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Rabbi Hagai Lundin

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A bright scenario

A belief-based view provides balance and comfort even in the moments in which we fear war in the north.

A bright scenario

The day after - Happy Isru Chag!

Homecoming is complicated. So is the day after.

The day after - Happy Isru Chag!

A Jerusalem moment

In Judaism, "Jerusalem" is not just the name of a city but a term for perfection.

A Jerusalem moment

The green line of renewal

October 7th is not Holocaust Remembrance Day!

The green line of renewal

The Day of Essence

The way to feel independent on Israel's 76th Independence Day is to free ourselves from dependence on all the extras we thought were givens.

The Day of Essence

They are a package!

Is Israel's success in thwarting the Iranian attack due to science or G-d?

They are a package!

Parents' prayer for their enlisted IDF soldier son

We pray that Hashem protect and defend them all, but every parent has his own special prayer - and his own sleepless nights.

Parents' prayer for their enlisted IDF soldier son

How do you defeat hatred?

How are we supposed to deal with the pathological hatred driving people to protest violently in the midst of war?

How do you defeat hatred?

The largest ever recruitment of Yeshiva students

Where do these people come from? From a great perception of Torah, which we call "the Torah of the Land of Israel" in the way of Rabbi Kook.

The largest ever recruitment of Yeshiva students

We are going to the IDF Reserves

All those who fear that prolonged reserve duty will cause marital and family tensions and financial or psychological problems should become familiar with the words of Maimonides.

We are going to the IDF Reserves

The Community vs the Individual

With all the pain for each and every hostage and their family, there is something bigger: the existence of the entire Jewish people!

The Community vs the Individual

A moment of comfort

Everyone has their moments of comfort in the midst of this difficult war. What are yours?

A moment of comfort

Our generation's prophets of doom and prophets of consolation

The role of the prophets is to look beyond the present.

Our generation's prophets of doom and prophets of consolation

A pointed and recurring question from IDF soldiers

They want to know that the war will go on until its objectives are achieved, they do not want their lives risked in vain.

A pointed and recurring question from IDF soldiers

Not an easy victory for the Maccabees either

In reality, the clashes between the Maccabees and the Greeks lasted 27 years of an extremely bloody and cruel war. We will need less, be"H.

Not an easy victory for the Maccabees either

To renew our strength

Recharging is the recognition that sometimes there is no choice but to gather forces for the next round, as found in Isaiah.

To renew our strength

People of Light and People of Darkness

Perhaps this war will enable the world to draw the line between evil and good.

People of Light and People of Darkness

The Simchat Torah War

Despite the temptation to indulge in depression now and obsessively watch the news – use your good judgment and keep to routine.

The Simchat Torah War

An explosion of students on the night of Hoshana Rabbah

In recent years, there has been a tremendous growth in gatherings all over Israel of Torah study, attended by hundreds of thousands.

An explosion of students on the night of Hoshana Rabbah

Don't let them get us down!

Every second childn in first grade in Israel wears a kippa. Remember that.

Don't let them get us down!

5784 – The year to dissolve delusions

The far left is a paper tiger that feeds on our delusionary fears - listen to the simple sound of the shofar and dismantle them.

5784 – The year to dissolve delusions

5783 is over

The era of 5783 (2022-2023) is over. That is sad because, despite much unrest, there were good things in our lives in the previous year.

5783 is over

Hanging from a tall tree

The punishment of the sinner is not done out of personal hatred.

Hanging from a tall tree

A prophecy for this week

The prophecy from the past week and for this week will tell you where happiness is found. And it is not in demonstrations.

A prophecy for this week

Most of the Jewish people will reach the Land of Israel

Those who don't, will remain in the desert.

Most of the Jewish people will reach the Land of Israel

Always quietly

Media storms - the subject changes, the noise and hatred are constant. But something else is constant.

Always quietly

Deadly attack near Eli:

The Rule of Death

We will continue the lives of Elisha, Harel, Ofer and Nachman - and may their blood be avenged by G-d.

The Rule of Death

Shaming

How do keyboard bullies sleep at night? Perhaps they should remember the ends of the 10 spies and Korach before putting words on the web.

Shaming

Relax

This is the time to take out the Torah scroll and learn how God advances His world.

Relax

Redressing [the failure] for seven days

It is difficult for a Jew to leave Mount Sinai, so we try a little longer to stay at the bottom of the mountain.

Redressing [the failure] for seven days

What is written on the Qassam rockets launched into Sderot?

The line of struggle for Jerusalem does not only cross Jews and non-Jews.

What is written on the Qassam rockets launched into Sderot?

It's a wonderful week to go up to Jerusalem

"To go up to Jerusalem" means progress and training; which is, in other words: means happiness.

It's a wonderful week to go up to Jerusalem

Where was God during the Holocaust?

Since the Holocaust, the feeling is that no matter how hard people try; no matter how moral they want to be, in the end the monster wins.

Where was God during the Holocaust?

We shall overcome

Five tips for dealing with the pain of the barbaric terror attacks we have just endured.

We shall overcome

The Kabbalists' Shovavim period

During the Shovavim period, taking place now, we can become free of media addictiton and improve our lives.

The Kabbalists' Shovavim period

God will remember you

People who study Parashat Vayechi are people who do not get excited about media storms. Here is why.

God will remember you

He was able to

Those words are said by an elected prime minister who has succeeded in forming a coalition. Rabbi Druckman could say that about his life.

He was able to

The "everything" blessing: Shehakol

Hagit Rein, whose son fell in Lebanon - his story can be read on a lookout over northern Israel - wrote Rabbi Lundin about this blessing.

The  "everything" blessing: Shehakol

The Jewish way of thinking is qualitative

Studying the holy has different goals than studying the secular.

The Jewish way of thinking is qualitative

The Dream Government

Jews dream of "a ladder set on the ground and its top reaching to the heavens.".

The Dream Government

We want Esau’s hands

Yaakov is the idealistic, ethical voice, but can he make it in the real world?

We want Esau’s hands

A message for the eight billion people of the planet Earth

Humanity has grown from 1m. hungry people scattered across the globe, to 8 billion organized in civilizations. Where are we in all this?

A message for the eight billion people of the planet Earth

It's really 67 seats for the faith-based parties

It is only by counting the ant-Zionist Arab votes that the ratio goes down. But we are well on the derekh to a rebirth of tradition.

It's really 67 seats for the faith-based parties

Politics are complicated, the truth is simple

Take away the Arab votes and there was always a clear majority for traditional and rightist positions. Now it is even greater.

Politics are complicated, the truth is simple

For everything there is a season

And now is the season for a war over the identity and future of the State of Israel.

For everything there is a season

Seven days in Genesis

A different kind of evolution in the first week of the universe.

Seven days in Genesis

Gog and Magog

Is that the war we are witnessing in our time?

Gog and Magog

I have sinned, I have betrayed

Yom Kippur is not meant for us to find fault with anyone but our own selves.

I have sinned, I have betrayed

Standing together at the start of the New Year and Tzom Gedaliah

Among the Israeli Jewish public there is a clear and absolute majority in favor of national and traditional identity,

Standing together at the start of the New Year and Tzom Gedaliah

The passing of Queen Elizabeth and the concept of kingdom

Descriptions of God that will soon be said on Rosh Hashana are in terms of His Kingdom. What is it that this concept adds to humankind?

The passing of Queen Elizabeth and the concept of kingdom

Angels walking among us

The story of one of those who look like regular people, but turn out to be angels who take advantage of every second of their lives

Angels walking among us

Until the break of dawn

The people of Israel are not afraid of the dawn; because light clarifies things. They seem alone, but G-d is with them.

Until the break of dawn

Will the Temple be built this year?

We mourn and fast, pray and beseech Hashem for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. But what will happen?

Will the Temple be built this year?

The heat of summer

The Israelites traversed the desert in the heat of many summers. What gave them the strength for 42 journeys? What can we take from it?

The heat of summer

Modesty, a handshake and a singer's fee

Today’s culture advocates that if someone is famous, then we should seriously consider their opinions in every field.

Modesty, a handshake and a singer's fee

A tiny part of the picture

Beware of the character who obsessively and disproportionately intensifies the downside in everything.

A tiny part of the picture

Shlach: Don't just go out scrambling

Scrambling for success can make you think attaining it is more important than your eternal values.

Shlach: Don't just go out scrambling

The glow of humility

Zohar means "glow" in Hebrew - and humility, glowing and eternal, is diametrically opposed to pride.

The glow of humility

Oh, the fear

We got t hrough the rikudgalim of Jerusalem Liberation Day and we are still here, prophets of doom notwithstanding.

Oh, the fear

Bamidbar: The lion of Judah, the flag of Jerusalem

Each tribe had a flag that marked the direction of travel. A flag signifies something to stand up for, something to believe in.

Bamidbar:  The lion of Judah, the flag of Jerusalem