JEWISH VOICE BLOG


Israel faces the growing threat of ISIS

August 31, 2018

The Jerusalem Post in mid-August reported that the Islamic State (ISIS), “Is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.” The U.S. Defense Department, U.S. Congress and the United Nations estimate there are up to 30,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, and the jihadis now are “eyeing a new caliphate in Afghanistan.” What, if anything, does the resurgence of ISIS mean to the Jewish people? The ISIS Threat to Israel ISIS leadership hasn’t yet shown a di...

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Delivering Clean Water and Good News in Mudanda, Zimbabwe

August 30, 2018

Last Friday, an enthusiastic team of Outreach Partners arrived in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. They checked into their hotel and spent the evening resting up from their travel and enjoying a Shabbat service together. The next day, they headed out to the rural region of Mudanda for the 2018 Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI) Mudanda, Zimbabwe Medical Outreach. A typical Medical Outreach with JVMI begins on Sunday. After completing the final set-up and organization of ex...

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Who Are the Tribes of Judah?

August 30, 2018

Sons, tribes, kingdoms. The 12 tribes, southern tribes, northern tribes … It can be confusing. So who are the Tribes of Judah, and was Judah a person, a tribe or a kingdom?” The equally confusing answer is: Yes. Judah is all three. Judah, son of Jacob, founded the tribe of Judah, which in turn become the name of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, comprised of two family lines or the Tribes of Judah. Let’s back up. Jacob –son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham – fathered 12 sons, including Jud...

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Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year

August 30, 2018

One aspect of any kind of new year is an opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months and the hopes for the year ahead. But when it comes to Rosh Hashanah (Roshe Hah-SHAH-nah), the Jewish New Year, this is the very meaning and purpose of the holiday. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year.” Jewish tradition teaches that God made the earth on the same date as the biblical Feast of Trumpets, or Yom Teruah (YOM teh-ROO-ah). For this reason, Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Trumpets a...

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A Year in Messianic Judaism

August 28, 2018

The rhythm of a year is established through changing seasons and the marking of special days. The biblical feasts that God commanded Israel to observe create the framework of a Jewish year. In Leviticus chapter 23, God called these holy days moadim (mo-eh-DEEM), or “appointed times.” They are appointments initiated by Him to meet with His people on special occasions throughout the year. These moadim form the life cycle of a year in Messianic Judaism, and are known to contain foreshadowing of eve...

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5 Things to Consider at Rosh Hashanah

August 28, 2018

“Search me, O God, and know my heart. Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any offensive way within me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ―Psalm 139:23‒24 At Rosh Hashanah (ROSHE Hah-SHAH-nah), Jewish people around the world spend time in reflection and repentance. The Jewish New Year offers the opportunity to examine our lives and our relationships with God. David laid his life open before God asking Him to search his heart and show him where he fell s...

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God hasn’t forgotten them. And neither should we

August 28, 2018

The Bible tells us that, throughout history, the Jewish people have been repeatedly driven out of Israel and scattered to the nations of the world. Many migrated to the land known today as Ethiopia. Called the Beta Israel, this “Lost Tribe of Israel” is believed by many to trace its lineage as far back as the time of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. This community of Jewish people still lives in Ethiopia, enduring unimaginable suffering, including isolation, persecution and poverty....

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You touched 13,225 lives in Enfranz, Ethiopia

August 27, 2018

Throngs of people crowded the lines at our recent Medical Outreach in Enfranz, Ethiopia. The turnout was far beyond our expectations for a first-time location. By the end of the week of providing medical treatment, the Enfranz Clinic had become our third largest ever, with 13,225 people served! Five hundred children participated in our Zehra Kids Program, playing games, coloring and learning about their Jewish heritage and the Good News of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). This was the first time we ha...

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Anti-Israel is anti-Semitic

August 24, 2018

Throughout history, fancy rhetoric and voter indifference has allowed anti-Semitism to creep into the government, educational systems and news media worldwide. This election season, it is strong among an alarming number of U.S. congressional candidates, and the trend extends globally. Anti-Semitism Creeps onto the Ballot Anti-Semitism in the U.S. once was confined to the fringes of the political left and right, and both major political parties reined in these extremist views. In recent...

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