Rain: A Blessing and A Curse

by Jonathan Feldstein We live in a very modern world so much so that the mere ability to read this article is the result of a sophisticated electric grid, an internet that’s turned the world into a virtual community, and any number of devices on which this can be read. Innovation and technology has abounded […]

Psalm 116

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler “I love Adonai, for He hears my voice, my cries. Because He has turned His ear to me, I will call on Him all my days.” So begins Psalm 116, one of the Hallel Psalms, that powerful collection of Psalms 114-118 traditionally cited at special seasons of the calendar, most notably […]

Psalm 96

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler It is profound how often the Scriptures refer to music. The prophets commonly wrote and prophesied in poetry. The book of Psalms is really a book of the hymnal of ancient Israel. Rabbi Paul encouraged believers to worship with “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, making melody…”. Biblical faith is not merely […]

Grace At Passover

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler Many people think of the Tanakh as a book of law and anger, judgement and destruction, in contrast to the New Covenant as being filled with love, mercy, and grace. Since God is the Author of both, and, He is not schizophrenic, His Nature and character would be consistent and the […]

Psalm 8

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler David must have often sat in the evening on the roof of his palace, staring at the heavens and the stars, recounting in his mind all the wonderful things that Adonai had done for him, bringing him from taking care of the sheep of his father, sparing him from wild animals, […]

Jehoshaphat’s Challenge

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler We often find that, despite our desire for a smooth, untroubled, life, that challenges appear that ruffle our feathers and cause us to wonder whether God really is with us. Such an occasion occurred during the life and reign of the great and godly Jewish king, Jehoshaphat. This man, whose name […]

A House for David

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler In I Chronicles 17, David is troubled by the lack of a solid house for the presence of Adonai. He feels guilty that, while he lives in a magnificent palace on Mount Zion, the Ark of the Lord resides in a tent. His love for God is so great that he […]

Waiting For the Promised Messiah

by HaShomer staff King Zedekiah of Judah was the last king to reign in the Land of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar had appointed Zedekiah king at the age of 21, but he only reigned for 11 years, from 597 – 586 BC; at which time he was taken prisoner to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. He refused to heed […]

Genesis 3 Messianic Prophecy

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler In the 3rd chapter of Genesis, Adam and Eve succumbed to the serpent’s (Satan’s) attempts to drive a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between them and Adonai. The serpent had seduced them into thinking that God was holding out on them and that they could overcome that by eating from the […]

Rosh Hashana Reflections

by Jonathan Feldstein Just before this past Rosh Hashana 5778, Israel’s national radio broadcast a program with a review people who had died in the past year, what their contribution was and why they are missed. This included Helmut Kohl, Chuck Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, Roger Moore, and Roger Ailes. Subsequent articles with similar lists […]