Summertime

“He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3) Every June, when school lets out, we let out a collective sigh of relief that the school year is done. The kids revel in the loosened daily schedule and baulk at the domestic chores which continue to exist. For a short time, there is the illusion that time stands… Read more »

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Sons and Daughters of the Covenant

This weekend was very special for us. We celebrated the Bar Mitzvah* of our third child and first son, Mattan. Truthfully, after the crazy year we have had, we weren’t sure if or how we would be able to celebrate. By God’s grace, the last of the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted just in time to… Read more »

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The Lion Who Roars

We’ve all had those embarrassing moments when you type out a message on your phone and push send, only to find that the auto-correct has changed the intended message to something ridiculous, or worse, something embarrassing.  The other day, I was typing a message which included a street name. The name of the street translated… Read more »

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Problem Solvers

One of my favorite things to do is … grocery shopping! Such a straight-forward solution to basic problems: toilet paper all gone, olive oil almost out … I love the satisfaction of identifying the need, making a grocery list – and then solving the problem at the supermarket. Admittedly, I come from two list-loving parents,… Read more »

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Two Protected Species

Let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me (Psalms 40:11). Protecting the Red (Wildflower) Although I can’t remember the first time someone told me as a new immigrant, still EVERYONE in Israel knows, you are forbidden to pick wildflowers, especially the bright red poppy anemones. Israelis are completely infatuated with the cheerful red… Read more »

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A Diaper Bag for the End-Times?!

“I charge you therefore before God and Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2) Our firstborn daughter is about to be inducted into the Israeli army. It is surreal to think that… Read more »

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A Lesson-Filled Doughnut

Surprise! Here in Israel, we can’t get doughnuts all year round. “Sufganiyot” (the Israeli equivalent for doughnuts) appear in bakeries in November, and stay around only through Hanukkah and the end of December.  As a multicultural family, it seems there is always some holiday we are working towards or recovering from. We recently celebrated Sigd,… Read more »

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Whose Plan are We Following Anyway?

In English, you say: “Misery loves company.” Looking at it now on my computer screen, it’s not a very nice expression. In Hebrew, we say: “צרת רבים חצי נחמה” ― which means, “The sorrow (misery) of many is partial comfort to a single individual.” We humans are such bags of contradiction. We want to stand… Read more »

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A Word for 2017

Valerie and I are part of a local congregation here in the Yad Hashmona Messianic Kibbutz, from which we want to share a short message for 2017 Three wise men from the East made a very long journey two thousand years ago. Upon arriving at their destination, what did they find? A baby in a… Read more »

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