There is a wonderful story about Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook who in 1924 was invited to a tree planting ceremony and given the honor of placing the first sapling. The ordinarily dignified Rabbi became very emotional as he bent low to the ground. Suddenly, Rabbi Kook threw away the shovel and passionately began digging with his bare hands. “How could I use a shovel?” he explained, “when there should be nothing separating a man from the Holy Land he is planting on!” Join us at Israel365 and plant your roots in the soil of the Holy Land.
This beautifully filmed video shows the breathtaking results of Israel’s incredible “afforestation” efforts, which made it the ONLY country in the entire world which has more trees today than it did 100 years ago.
In a court battle reminiscent of the American Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60’s, a case in the Israeli Supreme Court is intended to end discrimination against religious Jews on the Temple Mount. Anyone interested in bringing the Third Temple is invited to sign on as an official claimant.
Thousands of years ago, when God redeemed the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, He commanded them to eat Matzo along with the Paschal lamb on their departure from Egypt. We continue to eat Matzo every year on this holiday to commemorate the redemption of the Israelites from Egypt and the beginning of their journey to the Land of Israel. This year, partake in the remembrance of the ultimate redemption story by feasting on Matzos along with the Jewish people.
While the rest of the world has been cutting down its trees, Israel is planting forests in the desert! Today’s photo is of the Yatir Forest, Israel’s largest forest, which sits – miraculously – on the edge of the Negev Desert. Yatir is mentioned in Joshua 21:14.
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Dear Rabbi Tuly, You are very welcome and thanks for appreciating. I wish I could do more to help the Holocaust survivors but in my current status as a student and am constrained. I thank Hashem for giving me everything and I am more than happy to share with those who survived one of the most darkest episode of our human history on earth – the deliberate, callous, and cold-blooded systematic extermination of the Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany under Hitler. Thank you for your blessings. Best wishes and warm regards, Zachary.
STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS
My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel.
Steve has also authored and published 34 books.
We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.