Yirat Shamayim

February 12, 2014, by

(f., plural not generally used); fear of “heaven;” synonymous with “Yirat HaShem,” Fear of HaShem, or Fear of G-d. “Shamayim,” heaven, a spiritual “location,” is assumed to be more-or-less the abode of HaShem, despite these words of Shlomo, builder of the First Temple (“Melachim” 1, 8:27), “Behold, neither the heavens nor the heavens of the […]


June 7, 2006, by

Son of Avraham and Hagar; ancestor of Prophet Mohammed (founder of Muslim Religion); ancestor of the Arab nations.


February 12, 2014, by

The name given by G-d to Yaakov, indicating that he struggled with heavenly and with earthly beings and, based on the idea of “s’rara,” mastery, was able to overcome his rivals The nation which descended from Yaakov and his twelve sons; otherwise known as the Jewish People: otherwise known as the “Chosen People of G-d,” […]

Yissachar (ca. 1562 B.C.E. – ca. 1440 B.C.E.)

February 11, 2014, by

Click on Sons of Yaakov for a general introduction to the lives of these individuals who constituted the original Jewish People. According to Midrash “Yalkut Shimoni,” on Shemot, Yissachar was born on the tenth of Av, and lived 122 years. Yissachar is the fifth son thatLeah bears for Yaakov, and his ninth son overall. Among […]


June 21, 2006, by

One of the “Avot,” the “Founding Fathers” of the Jewish People. The beloved son of Avraham and Sarah, he was the father of Yaakov and Esav, together with Rivkah, his beloved wife. He was the willing participant, as the potential sacrifice, in the trial of “Akeidat Yitzchak.” In one of the conflicts between one of […]

Yom Chamishi

June 21, 2006, by

[m.];the Fifth “Day of Creation,” described in Bereshit 1:20-23 G-d said, “Let the waters swarm with living creatures and the air be filled with winged creatures flying over the Earth. And G-d created the great amphibians (dinosaurs?) and all the living beings that creep that came from the water according to their type, and all […]

Yom Echad

June 21, 2006, by

[m.]; the First “Day of Creation,” described in Bereshit 1:1-5 In the beginning, “E-lohim,” G-d created the “Heaven” and the “Earth.” And the “Earth” was formless and void, and the Divine Presence hovered over the “waters.” G-d said “Let there be ‘light’ ” – and there was “light.” And “E-lohim,” G-d saw the “light,” that […]

Yom HaAtzmaut

February 12, 2014, by

The Independence Day of the State of Israel. The Hebrew date is 5 Iyar, and the original English date, which varies from year to year while the Hebrew date is fixed, was May 14, 1948. On this date, the fledgling State declared its independence, thereby creating the first independent Jewish entity in nearly 1,900 years. […]

Yom HaShishi

June 21, 2006, by

[m.]; the Sixth “Day of Creation,” described in Bereshit 1:24-31 And “E-lohim,” G-d said, “Let the Earth produce living souls: cattle, swarming things and wild beasts, according to their type. And so it was. And G-d made the beasts of the land, and the cattle and the swarming things, each according to their type; and […]

Yom HaShoah Ve-HaGevurah

February 12, 2014, by

Holocaust and Bravery Memorial Day. This Special Day commemorates the awful tragedy that befell the Jewish People at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, in which 6,000,000 innocent victims were killed, including one and a half million children. It also commemorates the valiant efforts of good and brave people, Jewish and non-Jewish, […]