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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

A Day of Celebration and Renewal

The holiday of Tu B'Shvat, which Jews around the world will observe beginning Friday at sundown, is a time to celebrate and give thanks for the natural world – and, of course to sing praises to God, Who created it.

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Moving Forward in Faith and Unity

In times of turmoil and seasons of upheaval, we must cooperate whenever possible, oppose whenever necessary, and continue our work to better this broken world, united by our firm faith in God.

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We Remember Their Dignity and Sacrifice

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day – observed on January 27 – let us remember the millions of innocents murdered by the Nazis, the many Christians who put their lives on the line so that Jewish people might live, and those...

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Hopeful in the Face of Hatred

A planned neo-Nazi march in Montana this past weekend was a reminder that blatant anti-Semitism is still alive today. And it reminds us all, as people who believe in the same God of peace and love, that we must join together to fight hatred and...

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A Prayer for Peace

This weekend’s upcoming “peace summit” in Paris is overshadowed by the United Nations’ recent anti-Israel resolution and last week’s terrorist attack that killed four IDF cadets. For there to truly be peace, the...

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God Is Our Refuge and Strength

This new year will be filled with great challenges – the U.N.’s anti-Israel actions, uncertain relations between Israel and the U.S., and rising anti-Semitism around the world. But I am inspired not only by the good that The...

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Friends of Israel – Let Your Support Be Known!

In his speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put even more distance between the United States and its greatest ally – Israel.

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U.N. Resolution – A Rallying Cry to Stand for Israel

Let us be strong and courageous. God has not forsaken His people. We must remain as certain of Israel’s future as we are of her past. That past is a story written by God Himself – and the future, too, is in God hands.

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Be Led Forth in Peace

As 2016 draws to a close, we look back on a year marked by challenges, but also much good. And pray for a coming year of peace and prosperity, and in the hope of glimpsing a new, redeemed era, in which Isaiah says, ...

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Aliyah, Aliyah, Aliyah

I once asked Ariel Sharon what the three most important things are that The Fellowship can do for Israel. His response was: “Aliyah, aliyah, aliyah.” While we have been involved in bringing Jewish people home to...

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Hope Amid Devastation in Israel

The scope of the devastating fires that plagued Israel over the past week is only now being realized. 60,000 people were evacuated, 180 were injured, and 30,000 acres of forest were destroyed. Yet, I thank God that no lives were lost and that...

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Give Thanks to Him and Praise His Name

As Americans come together this week for Thanksgiving, let us reaffirm that the good we have received as a nation and as individuals is a gift from God, the source of all our blessings.

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Biblical Wisdom for Divisive Times

There comes a time when we must tear ourselves away from worldly things and focus on something deeper. We must not forget that God is our ultimate defender and protector, that He goes ahead of us in our challenges, and that we are objects of...

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Becoming Bridge Builders

In the wake of one of the most divisive presidential elections in memory, we must move forward prayerfully, seeking God’s guidance, trusting that He will heal our differences, and doing the difficult yet necessary work of building...

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God Is in Control

As Americans prepare to head to the polls, give thanks to God for the blessing of living under a democratic political system, resist the temptation to give in to fear, and hold fast to the knowledge that God is – and will continue to be...

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The Roadblock to Peaceful Coexistence

Last week, a simple gesture of goodwill – Jews inviting Palestinians to celebrate the biblical holiday of Sukkot – went terribly wrong when four Palestinians who attended the celebration were arrested by their own security...

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Standing for Israel’s Biblical History

The world’s hatred for the Jewish state was again recently on display when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s holiest sites....

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The Time of Our Happiness

Sukkot, the joyful biblical holiday also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on the evening of October 16 this year. The sukkot, or temporary booths in which Jews eat, socialize, and even sleep during this biblically...

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Drawing Closer to God and to One Another

Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day which begins next Tuesday at sundown, is also known as the Day of Atonement. Our main task is to repent, which consists of two things: a change of heart and a change of action. By doing so, we witness...

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Remembering My Father

Rabbi Eckstein reflects on the life of his father, Rabbi Simon L. Eckstein, a beloved Jewish leader and renowned psychologist who passed away at his Jerusalem home this weekend.

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The Fight of All Free People

The fight against terrorism is the fight of all who champion order and the rule of law over chaos, who believe personal liberty must prevail over oppression, who choose life over death. Let us resolve to stand strong in this fight, and to...

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