Hashem’s Chosen City ✡ “All Your Males Shall Appear Before Hashem Your God In The Place That He Will Choose” – Israel365

Three times a year—on the festival of Pesach, on the festival of Shavuot, and on the festival of Sukkot—all your males shall appear before Hashem your God
in the place that He will choose.

שָׁלוֹשׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה יֵרָאֶה כָל־זְכוּרְךָ אֶת־פְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחָר בְּחַג הַמַּצּוֹת וּבְחַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת וּבְחַג הַסֻּכּוֹת

דברים טז:טז
sha-LOSH p’-a-MEEM ba-sha-NAH yay-ra-EH khol z’-khu-r’-KHA et p’-NAY a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha ba-ma-KOM a-SHER yiv-KHAR b’-KHAG ha-ma-TZOT u-v’-KHAG
ha-sha-vu-OT u-v’-KHAG ha-su-KOT

Today’s Israel Inspiration

The above verse commands every Jew to make a pilgrimage to the Beit Hamikdash and appear before Hashem in the Temple on three major festivals: Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. In the times of the Temple, Jews would ascend to the Temple Mount to offer sacrifices to Hashem. These three annual pilgrimages ensured that the Jewish people continued to make frequent visits to the Temple and that their connection to Hashem remained strong throughout the year. Pesach, Shavuot and the Feast of Tabernacles remain central to Jewish life in Israel. Unfortunately, there are many needy Israelis who cannot afford to celebrate these holidays in any sort of meaningful way due to financial troubles. Meir Panim, one of Israel’s oldest charitable organizations, distributes additional provisions to Israel’s impoverished during the holiday season to make sure that no Israeli goes hungry. All donations made to Meir Panim will now be matched, doubling the impact of any gift.
 

WATCH: Annual Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall

Every year during Sukkot, members of the Priestly class in Israel known as ‘Kohanim’ ascend to the Western Wall and bless Israel with the words of Numbers 6:23-27. Tens of thousands of Israelis and visitors gather in the plaza of the Western Wall to experience this ancient ritual firsthand.
 

‘Enough Being Politically Correct, Let’s Be Biblically Correct’

Some 27 lawmakers from around the world came to Israel on Sukkot on a faith-based diplomacy tour with the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF).
 

Celebrate the Natural Bounty of the Land of Israel

All of God’s bounty is beneficial for us and there are many delicious foods that grow in the Land of Israel, yet the Creator of the world singled out seven species of fruit and grain as being particularly blessed. Over the centuries, many have sought to explain the special significance of the ‘Seven Species,’ known as the שבעת המינים in Hebrew (shee-VAT ha-mee-NEEM). Each one contains healthful nutrients that benefit the body and promote wellness and is incorporated into one of these amazing artisan soaps.
 

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“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that is wise winneth souls.” Psalms 11:30

 

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Today’s Israel Photo

Evening view of the walls of the Old City by Yehoshua Halevi.
 

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