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#LagBaOmer Rabbi Akiva and the Thirty-Third of the #Omerby Rabbi Menachem Genack, excerpted from "Letters to President C...
05/12/2020
Rabbi Akiva and the Thirty-Third of the Omer - Orthodox Union

#LagBaOmer Rabbi Akiva and the Thirty-Third of the #Omer

by Rabbi Menachem Genack, excerpted from "Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership"

Amid destruction it takes uncommon optimism to remain hopeful. The Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva, and a curious holiday celebrating his legacy, provide an enduring message of optimism the most difficult of circumstances.

https://www.ou.org/blog/rabbi-akiva-and-the-thirty-third-of-the-omer/

Letter from president Bill Clinton about Rabbi Akiva.This article was excerpted from "Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and

#ShabbatShalom #OmerExcerpted from "With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai," by Senator Joe...
05/08/2020

#ShabbatShalom #Omer
Excerpted from "With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai," by Senator Joe Lieberman

Day 31 - Law and Morality

The prophets make clear that God places greater value on ethical social behavior than on strict ritual observance that ignores the needs of others.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik often spoke about the religious significance of the State of Israel. In honor of Yom Haatzm...
04/29/2020
Yom Ha'atzmaut - the Rav on the State of Israel | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik often spoke about the religious significance of the State of Israel. In honor of Yom Haatzma’ut, watch video of the Rav delivering an inspiring address about the miracle of the establishment of the State of Israel.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, “the Rav,” often spoke about the religious significance of the State of Israel. In honor of Yom Haatzma’ut, watch a virtual

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Leviticus:"#Tazria ...
04/24/2020

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Leviticus:"

#Tazria #Metzora

God, Man, State

The tension between two opposites, between birth and death, between rejoicing and rejecting, speaks to us about the human condition as such and the existence of the Jew specifically.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/tazria-metzora-god-man-state/

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04/20/2020

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#ShabbatShalom #ShabbatHaGadolExcerpted from Rabbi Norman Lamm's "Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays...
04/03/2020

#ShabbatShalom #ShabbatHaGadol
Excerpted from Rabbi Norman Lamm's "Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays:"

The Sabbath of Greatness

Shabbat HaGadol celebrates nes gadol, the magic and the miracle of genuine greatness achieved by our people.

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#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #VayikraParshas Vayikraאֲשֶׁר יְבַטֵּא הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה - whatever a man ...
03/24/2020

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #Vayikra

Parshas Vayikra

אֲשֶׁר יְבַטֵּא הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה - whatever a man may express in an oath.

A passage in Shevuos 26a states הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה פְּרַט לָאוֹנֵס, a shevuah made under duress is invalid. The individual’s true intent must be present for the shevuah to be binding. The fragment of the verse הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה implies that before one makes a shevuah obligation, the complete person, the entire individual, must take on the obligation.

Man sometimes assumes commitments that under normal circumstances he would never accept—obligations that will affect the rest of his life. The “real” individual did not make these agreements; “someone else” made them.

Many European Jewish immigrants with strong religious backgrounds abandoned religion after immigrating to America. When I asked them why, they answered that in Europe they were different people. A sinner is possessed with a dybbuk that must be exorcised.

King Saul is a prime example. Saul truly was a great king, but as the verse says, an “evil spirit” forced him to act wickedly (see I Sam. 16:14). The true King Saul was free of sin.

There is a popular saying in Yiddish that can be used to illustrate this point. After a person realizes that he has made a terrible mistake, he asks himself, “Vu bin ich geven yemelt, where was I then?” He is asking, in essence, where was my true “I.” Someone else, disguised as myself, did this. The purpose of every leader is to appeal to the good that is in man, to speak to the hidden person.

One of Hasidism’s greatest contributions to Judaism is the notion that everyone can feel holiness. A Jew always has within him something that can be saved, and this fundamental tenet must not be lost from our present-day consciousness.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"Parashat ...
03/20/2020
Parashat Vayak'hel-Pekudei - An Upright Torah | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

#ShabbatShalom
Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"

Parashat #VayakhelPekudei

An Upright Torah

The Torah must be for us more than a symbol. It must be a guide, a code for conduct.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/vayakhel-pekudei-upright-torah/

Excerpted from Rabbi Norman Lamm's Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages -- Exodus, co-published by OU Press, Maggid Publishers, and YU Press;

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer ShemosParshas #Vayakhel #Pekudeiזֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָֹה לֵאמֹֽר -...
03/17/2020

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer Shemos

Parshas #Vayakhel #Pekudei

זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָֹה לֵאמֹֽר - This is the word that the Lord has commanded to say

Most of of Vayakhel and Pikudei seem to be a simple repetition of the instructions for construction of the Mishkan in Terumah and Tetzaveh. Nachmanides explains that there were in fact two commandments regarding the building of the Tabernacle, one before the sin of the Golden Calf, and one after; Initially, the Mishkan was commanded prior to the breaking of the Tablets. Once God was reconciled with them, presenting them with a new set of Tablets, making with them a new covenant that God would reside among them, He instructed them again, for they now had returned to the original status of love and betrothal, and He therefore wanted it known that they were forgiven. That is why He commanded them once again to construct the Mishkan. Thus, the original imperative for building the Mishkan in Terumah and Tetzaveh was commanded prior to the sin of the Golden Calf in Ki Sisa, and He instructed them again to build the Mishkan after the sin.

After the sin of the Golden Calf, the nation was told that an angel would lead them, rather than God Himself. This news negated the original commandment to build a Mishkan. The Almighty at that time decreed that even though God would not destroy the Jewish people, His spirit would not be in our midst, but He would send an angel. Moses understood the terrible implications of this change in status. He recognized that the Jewish people would be the eternal people only if the Shechinah would reside in Israel. With the bestowal of the second Tablets, God agreed to once again reside in Israel. The complete instructions to build the Mishkan were therefore repeated by Moses and reported in Vayakhel and Pikudei, for they in essence constituted a new command, coming under the rubric of a new covenant.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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03/13/2020

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#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"Parashat #KiTissa - Why Break the ...
03/13/2020

#ShabbatShalom
Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"

Parashat #KiTissa - Why Break the Tablets?

The Torah is valueless in a vacuum. Its words are only significant when they find a ready home in the heart of man – only when those words are allowed to shape the actions of those who receive them.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/ki-tissa-why-break/

#Purim Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s ‘The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery:'The Inside Story of the #MegillahTake ea...
03/09/2020

#Purim
Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm’s ‘The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery:'

The Inside Story of the #Megillah

Take each individual event of the Megillah’s story and it may appear insignificant. But put them together, and you have the marvelous unfolding of the will of Divine Providence.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/inside-story-megillah/

#TorahTuesday #Purim #MegillatEstherExcerpted from Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav with commentary based on the teachings ...
03/03/2020
Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav: Ve'Ata Kadosh - Hallel of the Hidden God

#TorahTuesday #Purim #MegillatEsther

Excerpted from Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav with commentary based on the teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Ve’Ata Kadosh – Hallel of the Hidden God

Why on Purim alone is the mitzva of Hallel fulfilled through reading the holiday narrative?

https://oupress.org/excerpts/megillat-esther-veata-kadosh/

The miracle of Purim is fundamentally different from all other miracles that are commemorated in the Jewish calendar because it is not a revealed miracle, but a natural occurrence.

#ShabbatShalom #TerumahExcerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"Parashat Terumah - Why Bu...
02/28/2020
Parshat Teruma: Why Build It At All? | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

#ShabbatShalom #Terumah
Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"

Parashat Terumah - Why Build it at All?

Why did God command that the Mishkan be built in the first place?

https://oupress.org/excerpts/parshat-teruma-build/

“Neither the Mishkan nor the Beit Hamikdash is ‘God’s home'.. Each...is, instead, divinely designed to teach how we can successfully bring God home to us.”

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #ShemosParshas #Terumahועָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָֽׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָֽם - And...
02/25/2020
Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Shemos - OU Press

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #Shemos

Parshas #Terumah

ועָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָֽׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָֽם - And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst

According to Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, there is no truer Temple than the personality of the individual (Nefesh Hachaim 4:1). The Divine Presence resides within us. Conversely, sin involves the removal of God’s presence from within the individual. Because sin is equated to the destruction of the Temple, in a very real sense a sinner does to himself what the tyrants Nevuzaradan and Titus did to the two Temples.

God created the world to reside in it, rather than reside in transcendence. Man could have continually experienced Him instead of trying to infer His Presence through examining nature. But in the wake of the original sin by Adam and Eve, He retreated. "And they heard the voice of the Lord God going in the garden to the direction of the sun, and the man and his wife hid from before the Lord God in the midst of the trees of the garden (Gen. 3:8)." These “footsteps” were those of God leaving the garden and departing into infinity. Had they not sinned, God would always have been close. As a result of Adam’s hiding and fear of communicating with God in the wake of his sin, God removed His Divine Presence.

The purpose of the tabernacle was to restore the relationship between man and God: "And I will dwell in their midst."

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic comme...

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02/19/2020

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#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Torah Beloved: Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebratio...
02/14/2020
Torah Beloved: Strange Medicine | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

#ShabbatShalom
Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Torah Beloved: Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebration of the Holiday of Matan Torah:"

Torah is effective only if the patient knows that he needs it, that he cannot live without it.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/strange-medicine/

Excerpted from Torah Beloved: Reflections on the Love of Torah and the Celebration of the Holiday of Matan Torah, co-published by OU Press and KTAV;

NEW from OU Press with KTAV Publishing HouseHalacha Yomis: A Daily Halachic CompanionThe Feldhamer EditionShortly before...
02/13/2020
Halacha Yomis: A Daily Halachic Companion - OU Press

NEW from OU Press with KTAV Publishing House

Halacha Yomis: A Daily Halachic Companion
The Feldhamer Edition

Shortly before the petirah in 2016 of Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, a renowned halachic authority and one of the senior poskim of the Orthodox Union Kosher division, the OU began a daily halacha email in his merit, containing one halacha each day composed by a team of OU rabbis. After Rav Belsky’s passing, the highly popular Halacha Yomis email has continued in his memory. This Halacha Yomis volume contains a wide selection of entries from the Halacha Yomis email series, consisting of 354 halachos, one for each day of the Hebrew calendar year.

With each halacha presented in a clear, succinct and highly readable fashion, Halacha Yomis strikes the balance between accessibility to beginners and examination of laws that are not well-known even to advanced students. As attested to by the thousands of subscribers who have been reading and enjoying the email version of this halacha series for years, Halacha Yomis is a worthy companion to the study and observance of halacha in our times.

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Shortly before the petirah in 2016 of Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, a renowned halachic authority and one of the senior poskim of the Orthodox Union Kosher division, the OU began a daily halacha email in his merit, containing one halacha each day composed by a team of OU rabbis. After Rav Belsk...

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer ShemosParshas #Yisro #Yitroכֹּה תֹאמַר לְבֵית יַעֲקֹב וְתַגֵּיד לִבְנֵי יִשְ...
02/11/2020
Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Shemos - OU Press

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer Shemos

Parshas #Yisro #Yitro

כֹּה תֹאמַר לְבֵית יַעֲקֹב וְתַגֵּיד לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל - So shall you say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel

We have two mesoros, two traditions, two communities, two shalshalos hakabbalah—the mesorah community of the fathers and that of the mothers. "So shall you say to the house of Jacob [the women] and tell the sons of Israel [the men]" (Rashi). "Hear my son the instruction of thy father [mussar avicha] and forsake not the teaching of thy mother [toras imecha]" (Prov. 1:8). What is the distinction between mussar avicha and toras imecha?

One learns much from father: how to read a text—the Bible or the Talmud; how to comprehend, how to analyze, how to conceptualize, how to classify, how to infer, how to apply. One also learns from father what to do and what not to do, what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Father teaches the son the discipline of thought as well as the discipline of action. Father’s tradition is an intellectual-moral one. That is why it is identified with mussar, which is the Biblical term for discipline.

What is toras imecha? What Torah does the mother pass on? Permit me to draw upon my own experiences. I used to watch my mother arranging the house in honor of a holiday. I used to see her recite prayers; I used to watch her recite the sidrah every Friday night and I still remember the nostalgic tune. I learned from her very much. Most of all I learned that Judaism expresses itself not only in formal compliance with the law, but also in a living experience. She taught me that there is a flavor, a scent and warmth to mitzvos. I learned from her the most important thing in life—to feel the presence of the Almighty and the gentle pressure of His hand resting upon my frail shoulders. Without her teachings, which quite often were transmitted to me in silence, I would have grown up a soulless being, dry and insensitive.

The laws of Shabbos, for instance, were passed on to me by my father; they are a part of mussar avicha. Shabbos as a living entity, as a queen, was revealed to me by my mother; it is a part of toras imecha. The fathers knew much about Shabbos; the mothers lived Shabbos, experienced her presence, and perceived her beauty and splendor. The fathers taught generations how to observe Shabbos; mothers taught generations how to greet Shabbos and how to enjoy her twenty-four hour presence.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

https://oupress.org/product/chumash-mesoras-harav-shemos

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic comme...

#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"Parashat #Be...
02/07/2020
Parshat Beshalach: What Makes A Jewish Song Jewish - OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"

Parashat #Beshalach - What Makes A Jewish Song Jewish

The great Jewish songs of all ages shall never be silenced.

https://oupress.org/excerpts/parshat-beshalach-jewish-song/

The great Jewish songs of all ages shall never be silenced. The echoes of the Song of Moses resound in the chambers of the Jewish soul forever.

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By the Grace of G-d The Auspicious Day of 28 Sivan 5777 6/22/17 AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP Honorable President Trump, This letter is to petition you for righteous judgement in your treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict as it relates to the Jews of the Holy Land who reside in Judea and Samaria. For eight years, Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas – a modern-day iteration of the Hitler-Mufti alliance – collaborated to effect a freeze on Jewish settlement while unregulated, illegal Arab construction continued at an alarming clip in these reclaimed territories that have constituted the heart of Biblical Israel and the hub of Jewish sovereignty since the Holy Land was bequeathed by G-d to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants over 3,000 years ago. Needless to say, Obama and Abbas could not have succeeded without their “Baby” – a gutless traitor who routinely blindsides the Israeli public and manipulates them with lies, spins and underhanded maneuvers as he sails them down the river in the best tradition of his pre-statehood Zionist forebears who, like him, consorted with Hitler, the Mufti and One World Government gangbanksters. In the short space of time since you were elected president, you’ve proven yourself a noble and courageous public servant in your pursuit of justice both for the citizens of America and those in countries across the globe. With single-minded determination you’ve countered Obama’s sick, radical left agenda by, among other things, advancing legislation that would trash and replace its various components. The struggle with Obama and his globalist cabal is not a tango-like game of compromise – it’s an arm wrestling match where victory and defeat are a binary choice that is raw, absolute and unforgiving in its finality. Your success as a statesman and as a warrior hinges on an awareness of this fact which, judging by the character of your leadership thus far, you obviously possess. What must be equally clear, is that a major component of Obama’s Old World Order agenda is the plan for Israel’s destruction, G-d forbid, premised on disenfranchising its Jewish citizens by stripping them of their land, giving it to the Arab enemy within and herding them into cities, ghetto-style. As the history of the Jews in Nazi Europe has taught us, that’s the last stop before annihilation. Make no mistake: The global arm wrestling match spans the seven continents, but its fulcrum rests smack center in Israel. Attempting to ignore this fact and address the Arab-Israeli conflict with devious aphorisms and platitudes, as your predecessors did, would be like confronting fake news or any other tentacle of the radical left medusa with an arsenal of petunias in a flower basket. When Obama took office, he ramped up the war on Israel and set a deadly trend into motion that banned Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria while giving the Arabs a free pass to build wherever they wanted. Eight years later, the back of Israel’s hand is almost on the table. A little more pressure – nay, no pressure, just time and a steady grip on Baby’s atrophied hand – and the Jewish state will be nothing but a memory. Baby’s favorite book is Henry Kissinger’s World Order; Kissinger has stated: “In ten years, there will be no more Israel” (quote publicized in 2012). For these wicked men Israel’s carefully crafted doom is non-negotiable. To grab the nail and put it in their own coffin, it’s necessary not just to arrest the trend of land concession in Israel but adhere to the muscle matrix and REVERSE THE TREND by following the path of Obama’s own trajectory IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, measure for measure. Obama’s plan banned Jewish settlement construction in Judea and Samaria; President Trump’s plan will give carte blanche for unlimited Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. Obama’s plan gave carte blanche for unlimited Arab construction in Judea and Samaria; President Trump’s plan will ban Arab construction in Judea and Samaria and take all the government funding earmarked for leftist watchdog groups to purchase jeeps, binoculars and hidden cameras to monitor settlement activity, and give it to conservative, nationalist entities to monitor illegal Arab construction. The radical left has to feel the squeeze that the settlers have felt for eight years. It’s the only language they understand. *** The numerical value of the Hebrew letters that comprise the name “D J Trump” (ד ג' טראמפ) is equal to that of the word “Purim” (פורים) – the holiday that commemorates the defeat of the wicked Persian minister Haman who had enacted a decree to annihilate the Jewish people which culminated in his own execution and the Jewish people’s triumph over their enemies. What’s more, the numerical value of the Hebrew letters that comprise the name “Donald Trump” (דונלד טראמפ) is equal to the name “Messiah Son of David” (משיח בן דוד). Our Sages of blessed memory teach that a spark of the Messiah resides in every Jew and in every Righteous Gentile who seeks truth and justice for the Jewish people; that the harder one works for their benefit, the greater the intensity with which that spark glows and is revealed. The fact that your name is tied to Purim and the Messiah in such a rare and unique way means that you have enormous potential to help the Jewish people. It means that you’re a Divinely-empowered figure in the Purim story playing out in Israel, which now, as in Biblical times, turns on the theme of REVERSAL in ways wondrous and profound. It means that you have the capacity to shield the Jewish people from harm, protect their land and safeguard their Torah observance upon which the entire world stands and is sustained – and, in so doing, lead the world into the Era of Messiah and Redemption in the most literal, actual sense. Every action you take towards the welfare of the Jewish people reveals the spark of Messiah within you and defines with increasing clarity the Divine mission that G-d has chosen you to carry out. Of the Messiah the Bible states: “And with righteousness shall he judge the poor.” In 2005, the Israeli government dismantled twenty-one settlements and expelled 8,600 Jews from their homes in Gush Katif so that Gaza could arm itself with long-range ballistic missiles and advanced weaponry, and become the militarily independent Iranian terrorist base that it is today. In Judea and Samaria too, settlements or parts of them have been evacuated and bulldozed, such as Amona, Migron and the Ulpena buildings in Beit El, all on Baby’s watch. The victims of these expulsions and those whose homes are on the butcher block are poor not just in the sense of having been used as political bargaining chips in backroom deals, but in that they have no lobby anywhere in the world to protest their abuse and demand that it is not repeated, except for opportunists and self-interest groups that use the settlement cause to advance themselves politically. Their political isolation has made them especially vulnerable non-entities in the One World hierarchy which has marked them as an easy target and persecutes them relentlessly. Indeed, the settlers of Judea and Samaria are poor in every respect except one: they have an advocate for fairness, justice and freedom who occupies the highest office in America, for whom governance is not the goal but the means towards an end that benefits everyone; for whom the presidency is not a cash cow but a vehicle to ensure that democratic values are held sacred and every constitutional right enforced for the citizens of America and beyond. In you, President Trump, the settlers have a judge whose absolute, unwavering commitment to justice will reach them. In that sense they’re rich and the future is bright, for them and for all of us. Long live our Master, the Great Rebbe of Lubavitch King Messiah, forever! Rabbi Shaul Elkeslasi Chabad House of Pike County, Port Jervis & Deerpark