Why does Esther deem it necessary to invite Haman to her banquet with Ahasuerus? As long as the Jews knew that they had Esther in the palace, they were counting on her to reverse Haman’s evil decree. Esther wanted the Jews to fully repent. Inviting Haman made it appear that she was joining forces with him. At that point, the Jews gave up on Esther and called out to God with a new intensity that merited salvation. Throughout the ages, true redemption arrives when we realize that we have no one to rely on aside from the Lord. Next week is the festival of Purim when Jews around the world celebrate the miraculous events and powerful lessons recorded in the Book of Esther. Learn more about the festival and shop for everything you need to observe the holiday.
In a Sabbath sermon on Saturday, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef said that Israelis should not fear punishment in civil courts but obey Jewish law and kill terrorists outright in instances of knife attacks or other assault.
Touch biblical Israel with this scaled, topographically contoured map of Israel as it was in Biblical times. It is labeled with all of the towns, cities, regions, rivers and lakes mentioned in the Bible. See exactly where each tribe settled in the Land, the locations of the surrounding nations, and the roads that the patriarchs walked. Any place with special Biblical status, such as Cities of Refuge, is marked on the map. Feel the valleys and mountains of Israel under your fingers and understand the Bible in a totally new way!
Thank you for your Blessings in providing such an excellent daily coverage in 365 days. My wife and I support Israel in our prayers and Blessings. Wonderful photographs of all sorts of views and events in Israel. We have visited Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles, some years back (2008), and your daily issue of 365 days keeps our memories fresh, of the wonderful short time we spent in this Historic Holy Land. Keep up this good work. With all our thanks, Bob + Pat Tremlett from Adelaide, South Australia.