Job contrasts the death of man to the death of a tree. Once a man has departed from this world, he can not be brought back to life. A tree, on the other hand, though seemingly lifeless, can be revived. Similarly, Isaiah writes that though a tree appears dead after it sheds its leaves in the fall, the trunk remains from which the tree will flower again in the spring. Isaiah compares the Children of Israel to the tree. Though at times it appears that they will be annihilated and cease to exist, a holy remnant always remains from which they will grow anew and flourish (Isaiah 6:13). There is no greater example of Jewish survival and renewal than our precious Holocaust survivors. Despite enduring unimaginable loss, pain, and suffering, many survivors of the Holocaust made their way to Israel where they began their life anew. Unfortunately, many of these elderly survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line and are in dire need of assistance procuring basic necessities such as food and medication.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem today, June 9, 2017, where she toured the exhibits, laid a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance and signed the guest book.
The concept of the restoration ring initially began with Bye who had imagined that people would donate old jewelry they no longer wanted nor needed, or even old trinkets which were broken or out of fashion to create rings for Holocaust survivors.
The words "fear not" appear 80 times in the Torah. This is more than any other phrase in the BIble. God says these words to all three patriarchs; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well as to all of the prophets. God also instructs the prophets to relay this message to the Jewish People. By repeating this phrase over and over, God is telling us that we have the power and the capacity to overcome any challenges which we may face in life.
And out of the ground made Hashem God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9
Photograph of a carob tree in Arbel (אַרְבֵּל) by Yehoshua Halevi. Arbel is a community in northern Israel located on Mount Arbel near Tiberias. Arbel was a Jewish town from antiquity and is mentioned in Hosea (10:14). It is notable for the ruins of one of the oldest synagogues in the world from the 4th century CE.
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