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?"
Jonathan writes, "It was the responsibility of the priests and scribes to protect Israel from teachers who would lead Israel astray; they came up to Yeshua while He was teaching in the Temple and asked..."
Jonathan writes, "Are we going to be challenged about our faith and asked provocative and facile questions? You may depend on it! If the Master was challenged in this way, then much more so we as followers of Yeshua can expect the same."
Jonathan writes, "So how do we approach G-d today? Are we aware of His holiness - might our approach incur sin or guilt and, if so, what might happen?"
Jonathan writes, "We have to make that decision and then be intentional about subduing our cravings and desires for material or emotional gratification. The Bible wouldn't tell us we have the choice if it couldn't be done."