verses about Issachar and the sons of Issachar is found in 1 Chronicles 12: “And of the children of Issachar which were men that had understanding of the...

9 Av — We Are Well Able

9 Av — We Are Well Able

It was on this day that the scouts returned with their evil report. Ten of twelve notable men were convinced that the conquest of Canaan was impossible; only Joshua and Caleb were ready to go into the land. Upon hearing the report, the Exodus generation, responded...

8 Av — Brother Against Brother

8 Av — Brother Against Brother

It was on this day in the year 66 that civil war broke out in Jerusalem between activists and the so-called “Peace Party” - those who wanted to sue for peace with the Romans - demonstrating that, when judgment comes, it isn’t necessarily administered by an external...

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