PM NETANYAHU DECLARES: The Torah is the Rock of our Existence
Without the Bible and the ancient link to our Land, there is no significance for the Jewish presence in Israel, said Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara hosted a special meeting of the Tanakh (Bible) Study Circle in honor of the Jewish New Year in the Prime Minister’s Residence.
Netanyahu spoke of the crucial significance the Bible has to the Jewish presence in the Holy Land. “Whoever participates in this Circle on a regular basis knows that I once said that the Tanakh is the rock of our existence… there is no other significance to our being here without our link to our Land and this Book.”
He shared of his custom to read the Tanakh every Shabbat, with his son if he is on vacation or without him if he is not. “I draw great inspiration from it, he said during the seventh meeting of the Bible study group, held in memory of the Netanyahu’s late father-in-law Shmuel Ben-Artzi.
“We are presently finishing the Book of Deuteronomy. After it comes the Book of Joshua. The custom that I have with Avner [Netanyahu’s second son] is that after we finish the weekly Torah and Haftara readings, we simply read sections from the Tanakh. It always reflects on contemporary events. It always touches on the present and on the eternal life of humanity in general and our people in particular.”
He also stressed the importance of Israeli children reading the Tanakh, which would “establish their knowledge of our culture and our heritage, which are the story of faith, history and morality between man and man and between man and G-d, morality for all humanity. This is first and foremost.”
Modern Lessons from Ancient Texts
The Bible’s lessons are of great significance to Israel’s current battles, the Israeli premier said.
“I say this at a time when there is a contrary trend among the nations of the world, a trend that would continue to deny our rights and our link to this land and indeed to life. The various boycott movements have struck at our people for thousands of years. We are boycotted and denigrated
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