This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy ways prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara held a Bible Study Circle at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Tuesday. The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is set to begin at sunset Tuesday night. According to the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser both Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau attended the circle, which is named after Sara Netanyahu’s late father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi.
This is the fourth meeting of the Circle, which was renewed in May 2012. The Tanakh Study Circle is a tradition from the days of former prime ministers David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin and is held in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.
This evening’s session focused on the last weekly portion of the Book of Deuteronomy, 33:1-34:12.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I would like to open the discussion with Deuteronomy 34:1-6. Moses our Teacher could not enter the Promised Land and we are here in his merit and in the merit of the struggle of our people to be here, the inheritance of our ancestors, and we welcome every moment. It is a very great privilege to read this great book and know that we are realizing what the Almighty commanded our people. The fact that this is our inheritance and we are here, reading these words today, and knowing that we will remain here forever – thus we are fulfilling the precept.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu added, “At this time I would like to send my best wishes for a quick recovery to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, via his son, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi, and I am certain that I speak for us all.”