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To Sanctify Life

The following is dedicated to the speedy recovery of all our wounded brothers and sisters.

To Sanctify Life

When prophecies come true

Look for this book: “Only Good Tidings — Consoling Prophecies from the Bible.”

When prophecies come true

Evyatar Ne’eman: a 15-year-old who gives us strength

There was no manual for teenagers grieving for their bereavement in this war. Now there is.

Evyatar Ne’eman: a 15-year-old who gives us strength

At the entrance to Jerusalem: A message for all of us

“Just get stronger from everything.” (Roi Dawy, Hy"d)

At the entrance to Jerusalem: A message for all of us

5 guests for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Recalling the memories of those who have inspired hope.

5 guests for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Daily Portion / To be joyful!

We have just received a wonderful gift.

The Daily Portion / To be joyful!

Experiencing Pesach for the first time at age 30

He wants to fully understand the Haggadah and all of us would do well to emulate the enthusiasm with which he is preparing for his first Seder.

Experiencing Pesach for the first time at age 30

If I am still here, it means I am committed and in love

Why should we study Leviticus with the same passion we have for the other books?

If I am still here, it means I am committed and in love

The Daily Portion / A lesson in faith

We are part of a universal story that has meaning for everyone.

The Daily Portion / A lesson in faith

Holy moments

“We will continue to live the dream, but differently.”

Holy moments

Sensitive to loss, may we have joyful occasions

Shlomi Cohen's eyes were red with tears.

Sensitive to loss, may we have joyful occasions

What’s really happening in Metulah?

Missiles cannot keep the Jewish People from building their land!

What’s really happening in Metulah?

Living proof of the resilient Jewish spirit

“How do we emerge from darkness into light?”

Living proof of the resilient Jewish spirit

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Soldier who lost a leg in battle has special request

Golani combat soldier, Shalom Shitrit, who lost a leg in battle, spoke before an audience of 1,000 in New York: 'If you are looking for a way to express gratitude to any of us who are fighting this war, hug your Jewish brothers and sisters.'

Soldier who lost a leg in battle has special request

Fighting anti-Semitism is not our only mission

Shining the spotlight on anti-Semitic lies about Israel is important, but it’s not our only mission.

Fighting anti-Semitism is not our only mission

A picture that tells the story of Israel today

Evacuated from Kiryat Shmonah, but not from Israeli hearts.

A picture that tells the story of Israel today

Fasting from speech - Taanit dibur

We have already said everything there is to say about the current situation. So maybe the time has come to remain silent.

Fasting from speech - Taanit dibur

True beauty

Excerpt from the diary of Lieutenant Nethanel Menachem Eitan, HY”D.

True beauty

Why are the details so important?

The Mishkan’s construction is described at length, down to the finest detail. What, in fact, is the importance of these small details?

Why are the details so important?

Adar in Gaza: Delivering joy

"My commanding officer said to me with a loving smile: 'Selavan, you are such a fool.’ I answered him: ‘If I wasn’t a little foolish from time to time, I would lose my sanity.’

Adar in Gaza: Delivering joy

Praying for the hostages

There is a link in this article to the list of hostages and their mothers' names, as is customary in Jewish prayers for someone's welfare.

Praying for the hostages

Meaningful legacy from a fallen soldier Hy"d

During a funeral, we don’t just accompany the departed, we are also called upon to acquire their positive traits.

Meaningful legacy from a fallen soldier Hy"d

Words from Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein for these times

When people would ask him for a general piece of advice, he would suggest they begin to exercise. A healthy soul is within a healthy body.

Words from Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein for these times

A condolence call with a message for us all

The character of the son that we knew became clearer with each person who knew Barak, whether for the briefest moment or for an extended period of time.

A condolence call with a message for us all

Outstanding evaluations for outstanding children

A special report card for children evacuated from their homes in war.

Outstanding evaluations for outstanding children

In memory of Eyal

Eyal Mevorach Twito fell in battle in Gaza. A glimpse of one of the priceless pesons the world has lost while bravely fighting Hamas barbarians.

In memory of Eyal

Happy Tu B’Shvat!

At a time when we wait impatiently to see two blue check marks next to our WhatsApp message, we get a reminder once a year regarding what is most important.

Happy Tu B’Shvat!

“Do you have good news?”

These are difficult days.

“Do you have good news?”

Words of counsel from a former prisoner of Zion

In prison, I derived strength from many sources.

Words of counsel from a former prisoner of Zion

The unfocused reservist read the Tanach in 100 days

Barak Fuchs, a resident of Tzur Hadassah, has a regular job as a programmer for Israel Aerospace Industries. But he also learns Tanach.

The unfocused reservist read the Tanach in 100 days

Finding hope for tomorrow in our past

How can we add hope to our lives as we continue to hear the tragic news of our fallen soldiers, while aware of our enemy’s unfathomable cruelty?

Finding hope for tomorrow in our past

When an actor goes to war

I checked WhatsApp for the last message Idan sent me and was amazed by what I found.

When an actor goes to war

Let us multiply and spread

Growth as a direct, beneficial consequence of trauma.

Let us multiply and spread

Battalion 9204, we thank you

"I came down from Mount Dov with lots of thoughts. How to be a better father, a better husband, and focus on what is of importance.

Battalion 9204, we thank you

The freed hostages read a psalm at the Kotel

Their being released alive and well should not be taken for granted, nor should their being able to come on their own to give thanks.

The freed hostages read a psalm at the Kotel

The Daily Portion / God puts an end to darkness

To every form of darkness, there is an end. Difficult times come to an end. They do not go on forever.

The Daily Portion / God puts an end to darkness

Statements from the wounded that give us strength

Gaining strength at the Sheba Rehabilitation Center.

Statements from the wounded that give us strength

The world’s most famous menorah continues to dispel the darkness

The Nazi flag says “Yehuda will die.” The Hanukkah lights say: “Yehuda will live forever.”

The world’s most famous menorah continues to dispel the darkness

The three blessings of the first night of Hanukkah

May we quickly merit to see light triumph over darkness.

The three blessings of the first night of Hanukkah

The Daily Portion / Finding strength on a trip to London

At the end of a regular conversation with someone, the person I had been speaking with invariably left me with “Am Yisrael chai!.”

The Daily Portion / Finding strength on a trip to London

Another day of war, another beautiful story from the home front

A home which from the very beginning is being built on extraordinary lovingkindness.

Another day of war, another beautiful story from the home front

The Daily Portion / Freeing the captives

To some extent, collectively, we are imprisoned with the hostages as we think of them and pray for them constantly.

The Daily Portion / Freeing the captives

The Daily Portion / To hope for more, a lot more

But it’s not over yet. Hamas captured precious souls and is now trying to capture our minds

The Daily Portion / To hope for more, a lot more

What gives us strength?

Teenage Israeli girls talk to Sivan about their sources of strength during the current war. Saying Psalms is one way, but there is more.

What gives us strength?

Our enemies and us

What can be said or done when your life’s work has been destroyed?

Our enemies and us

Yom Kippur Katan, straight from the Kabbalists of Tzfat

The source of the prayers on the day before Rosh Chodesh. Chodesh tov!

Yom Kippur Katan, straight from the Kabbalists of Tzfat

The nation of Israel is very much alive

People who never came to a Jewish event suddenly arrived here and spent the entire Shabbat with us.

The nation of Israel is very much alive

To fall -- and get back up again

What we have to practice doing...

To fall -- and get back up again

The light that shines during the dark days of Cheshvan

When the soul shines -- even a murky sky glows with a pleasant light..(Rabbi Kook)

The light that shines during the dark days of Cheshvan

The Daily Portion / To dream

*'When the Lord brings back those who return to Zion, we shall be as dreamers."

The Daily Portion / To dream

A silent prayer at the Kotel with hostage family members

Thirty seconds of a still small voice, a prayer from the heart.

A silent prayer at the Kotel with hostage family members

The Daily Portion, Lech Lecha / Why do we phone our mothers?*

The most macabre phone call to a mother that one could ever imagine.

The Daily Portion, Lech Lecha / Why do we phone our mothers?*

The Daily Portion / Turning numbers into names

There are those whose vile deeds desecrate the image of God and those whose lives are a testimony to God's presence in this world.

The Daily Portion / Turning numbers into names

Shema Yisrael, 5784

Each time the fear in us grew, we prayed together and repeated the Shema.

Shema Yisrael, 5784

The Daily Portion / Candy: A bridge between two eras

Everyone is invited to remember the candies they tossed on Simchat Torah every year.

The Daily Portion / Candy: A bridge between two eras

The Daily Portion / Telling our story

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

The Daily Portion / Telling our story

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

He said that when he reached the age of 13, they recognized this milestone with a delivery of 13 bananas to his room.

An 89-year-old IDF lt. col. puts on tefillin for the first time

The Daily Portion / Sukkot in Tel Aviv

We hung signs in the neighborhood: "You are invited to our sukkah at 192 Arlozorov Street, even if we are not at home." This is the result.

The Daily Portion / Sukkot in Tel Aviv

Sukkot: When unity and joyfulness are ever present.

To look at our personal and national life through a wider and more optimistic lens.

Sukkot: When unity and joyfulness are ever present.

Three Yom Kippur kibbutz experiences that speak for themselves

A contra to Tel Aviv.

Three Yom Kippur kibbutz experiences that speak for themselves