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1 Aviv — Purpose Over Pedigree

Today is the first day of the month Aviv and, according to Exodus 12, this is the first day of the biblical new year. “Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the...
Daily Bread — Saturday, March 11, 2023

Daily Bread — Saturday, March 11, 2023

Good Morning. Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. (Leviticus 10:1) After all of the careful preparations that went into building...

17 Adar — The Weapons of Our Warfare

17 Adar — The Weapons of Our Warfare

It was on this day in the year 66 A.D. that the historian Josephus arrived to assume command of some insurgent Jewish forces in the Galilee and consequently save the local Jewish population from an attack by non-Jewish forces. Two months later, the official outbreak...

Daily Bread — Friday, March 10, 2023

Daily Bread — Friday, March 10, 2023

Good Morning. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. (Leviticus 9:23) It must have been amazing to have witnessed the scene described in this verse. As to...

16 Adar — The Guardian Of Israel

16 Adar — The Guardian Of Israel

It was on this day in the year 42 A.D. that King Agrippa began construction on a gate within the walls of Jerusalem. Six months later, the gate was dedicated and that day became an ancient holiday.  If you ever traveled to Jerusalem, you have seen that there are...

Daily Bread — Thursday, March 9, 2023

Daily Bread — Thursday, March 9, 2023

Good Morning. Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings. (Leviticus 9:22) Even though the words of the priestly blessing (birchat kohenim) are not recorded here...

15 Adar — Shushan Purim

15 Adar — Shushan Purim

Today is regarded as Shushan Purim, the continuation and culmination of the holiday that celebrates the Jewish victory over those who plotted to kill them. It’s called Shushan Purim because the Persian capital of Shushan was where the edict to destroy the Jews was...

Daily Bread — Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Daily Bread — Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Good Morning. Aaron therefore went to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. (Leviticus 9:8) There is a tradition in Judaism that suggests Aaron was extremely hesitant to approach the Tabernacle in order to enter into his duties....

14 Adar — Working Behind the Scenes

14 Adar — Working Behind the Scenes

Today is Purim, a holiday which tells the story of the deliverance of the Jews living in Persia. It’s recorded in the book of Esther:  “And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King...

Daily Bread — Tueday, March 7, 2023

Daily Bread — Tueday, March 7, 2023

Good Morning. Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you.” (Leviticus 9:6) In the opening verses of Leviticus 9, Moses instructed the priests, the elders and all of the children of Israel to...

13 Adar — The Fast of Esther

13 Adar — The Fast of Esther

Today is recognized as the fast of Esther. This was a fast called in preparation to go into the King of Persia and reveal Haman’s plot against the Jews. Having heard of this evil plot and of Esther’s initial hesitation to go before the King, her kinsman, Mordecai,...

Daily Bread — Monday, March 6, 2023

Daily Bread — Monday, March 6, 2023

Good Morning. It came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. (Leviticus 9:1) The "eighth day" that is referred to here is the eighth day after the beginning of the consecration of the priests. Aaron and his sons had...

12 Adar — Focus On The Inside

12 Adar — Focus On The Inside

It was on this day in the year 19 B.C. that a dedication ceremony was held to initiate the expansion of the Temple under the auspices of Herod the Great. The historian Josephus recorded that:  “In the fifteenth year of his reign, Herod rebuilt the Temple, and...

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