During the second summer of our marriage, when we were still in college, my wife and I were employed as fire lookouts in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. We lived in a mountaintop cabin 9,000 feet above sea level and our view extended 150 miles in all directions, taking in thousands of forested acres. That summer there were two small fires and the world seemed normal. 


A remarkable day called T’U b’Av (“the Fifteenth of Av”) occurs this Friday, July 31. The Midrash describes it as “the day on which the digging ceased” (Eichah Rabba). 


Two weeks ago, I wrote an article concerning the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the status of Jerusalem. This week’s Torah portion delineates the boundaries of the Land of Israel, as it says, “This is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance” (Numbers 34:1 ff).  


The world was filled with idolatry. One man, our Father Abraham, understood that there had to be a Creator. He found the Torah and its Author. From our Father Avraham descended a nation of Priests, “goy kadosh … a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:6) In today’s darkness, Hashem is still close to us. If we look for Him we can find Him. We simply have to keep looking.  



Recent Posts


Hebrew spiritual Sodom resurrection esrog Israel trees Eve peace Jew Rome Creator Amram Hasmoneans tabernacle patriarchs'matriarchs Hagar Isaiah kesuba Raiders of the Lost Ark spirituality Greeks Rosh Hashana forefathers world to come bris milah media cries Esau Holiness Jewish spies kiddush water violence Ishamael Isaac tears repent Pharaoh terror Edom redemption Midrash Rebecca priests ethics tablets stars Aharon death Banias Moshaich Sephardi Ammon Holy Ark Abraham mitzvos evil Chanukah kosher eternal Western Wall King David Shabbos heaven idolatry lights Tisha b'Av Samuel evil inclination yeshiva United Nations Master of the Universe Bilaam compassion Sea of Galilee Matisyahu Europe rain chessed Talmud Eglon heavenly throne prophets Faith Angel of Death Maimonides Babylonia paradise incense Land of Israel Yaakov fires creation Hashem Avraham deluge Balak darkness holy war Parsha Song of Songs Red Heifer Judgement Day three weeks flood Yom Kippur G-d Holocaust Geula Ruth king leprosy Holy Temple Moshiach Boaz Chanukkah Magog patriarchs mikveh, Sabbath God Sarah Miriam Haman murder Temple Mount Golus Solomon Rosh Hashanah Psalm heavenly gates slaves Rashi mikveh seder Sukkos prayers Pinchas Psalms Canaan bird persecution ancestors Beit Hamikdash minyan Mount Sinai Malbim Genesis Prophecy siddur exile Babylon Blame mitzva missiles Jerusalem Ishmael Moses Ten Commandments tremors alone light Torah Jacob keys survival Tzuk etan materialism Macabees Garden of Eden Lunar eclipse Western World Ezekiel sanctity prayer book rabbi Torah portion Moab Lot brotherhood moon sacrifices Rebbe Galil Tu b'Av Noah enemies Chafetz Chaim Rabbi Akiva Red Sea Chol haMoed Mount Hermon Sages judgement Baku King of the Universe Protective edge yarmulke sin Joseph Tu b'Shvat fear eternity Tefillin miracles Jewish holidays Golden Calf self-worship Torah scholars Father in Heaven Chofetz Chaim menorah soul Solar eclipse Shechina Matriarchs shofar Purim repentance messiah prayer Jewish People synagogue blessing Passover Seder New Moon chaos Exodus Gog Sefiras haOmer Benjamin Second Temple Repentence High Holy Days Sukkah fragrance Leah Elul night pray Sabbath Egypt cholent kinneret Children of Israel Esther rosh chodesh purity automobiles Rachel Shushan Zion Adam secret Miraglim Terror Attack in Jerusalem Jeremiah Ashkenazi pain Teshuva redeemer Mount Zion Nation of Israel angels King Solomon Samuel the Prophet Yerushalayim meraglim holiday Day of Atonement barley hubris Tallis plague fault Divine presence Earth Amalek dreams Jewish festival Jews Passover prophet Samuel Shavuos Mordechai India Zohar commandment America miracle Temple Heavenly Mercy Final redemption David culture Judaism Holy land salvation stones Zechariah gossip Golan Rabbis Bais Hamikdosh liberation shmittah End of Days slavery Abrahem terrorist sun biblical Dead Sea Moshe idol danger terrorism shield of Abraham bible Laban Zion, Angel 2020 Vision High Priest song locusts terrorists angel earthquake Maccabeans matzos logic prophet evolution Day of Judgement Judah Achashveirosh Ishmeal