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Time to Support Israel's Status Quo - Volume 1

Does anyone outside of Israel have the moral authority to solve Israel’s problems with the Arabs? How did the plight of the Palestinian Arabs become everybody’s business? What about the stateless Kurds, who are being bombed in Syria every day

by the Turks? I can draw a circle on the map where five countries come together and declare it an independent state for its Kurdish inhabitants. But I’m not Kurdish, so I’ll mind my own business.

Amud HaEsh On Fire for Ethiopian Youth

Walk just two blocks in Jerusalem’s city center and you’re likely to hear five different languages spoken; Hebrew, Arabic, English, French and Russian. On a recent Shabbat visit to learn more about the leadership, mission and this year’s Pesach plans at Jerusalem’s Ethiopian Jewish congregation, Amud HaEsh (Hebrew for Pillar of Fire), we were treated to the sounds of a sixth tongue. The congregation’s service, prayer, music and teaching were rendered throughout not only in English and Hebrew, but also in Amharic, the Semitic national language of Ethiopia.

Israel Embraces (Handel’s) Messiah

– By Batina Lorenz – You can’t escape it. Each year, from the time the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, until December 25th, every church, radio station, music hall, college auditorium and shopping mall in America is permeated by Handel’s Messiah. Not so in Israel. But this musical super- classic recently made history (and headlines),

A Canadian Tradition with All American Roots

– By Ben Volman –

Would you rather observe Thanksgiving in Canada or in the United States?
Yes, Canada does celebrate Thanksgiving. Though it usually comes in early October, America’s northern neighbors are just as fond of turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and even enjoy their own brand of football. But the American holiday is bigger and Canadians, who have lived in the United States, as well as Americans living in Canada, agree. Americans do it better.

Canadians don’t make that admission easily—even a Messianic Jewish Canadian; so it’s surprising that the verdict was unanimous from everyone who was asked.

Thanksgiving: Israeli Style

– By Karen Faulkner –

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

With approximately 110,000 American immigrants now living in Israel, plus half a million visitors from the U.S.A. and Canada each year here are plenty of people who appreciate Thanksgiving in the Land. The Pilgrims based this celebration on Leviticus 23: 34 to 44, the Fall feast of Sukkot. And now, even the Hebrew language has found room for it. “The word for both ‘turkey’ and ‘give thanks’ is the same in Hebrew,” explains Baht Rivka, singer and worship leader. “It’s hodu.”

Shira Sorko-Ram

– By Keren B. Negev –

Shira Sorko-Ram, a true pioneer of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel Middle: In 1965, Shira meets Israel’s Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion
In 1965, Shira Sorko-Ram was privileged to meet Prime Minister David Ben Gurion while on a trip to Israel with her father. Upon their introduction, the Prime Minister asked the young American, “So, when are you moving to Israel?” .

Rabbis Who Knew Yeshua

– By Deborah Galiley –

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Messiah. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Messiah Yeshua my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:7–8

The above scripture was penned by a rabbi who became a follower of Messiah Yeshua. He understood more than most that the price paid didn’t begin to compare to the reward gained. Often, when Jewish people accept Yeshua as their Savior, they get all sorts of accusations hurled at them:

You were tricked!
You were offered money!
You want to be like the Goyim

(Gentiles)!
You didn’t know enough about Judaism,

The Red Cord of Redemption

You are not to oppress a foreigner, for you know how a foreigner feels, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9). If a foreigner stays with you in your land, do not do him wrong. Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native born among you—you are to love him

Jews For Jesus Spreads the Gospel in Gush Dan

– By Chad Elliott –

For over 40 years, the ministry of Jews for Jesus has been known for its bold methods of street evangelism. In places like New York City, it’s common to see these evangelists at work, clad in bright T-shirts with the ministry name on front and back handing out colorful broadsides (gospel tracts), and engaging anyone who wants to talk on the subject of Yeshua.

Messianic Judaism - Through the Lens of an Atheist

Why would an agnostic dedicate her time and finances to the creation of a documentary about Messianic Judaism? Emma Mankey Hidem believes the fact that she grew up in a non-religious environment makes her uniquely suited to approach this controversial topic—without bias. “I am among that rare group in my generation who were raised atheist,” she explains. “I was never a Christian or a Jew, so my opinions are not affected by my beliefs, allowing me to be fair and respectful of all parties.”

What Is Messianic Music?

– By Chad Elliott –

Newcomers to the Messianic Jewish movement often ask, “What is Messianic music?” The answer can be challenging—even for those who create it. Identify- ing this genre requires examining its origins. Most agree that the early 1970s were a formative pe- riod for Messianic music. Within a short space of time, three pi- oneer groups arose which gave shape to the sound: Lamb, the Liberated Wailing Wall, and Kol Simcha. A fourth group, Israel’s Hope, appeared a decade later, in the 1980s.

From Down Under to Hollywood...Florida

– By Mandie Greenberg Cook -Matthew Absolon lives and ministers in South Florida, but grew up as one of eight children in Mackay, Queensland, Australia. That he is not native to the Miamiarea becomes readily apparent within minutes of first speaking with him. His accent, though softened by a de- cade of living in the

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