A study of the individual words in a language and of the the ways their meanings develop, lights up the past of the people, the conditions under which they lived and reflects its morality and ethical life. What a revealing thing it is to observe that the same word in Hebrew, צדקה - tzedaka, which literally means charity, should also mean justice. We are left with the attendant thought that to the Hebrew mind the giving of charity was no more than a simple act of justice.” (From “How the Hebrew Language Grew” by Edward Horowitz.) Through their tireless efforts providing nourishment and sustenance to all who are needy, Meir Panim, an organization dedicated to filling the needs of Israel's impoverished families,is fulfilling acts of justice each and every day.
The Ben Gurion Youth Club, opened four days a week during after-school hours, is a second home for some 30-40 children, aged 13-18, from impoverished and dysfunctional homes as well as for those traumatized by years of rocket attacks.
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More than just another zoo, Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo is truly unique because it only features animals mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. A popular attraction for men, women, and children of all ages, the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is the only one of its kind in the entire world!
Psalm 126 refers to Zion, one of the Bible’s names for Jerusalem in particular and the Land of Israel in general. It is closely related to the Hebrew word for special and distinctive, ‘m’tzuyan’ (מצוין). This teaches that God’s holy city is not just a location, it is a way of life. According to former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “Zion is not just a place. It is a way of life. Jews are called to moral excellence, to be different…” God created a special place on earth which would be the ideal incubator for spiritual growth. The word Zion, therefore, describes not only where we live but how we must live. Psalm 126 is recited by Jews upon completing a meal, connecting each daily meal with the eternal Jewish longing for Zion; for physical redemption and spiritual greatness. When God finally returns His people to Israel, “we will be like dreamers,” as the actual redemption and heightened spirituality will be even greater than hoped.