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9 Cheshvan — You and Your Household

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord... Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:8-9) The Bible says that Noah was “just” which is to say “righteous” and that he was “perfect,” which literally means...
Daily Bread — Saturday, October 9, 2021

Daily Bread — Saturday, October 9, 2021

Good Morning.  Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children...

2 Cheshvan — A Time of Separation

2 Cheshvan — A Time of Separation

It was on this day in 1967 that the ancient Jewish settlement in the Middle Eastern country of Aden came to its end when its last Jew arrived in Israel. It is important to note that this immigration process began just after the close of the Six Day War in 1967 and the...

Daily Bread — Friday, October 8, 2021

Daily Bread — Friday, October 8, 2021

Good Morning.  So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:30 Not too many people can claim to seen God face to face and live to tell about it. In fact, years later, Moses was told: ““You...

1 Cheshvan — Working Through the Darkness

1 Cheshvan — Working Through the Darkness

Today is the first day of the month called Cheshvan, also called marcheshvan, buy identified in the Bible as the month called Bul. It was on this day that, according to tradition, the plague of pestilence was poured out on Egypt. You can read about that in Exodus...

Daily Bread — Thursday, October 7, 2021

Daily Bread — Thursday, October 7, 2021

Good Morning.  So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:27-28) Those who have had such an encounter...

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. ...

Daily Bread — Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Daily Bread — Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Good Morning.  So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:27-28) To walk as Israel is to say that one has...

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...

Daily Bread — Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Daily Bread — Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Good Morning.  So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (Genesis 32:27-28) I don’t think it’s likely that the...

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,...

Daily Bread — Monday, October 4, 2021

Daily Bread — Monday, October 4, 2021

Good Morning.  Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. (Genesis 32:25) It is fascinating to me that the man — who most believe to be an angel or some...

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...

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