The Sabbath – To Sanctify Time (3)

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To Sanctify Time [Epilogue] – 5.45 minutes 


Our world is a world of space moving through time –
from the Beginning to the End of Days.

One good hour may be worth a lifetime; an instant in returning to God may restore what has been lost in years of escaping from Him.

It is the dimension of time wherein man meets God, wherein man becomes aware that every instant is an act of creation.

To witness the perpetual marvel of the world’s coming into being is to sense the Giver in the given, to realize that the source of time is eternity, that the secret of being is the eternal within time.

The Sabbath leads us to a realm of endless peace, or to the beginning of an awareness of what eternity means.


Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath – A Palace In Time (2)

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A Palace In Time  [Chapter One] – 5.21 minutes


Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth;
on the Sabbath we particularly care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.
The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else.

The seventh day day is a palace in time which we build.

What was created on the seventh day? Tranquility, serenity, peace and repose.


Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath – Architecture of Time (1)

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Architecture of Time – Prologue  – 5 minutes 


There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord.

The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information but to face sacred moments.

The main themes of faith lie in the realm of time. We remember the day of the Exodus from Egypt, the day when Israel stood at Mount Sinai;

and our Messianic hope is the expectation of a day,
of the end of days.


Keren Hannah

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ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (3) – The Final Redemption

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The Final Redemption – 13.47 minutes


Not only is Redemption necessary for man, man is a necessity to Redemption. His actions are vital and affect the course of the process. Man holds the key that can unlock the chains fettering the Redeemer.

The heart of the relationship of God and man is reciprocity, interdependence. The task is to humanize the sacred and to sactify the secular.

The hope is for universal Redemption, for ontological transformation. Yet it seems that fulfillment will come about by degrees. …The point in history at which that restoration [of His Kingdom] will take place remains the secret of the Father.

“It was a hatred without cause that brought about the destruction of the Second Temple. It will be love without cause that will save Israel and all mankind.”
~ First Chief  Rabbi of British Mandate Palestine/Israel, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook


~ Keren Hannah


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ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (2) – Jerusalem And The Wall

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Jerusalem And The Wall – 9.25 minutes


This is a city never indifferent to the sky. …Prayers are vibrant. The Sabbath finds it hard to go away. Here Isaiah heard:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of His glory.  (6:3)

No words more magnificent have ever been uttered. Here was the Holy of Holies.

Jerusalem has the look of a place that is looked at… “the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year till the end of the year.” (Deut 11:12)
Psalms inhabit the hills, the air is HalleluYah!

What is the Wall? The unceasing marvel. Expectations.
The Wall will not perish. The Redeemer will come.

Silence. I hug the stones; I pray. O Rock of Israel, make our faith strong and Your words luminous in our hearts and minds. Pour holiness into our moments.

Once you have lived a moment at the Wall, you never go away.


~ Keren Hannah


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ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (1) – The People And The Land

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The People And The Land – 9.50 minutes


Israel reborn represents a breakthrough into whole new areas of experience and understanding. It defies conventional conceptions, ordinary expectations.
Its essence is a proclamation.

Israel is a miracle in disguise. Things look natural and conceal what is a radical surprise. Zion rebuilt becomes a harbinger of a new understanding, of how history is intertwined with mystery.

Israel is the opposite of commonplace, it is an extraordinary place, and it is on the verge of the extraordinary that we may encounter the marvel….It is an accord of a Divine promise and a human achievement.

To the Jewish people, Eretz Israel is home, hope  and all they can call their own.
It is not only memory, our past, that ties us to the Land, it is our hope, our future.

~ Keren Hannah

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Man Is Not Alone (3) – Religion And Faith – The Holy Dimension

Man Is Not AloneReligion And Faith – 3.50 minutes


Religion for religion’s sake is idolatry.
True religion is for God’s sake.
The goal is “to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”
All existence stands in the dimension of the holy…
There is no escape from God.

~ Keren Hannah


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Man Is Not Alone (2) – Man Is Needed By God

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Man Is Needed By God – 4.01 minutes   [from Ch.20 The Essence of Man]


There is only one way to fumigate the obnoxious air of our world – to live beyond our own needs and interests.
…How can man succeed in breaking out of the circle of his self?

Our needs are temporal, while our being needed is lasting.

The souls of men are candles of the Lord …and every soul is indispensable to Him.

~ Keren Hannah


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Man Is Not Alone (1) – Man Stands Between God And The Beasts

Man Is Not Alone


* Man is always faced with the choice of listening either to God or to the snake.

* Man is the knot in which heaven and earth are interlaced.


Between God and the Beasts   3.25 mins. [from Ch.20 – The Essence of Man]


More from: ‘Man is Not Alone’

[from Ch.15 The Divine Concern]

The concern for others is not an extension in breadth but an ascension, a rise. Man reaches a new vertical dimension, the dimension of the holy, when he grows beyond his self interests, when that which is of interest to others becomes vital to him.

…The self, the fellow-man and the dimension of the holy are the three dimensions of a mature human concern.

…Our first impulse is self-preservation. …If life is holy, as we believe it is, then self-regard is that which maintains the holy. …The moral task is not how to disregard one’s own self but how to discover and be attentive to another self.

The self is not evil. The precept: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” includes the care of one’s own self as a duty. …To serve does not mean to surrender but to share.

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” concludes with the words: “I Am the Lord.” It is this conclusion that contains the ultimate reason for that solemn command. True and timeless is the command; but if God were not God, there would be no truth, no timelessness and no such command.

~Keren Hannah


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Enjoy a wonderful adventure this summer into the thoughts, concepts and inspirations of renowned thinker and author, Abraham Joshua Heschel.
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Join His-Israel each week this summer and be inspired and challenged as Keren shares words, thoughts, concepts and inspirations of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of our favorite teachers and spiritual heroes.


I knew that I guard in my breast
a heaven-gram
for the world,
that God has reserved for Himself
every moment of my life.*

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wore many hats. He was a philosopher, a human rights activist, a Rabbi – teacher, interfaith bridge builder, a writer, a theologian, a poet…

Refreshed and renewed,
Attired in festive garments,
With candles nodding dreamily to
Unutterable expectations,
To intuitions of eternity,
Some of us are overcome with a feeling
As if almost all they would say would be like a veil.
There is not enough grandeur in our souls
To be able to unravel in words
The knot of time and eternity.
One should like to sing for all men,
For all generations…
There is a song in the wind
And joy in the trees.
The Sabbath arrives in the world,
Scattering a song in the silence of the night;
Eternity utters a day. Where are the words
That could compete with such might?***


I  [Cindy] have recently begun to enjoy Heschel’s poetry of deep reverence and love of G-d, human holiness, awe and wonder, passion for truth, and a deep yearning for Tikkun Olam in a world that is broken and corrupt. And I find in his poetry the same deep, thoughtful, raw revelation that I find in all of his works.

God’s tears lie on the cheeks
of shamed, weak people.
Let me wipe away His lament.

He in whose veins there whirls
a quiet shudder before God,
let him kiss the nails of a pauper.

To the worm crushed under-foot,
God calls out “My holy martyr!”

The sins of the poor are more beautiful
than the good deeds of the rich.**


Dr. Susannah Heshcel speaking of her father –

Words, he often wrote, are themselves sacred, God’s own tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness–or evil–into the world. He used to remind us that the Holocaust did not begin with the building of crematoria, and Hitler did not come to power with tanks and guns; it all began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda. “Words create worlds,” he used to tell me when I was a child, “and they must be used very carefully.” Some words, once having been uttered, gain eternity and can never be withdrawn. “The Book of Proverbs reminds us,” he wrote, “that death and life are in the power of the tongue.”


~ Excerpt from the introduction toMoral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity’ Essays by Abraham Joshua Heschel


Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (2nd from right) in the Selma Civil Rights March with Martin Luther King, Jr. (4th from right)

Heschel later wrote, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.”


Heschel in his study



Rabbi Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel.

From Duke University Libraries




*Abraham Heschel, Between Me and the World

** Abraham Heschel, The Sabbath

***Abraham Heshcel, God’s Tears – Man is Holy