When Solomon got ready to build the Temple in Jerusalem, he turned to his father‘s friend and ally, Hiram, for building materials. Hiram was a non Jew who supported the building of the Temple with a full heart, giving Solomon a wonderfully generous supply of cedar and cypress trees (v. 5:22-23). This Father’s Day follow in the path of the ancients and bestow trees on Israel! You’ll receive a beautiful Father’s Day Certificate for planting a tree.
A beautiful grove of date palms by Boruch Len. The “honey” that Israel is blessed with does not actually refer to bee’s honey! According to Jewish tradition, it refers to date honey which was a rich delicacy in Biblical times.
Yesterday’s photo by Yeshoshu Halevi featured the Priestly Blessings (“Birkat HaKohenim”) at the Western Wall. These holy blessings are also known as the “lifting of the hands,” because of the priests’ uplifted hands, through which the Divine blessings flow.