Who Are the ‘Yehudim’ of the Bible? ✡ “Digging Out the Foundations” – ISRAEL365

Be it known unto the king, that the Yehudim that came up from thee are come to us unto Yerushalayim; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and have finished the walls, and are digging out the foundations.

יְדִיעַ לֶהֱוֵא לְמַלְכָּא דִּי יְהוּדָיֵא דִּי סְלִקוּ מִן לְוָתָךְ עֲלֶינָא אֲתוֹ לִירוּשְׁלֶם  קִרְיְתָא מָרָדְתָּא וּבִאישְׁתָּא בָּנַיִן וְשׁוּרַיָּא שַׁכְלִלוּ וְאֻשַּׁיָּא יַחִיטוּ

עזרא ד:יב

y’-DEE-a le-he-VAY l’-mal-KA dee y’-hu-da-YAY dee s’-LEE-ku min l’-va-TAKH a-LE-na a-TO lee-ru-sh’-LEM kir-y’-TA ma-rad-TA u-veesh-TA ba-NA-yin v’-shu-ra-YA shakh-LI-lu v’-u-sha-YA ya-KHEE-tu

Today’s Israel Inspiration

The Chosen People have many biblical titles: Hebrews, Children of Jacob, and Israelites, to name a few. What is the origin of the branding “Jew,” in Hebrew ‘Yehudi?” It is first employed as a specific ethnic title during the Babylonian exile, as seen in Ezra, Daniel and Esther. Historically, this name indicated an association with the tribe of Judah (’Yehuda’), from which most of the Babylonian exiles descended. However, the name actually derives from the Hebrew word which means to praise or give thanks, as it says “And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she said: ‘This time will I praise the LORD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah” (Genesis 29:35). The name thus highlights an inherent primary Jewish value. The fact that this collective name was given in exile shows that sometimes one has to travel far away to discover who they really are. Love what you just learned? Sign up with the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies to gain deeper insights into the Bible than you ever thought possible!

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On Hanukkah we celebrate the victory of the Maccabees against the Hellenistic Greeks. The war was the fight for religious freedom. In an attempt to eradicate religious worship, the Greeks desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. When the Jews won and returned to the Temple, they could only find one tiny jar of pure oil with which to light the Menorah. The oil should have only lasted one night, but a miracle happened, and it lasted eight days and nights. Discover an ancient artifact with an image of the Temple’s menorah, turned into gorgeous jewelry.

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Today’s Israel Photo

A Jewish family lights the Hanukkiah on the holiday of Hanukkah, in their home in Tzur Hadassah, outside of Jerusalem. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple.

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, the ministry is a growing, effective outreach. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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