The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath

MY mother and her 17 brothers and sisters had an Orthodox upbringing — all photographs of their father show him wearing a yarmulke, and I was told that he woke up if it fell off during the night. My father, too, came from an Orthodox background. Both my parents were very conscious of the Fourth … Continue reading The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath

Job on life

Job xiii. verses 1-2“Man, born of woman, lives but a few days, 2 and they are nothing but trouble.  2 He grows up like a flower in a beautiful meadow, and then just as suddenly, withers away; " On a bad day, it does feel like that, on a good one, it's just like heaven. … Continue reading Job on life

What the boundaries of Biblical Israel?

from Deuteronomy16 And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;17 The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even … Continue reading What the boundaries of Biblical Israel?

Psalms: Shine On

Psalm 139: 12  Yes, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: for the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.......Webster's Revised Bible, 1833This is repeated in the Book of Job as well as the famous 23rd Psalm.Job, which is considered one of the earliest books written.   In … Continue reading Psalms: Shine On

The cypress and the oaks of Zechariah

2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan *, For the impenetrable forest has come down. Zechariah xi v. 2 *Bashan means smooth,  and is east of the River Jordan; it is now the Golan Heights see the map below.

The Hivites in Joshua

New Life Version of the Holy Bible Joshua Chapter 11. 19 There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon. They took them all in battle. 20 For the Lord made their hearts hard to meet Israel in battle, so Israel might destroy all of … Continue reading The Hivites in Joshua

Complaining to God

Yesterday, for July 11th  Heartlight.org gave me a daily Bible quote "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." - Job 7:11(NIV) This verse is about the ability of venting one's anguish to God and not worrying about … Continue reading Complaining to God