80 posts categorized "Land of Israel"

Advice for a Duckling

Wolves and Duckling
All we want is to live a quiet life of Torah and emuna in the holy Land of Israel. Our enemies from all sides want to swallow us alive. Yet, with emuna, we take everything in our stride with a big smile on our face too. Why? Our enemies will devour one another as they've already started to do...

This all reminds me of a pack of hungry wolves who saw a little duckling. Each claimed the poor little thing for their supper, so they began to fight each other in a ferocious melee of blood and fangs. Each clamping on to the other's jugular, until they all dropped dead in a puddle of their own blood. When everything quieted down, the duckling crawled out from his hiding place under the table, and resumed his happy life as normal.

Advice to all ducklings: hide under Hashem's wing; it worked for King David (see Psalm 17:8) and it'll work for us. 

Moshiach and Mount Zion

Har Tzion Mezuza
And saviors will ascend Mount Zion to judge the Mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be Hashem's
(Ovadiah 1:21).

Our sages elaborate on the above prophecy and say that Moshiach and his colleagues will exact retribution from the descendants of Esau, Zion's arch-enemy. Then, everyone will acknowledge Hashem.

Before this happens, Moshiach will enter Mount Zion. With this in mind, I want you to keep a very special image in front of your eyes - the mezuzah on the Zion Gate (image, above), at the entrance to Mount Zion. I was there yesterday, when I visited King David's holy gravesite atop Mount Zion. This is the mezuzah that Moshiach, King David's descendant, will place his hand on and kiss when he comes to fulfill the above prophecy. Some people say that they can see an image of Moshiach wearing tefillin on this mezuzah - can you?

May we all soon greet our holy Moshiach, may he come soon, amen!

Gaza War, 2014: The Miracle of Shmita and Matza Shmura

Thanks so much to David Perlow for contribution to today's post:

Hamas had planned its first tunnel attack in last summer's war against Israel (Operation "Protective Edge") under cover of a field of tall green wheat, which they knew wouldn't be harvested for another 8 weeks. But, a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews from Bnei Brak needed to assure themselves of a pre-Shmitta stock of wheat for next year's matza shmura, so they paid top dollar and bought the field. The wheat was harvested early, and the Hamas terrorists got a big surprise. Here's the story as told by an IDF liason officer - pass this around tp your family and friends, for it's a tremendous sanctification of Hashem's name: