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The Soul of Israel: Is Anyone Really Worthy of Blessings? [audio]

What is the mystery behind Jacobs' sense of feeling unworthy of the blessings that his mother wants him to receive from his father? Today on The Soul of Israel with Shlomo Katz and Jeremy Gimpel

Genesis 27:29

Another Biblical prophesy fulfilled.

Mike Huckabee Visits Joseph’s Tomb

The trips are held at night to minimize friction with the Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Scholar Jacob Neusner Dead at 84

Much of his work consisted of de-constructing the prevailing approach viewing Rabbinic Judaism as a single religious movement within which the various Rabbinic texts were produced.

Harold (Heshy) Jacob, A”H

A legendary and savvy networker, he enjoyed the confidence of many public officials over the years, working with them on many communal issues.

Life at Rachel’s Tomb

Yes, it's true, the Arabs are repeatedly attacking Rachel's Tomb to destroy it like they do Joseph's tomb and keep the Jews away, but...

Netanyahu Pledges to Beef Up Security at Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron

Israel will do its "utmost so that Jews will be able to go everywhere safely, especially to the Tomb of the Patriarchs," Prime Minister...

Friday the Rabbi Read Isaiah 53

Few chapters in the Jewish Bible have been used more vigorously and cleverly by Christian missionaries than this one, which happens to be a wonderful prophecy about the vindication of the Jewish nation.

Permutations & Combinations

Gematria is more than random wordplay.

7-Eleven on Grand Street

To most of our readers around the globe, this might not mean much. But the idea of having a 7-Eleven outlet on Grand Street,...

Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El

The Israeli government has announced a new step in plans to build 300 new homes in Beit El, in  northern Samaria, just as U.S....

The Dangers of Favoring One Child Over Another

What is it about Jacob that he seemingly can’t stop the favoritism?

Hebron Advocate Shares Hundreds of Articles on Real Life, Love of Gritty Biblical City

Hundreds of articles detailing the real life and passionate fight of the Jewish community of Hebron to maintain their historic and modern claims to the city purchased by the Jewish patriarch Abraham have been published online.

The Refusal To Be Comforted

The deception has taken place. Joseph has been sold into slavery. His brothers have dipped his coat in blood. They bring it back to their father, saying: “Look what we have found. Do you recognize it? Is this your son’s robe or not?” Jacob recognized it and replied, “It is my son’s robe. A wild beast has devoured him. Joseph has been torn to pieces.”

Fear Or Distress?

Jacob and Esau are about to meet again after a separation of 22 years. It is a fraught encounter. Once, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob as revenge for what he saw as the theft of his blessing. Will he do so now, or has time healed the wound? Jacob sends messengers to let his brother know he is coming. They return, saying that Esau is coming to meet Jacob with a force of 400 men. We then read: “Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed” (Genesis 32:8).

David Petraeus and the Biblical Lessons of Why Men Want Two Women

When Jacob is fooled into marrying Leah, he accepts her as a partner and eventually the mother of his children. But his yearning is for Rachel.

The Rare Torah Oracle

Rebecca, hitherto infertile, became pregnant. Suffering acute pain, she went to inquire of the Lord – “vateilech lidrosh et Hashem” (Bereishit 25:22). The explanation she received was that she was carrying twins who were contending in her womb. They were destined to do so long into the future.

Sandy’s Wrath Spurs Comprehensive Jewish Community Response

NEW YORK—Hurricane Sandy stormed into New York and New Jersey with unmitigated force, carrying death and destruction, disrupting lives, and devastating neighborhoods in America’s most densely populated regions – which happen to be home to some of the country’s largest Jewish populations.

The Hays Family Of Westchester County

Early American Jewish history is unfortunately replete with examples of observant families who came to America and, within a relatively short period of time, not only abandoned much of their commitment to religious observance but even had the sad experience of having some of their children intermarrying and assimilating. One family that did not follow this trend was the Hays family.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Whatever is meant to happen, will happen. The best thing we can do is simply have faith.

The Perfect Formula

Over the past several weeks I have featured tragic stories of family disintegration. Some of you might protest that “tragic” is a rather extreme word and that “sad” or “painful” would be more appropriate, but once again I emphasize tragic.

Shul Party

A celebration circa 1951 at either Emanuel Cohen center or the basement of Tifereth B'nai Jacob for Tifereth congregants. Tifereth B'nai Jacob was an Orthodox...

June Bride, 1951

From "Jews in Minnesota," by Hyman Berman‏ and Linda Mack Schlof: "The wedding of Clarice Sherman and Mel Zuckman at Tifereth B'nai Jacob in North...

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