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A Joyous Festival to You!

October 14, 2016

Sukkot is the last of the annual feasts for the Jewish year, and it celebrates God’s provision with rejoicing and thankfulness. It’s the only one of the annual feasts in which God commanded there be rejoicing! God instructed His people to build booths (also called tabernacles) and live in them for the week-long feast of Sukkot. Forsaking our comfortable homes to dine and sleep in sukkot (booths) reminds us of God’s provision for the Israelites in the wilderness and of all that He has provided...

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This Threat Has Not Gone Unnoticed

October 14, 2016

UNESCO, the United Nations agency charged with dealing with cultural heritage sites, is at it again. Almost one year ago to the day, I warned readers in this space of plans by UNESCO to pass a resolution officially declaring Jerusalem’s Western Wall a part of the Muslim Al Aqsa Mosque. As I write these words, UNESCO’s Executive Board is meeting in Paris through October 18. Item 25 on the board’s agenda, under the title “Occupied Palestine,” appears to be the long-feared attempt by the Unit...

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Praying for All Israel to be Saved During Yom Kippur

October 14, 2016

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It is described in Leviticus chapters 16 and 23 and it was the one day of the year that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies with blood to seek atonement for Israel's sins. Even today, Jewish people may greet one another with the statement, “May your name be inscribed in the book of life,” as Yom Kippur is deemed the day God seals destinies, for good or bad, for the coming year. Believers i...

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Jewish Ethipoian's Three Year Wait is Over

October 07, 2016

Amid civil unrest in Ethiopia, the first group of Jews since 2013 is set to arrive in Israel this month, and more than 9,000 are still waiting to reunite with both tribe and family. Ethiopian immigration to Israel is resuming after a 3-year freeze. The first group of 78 Ethiopian Jews to move to Israel after waiting for three years will arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on a flight approved by the Interior Ministry in 2013—one that never took off due to lack of budget for their abso...

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Yom Kippur through the Eyes of Longing

October 06, 2016

The air around the tabernacle is thick today. It is Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement when the Almighty and Holy God covers our sin. We haven’t eaten anything. God commanded that we afflict our souls, so we fast. He also commanded a complete Sabbath, so, we don’t do any work. There is nothing to keep our minds off the hunger we feel. Nothing to distract us from the meaning of this day. I think that’s how God wanted it. I feel the guilt of my sin today more than any other da...

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Yom Kippur and Man’s Need of Atonement

October 06, 2016

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest holiday of the Jewish year. It is a day that reminds us of our sin and our need of atonement before a holy God. In ancient days, the Day of Atonement was a solemn day for Israel. The High Priest first offered a sacrifice for his own sin and the sin of his household. Then, he offered the sacrifice for the nation of Israel. Two goats were brought to him. One was sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people. The priest laid his hands on the...

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A Clear Threat Against Israel is Heard

October 05, 2016

In the Aftermath of A Dangerous Coup, A Clear Threat Against Israel is Heard You’re probably aware of the recent troubling news coming out of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey sits at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East; it has historically been a secular, modern nation with a majority Muslim population. It has a formidable military, and it sits only a few hundred miles due north of Israel. Normally, I would not write to you in my monthly letters about events in this nation.But anti...

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Today on Jewish Voice: David Barton

October 04, 2016

The Jefferson Lies is back, and historian and author David Barton sits down with Jonathan Bernis to discuss the historical research behind his book and sets the record straight to reveal the innovator and classical renaissance man who revered Jesus and whose pioneering stand for liberty and God-given inalienable rights fostered a better America.

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With your support we've accomplished so much more!

October 04, 2016

“I will go before you and make crooked places straight. I will shatter bronze doors and cut through iron bars. I will give you treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, so you may know that I am ADONAI, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name” (Isaiah 45:2-3). Four hours before our recent medical clinic opened, God spoke to a pregnant woman and told her to start walking to Hosanna. Four hours later, she arrived to find us there. She was our first patient – and our second...

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U.S. and Israel – What Will the Future Hold?

September 30, 2016

As the U.S. prepared for and reacted to the first debate of 2016 between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a state visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led to meetings with both presidential hopefuls to ensure strong U.S.–Israel relations. After privately meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Clinton camp released a statement reiterating her opposition to the UN intervening and imposing a solution on Israel and the Palestinians. While Netanyahu’s readout of his meeti...

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