Jonathan writes, "Taking a few steps back from His work, G-d then paused to look around at the results of six days of unique and unparalleled craftsmanship."
Jonathan writes, "So if we are surrounded by the bounty of the harvest and HaShem's many blessings, why does our text tell us to be 'nothing but joyful'?"
Jonathan writes, "The book of the prophet Jonah is read each year during the afternoon service on Yom Kippur. Its four chapters tell the story of a prophet who was told to go and pronounce HaShem's judgement upon Nineveh..."
Jonathan writes, "What do we do when we realise that, almost without our noticing and certainly without our intention, some invisible line has been crossed and, no matter what we do, there's no going back and we just won't get to do some or many of the things for which we had been longing and working all these years?"
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..."