Letter From Jerusalem

Avraham ben Yaakov

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Shalom! Welcome!

These letters are for you, no matter what your background or beliefs, sent to you with love from the heart of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We need empowering Torah ideas on how together we may make something better out of today’s divided, troubled world, with perspectives on Current Events, End of Days, In-gathering of the Souls of Israel and the Righteous of the Nations, our yearning for Mashiah and freedom from the yoke of the wild and wicked. If we will search for the Unity that underlies our very diversity, we may learn to respect one another and follow the ways of peace.

“For then will I turn to the peoples a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of God to serve Him with one accord.” (Tzephaniah 3:9)

“Then they that fear God will speak to one another, and God will listen and hear, and a book of remembrance will be written before Him for those who fear God and think upon His Name.” (Malachi 3:16)

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Avraham Ben Yaakov

Jerusalem-based Avraham ben Yaakov is a Torah teacher & author of translations and commentaries on Bible, Hassidut, Kabbalah, Spiritual Growth, Health, Healing and the Environment.

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