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PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL’

PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL’ “Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise up against Moses, together wit

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PARSHAT SHLACH: RAV KOOK ON “OVERCOMING SPYFULNESS”

PARSHAT SHLACH: RAV KOOK ON “OVERCOMING SPYFULNESS” “A world of empty chaos preceded the world of building. And light came out of the darkness- ‘And the Creator said ‘Let there be light’ ” (Notebook 3:87) And hence “Existence is full of li

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The Not-So-Dead Sea Scrolls

How the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered by many to be the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century, speak to Jews in the 21st century.

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Shavuot: Rav Kook On Why The Creator Spoke To Israel

Shavuot: Rav Kook On Why The Creator Spoke To Israel “Anochi/I Am YHVH Your Elohim Who has taken you out of the narrow land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.”  (Shmot 20:2) Thus begins the most extraordinary moment in world history. The Creator of

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RAV KOOK ON JERUSALEM AS THE GATEWAY TO EDEN

RAV KOOK ON JERUSALEM AS THE GATEWAY TO EDEN Torat HaRav Kook In Honor of Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day “Yerushalayim, and Zion in particular, is a teaching about the return of humankind to its highest status -to the point that all the nations who divi

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – From Priest to People: Kedoshim

Jonathan Sacks z”l – From Priest to People: Kedoshim My wife and I had the blessing to have met Rabbi Sacks z”l with his wife while we were walking on the Promanade in Tel Aviv a number of years ago. We met and introduced ourselves to th

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Jonathan Sacks z”l covenant and conversations: Not All as it Seems

Jonathan Sacks z”l covenant and conversations: Not All as it Seems Excerpt from the book of Leviticus weekly reading: from Shemini We err if we think of God as capricious, jealous, angry: a myth spread by early Christianity in an attempt to define itsel

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Fire: Holy and Unholy Shemini

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Fire: Holy and Unholy Shemini The shock is immense. For several weeks and many chapters – the longest prelude in the Torah – we have read of the preparations for the moment at which God would bring His Presence to rest

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Violence and the Sacred (TZAV)

  The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust · Violence and the Sacred(Rabbi Sacks on Tzav, Covenant & Conversation) Jonathan Sacks z”l – Violence and the Sacred (TZAV) Why sacrifices? To be sure, they have not been part of the life of Judaism since t

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Why Do We Sacrifice? Vayikra-5782

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Why Do We Sacrifice? Vayikra-5782 The laws of sacrifices that dominate the early chapters of the Book of Leviticus are among the hardest in the Torah to relate to in the present. It has been almost two thousand years since

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RAV KOOK SAYS WE MUST DO IMMEDIATELY TO FIX THE WORLD: STEP 3-DEVELOP UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS

RAV KOOK SAYS WE MUST DO IMMEDIATELY TO FIX THE WORLD: STEP 3-DEVELOP UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS We must repair this world that we have broken and are breaking. Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook wrote his masterwork “Orot HaTshuva-The Lights of Return/Repa

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WHAT RAV KOOK SAYS WE MUST DO IMMEDIATELY TO FIX THE WORLD: Step 2- FIX FAITH, REFINE RELIGION

WHAT RAV KOOK SAYS WE MUST DO IMMEDIATELY TO FIX THE WORLD: Step 2- FIX FAITH, REFINE RELIGION The suffering of human beings and other living species is immense. Disease, war and violence everywhere. We are spoiling and destroying the world. We must stop

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RAV KOOK ON TETZAVEH: HOW TO ILLUMINATE EXISTENCE

RAV KOOK ON TETZAVEH: HOW TO ILLUMINATE EXISTENCE וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר

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17 Facts About Moses Every Jew Should Know

Moses was born in Egypt during the enslavement of the Jews. His parents, Amram and Yocheved, were from the illustrious tribe of Levi.

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RAV KOOK ON MISHPATIM: THE ISRAELITE WAY OF LIVING LAW

RAV KOOK ON MISHPATIM: THE ISRAELITE WAY OF LIVING LAW “וְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם:-And these are the laws that you will place before them” (Exodus 21:1) The Children

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH: BECOMING HEROES OF KINDNESS

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT CHAYEI SARAH: BECOMING HEROES OF KINDNESS Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the passing of Sarah Imenu and documents the transition from the generation of Avraham and Sarah to Yitzchak and Rivkah.  Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook Z

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYERA: PERFECTING THE WORLD DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT VAYERA: PERFECTING THE WORLD DOING RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE  וְאַ֨בְרָהָ֔ם הָי֧וֹ יִֽהְיֶ֛ה לְג֥וֹי גָּד֖וֹל וְעָצ֑וּם וְנִ֨בְרְכוּ־ב֔וֹ כֹּ֖ל גּוֹיֵ֥י

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT NOACH

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT NOACH “אֵ֚לֶּה תּוֹלְדֹ֣ת נֹ֔חַ נֹ֗חַ אִ֥ישׁ צַדִּ֛יק תָּמִ֥ים הָיָ֖ה בְּדֹֽרֹתָ֑יו אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֖ים הִֽתְהַלֶּךְ־נֹֽחַ׃”  “T

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Has the location of Noah’s Ark finally been proven using 3D scans? - The Jerusalem Post

The Torah tells us that the Ark landed on the hills of Mt. Ararat, a dormant volcano near the east border of Turkey. The Durupinar site is approximately 30 km south of that mountain.

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Leader’s Call to Responsibility Ha’azinu 5782

Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Leader’s Call to Responsibility Ha’azinu 5782 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue t

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Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Consensus vs. Command? Vayelech 5782

Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Consensus vs. Command? Vayelech 5782 What do you say to your successor? What advice do you give them? Vayelech is the place to look for the answer, because it is here that Moses finally handed the reins over to Joshua, a

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Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Defeating Death Nitzavim 5781

Jonathan Sacks Z”l – Defeating Death Nitzavim 5781 Only now, reaching Nitzavim, can we begin to get a sense of the vast, world-changing project at the heart of the Divine-human encounter that took place in the lifetime of Moses and the birth

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Storytellers Ki Tavo 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Storytellers Ki Tavo 5781 Howard Gardner, professor of education and psychology at Harvard University, is one of the great minds of our time. He is best known for his theory of “multiple intelligences,” the

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ELUL-TORAT HARAV KOOK ON ‘TSHUVA/RETURN’

ELUL-TORAT HARAV KOOK ON ‘TSHUVA/RETURN’ Rav. Kook “When one forgets the essence of one’s own soul, when one distracts their mind from attending to the substantive content of their own inner life, everything becomes confused and uncertain. The pr

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Against Hate Ki Teitse 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Against Hate Ki Teitse 5781 Ki Teitse contains more laws than any other parsha in the Torah, and it is possible to be overwhelmed by this embarrass de richesse of detail. One verse, however, stands out by its sheer count

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Learning and Leadership Shoftim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Learning and Leadership Shoftim 5781 The parsha of Shoftim is the classic source of the three types of leadership in Judaism, called by the Sages the “three crowns”: of priesthood, kingship and Torah.[1] This is the

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PARSHAT RE’EH: RAV KOOK ON ‘HOW TO BE HAPPY’

PARSHAT RE’EH: RAV KOOK ON ‘HOW TO BE HAPPY’ The choice is ours: “Behold- I am placing before you a ברכה-blessing and a קללה-curse.   The blessing will come if you obey the directives of YHVH, your Elohim, which I am prescribing to you t

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Defining Reality Re’eh 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Defining Reality Re’eh 5781 One of the gifts of great leaders, and one from which each of us can learn, is that they frame reality for the group. They define its situation. They specify its aims. They articulate its

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – To Lead is to Listen Eikev 5781 “If only you would listen to these laws…” (Deut. 7:12). These words with which our parsha begins contain a verb that is a fundamental motif of the book of Devarim. The verb is sh-m-a

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PARSHAT EKEV: RAV KOOK ON ‘FEARING GOD FEARLESSLY’

PARSHAT EKEV: RAV KOOK ON ‘FEARING GOD FEARLESSLY’ www.haorot.com In Parshat Ekev- Moshe Rabbenu continues to recount the tumultuous history of Israel and the significant contribution of the Torah’s ‘mitzvot-commandments’ in directing Israel in

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Fewest of All Peoples Va’etchanan 5781 Buried inconspicuously in this week’s parsha is a short sentence with explosive potential, causing us to think again about both the nature of Jewish history and the Jewish tas

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Leader as Teacher Devarim 5781 It was one of the great moments of personal transformation, and it changed not only Moses but our very conception of leadership itself. By the end of the book of Bamidbar, Moses’ career

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3,000-year-old inscription bearing name of biblical judge found in Israel - The Jerusalem Post

The inscription features the name "Jerubbaal," a Jewish leader from the Book of Judges, as well as dates from around 1,100 BCE.

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Conflict Resolution Matot-Masei 5781 One of the hardest tasks of any leader – from Prime Ministers to parents – is conflict resolution. Yet it is also the most vital. Where there is leadership, there is long-term cohes

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Lessons of a Leader Pinchas 5781 The parsha of Pinchas contains a masterclass on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks God to appoint a successor. The great leaders care about succession. In parshat Cha

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leadership and Loyalty Balak 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Miriam, Moses’ Friend Chukat 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute the

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PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL

PARSHAT KORACH: RAV KOOK ON ‘KORACH INTERNATIONAL H/T to Rav. Itzchak EvanShayish “Now Korach, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself, along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—descendants of Reuben—to rise u

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Servant Leadership Korach 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Confidence Shelach Lecha 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these weekly essays

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Power or Influence? Beha’alotecha 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribut

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Politics of Envy Naso 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Leading a Nation of Individuals Bamidbar 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to dist

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13 Facts About Learning Torah - Mitzvahs & Traditions

Torah study occupies a central place in Jewish life, but how much do we really know about this activity?

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Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781

Jonathan Sacks – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness Emor 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these

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Jonathan Sacks – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781

Jonathan Sacks – Sprints and Marathons Acharei Mot – Kedoshim 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribu

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Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 5781

Jonathan Sacks – How to Praise Tazria – Metzora 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Courage of Identity Crises Tzav 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust will continue to distribut

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Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach

Inspiration from Rabbi Sacks for Shabbat HaGadol and Pesach Dear Friends, As we approach Pesach we wanted to highlight a number of pieces of content from the teachings of Rabbi Sacks zt”l that you might find inspiring as you prepare for the Seder an

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Sins of a Leader Vayikra 5781 As we have discussed so many times already this year, leaders make mistakes. That is inevitable. So, strikingly, our parsha of Vayikra implies. The real issue is how leaders respond to the

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Celebrate Vayakhel-Pekudei 5781 If leaders are to bring out the best in those they lead, they must give them the chance to show they are capable of great things, and then they must celebrate their achievements. That is w

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – How Leaders Fail Ki Tissa 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these weekl

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – Vision and Details Mishpatim 5781 Rabbi Sacks zt’’l had prepared a full year of Covenant & Conversation for 5781, based on his book Lessons in Leadership. The Office of Rabbi Sacks will continue to distribute these we

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781

Jonathan Sacks – A Nation of Leaders Yitro 5781 This week’s parsha consists of two episodes that seem to constitute a study in contrasts. The first is in chapter 18. Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law and a Midianite Priest, gives Moses his first lesso

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Ancient cloth with Bible's purple dye found in Israel, dated to King David's era

3 scraps from 1,000 BCE, earliest such finds in region, point to Edomite kingdom described in Bible; vibrant and lasting 'royal' dye, mark of the elite, comes from murex sea snails

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Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781

Jonathan Sacks z”l – The Far Horizon Bo 5781 To gain insight into the unique leadership lesson of this week’s parsha, I often ask an audience to perform a thought-experiment. Imagine you are the leader of a people that is enslaved and oppres

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Bishop Robert Barron: Genesis

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The Torah Versus the Left

Question: What book is the opposite of the left? Answer: the Torah. The Torah is the Hebrew name of the first five books of the Bible, the “Five Books of Moses.” The Torah is the foundation of the rest of the Bible and the rock on which both Judaism a

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Israeli Jewelry Company Partners With TAU Nanoscientists To Make World's Smallest Bible Part Of New Collection

A mother-daughter teamed up with the Center For Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to make a nano-sized Hebrew Bible part of a new luxury jewelry collection. | NoCamels

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A Rift Extending Across History - Chassidic Masters - Parshah

From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across h

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IDF Paratroopers Accidentally Uncover Ancient Guard Tower from time of King Hezekiah

IDF soldiers connected with their Biblical counterparts when they took part in an archaeological dig, uncovering a guard tower from the era of King Hezekiah

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Jews Celebrate EPIC Building Dedication in Hebron - Beit HaShalom

It finally happened! The Jews have moved into Beit HaShalom (House of Peace), the four-story residential complex purchased by Jews in Hebron.

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Jerusalem: Amazing Biblical archaeological finds in City of David

Two minuscule 2,600-year-old inscriptions recently uncovered in the City of David’s Givati Parking Lot excavation are vastly enlarging the understanding of ancient Jerusalem in the late 8th century.

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'I Don't Think It Was an Extreme Position I Took': Jeff Sessions on the Bible, Immigration and His Critics | CBN News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed some of the criticism he and the White House have received in recent weeks regarding the administration's immigration policy in an exclusive interview Thursday with CBN News.

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Archaeological find in Jerusalem ‘proves Bible passage is historically true’

Archaeologists excavating in Jerusalem have found burned artifacts dating from 2,600 years ago – which prove that a passage in the Bible is true. Researchers uncovered charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery while digging in the City o

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Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll - The New York Times

Experts using a computer imaging program have virtually unwrapped a charred ancient scroll and recovered a fragment of the authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible.

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Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel

A text that may be the oldest copy of a gospel known to exist — a fragment of the Gospel of Mark that was written during the first century, before the year 9...

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Ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence | The Times of Israel

Stone slab with earliest reference to House of David, on display at Met, said to be 'one of the most important Biblical artifacts ever found'