Chaye Sarah – Ishmael’s Repentance

“And Avraham breathed his last, dying at a good ripe age, old and contented; and he was gathered to his kin. His sons Yitzchak and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre,” reads a passage of this week’s Torah portion Chaye Sarah. […]

Vayera – The prayer that saved the world

In last week’s column, we saw how a feature of Abraham’s life was his confusion about God’s plan. In this week’s Torah portion, Vayera, we encounter numerous examples of this phenomenon. One such episode is the narrative of Sodom and Gomorrah. God told Abraham that he planned to destroy these wicked cities, followed by the […]

Lekh Lekha: When God confuses us

Has God ever thrown you a curveball? Of course, He has. There’s an old Yiddish expression, “Man plans, and God laughs.” We wake up every morning with an idea of what the future looks like. We make plans, as we must, only to be blindsided by God. The surprises God throws at us are sometimes […]

At Warsaw Summit Pence Cites Jerusalem as Model For World Peace

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed approximately 60 international leaders on the final day of the Warsaw Summit in Poland, emphasizing the imperative for nations to withdraw from the nuclear deal and for others to recognize the global threat posed by Iran.

Are We Seeing The Repentance of Ishmael?

The year 2018 saw a number of Arab governments speaking openly about normalizing relations with Israel. On a political level, the fresh interest in Israel by Arab countries seems to be fueled by a desire to team up against a potentially nuclear Shiite Iran. Iran is home to 70 million Shiite Muslims.

The Blessing of Abraham

HaYovel, brings beautiful feet to Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland of Israel, where we choose to take part in the beautiful promise of Abraham, and participate in all of the wonderful blessings that the prophets foretold.