I made this video for you to say Shabbat Shalom from the Holy Land. This week's portion, parashat Hukkat, takes place in the Negev desert, in the city of Arad. I made this video for you all IN ARAD, in HD reality. There are a few seconds where the audio is compromised because of strong winds (as you will see, there are no buildings to block the strong gusts), but you'll get the idea. Basic message: "Reading the Tanakh where it happened is the most incredible experience!"
This portion is filled with connections to ancient and modern Israel. One small example is that in Numbers 21:9, God tells Moses to make a brass snake to save the people from snake bites. As a result of this verse from this week's portion, we were given the following logo for the Israeli Medical Corps. All Israeli soldiers in the medical corps have this symbol on their uniforms:
The Torah recounts the sacred stories of our ancestors who lived in this blessed land, and we continue their story by living our lives in this incredible location. You can hear a little bit more about these connections from my video below.