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13 Cheshvan — Don’t Be A Calf Kisser

It was on this day in 1939 that the Nazi Governor of conquered Poland issued a prohibition against the ritual slaughter of animals. This was directed at those Jewish people who wanted to slaughter their animals in accordance with the laws of kashrut, so that they...
30 Tishri — The Two Olive Branches

30 Tishri — The Two Olive Branches

It was on this day in 1958 that the foundation stone of the Israeli Knesset was laid in Jerusalem. Knesset is a Hebrew word that means a place of assembly and this is where the people’s representatives assemble together and adopt laws much like our Congress. ...

29 Tishri — We All Have Purpose

29 Tishri — We All Have Purpose

It was on this day in 1508 that Don Isaac Abravanel, leader of Spanish Jewry, died. This is the same man who played a very integral role in Christopher Columbus’ initial voyage by securing sponsorship from Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Of course, this expedition to...

28 Tishri — Save Us Now!

28 Tishri — Save Us Now!

It was on this day in the year 1187 that the sultan Saladin captured and conquered Jerusalem allowing Jews to return to the city after an 88-year absence. If you are a student of the Bible then you know that the storied history of Jerusalem is full or war, conquest,...

27 Tishri — You Never Know Who’s Listening

27 Tishri — You Never Know Who’s Listening

It was on this day in 1927 that the Israeli city of Netanyah was named after the New York philanthropist, Nathan Strauss. Strauss was a co-owner of Macy’s Department Store in New York with his brother, Isidor. Sadly, the latter Strauss perished on the Titanic along...

26 Tishri — The Winds of Change

26 Tishri — The Winds of Change

A wise old sailor once said, “No one can change the direction of the wind. All you can do is adjust your sails.” Its true: no person can turn a storm away, or diminish its intensity. All one can do is adjust to it. Likewise, we can’t control everything that life...

25 Tishri — But What About Him?

25 Tishri — But What About Him?

Most everyone is familiar with a conversation between Yeshua and Peter that occurred after the Messiah’s resurrection. In John 21, the Messiah repeatedly asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter responded by saying, “You know that I love You,” to which Yeshua said, “Well,...

24 Tishri — Goodbye To Me

24 Tishri — Goodbye To Me

It was on this day in the year 444 B.C.E. that Ezra and Nehemiah convened the Jewish community in Jerusalem in order to purge a contingent of pagan strangers from their midst, and to renew the ancient covenant. This is recorded in Nehemiah 9:1-2: “Now on the...

23 Tishri — The End From The Beginning

23 Tishri — The End From The Beginning

Today, the 23rd day of Tishri, is called Simchat Torah or “Rejoicing in the Torah.” Today marks the end of the yearlong Torah reading cycle. In synagogues, our Jewish friends will reverently roll the Torah scroll all the way back to its beginning, to the book of...

22 Tishri — Don’t Lose Your Cool

22 Tishri — Don’t Lose Your Cool

Today, the 22nd day of Tishri, is called Shemini Atzeret (the Eighth Day). Traditionally, it was on this day that Moses received the message that he was soon to die and that he would not enter into Canaan. This was greatly disappointing to Moses who, on more than one...

21 Tishri — Hoshana Rabbah

21 Tishri — Hoshana Rabbah

Today, the 21st day of Tishri, is referred to as Hoshanah Rabbah, which is, literally, the “Great Save Us.” It was on this day that the priests performed the water libation ceremony, thus the reference to living waters by the Messiah in the gospel of John. “On the...

20 Tishri — If God Be For Us…

20 Tishri — If God Be For Us…

It was on this day in 1973 that Israeli forces crossed over the Suez Canal, going deeper into Egypt during the Yom Kippur War. This particular event marked a turning point in that war because, up until that point, it was in doubt as to whether Israel was...

19 Tishri — Love God, Love Your Neighbor

19 Tishri — Love God, Love Your Neighbor

Today is the 19th day of Tishri and it’s the fifth day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). Here are some thoughts that will hopefully bless and inspire you. Messiah told us that the greatest command in all the Torah (Law) is that we love the Lord with all of our heart,...

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