Thought of the Week: Vayeishev - 5778


On Chanukah, as we celebrate the rededication of the Beit Hamikdash, we also rekindle within ourselves our connection to the location of the Temple and to the city of Yerushalaim.

For the past two thousand years, a day has not passed where we as a nation have not turned to the Almighty in prayer asking for the nation to return home and see Yerushalaim in its full glory.

Seventy years ago we merited to see the establishment of the Jewish state, and nineteen years later a return to the city that is the heart of the land.

Unfortunately, the nations of the world have not recognized Yerushalaim as the capital of the State.  This lack of recognition is not just wrong, but also a denial of our historical connection and deep roots to the land.

This past Wednesday we merited to hear a new voice, the voice of courage.  The proclamation by the President of the United States finally recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel, and a commitment to relocate the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, is an event to celebrate.

We are grateful to President Trump for his determination, and at the same time call on the Government of Canada and of all nations of the world, to do the same.

On this Chanukah let us thank Hashem for all the good, and commit ourselves to his teachings, so that we may merit a complete return to Yerushalaim.

Chanukah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom