Thursday, January 28, 2016

King Saul and Jonathan, a Model of Loyalty ✡ "In Death They Were Not Divided"

Saul and Jonathan, the lovely and the pleasant in their lives, even in their death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.


שָׁאוּל וִיהוֹנָתָן הַנֶּאֱהָבִים וְהַנְּעִימִם בְּחַיֵּיהֶם וּבְמוֹתָם לֹא נִפְרָדוּ מִנְּשָׁרִים קַלּוּ מֵאֲרָיוֹת גָּבֵרוּ

שמואל ב א:כג

sha-ul vee-ho-na-tan ha-ne-e-ha-veem v'-ha-n'-ee-mim b'-kha-yay-hem u-v'-mo-tam lo nif-ra-du mi-n'-sha-reem ka-lu may-a-ra-yot ga-vay-ru

Jerusalem Inspiration

Though King Saul had tried to kill David, David deeply mourns him, along with the death of his close friend, King Saul’s son Jonathan.  In his powerfull eulogy, David notes that Saul and Jonathan are not separated in death.  The classical commentator, Rabbi David Kimchi, explains that though they knew they would die in battle, King Saul and Jonathan would not separate from the People of Israel.  We learn from here the importance Judaism places on honoring life, even in death.  Both first and last at the scene of natural disasters and terrorist attacks, the ZAKA organization places supreme importance on honoring the dead, operating under the motto that “Everyone is created in the image of God. Therefore, we honor everyone, whether they are dead or alive”.

Singing With My Brothers
In Jerusalem

Hours after dealing with the traumatic and bloody aftermath of a fatal car ramming attack in Jerusalem, ZAKA Jerusalem volunteers returned to the scene to come together in uplifting song.

ZAKA Duties Are Not For the Faint-hearted

ZAKA volunteers are on call 24/7, ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Well-trained for the often gruesome and selfless tasks at hand, personnel are required to have a certain strength of mind and spirit in order to overcome the horrible images to which they are exposed.

Israel History Maps

The Israel History Maps is a chronological journey through the 3,000-year-old history of Jewish sovereignty in Israel. Using a series of 50 colorful maps, spanning three main eras of Jewish rule in the Land, Ilan and Amir Reiner have set out to prove that Jews living in the Land of Israel is not some recent development.

Jerusalem Daily Photo

A 'ti-yul' or hike, together down the historic paths of Israel, by Sharon Gabay.

Yesterday's Photo Trivia

Yesterday's photo featured a fabulous 'ma-a-yan', waterfall.  Ma'ayan is a popoular Hebrew girls name!

Thank You

Today's Scenes and Inspiration is sponsored by Chris Sample of Newberg, Oregon.  Todah rabah!

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