Northern Breeze

Avraham ben Yaakov | Torah thoughts from the celestial city of Tz'fat

“A harp was hung above King David’s bed, and at midnight the north breeze would blow over the strings and it would play by itself.”
– Talmud Bavli Brakhot 3b

Shalom! Welcome!

These letters are sent to you with love, offering Torah insights and paths of empowerment so that we may together make something better out of today’s  troubled world.

  • Current Events and End of Days
  • In-gathering of the Souls of Israel and Righteous of the Nations
  • Freedom from the yoke of tyranny
  • Mashiach, Redemption and the Restoration of the House of Prayer for All the Nations in Jerusalem

Let us seek the Unity that underlies our diversity, and learn to respect one another and follow the ways of peace.

“For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of God to serve Him with one accord.” (Tzephaniah 3:9)

“Then they that fear God will speak to one another, and God will listen and hear, and a book of remembrance will be written before Him for those who fear God and think upon His Name.” (Malachi 3:16)

Latest stories

Israel war update

Thank G-d my family and I are safe and well here in Israel. At this moment my wife and I are staying in Yerushalayim. Our eldest son normally lives with his large family in the southern town of Netivot, which is adjacent to Gaza and was among the targets of the October 7 Hamas terror invasion. However, through G-d’s grace he was not at home when the terrorists struck, as he had taken all his...

Shorter and Sweeter

My last message was long and somber, so let me follow up with something shorter and, I hope, sweeter. People all over are feeling highly challenged on many levels, yet we will find strength when day by day we repeatedly affirm and re-affirm our EMUNAH: that God rules over all, God is good, and that ultimately everything, down to the tiniest detail, is only for good. For me, the true “Northern...

Brave New World

A rabbi writes: Many people have increasing mistrust in the mainstream media and social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where increasingly heavy-handed censorship set in from the time of the Covid “pandemic” and the run-up to the 2020 US elections and continues until now. The recent acquisition of Twitter by multi-billionaire Elon Musk and his subsequent loosening of some of the previous...

From LFJ to Northern Breeze

I am writing to you from the celestial city of Tz’fat (Safed), set amidst the green hills of Israel’s beautiful Galilee, where I moved from Jerusalem with my dear wife just over a month ago, finally fulfilling a dream of many years to live in this holy place. It is close on 5 years since I fell ill and had an operation to remove a life-threatening cancerous growth. After four years of treatments...

Famine in the land

As we approach the festival of Shavuot, season of Receiving the Torah (Saturday night-Sunday-Monday June 4-6), it is noteworthy that the Book of Ruth, which is customarily read on this festival, begins with FAMINE. “And it was in the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land…” (Ruth 1:1) This makes the book of Ruth (which traces the genealogy of David, King Messiah) particularly...

The War in Ukraine

Just as we thought we were emerging from the Covid pandemic and started feeling the bite of steep inflation, months of intelligence warnings we did not want to believe have now culminated in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, plunging the entire world into deep crisis and thick gloom. Personally, I am not too fazed by the threats of imminent nuclear war, because I remember my Bar Mitzva day in October...

Our Finest Hour

Several people who read my previous Letter from Jerusalem, “Year’s End”, sent five weeks ago, wrote back with some very positive reactions. Yet one or two found reason to take offense on the grounds that “rabbis should not meddle in politics”, angrily demanding to be unsubscribed. This simply underlines the deep polarization in today’s world. However, having recently passed my 72nd birthday on...

Year’s End: What’s Next?

Shalom, dear Friend! I hope this message will find you safe and well. With thanks to God, here in Jerusalem my wife and I are both well, as are our children and all of their children in their respective homes in the south, center and north of Israel. As we approach New Year 5782, which starts on Monday night September 6, I’ve been thinking back over the past year, taking stock, and searching for...

Plea for the captive souls

Rabbi Professor Hillel Weiss of the Renewed Sanhedrin writes: I received a desperate distress call from Kabul from our friend there. The position of the organization of seventy nations. The Pashtun tribes that stretch across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India are estimated at tens of millions. Data are in demographic and scientific articles. Some of them have a tradition of belonging to the Ten...

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Avraham Ben Yaakov

Avraham ben Yaakov Greenbaum is a Torah teacher in Tz’fat (Safed) in Israel’s Galilee, and author of translations and commentaries on Bible, Hassidut, Kabbalah, Spiritual Growth, Health, Healing and the Environment.

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