A Sign of Hope Amid Smoldering Israeli Cities

From the moment I walked into the Arab man’s car repair garage I felt like a welcomed guest. Yousef* waved me over to a chair next to his. “Come. Drink some coffee.” This was before any discussion of the repair I came for. But Yousef was clearly not in a hurry.  As the morning progressed,… Read more »

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Jerusalem: Profound and Problematic

As I write these words, it is Jerusalem Day. It marks the reunification of Jerusalem and the restoration of Jewish sovereignty over the Old City following the Six Day war of June 1967. I am moved to realize this momentous fulfillment of biblical prophecy—the longing of God’s heart for the city He calls His own… Read more »

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Quiet Desperation or Passionate Involvement?

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Though a 19th century man, he could already see the 21st century security guard who never smiles, even when happy little children pass by. He anticipated the wrung-out single mom juggling three kids, a job and an aging mother with Alzheimer’s. The… Read more »

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Tikkun Origins: Rediscovering a 1st Century Way of Life- Part 2

For more on this Origins Saga, See Part 1. Even if your exiles are at the ends of the earth, from there He will gather you and bring you back (Deuteronomy 30:4). In the early 90s, both Asher Intrater and I were being pulled to Israel, to play a small part in the fulfillment of… Read more »

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Up from the Ashes

A quintessentially Israeli public event is the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) ceremony. Held at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, it features the lighting of six torches in remembrance of the six million Jews who were wantonly and brutally executed in the Nazis’ “final solution.” One of the speakers at the ceremony… Read more »

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Wrestling With Tisha B’Av

How does God redeem tragedy? Is there a higher plan? Can terrible events and situations ever contain the seeds of a greater good? How can we respond so as to move forward with God’s work in the earth? How can we guard against disillusionment? How can we encourage others who are walking through nightmares of… Read more »

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Driving Through a Storm?

Decades ago, our family drove through a blinding snowstorm at night on an interstate highway in Arizona on our way to a winter-break vacation in sunny California. As the car’s headlights reflected off the barrage of white flakes, we slowed to a crawl, straining our eyes to see the highway markings and not stray off… Read more »

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Tikkun Origins: Rediscovering a 1st Century Way of Life

Forty years ago, in 1981, we were brought into each other’s lives, having no way of knowing that we’d become covenant brothers and still be serving Yeshua together all these years later. Dan Juster, Asher Intrater, and Paul Wilbur were to become enduring friends, loyal partners, and incomparable influencers in my life. How did we… Read more »

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A Plea from Our Father

As a ninth grade student in the beginning of the 1960s, I could see that the world was headed for atomic destruction. The Cold War, between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., threatened to blow up the globe. International tensions became common knowledge with the advent of daily television news coverage. Tragically, our world is still… Read more »

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Hard Times

The World’s in Crisis – So What’s New? The TIME Magazine photo cover for October 13, 2008 was a 1930’s “soup line” with the title “The New Hard Times.” This year’s global economic and virus crises have touched virtually every resident of the planet. The U.S. elections signify a major change in direction. In Israel,… Read more »

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