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Yitro (Jethro) – Exodus 18:1 – 20:23

This week’s portion begins with Jethro’s historic visit to the Children of Israel in the desert. The story begins in Exodus Chapter 18: “And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’s father-in-law, heard of all that G-d did to Moses and to his nation Israel, that He brought Israel out of Egypt.”


Tel Gods zegeningen Het is winter is hier. Terwijl ik deze brief schrijf, stroomt de regen naar beneden en wat een zegen is dat. Zelfs als we de vochtige kou voelen en ons moeten inpakken voordat we naar buiten gaan, herinnert de regen ons eraan om naar de hemel te kijken en G-d te danken … Read more


Erinnerung an Gottes Segnungen Liebe Freunde, Der Winter ist da. Während ich diesen Brief schreibe, regnet es in Strömen, und das ist ein wahrer Segen. Selbst wenn wir die feuchte Kälte spüren und uns einpacken müssen, bevor wir nach draußen gehen, erinnert uns der Regen daran, zum Himmel zu blicken und Gott für seinen Segen … Read more

Beshalach (As He Sent) – Exodus 13:17 – 17:16

This week’s portion tells the story of the parting of the Red Sea, the culmination of the Exodus from Egypt, and includes the Song of Moses (and the shorter Song of Miriam). Grand events happen in this week’s Torah reading and it is, indeed, an awe- inspiring few chapters.

Adorah: Thank YOU!

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on email Email Share on print Print Thank YOU!! We have received this thank you letter from Adorah for your contribution toward their security needs. But you, our donors and supporters, are the ones who really make it all happen.   The thanks … Read more

A Visit With Shmuel: Givat Hanan

This is my first visit to Eshkolot in many years and it has grown in leaps and bounds. Of course, I would prefer to take you to Eshkolot in person and introduce you to these dedicated, wonderful pioneers. But until then, join me for this virtual tour and get a sense of this inspiring community in the Hebron Hills.

Exploring the Spiritual Lessons of the Fruits of Israel

Tu B’Shvat celebration – the 15th day in the Hebrew month of Shvat – is referred to as the “new year for the trees.” Although not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, Tu B’Shvat has come to represent our connection to the Land of Israel.

Bo (Go) – Exodus 10:1 – 13:16

This week’s Torah portion includes the final three plagues and the beginning of the exodus. It also includes the instructions for the celebration of the Passover holiday and the procedure for the sacrifice of the lamb.

Reflections on a New Year, a New Baby and COVID

This is a day for celebration. Or as King David put it in Psalms: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). This morning, my newest grandson, my 10th grandchild, will have his circumcision ceremony. And while this is my 9th grandson undergoing circumcision, following 4 sons who experienced the same ceremony, this time it is all quite different. And wonderful all in its own way.