"Blessed are You, HaShem, our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine."
”Yet again shall you plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria, indeed planters shall plant them and redeem them” (Jeremiah 31:4). “For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel, and the people of Judah are the plant of His joy; and He hoped for justice MISHPAT (see Gen 14:7, "Fountain of Judgment", Num. Ch. 20 ), and, behold, there was injustice; for righteousness (TZEDAKAH), and behold, an outcry” (Isaiah 5:7).


Sabbath Eve Kiddush:
The person reciting the Kiddush ("sanctification," Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it,") holds a cup full of grape wine (or juice) in his right hand. The first paragraph of Kiddush is testimony to the fact that God completed the labor of creation in six days and rested on the seventh (Exodus 20:7-10, 31:12-17). Thus by observing the Sabbath, we bear weekly testimony to God's creation of the Universe. The following Kiddush is recited on Sabbath and on Sabbath Chol Hamoed.

"And there was evening and there was morning the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their array. On the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it He abstained from all His work which God created to make.

Blessed are You, Hashem, our God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.

Blessed are You, HaShem, our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, took pleasure in us, and with love and favor gave us His holy Sabbath as a heritage, a remembrance of creation. (For that day is) the prologue to the holy convocations (the Festivals, Lev. 23), a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt. (For us did You choose and us did You sanctify from all the nations.) And Your holy Sabbath, with love and favor did You give us a heritage. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who sanctifies the Sabbath." (The Complete
ArtScroll Siddur).

Psalm 80:9-20 "
Gefen miMitzrayim tasiya…, “A vine out of Egypt You brought, You drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared a place before it, and it took root and filled the land.” We were that vine – a seedling brought out of the hostility of slavery and planted in holy soil. We grew and filled that land with our mitzvos.


We are astounded at the terrors we have lived through. Lama parazta gedeireha…,
“Why have You then broken down its fences, so that all wayfarers pluck its fruit? The boar of the forest ravages it, and the wild fowl of the field feed upon it.” What happened, we ask? Why have the wildest of enemies taken over our place, our lives?

"Elokim Tzevakos shuv na…, “G-d of Hosts, do return, we beseech You; look down from heaven and behold, and be mindful of this vine.” We don’t begin to understand why. We just beg, “Please, Hashem, look at this vine, Your vine, and give it life once more.”


Vechana asher nata yeminecha…, “May Your Hand rest upon the man of Your right Hand, upon the son of man whom You strengthened for Yourself.” This speaks of the children of Yaakov, Hashem’s “right-hand man.” We ask for nothing in our own right, but in the merit that we are the descendants of great people. (Exodus 4:22, Hosea 11:4).


Velo nasog mimeka…, “Thereby we will not turn back from You, revive us and we will invoke Your Name.” It is in the genes of Yaakov’s children! We will never turn our backs on our destiny. We ask only that Hashem revive us so we can extol His Name throughout the world
( Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin ).

Jeremiah 2:21 " Yet I had planted thee (Israel) a noble vine (SOREK), wholly a right seed (ZERAH EMET); how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine (GEFEN) unto Me?" See Psalm 80:9-20. "The Hebrew word SOREK has the numerical value of 606. Together with the 7 Commandments of the Children of Noah, the total is 613, alluding to the 613 Commandments of the Torah (Rashi, Jeremiah 2:20-21).


Some of the Children of Israel’s finest products are plucked from its vineyard to espouse alien cultures. CHRISTIAN REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY: Before Hebrew Christians, Messianic believers, drink from "the cup of salvation (Psalm 116:13)," they acknowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is the vine (GEFEN) and they are the branches (John 15:1,5); "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." The cup of wine (Sunday's Church Communion) representing the blood of the new covenant (New Testament) "which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 22:20, Matthew 26:28).

But the prophet Zechariah 9:11 confirms that Israel will be set free from the last exile (Edom) because of the covenant at Sinai and the blood of the covenant of circumcision, to which Israel adhered throughout the exile more than they did to the other commandments DESPITE great opposition from among the peoples where they live. As for thee also, because of the blood of thy covenant I send forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water” (exile without Torah knowledge, see Genesis 37:24,28).

 

”And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the hearing of the people; and they said: 'All that the LORD hath spoken will we do, and obey.' And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said: 'Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you in agreement with all these words' (Exodus 24:7-8).


Deuteronomy 5:11-15 "Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD thy God commanded thee. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a sabbath unto the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou. And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

The redemption from Egypt "by the blood of the lamb:" "In the pagan Egyptian society where the Jewish people were enslaved, the lamb was considered a sacred god,..  In ancient Egypt, molesting a lamb in any way was considered a crime punishable by death... In Exodus 8:26, Moses explained to Pharaoh that if the Israelites were to kill these animals before the Egyptians, they would be stoned to death.  The Almighty, therefore, used this to test the faithfulness of the Jewish people by commanding them to not only kill Egypt's sacred god, but also to publicly place the lamb's blood on their doorposts for all to see.  Only those Israelites who, like Abraham, demonstrated that their fear of God exceeded their fear of the Egyptians, would be deemed worthy to have their homes passed over during the tenth and final plague (
Rabbi Tovia Singer: Did the Passover Lamb Foreshadow Jesus ?).  

For Christians and messianic believers Jesus is the "Lamb of God" (John 1:29,36, Rev. 7:10,17, 19:9, 21:22-23, 22:1,3).
The blood was a sign to the Egyptians that every Jewish household had slain their god. The purpose for the blood on the doorpost was a witness of Jewish obedience to HaShem and defiance of the Egyptian lamb god.

However, throughout the Jewish scriptures; Israel is depicted as "the lamb of God". Psalm 44:12,23 " You deliver us as sheep to be eaten, and You scatter us among the nations... For it is for Your sake that we are killed all the time, [that] we are considered as sheep for the slaughter." Psalms 100:3 "Know ye that the LORD He is God; it is He that hath made us, and we are His, His people, and the flock of His pasture." (74:1, 78:52, 79:13, 119:176). "All we like sheep did go astray, we turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath made to light on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, though he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth."

See also Jeremiah 11:19, 12:13, 13:20, Ch. 23 "Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the LORD..." 50:6 "My people hath been lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting-place. " Ezekiel Ch. 34. 

Micah 2:12-13 "I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will render them all as sheep in a fold; as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is gone up before them; they have broken forth and passed on, by the gate, and are gone out thereat; and their king is passed on before them, and the LORD at the head of them." Zech. Ch. 10.

In the end the Messiah will return the tribes unto the original vine; Israel (Genesis 49:11-12, Zechariah 9:9) "Binding his foal unto the vine (GEFEN), and his ass's colt unto the choice vine (SOREK); he washeth his garments in wine, and his vesture in the blood of grapes; His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk." Wine, water, bread, honey and milk are metaphors for Torah knowledge (Isaiah 55).

Jeremiah 3:12-4:2 "A voice is heard on the hilltops, the crying of the Children of Israel's supplications, for they have corrupted their ways, they have forgotten HaShem, our God... Truly it was falsehood that we worshiped... for truly in HaShem, our God, is the salvation of Israel..."

Exposé: Blatant Anti-Jewish Policy in Judea and Samaria: Exposé: the head of the Civil Administration ordered demolition of unauthorized building by Jews but not by Arabs in Judea and Samaria. A leaked internal document shows that the head of the Civil Administration ordered a discriminatory policy of demolition of unauthorized building by Jews but not by Arabs in Judea and Samaria, in direct contradiction to government promises to the High Court (INN, 9/6/2011).

Shocking Video Testimony from Migron Destruction: A video filmed by residents during the Migron destruction speaks for itself. Warning: Emotionally wrenching if you love Israel. Migron Destruction: Direct Order from Barak:Barak overturned emergency stay injunction to destroy Migron homes; prosecutors accused of ‘breaking the law in the name of the law’ (INN, 9/13/2011).

Isaiah 1:27 “Zion shall be redeemed through justice (MISHPAT) and her penitent through righteousness (TZEDAKAH, charity, good deeds).”

Daniel 12:3 “And the wise (who engaged in the commandments) will shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who bring the multitudes to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” The rabbis of the Talmud state that the category of “the wise” includes every DAYAN (“judge”) who judges truthfully as well as those who go around collecting charity, while “they who turn many to righteousness” are those who teach Torah to little children (Bava Basra 8b) ( KNOW YOUR BIBLE, Azamra.org ).

Isaiah 53:11 "From the toil of his soul he would see, he would be satisfied; WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear." The role of the Priesthood is to bear iniquity (Numbers 18:1,23). "In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory" (Isaiah 45:25). "In Christian theology it was not Jesus knowledge, which justified the world. It was his blood. Isaiah does not talk about a crucified or killed Messiah in Ch. 53. The Prophet is referring to the Almightys Servant Israel (or the Moshiach) who with his knowledge confirms to the world, that there is no god or savior beside the God of Israel" (Rabbi Tovia Singer).

Malachi 3:8-10 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye rob Me. But ye say: 'Wherein have we robbed Thee?' In tithes and heave-offerings (terumah-levy). Ye are cursed with the curse, yet ye rob Me, even this whole nation. Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency.

VIDEO: Open a Window to the Shomron:  Events of life in the Jewish towns and hilltop communities of the Shomron. Givot Olam also contains the largest ancient Jewish winepress and wine cellar ever found in the region, dating back 3,200 years - almost to the time of Joshua's conquest of the land.

“And Esau was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field…” (Genesis 25:27). “She contemplates a field and purchases it…” The Torah muzzles Esau, the “man of the field,” with a muzzle and a bridle (Rashi), “from the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard” (Proverbs 31:16).

Psalm 107:35-43 ” He makes a desert into a pool of water, and a wasteland into springs of water." He makes a ruined settlement into a building and restores it to its original state (Rashi). " And He settles the hungry there, and they establish an inhabited city. And they sow fields and plant vineyards, which produce fruits and grain.

 

And He blessed them, and they multiplied exceedingly, and their animals did not decrease. Whereas they were few and they sank down from dominion, trouble, and sorrow. And He strengthened the needy from poverty and made him families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, and all injustice shuts its mouth. He who is wise will keep these in mind, and they will ponder the kind deeds of the Lord.”

 

This Psalm of thanksgiving describes those who experience God’s deliverance – from desolation, from captivity, from sickness and from the sea... They must publicize their personal experience of God’s kindness so that others too, may gain increased awareness of His Providence.

Malachi 3:11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your good, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your land; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts."

Providing proper support for Israel's spiritual ministers and teachers is the very key to national as well as international prosperity (Isaiah 24:1-6, Joshua 1:8). Torah scholars are meant to serve as HaShem's priests, whose task will be to bring the nations back to the path that they deviated from , teach them about the unity of God and His Torah (Isaiah 61:6-11, Ex. 19:5-6), and to know and fear God. (Job 28:28, Prov. 1:24-33, 5:7-14). Peace will come to the world when the nations embrace God's Torah and the Seven Laws of Noah.

In II Kings Ch. 7 we learn that King Jehoram’s officer could not believe that God had the power to send a miracle at the height of a murdeours famine in Shomron. See "Apartheid." "
And Elisha said, "Hearken to the word of the Lord. So has the Lord said, "At this time tomorrow, a seah of fine flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley will sell for a shekel in the gate of Samaria." And the king's officer upon whose hand he would lean, answered the man of God, and said, "Behold, if the Lord makes windows in the sky, will this thing come about?" And he said, "Behold, you will see with your own eyes, but you shall not eat therefrom." The Aramean enemy had fled east of the Jordan and the starving inhabitants came out of Shomron to the Aramean camp and took their food for themselves and their animals in abundance, just as Elisha had prophesied, while the king's aide, who had expressed his disbelief, witnessed the miracle but lost his life in the rush for food.

Jordanian Politicians Fear PA State at Home:  Anger at Israel expressed this week during Jordan's parliamentary election campaign stems from the fear that the Hashemite Kingdom may be forced to accept back the Palestinian Arabs that came under Israel's sovereignty following the 1967 Six Day War.

This “land” was originally delineated to include all of what is today Jordan as well as all the territory west of the Jordan River. In 1923, Britain created a new political entity, Transjordan, and suspended the right of Jews to live east of the Jordan River. And then, in an historical irony, a Saudi Arabian refugee, Abdallah, who was fleeing the Wahabis in Saudi Arabia, was given the opportunity to establish an Arab Kingdom where none had existed – only Jews.

Myths & Facts Online: Israel’s Roots By Mitchell G. Bard




In 1922, the League of Nations confirmed the British Mandate of Palestine, territory taken from the Ottoman Empire following World War I. The Mandate charged Britain with securing the establishment of the Jewish national home, and safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine.

 

The members of the League of Nations did not create the rights of the Jewish people, but rather recognized a pre-existing right, that had been expressed by the 2,000-year-old quest of the Jewish people to re-establish their homeland. Just a few months later, Britain decided to lop off 77 % of the land and use it to establish the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan (Jordan). Now, Israel is left with less than 20% of the Mandate Land. Prior to 1967, Jordan had occupied the West Bank and Egypt had occupied the Gaza Strip; their presence in those territories was the result of their illegal invasion in 1948, in defiance of the UN Security Council. (Read more: From 'Occupied Territories' to 'Disputed Territories' by Dore Gold). See also: The Future Boundaries Of The Land Of Israel.


God will surely "command the skies above and open the doors of heaven"  to satisfy the needs of hungry souls - if we support the study and teaching of the Torah - and do what they teach us to do. See Psalm 78, Exodus Ch. 16, Deuteronomy Ch. 8, 11:8-17.

Abdullah II: Jordan Is Not Palestine:    Jordan's King Abdullah II reaffirmed his government's rejection of his father and grandfather's historic policy that "Jordan is Palestine" on Monday. "The so-called 'substitute homeland' exists only in the minds of the weak," Abdullah told reporters, stressing "the Jordanian option is an illusion. Jordan is Jordan, and Palestine is Palestine." (INN, 9/12/2011). 

The Shomron Liason Office andShuva Israel are proud of the fact that we have invested considerable sums (mostly donated by Zionist Christians) in planting vineyards in the Mountains of Samaria, fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah 61:4-5, 62:8-9, 65:8-9,21-22 and Ezekiel 36. "Those who sow with tears will reap with song" (Psalm 126). So do Israel in exile sow charity in tears, and they will reap it when You pay their reward in the very near future.

Psalm 126:1-4 "When the LORD brought back those that returned (from Babylonia) to Zion, we were like unto them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the nations: 'The LORD hath done great things with these.' The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced.

Turn our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the dry land." See Isaiah Ch. 35, 43:15-21, 42:15-16, 41:17-20, 49:8-13, 51:3.

So too, what we together sow in this Land (charity, kindness, compassion) is what we together shall reap. Proverbs 11:18 ”...he that soweth righteousness (TZEDAKAH) hath a sure reward" (EMET=TRUTH). Hosea 10:12 "Sow to yourselves according to righteousness TZEDAKAH, reap according to mercy/kindness CHESED, break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, till He come and cause righteousness TZEDEK (justice) TO RAIN upon you."

"And He shall come unto us as the rain (like rain which comes to be life for the world, for then He will come to teach life, instruct you in righteousness, that will come to us), as the latter rain that watereth the earth" (Hosea 6:3, Zech. 10:1). Isaiah 44:3-4

”For I will pour water upon the thirsty land (him who is thirsty) and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour My spirit upon thy seed (Isaiah 32:15, Joel 3, Ez. 36:25-27), and My blessing upon thine offspring (61:9, 65:23);.." See also Isaiah 41:17-20, Ch. 35, 32:15-19, Ez. 34:26-27, Joel 3:18.

Moshe asked that his teaching, the Torah, penetrate the nation like life-giving rain and dew, and make it fruitful (Deut. 32:1-2). "Truth will sprout from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven. God too will give good, and our land will give its produce" (Psalms 85:11-14). ”Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, that they may bring forth salvation, and let her cause righteousness to spring up together; I the LORD have created it" (Isaiah 45:8, Psalm 72:1-6, Job 29:19-25, Joel 2:21-27).

Isaiah 65:8-9 ”Thus saith the LORD: As, when wine is found in the cluster, one saith: 'Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it'; so will I do for My servants' sakes, that I may not destroy all. And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of My mountains; and Mine elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there.” God will always leave a remnant for Himself (See Jeremiah 31:34-36, Isaiah 1:1-10, 10:20-23, 32:13-18, 45:17-25, 48:17-19, 49:7-13, 57:13, 60:21-22, Amos 9:11-15).

 

Interested in volunteering in the vineyards of Biblical Samaria? Go to http://www.hayovel.com/  press on “contact us” and inquire regarding the wine harvests September 1 - November 24, 2011. 

Everyone Loves Shomron's Wine, Even the 'Leftists' : INN TV takes a tour of the Tura winery which is located in the Samaria community of Rechelim. Established in 2003, today the winery produces 14,000 bottles with four different types of wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a port-style dessert wine called Portura.


“We are the vine-growers as well as the winemakers and we grow the grapes on Har Bracha,” explained Vered Ben-Saadon of Yekev Tura. “There is a very unique terroir there which produces the most quality grapes. Today, many wineries are willing to pay any price in order to get grapes from Har Bracha” (INN, 5/16/2011).


Deuteronomy 27:11-12 "And Moses charged the people the same day, saying: 'These shall stand upon mount Gerizim (Mount of Blessing, Har Bracha) to bless the people, when ye are passed over the Jordan: Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin;.."

Song of Songs 8:11 "Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;.." (KEREM HAIA L'SHELOMOH BAAL HAMON).  “Israel was the vineyard of Him to Whom peace belongs in populous Jerusalem.”

“Vineyard” refers to Israel (Isaiah 5:7); “Baal-hamon” (lit., “the owner of the multitude”) to Jerusalem, the greatly populated city.

“Solomon” refers to God (see 1:1); “The song of songs,.."  (SHIR HASHIRIM – ”The song that excels all songs.”  The greatest song uttered by Israel to God. "which is Solomon's" (ASHER L’SHELOMOH   - “dedicated to God, Him to Whom peace belongs”).  Solomon is from the Hebrew name Shelomoh, which is derived from the Hebrew word "shalom" meaning  "peace".

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, Solomon is identified as the “son of David.” The omission of David’s name here implies that there is a second SHELOMOH, namely  MELECH SHE-HA SHALOM SHELO “the King to Whom peace belongs,” i.e., God, the Source of peace.

"He gave over the vineyard unto keepers;.." He handed over His people to harsh rulers: Babylon, Media, Greece and Edom/Rome, "the divided kingdom" (Daniel 2:41), between Ishmael and Esau, represented by Muslims and Christians. "...every one for the fruit thereof brought in a thousand pieces of silver." 

Will PA's UN vote be held on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur? Two of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. By doing so, the Palestinians hope to neutralize Israel's ability to speak before the assembly or exert pressure behind the scenes, (YnetNews, 09.13.11).

Song of Songs 8:12 "My vineyard, which is Mine, is before Me!..." God to the nations on Judgment Day: “The vineyard is Mine! Your iniquities are before Me!”  I transferred My vineyard to you, I am still the sole owner. All your injustices against Israel are before Me; nothing eludes Me."

The nations will reply: "... thou, O Solomon, shalt have the thousand,.." “The thousand silver pieces are Yours, You to Whom peace belongs, Whatever we stole from them will all be returned to You. (Haggai 2:6-9, Zech. 14:14).

"...and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred." "And two hundred more to the Sages who guarded the fruit of Torah from our designs. We will recompense Israel’s leaders and Sages (see Isaiah 60:17).

God to Israel ( 8:13): “Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken for thy voice:.”Friends listen to the voice of Israel (Torah and prayer) in the Diaspora, tending the gardens of others, and who dwell in the synagogues and study halls. (See Isaiah 1:28-31, 65:1-5, 66:17). 

'Cause Me to hear it.' "Let Me hear your voice (of Torah), for after you are finished, they will commence to sanctify Me." (Isaiah 66:18).

Israel to God: (8:14) "Flee, my Beloved...” Flee away with us (from our common exile), O God Who has accompanied us throughout every exile! And let us leave our exile together. (Deut. 4:27-31, Ch. 30, Ezekiel Ch. 37, Zechariah 14:4-5, Song of Songs 8:5, Isaiah 66:8, 26:19, 27:12-13, 18:3, 11:10,12, 49:22).

"and be thou like to a gazelle or to a young hart..." Hasten the redemption and rest Your Presence among us. "...upon the mountains of spices." The fragant Mount Moriah, site of Your Temple - may it be rebuilt speedily in our days. Amen.