Every year prior to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holidays, this verse is read in synagogues all over the world. It describes the redemption of the Jewish people and their physical return to the Land of Israel where they will fulfill God’s promise that we will possess it. What is the deep connection between the Land and the High Holidays? One of the central themes of Rosh Hashana is simultaneously the time to recognize God’s dominion over the whole world and to restore and cherish our personal relationship with Him. However, even the deepest and most loving relationship with the Creator is not complete without His Land. Only at the time of the complete return of the People of Israel to the Land of Israel will all the world recognize God as the King of the World.
We are just moments away from entering Rosh Hashana, one of the Holiest days of the year. While countless Jews gather to express their love and devotion to God, asking for a year of renewed life, there are unfortunately all too many who take this time to beg for more than a sweet year ahead; they beg for a sustainable life, a year without poverty.
Some 80 leaders from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem to eulogize and pay respects to the late Shimon Peres. This tremendous and rare occurrence is a fulfillment of a single prophecy, made even more incredble by the fact that it took place on the eve of Rosh Hashana.
Pictured in today’s photo is one of the most recognized and beloved icons in the entire Holy Land: that of the Western Wall. When God made His promise to the People of Israel that they would inherit such a tremendous gift, the true beauty that lay ahead was truly unimaginable!
Dear Rabbi Tuly Weisz, THANK YOU so much for such uplifting and insightful news, events, articles and songs. My husband is heading into hospital tomorrow for a heart procedure so I had him listen to a video of ‘Sisu Et Yerushalayim’ from a recent newsletter. It filled our hearts with joy and faith. We love and support Israel, praying often for her peace and protection. Blessings and peace to you, your families and especially the wonderful IDF peacekeepers who selflessly protect Israel from those who foolishly think they can defeat YHVH Tzva’ot. Shalom, Gill Payne (Perth, Australia)
PS. I understand that Jewish ancestry comes through the maternal line. My great-grandfather was Jewish, and although that does not mean I can claim Jewish ancestry.….yet it just increases my love for G-d’s people even more!