I am excited to travel to the Holy Land for our 2016 Israel Tour! We’ve had some great tours and this one is promising to exceed all previous trips!
I am passionate about taking people that have been scattered to all the nations back to the Land that God swore to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give them.
The Torah says that if God’s people were disobedient to God, and disobedient to keeping the Torah of God, they would be punished by being scattered in all the nations of the earth. (See Deuteronomy 28:15, 28:36-37 and 28:45). When these things happened, the covenant that God made with Abraham could not be fulfilled until God’s people returned back to the Torah and kept it with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
If God’s people would repent unto God when they are scattered in the nations of the earth, He promised to redeem His people, bring them back to the Promised Land, and fulfill the promise that He made with Abraham.
“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you, 2 and you return to the LORD your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. 4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5 Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.
Jeremiah 29:14 says:
I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
I am excited to see God using Simchat Torah Beit Midrash to help in fulfilling this prophecy of return right before our eyes. We know God’s people are returning back to the Torah and keeping God’s commands, laws and principles just as the scriptures foretold – the nations are returning to the Holy Land!
Rabbi Ralph Messer