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The High Holidays

People connected to the Messianic Jewish movement and Evangelicals with passion for Israel often have a significant understanding of the High Holidays in the Bible and in Judaism. However, it is amazing how many Christians have no significant understanding at all, maybe the majority. This is the period between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur. The… Read more »

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Happy New Year!

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26, 3-4) When Eddie was first diagnosed with brain cancer and we could see the long battle looming in front of us, we wanted… Read more »

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Mutual Blessing

Some people find the word ‘blessing’ to be vague.  However, the word could also be translated enrichment, a gift that brings benefit.  I wrote a book entitled Mutual Blessing, to argue that the whole universe is arranged in an order of mutual blessing or enrichment through interdependence.  The beginning of the Bible reveals God’s order of… Read more »

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Israel’s COVID lockdown coincides with fall holidays

Israel started August with the goal of getting daily new coronavirus infections down from 2000 to under 500 by the end of the month. Unfortunately, we have gone the opposite direction, hitting over 5,000 on Tuesday. With a record spike in coronavirus cases in the past week, Israel is heading into the biblical high holidays under… Read more »

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The Cry to Release Mercy for Others

*An excerpt brought to you here for free, from Patty Juster’s moving, transparent book The Cry God is faithful to hear our cries! And we all can receive the personal grace released when we cry out to Him. But sometimes, when our souls (mind, will, and emotions) are weak within us and we draw near… Read more »

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Turning Up the Heat?

Is it hot where you are?  It’s unseasonably hot here in Israel as I write. Is this a meteorological message from the Lord that He’s “turning up the heat?” I find myself drawing that conclusion. The Corona pandemic wears on and, at least here in Israel, we wear our masks to comply with health precautions…. Read more »

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The Exchanged Life

In 1978, I became the leader of Beth Messiah Synagogue outside Washington, D. C.  A young couple in the congregation soon became friends, Jerry and Jo Miller, who had met and married during the days of my predecessor Manny Brotman.  Jerry became a young elder and eventually served as the primary local pastor after Eitan… Read more »

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Arab League refuses to condemn Israel-UAE deal

In a major blow to the Palestinians, the Arab League voted not to condemn the United Arab Emirates for a normalization deal with Israel, announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Aug. 13. The resolution was proposed by the Palestinian Authority. Debate lasted three hours and “some Arab countries refused to include [a] statement condemning… Read more »

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The Book of Revelation in Our Times

The Book of Revelation provides us with some of the most controversial debates on the interpretation of the Bible.  Yet we are told that we are blessed if we read the book; it is so important that there are great penalties for adding or subtracting from the book.  Certainly, the people to whom it was first sent… Read more »

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A Prayer for Humanity

Shalom! Thank you for the prayers & support that you have delivered through your letters! thank you dearly as well for faithfully standing in partnership with us. As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished… Read more »

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