Jonathan writes, "HaShem encouraged Joshua throughout his time as leader of the Children of Israel, speaking either directly to him or through the priests. Isaiah brings G-d's word to the nation..."
Jonathan writes, "We have a tendency to hear G-d's promises and commands, whether when reading the Bible, when hearing a sermon or talk, or even in prayer and translating the linking word into some variant of 'if', 'maybe', 'sometimes' or 'possibly'."
Jonathan writes, "Why should the commandment be repeated here? Perhaps because its first formulation is general, applying equally to rich and poor. Here it is particularised for the poor and potentially disenfranchised in society."
Jonathan writes, The Israelites are told not to destroy the fruit trees or orchards of the cities they attack because they are a source of food - either then or in the future - just as an act of destruction to demoralise the enemy or to deny them food."
Jonathan writes, "Here, in the middle of general instructions for celebrating the three pilgrimage feasts - Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot - comes a very specific and yet quite casually vague requirement for the summer festival of Shavuot."
Jonathan writes, "The prophets pick up the theme of the invulnerability of G-d's people. In a well-known set of verses, Isaiah emphasises that this is not a property or function of the people, but of G-d Himself..."
Jonathan writes, "Having narrated the Israelite journey across the wilderness from Egypt to the borders of Eretz Yisra'el, the Land of Israel, Moshe has turned in chapter six of D'varim to urging the Israelites to obey HaShem's commandments..."
Jonathan writes, "Our collective memory as the people of G-d is rooted in the stories and texts of the Bible; we neglect them at our peril. Rav Sha'ul told the Corinthians..."
Jonathan writes, "Where does that leave us today? Can we assume that the character of the Land of Israel - the Holy Land - applied to land in general around the world?"
Jonathan writes, "Do we have a tendency to think that our 'offerings' - whether financial, service, goods, care, listening - are just extras, as and when we feel like it or feel particularly 'moved', or do we recognise that we have basic obligations as participants in the kingdom of G-d?"