Elections in Israel — “It’s More Complex Than Meets the Eye”

On March 17, 2015, Israeli citizens voted in a new governing body to represent the public’s demands and lead the country into a secure and promising future. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won a surprise victory and added 10 Knesset seats to the party, a fifty-percent increase from pre-election size. Most of his campaign, reaching its climax with his speech before the American Congress, focused … [Read more...]

Forming the Coalition

Netanyahu has recently said that he plans to have the new coalition formed by or before Israel's Independence Day, April 23. This time he is planning on creating a purely right wing government including the ultra-orthodox parties. This could possibly mean that all of the progress in the past two years to reform areas held by the ultra-orthodox could now be reversed. This includes the new mandate … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26

בס"ד Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20 / Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nisan This Shabbat begins not only the reading of the book of Leviticus, but also the new month of Nissan or Aviv. When Nissan arrives, it is time to start the preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the Gospels there is a significant … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on Israel’s Most Recent Elections – 2015

As many of you know, Israel just went through another round of elections, only two years after the last round. The preliminary results show that the Likud Party, which is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s party, won the elections. Because Israel is a parliamentary government, Prime Minister Netanyahu will have to build a coalition, which is a very critical part of the process, as the other parties that … [Read more...]

Netanyahu Victory After Yesterday’s Elections

After a long and exciting day for the Israeli public, 99 percent of the results from the votes have been published and the Likud party won the most seats in the Knesset, putting Netanyahu as the Prime Minister of Israel for the next four years. This is just the first major step in forming the Israeli government, the public exercises their democratic right to vote for the party they see fit. The … [Read more...]

God is the only lawgiver and judge – אלוהים הוא המחוקק והשופט

אלוהים הוא המחוקק והשופט  יעקב פרק ד' פס' 11-12, מתי ז' פס' 1-2, לוקס ז' פס' 36-50 בפסוק 11 יעקב פותח את דבריו במילה "אחי"  כפי שהוא מרבה לעשות לאורך האיגרת. הבחירה במילה זו  מביעה את תחושת האמפתיה וההזדהות הכנה שלו למצב הקשה והמאתגר שבו נמצאים שניים עשר השבטים בגולה. בחלקו הראשון של הפסוק יעקב קורא לנו להימנע מלומר דברים רעים על אחינו לאמונה. בהמשך הפסוק הוא בא ומסביר את הסיבה: אמירת דברים … [Read more...]

Elections Day!

Today is elections day in Israel, please join us as we pray for wisdom for the people of Israel as they vote... … [Read more...]

Israeli Elections Tomorrow – Join in prayer and fasting

The debates are heated and the competition for votes are reaching their climax as today is the final day before voting booths open early tomorrow morning. After tomorrow's results we will know how many votes each party received. Afterwards, the coalition building begins. This process of parties vying for each other's loyalty and partners in the coalition will determine what the next Israeli … [Read more...]

Arab Coalition in Upcoming Elections

Three to four small Arab parties have joined together to become one large coalition party that carries more power and influence to whichever other parties they form a coalition with. While most Arab Israelis are "pro" Israel, this coalition has shown itself to be rather anti-Zionist. Please pray for the direction and leadership of the Arab constituencies in Israel. Pray that there will be unity … [Read more...]

Return of Experience Israel Group

As the group is heading out of Israel, we ask that you would cover them in prayers as they travel home and readjust to their normal lives. Please pray that they will be able to take all of the lessons and treasures that they received while in Israel and integrate them into their family, work, and congregational life. Pray for their safety in travels and health in the days to come. … [Read more...]