JEWISH VOICE BLOG

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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Prayer Points: You make this life-saving work possible

September 20, 2021

We are so grateful to be headed to Ethiopia again! We appreciate your prayer covering for this Outreach – before, during and after. Your intercession prepares the way not only for the Outreach week but also for the ensuing months and even years. This Medical Clinic will be held in an area with both Orthodox and Evangelical Christians and where local Messianic Believers are already reaching out to other Jewish people. We are excited to partner with them to see Jewish people blessed in the name of...

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Sukkot: The Choice to Rejoice

September 20, 2021

We usually think of joy and happiness as emotions that come to us as a result of pleasant circumstances or good news. But God’s instructions for the Feast of Sukkot reveal that we are more than passive recipients of joy. The fact that He commands Israel to rejoice shows us that joy can be our choice (Leviticus 23:40). Sukkot is a seven-day festival where God commands the Jewish people to do no work on the first day and come together for a sacred assembly. Synagogue services today include wav...

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[Israel] Rocket fire lights up the Strip

September 17, 2021

“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” 2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV) Shalom, my friend. I chose this week’s verse because it is a powerful reminder that we don’t face the darkness of the world alone. As we look at some the latest news from Israel, I strongly encourage you to focus on the eternal light of God that does not waver or fade. Join me in prayer that as the world grows darker, the Jewish people would continue to be drawn to the light of God and accept Yeshua (...

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Yom Kippur – A Profound Time to Explore the Jewish Roots of Christianity

September 16, 2021

Are you missing out? If you read only the New Testament, chances are you are missing the richness of the New Testament visible by understanding its Jewish roots, the very foundation upon which it was laid. God sent His promised Messiah, Jesus, to Earth to live among us within the context of Jewish faith and history found in the Old Testament. Jesus was Jewish. He lived a Jewish life and taught with authority from the Old Testament as the One fulfilling its prophecies. He did not come to star...

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Tensions grow with Israel’s neighbors, here’s how you can pray

September 09, 2021

“From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.” Psalm 3:8 (NIV) Shalom, my friend. Terrorist group Hezbollah appears to be strengthening its grip on Lebanon – which means greater risk for Israel and her people. Israel is also dealing with continued unrest in Gaza and growing tension with Syria. So please join me and all of us here at Jewish Voice Ministries International in praying for God’s will to be done in Israel – and for His grace, protection and bless...

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