The Not So Silent Years

The Not So Silent Years

In the last book of the Tanach (“the Old Testament”), the prophet, Malachi in about 430 BC, voiced the promise of the prophet, Elijah’s, return. Four centuries later, John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah, began crying in the wilderness (as prophesied by Isaiah...
The time of our joy

The time of our joy

  2020 may have been the first year since the advent of modern Israel, perhaps since the days of Nehemiah, that Israeli Jews were not allowed to celebrate Sukkot as their hearts desired. “We cannot all be under the sukkah together this year,” blogged The Times of...
Ministering on the Hummus Trail

Ministering on the Hummus Trail

Many Israelis found themselves stuck in India due to the spread of the coronavirus. Other Israelis were happy to stay. Indian pastors Andrew and Lavanya Yelchuri offer a helping hand to all… I don’t like you, but I like Jesus. Andrew Yelchuri and his wife, Lavanya,...
The Jerusalem Fire of ’21

The Jerusalem Fire of ’21

Early Sunday afternoon, the light streaming through the window beside my desk changed from a common, pale blue to an eerie golden glow. Coincidentally, or so I thought, my wife had received a snapshot on social media of a huge, stunning and oddly isolated cloud taken...
Ulpan and Tough Love

Ulpan and Tough Love

  In Israel, it’s a good idea to get out of the house as least as often as we hold national elections. An opportunity to do so arose for my wife Marcia recently between outbreaks of COVID variants, and she went shopping with a friend. I won’t pretend to...