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Beautiful captive vs sex slave

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In my recent message, ”I am peace ”, I mentioned the graphic example given by Rambam (R’ Moses Maimonides) in his Iggeret Teiman to illustrate the difference between the Torah and false religions. He compares the latter to man-made stuffed dolls (clones) crafted to resemble a real human from the outside, but without any of the bones, flesh, blood, nerves and vitality of a living person. In terms...

I am peace, but they…

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Too long have I dwelt with those who hate peace. I am peace, but when I speak, they are for war. (Psalms 120:6-7) We did not want it. We did not expect it. But now we see all the world hurtling deeper and deeper into wars all over. Here in Israel, we today face active warfare on no less than seven fronts, with the ongoing conflict in Gaza, daily attacks from Lebanon and Syria in the north, terror...

Love and Hate

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The massive explosions of glaring hatred against Israel, Zionism and Jews all over the world have taken many by surprise. They cannot but remind us of the hatred systematically aroused by the Nazis in the 1930’s culminating in the evils of the Holocaust. We may well wonder where all this may lead. Taunting, cursing and actual wanton violence against Jews are now everyday occurrences throughout...

Two additions…

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Further to my last message, “Not nice to have to say, but…”: There are a couple more points that must be added as to how the leaders, rabbis and people of Israel need to return with pride to our true mission. The Children of Noah “Tell His glory among the nations”. Israel are commanded to spread the knowledge of God and the Seven Commandments of the Children of Noah to the people of the world...

Not nice to have to say, but…

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B”H Safed, Galilee, Israel, Eve of the New Moon of Adar II, 5784 It is not  nice to have to say, but please allow me to discuss certain hard lessons I believe we must learn from the events of Shemini Atzeret 5784 / October 7, 2024 and since. Jews in Israel and across the world are facing war on all fronts. In the words of King David, I am peace, but they are for war” (Psalms 120:7). In...

Israel war update

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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