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Featured Hebrew in the Heartland for haivri.com Feb. 1, 2017

A Hebrew in the Heartland for haivri.com Feb. 1, 2017 – Let’s Get Personal: The David Ha’ivri Inside Story

Breaking News: David Ha’ivri became a grandfather.

On today’s A Hebrew in the Heartland David Ha’ivri will take us on a tour into his personal life experiences. Be the first to hear these real life family stories from a man who lives in the Heartland of Israel.

Hear updates on the latest Shomron Day Experience that David Ha’ivri lead this past week for 60 students from US and other English speaking countries who came to see the facts of the ground in the Shomron.

Visit the Samaritain community on Mount Gerezim and visit Joseph’s Lookout Point with the amazing panoramic view of the Biblical city of Shechem that is today called Nablus by the local Arabs and the international community.

Learn why these day tours are ammunition for Israel’s strongest defense against the intellectual terrorism of BDS and their anti Israel thugs.

Today we will be joined by Rabbi Ben Packer of the Jerusalem Heritage House who will share insights on Parashat Bo the weekly Torah reading.

Be sure to share this show with your friends and send in your comments and feedback.

Featured Hebrew in the Heartland for haivri.com Feb. 1, 2017


What is Tisha B’Av?

On Tisha B’(the 9th day of the month of) Av, the Jewish people mourn the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is one of the four mandatory fasts of the Jewish faith, and one of the more difficult ones, since it takes place during the heat of the summer months, starting before sundown and ending after sundown the next day. On Tisha B’Av, even pregnant women and those who have recently given birth are to fast, although they are not required to do so on the other three fast days. All are forbidden not only from eating, but also from bathing and other pleasantries that are permitted during the other fasts. The reason that the rules of mourning are so strict is that on this day, the Jewish people are remembering the greatest national catastrophe in our history. The devastation of our army, country, and the leadership of our homeland all culminated in that final tragedy, the burning of our holy Temple in our capital city, Jerusalem. The destruction of the central holy place of the nation of Israel symbolized the taking of our land and all of our dignity with it.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/what-are-we-fasting-for/2012/07/29/

What is Purim?

Purim is a meaningful celebration for the Jewish people, when we gather to remember the events of the Mordechai and Esther story at Shushan HaBira in Persia many years ago. It was after the destruction of the first Temple that the Jewish people spread out in the diaspora throughout the kingdom of the Achashverosh, who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. His evil antisemitic minister, Haman, plotted to wipe out the entire Jewish people. In the book of Esther, we read of the miraculous chain of events and the heroism of Mordechai and Esther, who put aside their own personal safety and concerns and acted to overturn the terrible decree. Our great sages, the rabbis of the Talmud, determined that these events would be marked on the Jewish calendar as a holiday to celebrate the salvation of the Jewish people throughout the ages. Halacha, the code of Jewish law by which we learn to observe the details of the Mitzvot, requirements of our faith, lists four deeds that the holiday mandates for each Jewish individual on Purim. The four Mitzvot are: Megillah, Mishloach Manot, Matanot L’Evyonim and a Festive Meal. Megillah is the book of Esther, written on a scroll of parchment which is read twice, first after the evening prayers and then again after the morning prayers on the day of Purim. Mishloach Manot means sending food to two friends, and Matanot L’Evyonim is giving charity to two needy people. After we have fulfilled these three Mitzvot, we can sit down with our family and friends and rejoice in the fourth Mitzvah, which is a festive meal in honor of the day.

What does Baal Teshuva mean?

“Baal Teshuva” is a Hebrew expression that refers to an individual who has become enhanced his or her observance of Torah. The literal translation of the term is “the possessor of the answer.” Commonly, this term is used to describe someone who was non-observant and had a life changing transition to an orthodox lifestyle. But it could also be used in reference to someone who made even a minor step to improve their ways. That could be considered ‘making’ Teshuva or ‘Oseh Teshuva’ in Hebrew. This could also be called ‘getting stronger’ – ‘Mitchazek’. A recent Israeli TV drama series, ‘Mikimi’, is based on the true life story of an Israeli TV personality who became observant.

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