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the land of Israel

 

The Month of Tammuz: Tammuz: See and Say Only Good Things about the Land of Israel

 

The ill-fated spies, (Numbers 13:1) sent by Moses to spy out the land of Israel and report back to the nation on what they saw, left the desert encampment on the final day of the month of Sivan. They spent the entire month of Tammuz in the land of Israel and returned to the desert encampment on the ninth day of the following month of Av. They spent a total of forty days in the land of Israel, and as a price for the ill words they spoke of her, the entire nation was to spend forty years in their desert exile. The 9th of Av, the day they delivered their evil report, was to become a day of mourning for all generations. It is the day that the first and second Holy Temples were destroyed.

It is our responsibility to reverse the opprobrium thus assigned to the month of Tammuz by being certain to see and to say only good things about the land of Israel each and every day of the month. Therefore, every day of the month of Tammuz we will be posting positive words and pictures of the land of Israel. Your positive words are welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page!

 

1 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Netzach Farbiash via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

A song of Asaph; G-d, G-d HaShem, spoke and called to the earth,
from the rising of the sun until its setting.
From Zion, the finery of beauty, G-d appeared.


Psalms 50:1-2

2 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Romi Yisraeli via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

Behold, HaShem, your G-d, has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as HaShem,
G-d of your fathers has spoken to you; you shall neither fear nor be dismayed.


Deuteronomy 1:21

3 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Yair rand)

 

The sound of my beloved! Behold, he is coming, skipping over the mountains, jumping over the hills.
My beloved resembles a gazelle or a fawn of the hinds; behold, he is standing behind our wall, looking from the windows, peering from the lattices.


Song of Songs 8:9

4 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Almog)

 

A song of ascents of David. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers also to dwell together!
As the good oil on the head runs down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, which runs down on the mouth of his garments.
As the dew of Hermon which runs down on the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forever.


Psalms 133

5 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by orenshatz of the Beit Govrin caves)

 

He founded the earth on its foundations that it not falter to eternity.

Psalms 104:8

6 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Elroyie David)

 

Where birds nest; as for the stork - the high junipers are its home.

Psalms 104:17

7 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel

 

Your wife will be as a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.

Psalms 128:3

8 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by cohensharli)

 

For the vineyard of the L-rd of Hosts is the House of Israel, and the people of Judah are the plant of His joy.

Isaiah 5:7

9 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel

 

"Behold, you are comely, my beloved; behold, you are comely; your eyes are like doves."

Song of Songs 1:15

10 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by ballparkjebusites)

 

And you shall hearken, O Israel, and be sure to perform, so that it will be good for you,
and so that you may increase exceedingly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers,
spoke to you, a land flowing with milk and honey.


Deuteronomy 6:3

11 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Yehudit Garinkol via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

And He will love you and bless you and multiply you;
He will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your soil, your grain, your wine,
and your oil, the offspring of your cattle and the choice of your flocks,
in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.


Deuteronomy 7:13

12 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Eli Zahavi via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

Then, you shall delight with HaShem, and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the land,
and I will give you to eat the heritage of Ya'akov your father, for the mouth of HaShem has spoken.


Isaiah 58:14

13 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by MathKnight and Zachi Evenor)

 

For Hashem will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her wasteland like a garden of Hashem; joy and gladness will be found there, thanksgiving and the sound of music.

Isaiah 51:3

(Thanks to Camie Davis for posting the verse!)

14 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel

 

They came to the Valley of Eshkol and they cut a branch with a cluster of grapes. They carried it on a pole between two people and they also took pomegranates and figs. They called that place the Valley of Eshkol because of the cluster [eshkol] the children of Israel cut from there.

Numbers 14:23-24

15 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo of Shiloh by shemaya spero via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

And she brought him with her when she had weaned him, with three bulls, and one ephah of meal, and an earthenware jug of wine, and she brought him to the house of HaShem, to Shiloh, and the child was young.

1 Samuel 1:24

16 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Doron Erez via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

So says HaShem G-d: And I Myself will take from the lofty top of the cedar, and I will place [it]; I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I Myself will plant it upon a high and lofty mountain. In the mountain of the height of Israel I will plant it, and it will bear boughs and bring forth fruit and become a sturdy cedar, and under it shall dwell all birds of every feather; in the shade of the branches thereof shall they dwell.

Ezekiel 17:22-23

17 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Asaf Z. - he.wikipedia)

 

And you will know that I am HaShem when I bring you to the land of Israel,
to the land that I lifted My hand to give to your forefathers.


Ezekiel 20:42

18 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Oren Peles via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

I am a rose of Sharon, a rose of the valleys.

Song of Songs 2:1

19 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by blackswan)

 

And it will be, when HaShem, your G-d, will bring you to the land to which you come, to possess it, that you shall place those blessing upon Mount Gerizim, and those cursing upon Mount Ebal.

Deuteronomy 11:29

20 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Sigal Ben Amram via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

This sea-great and wide; there are creeping things and innumerable beasts, both small and large. There the ships go;
You formed this leviathan with which to sport.


Psalms 104:25-26

21 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Ori~)

 

And all the Midianites and the Amalekites and those of the east assembled together. And they crossed and encamped in the valley of Jezreel.

Judges 6:33

22 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Ilana Shkolnik via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

The righteous one flourishes like the palm.

Psalms 92:13

23 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Someone35)

 

Return, HaShem, our captivity like rivulets in arid land.

Psalms 126:4

24 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Debi Rubin)

 

Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates, with precious fruits, henna and spikenard.

Song of Songs 4:13

25 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Debi Rubin)

 

A land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, you will lack nothing in it, a land whose stones are iron,
and out of whose mountains you will hew copper.


Deuteronomy 8:9

26 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Yoav Rosenberg)

 

Turn away your eyes from me, for they have made me haughty;
your hair is like a flock of goats that streamed down from Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes that came up from the washing,
all of which are perfect and there is no bereavement among them.


Song of Songs 6:5-6

27 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(photo by Hanay)

 

The brook Kishon swept them away, that ancient brook, the brook Kishon; tread down, O my soul, (their) strength.

Judges 5:21 (Song of Deborah)

28 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(Deborah Weisman via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

But the land, to which you pass to possess, is a land of mountains and valleys and absorbs water from the rains of heaven.

Deuteronomy 11:11

29 Tammuz

 

the land of Israel
(Sigal Ben Amram via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project)

 

The voice of HaShem is upon the waters; the G-d of glory thunders; HaShem is over the vast waters.

Psalms 29:3

 

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