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”.
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.
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.
Shalom and Good morning from a Zimbabwean in the cold and wet UK! I recently had a beautiful photo from you which had a verse and note about prayer....I've been so blessed by your pictures and Scriptures. Having them transliterated also is such a blessing. Being able to say them in praise in the holy and chosen language, wow! I long to visit and absorb it all. Many thanks and Shalom. Bonnie