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Best of Israel, January 8 - 18, 2018

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Dr. Jeff

Four Tassels, Rockets

Four Tassels

“You shall make tassels (Heb. gadil, twisted thread, or tassel) on the four corners (Heb. kanaf, plural – kanafot) of the garment with which you cover yourself” (Deut. 22:12).

This is the command to wear a prayer shawl (Heb. tallit).  Immediately following the commandment of the tallit, the Torah states, “I the LORD am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God” (Numb.15:41), thus, linking this commandment to the Exodus.

Jabez: Four Challenges

Jabez: Four Challenges

First Chronicles 1-9 is punctuated by four clear narratives:

a.   4:9, 10:  Jabez asking God to enlarge his borders.

b.  4:39 – 43: Simeonites seized Meunite and Amalekite territory and exterminated the population.

Tones of a Mother: Tradition, Shavuot, Pentecost

Tones of a Mother

The crescent moon glistened high above the Mediterranean Sea, a warship was patrolling the coastline, and within ear range I heard the tender tones of a mother telling the story of her days as a youth to her teenage daughter.  The mother ended up chatting with me explaining her conversation. 

Shoshanna: Siblings Flayed by Nazis

Rose

This is Shoshanna (Rose), 94 years old.  She shared her story with us as she showed us her number that the Nazis tattooed on her arm.

During World War II, Shoshanna, then 21 years old, was taken to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Germany.   She ended up weighing 50 pounds.

Evil Things

Optimism is Not Hope!

Optimism is Not Hope!

Optimism is not hope.  Optimism is a mental positive attitude towards life in general.  Hope is more mysterious and more deep. Hope is like a tether anchored to the rock while your vessel is adrift in the sea of life.  You pull the tether until you reach the shore – it is there that you find stability, rest and peace. 

In a troubled world we struggle to find faith as though faith alone scatters the darkness.  Faith, like Holy Writ, is a lamp that guides our steps, one at a time. 

Hating Jews

 

 

 

“Israel is your home”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel is the only place where Jews can truly feel safe. "This wave of attacks is expected to continue," Netanyahu told his Cabinet. "Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home."- AP, Feb. 16, 2015

Why Hate the Jew?

Feast of Tabernacles

Feast of Tabernacles

(Lev. 23:34-43; Deut. 16:13-15; Num. 29:12-40)

The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths), or Succot (Sukkot), begins at sunset.  It is the third major feast in which the men of Israel were required to go up to Jerusalem.

Hallel

Jewish Holidays - An Introduction

Jewish Holy Days

       The Jewish calendar is replete with celebration and reflection.  Following are a few highlights regarding some of the Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah: (September/October)

       Rosh Hashanah begins the celebration of the Jewish New Year and is also a celebration of the creation of the universe. The shofar (ram’s horn) is blown, special prayers are recited and the culmination of these events fall upon the holiest day in the Jewish year, Yom Kippur.

Q & A Regarding End Times, Israel and Messiah

Q.  Based on your studies, what is your view on the timing of the Rapture?

A.  First of all let’s look at the five main views on the Rapture.

 

1.     Partial Rapture Position: This view states that only believers who are faithfully watching and waiting for the Lord will be raptured at various times before and during the 7 – year Tribulation.  Those who will be raptured are spiritually mature saints, both dead and living.

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