Blessing the Mothers Among Us

In Jewish households around the world, there is a tradition on Friday evening as families welcome in the Shabbat after lighting the candles. The father speaks a blessing over his sons, daughters and wife. The blessing often involves reading Proverbs 31:10-31 in praise of the virtuous wife. This is also a way of showing appreciation… Read more »

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Turning Good Things Into Idols?!

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul addresses believers who “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thessalonians 1:9). Idol worship takes on many forms. All too often at one point or another we may cross the line and find ourselves making an idol out of something. One… Read more »

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When We See His Face, our Face Changes

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” (Numbers 6:22-27) _________________ When we see His face, our face changes. It is the manifestation of the priestly Aaronic Blessing on our lives…. Read more »

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Crude Oil/Tar Spill Damaging Israel’s Whole Coastline

Over the last few days, black tar has washed up all along the shores of Israel from Ashkelon in the south all the way to the Lebanese border at Rosh Hanikra, causing damage to sea animals and ecosystems. I myself just walked there and saw fish and squid dead on the shore. The Western coast… Read more »

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Bite your Tongue?

There is much in the Word of God relating to the tongue. From James 3:1-12, we see how the tongue, as small as it is, has such a profound effect. It is like a bit in a horse’s mouth, like the rudder of a ship and like the flame of a single match that is… Read more »

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Begin the Change

I was born and raised in the city of Akko. As a young boy, due to a fever, I lost 80% of my hearing. Because of this, I was labeled by teachers and ridiculed by children. As I think back on that difficult time, I realize that if you want to change yourself or the… Read more »

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“Dancing” at the Wrong Wedding?

Over the years at political rallies, Netanyahu’s supporters have at times chanted “Bibi, King of Israel.” “So […Israel] asked for a king to lead them. Samuel thought this was a bad idea, so he prayed to the Lord. The Lord told Samuel, ‘Do what the people tell you. They have not rejected you. They have rejected me. They… Read more »

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Back to the Future

Have you ever seen a movie about travelling backward or forward through time to visit the same place in which you currently live? Now imagine you are standing here in Israel today, looking back one hundred years. What would you see? You would see British policemen and the British army, sovereign over this land. What would… Read more »

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The Time of Our Rejoicing and His Outpouring

We just celebrated the Feast of Sukkot. It is known by many names, including The Feast of Tabernacles, The Time of Our Joy, and Our Time to Rejoice (Hag Z’man Simchateinu). Two references to rejoicing can be found regarding Sukkot in Deuteronomy 16:13-17: “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have… Read more »

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How will we conquer?

Are you familiar with the story of the twelve spies sent out by Moses to go into the land of Canaan and secretly explore the land promised to their forefathers? In Numbers 13:16-20, Moses instructed them what to look for: “Is the promised land fruitful? Is it going to be easy to conquer?” The spies… Read more »

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