JEWISH VOICE BLOG

Israel explores “Plan B” for Iran amidst threats

October 22, 2021

“The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NIV) Shalom, my friend. As I write to you today, my attention is turned towards the words of the Psalmist who acknowledges the reality of God strengthening His people — and blessing them with peace. There’s an underlying tension in the above verse. We will face circumstances that will require a supernatural measure of strength to endure and overcome. But in the midst of it all we’ll experi...

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Good News - Quarter 4, 2021

October 15, 2021

From drugs and violence to hope for a better future You helped a young family make it through the pandemic Kalia has three young children and is doing her best to raise them all by herself in a country that is not familiar to her. When Kalia and her husband moved from Ukraine to Israel, they just had one child, Daniel. Her husband was in recovery for his drug addiction. Subsequently, the couple had another child, Vivian. She is severely disabled because of her father’s drug abuse. It...

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Prayer Points: Prayer moves mountains...

October 13, 2021

“I thank my God at every memory of you, always praying with joy in every prayer of mine for you all, because of your sharing in the Good News from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5). We thank God for you and are so grateful for your prayers. Prayer moves mountains, opens doors, and prepares hearts to receive the Good News. Each time you pray, the Lord uses those prayers to further accomplish His plans and purposes for Israel and the Jewish people through us together. Here are som...

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Iran claims war with Israel has started

October 08, 2021

“The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NIV) Shalom, my friend. In whatever you’re facing today, I pray God’s strength and peace for you. I’m reminded, that no matter what we face – no matter what God’s Chosen People face – He’s close at hand to bring strength and peace. That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join with me and everyone at Jewish Voice as we pray for Israel. The conflict with Iran continues to fester. There’s unsettling...

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Families in Israel need your help

October 08, 2021

When Neviah (we have changed her name to protect her privacy) and her husband immigrated to Israel from Azerbaijan with their two sons, she had hope for a brighter future. Unfortunately, not long after their daughter was born, Neviah’s husband turned violent. He was an alcoholic and began drinking more. Neviah feared for herself and her children. After a particularly violent attack by her husband, the neighbors called the police, and he was arrested and put in jail. Neviah worked two jobs ...

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The Jewish Calendar

October 04, 2021

Why do Jewish holidays change dates every year? Actually, they don’t. They just follow a different calendar. Most of the world uses the Gregorian calendar, which is based on the solar year. The Jewish calendar is called lunisolar, meaning it is a combination of the lunar and solar cycles. The lunar cycle is the time it takes the moon to orbit the Earth, which happens monthly. The solar calendar is based on the time it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun, which is one year. As a lunisolar cal...

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Iron Dome controversy and the U.S. relationship with Israel

October 01, 2021

“I will bless those who bless you.” Genesis 12:3a (NIV) Shalom, my friend. I’m thankful to God for partners and friends who are eager and generous in their support for Israel and her people. Please know you are valued and your prayers are deeply appreciated. That’s why I wanted to make sure you saw the anti-Semitic sentiment in the words and actions of some of America’s elected representatives last week regarding the U.S. providing critical funding for the Iron Dome Defense System....

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Simchat Torah – The Joy of My Heart

September 27, 2021

It is good and just. It is trustworthy and faithful. It is firm. Boundless. Eternal. It is true and right, thoroughly tested. It is wonderful and delightful. It is sweeter than honey. It is more precious than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. So says the writer of Psalm 119. What does he speak of? The Word of God. Simchat Torah means “Joy of the Torah.” It is a holiday set aside to celebrate the gift of God’s Word. Jewish people stay up through the night reading the...

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Historic Abraham Accords and what it means for the future of Israel

September 23, 2021

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’” Psalm 122:6-7 (NIV) Shalom, my friend. While we celebrate many victories this week – including the one-year, historic celebration of the Abraham Accords and the capture of the final two escaped prisoners - I’m reminded by the Scriptures that we must remain vigilant in praying for continual peace. That’s why I want to invite you to continue to...

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What does it mean to bless Israel?

September 21, 2021

“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation.” (Romans 10:1 TLV) I’m so thankful you share my love and concern for Israel and her people. Together, by meeting needs and sharing the Good News with Jewish people, you and I play a role in fulfilling prophecy! The Bible tells us that the spiritual restoration of Israel is essential to the return of Jesus and the fulfillment of God’s plan. In the verse above — Romans 10:1 — you can see tha...

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