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 […]

A “Day” of Atonement

by HaShomer staff Yom Kippur is a “Day” every year when our Jewish people afflict their souls, usually by fasting personally and as a nation. This is a time to repent and seek G-d’s forgiveness for the past year, imploring Him to forgive and cover our sins until the next Day of Atonement. King David, who sinned against Adonai, […]

A Walk in the City of David

by Jonathan Feldstein Recently I got to spend more time over one week in Jerusalem’s City of David than I’ve spent there in the past 3000 years. Living a mere 15 minutes from Jerusalem I try to be mindful of how incredible it is to have the privilege to be in the holy city often, […]

50 Shades of Anti-Semitism

by Jonathan Feldstein Among Jews there’s heightened concern about a rise of anti-Semitism. It’s true that in recent years there has been a general increase of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, and with it a greater awareness of such incidents and how they are responded to. But the truth is if you’re Jewish, more likely than not […]

A Future and a Hope

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler Jeremiah, as had so many of the prophets before him, warned the people of Judah that the judgments promised in case of idolatry and disobedience to Torah in passages such as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 would come to pass if they did not soon repent and return to the Lord. […]

Isaiah 41

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler The first 39 chapters of Isaiah overwhelmingly contain rebuke for the chronic corruption of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, leading to the impending punishment of exile. While chapters 40-66 still contain some of this, there is more of a reminder of God’s heart for His people and assurance that, while […]

“We Wept When We Remembered Zion”

by Rabbi Jeffrey Adler Psalm 137 carries a sorrowful statement of the grief felt by the people of Judah in response to the destruction of Jerusalem and subsequent exile. “By the rivers of Babylon, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung up our harps…”  The Babylonian captors couldn’t understand this reluctance to sing and […]