Prayer Points for Israel

Operation Protective Edge:  Israel launched a ground operation into Gaza late this week in order to dismantle Hamas terror infrastructures, namely tunnels that are intended to attack Israelis in bordering communities.  There are also tunnels running underneath to Egypt through which missiles and arms are smuggled.   Please continue to pray for Israel in this difficult time!  Please intercede … [Read more...]

Psalm 122:4 – Part 2 “It is to there that the tribes go up, the tribes of God”

In my last blog entry, I posed the question, “What is the purpose of the tribes coming together?” As we learned, the common reason is God! Jerusalem would be the place where the people of God would come together – to meet Him, remember Him, worship Him and give back to Him. God was the reason, and Jerusalem was the place where the tribes of Israel would come together to honor … [Read more...]

Parashat Mattot (Tribes) Numbers 30:2-32:42

בס"ד Parashat Mattot (Tribes) Numbers 30:2-32:42 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Since we have observed the fast of the 17th day of Tammuz earlier this week, we have entered into the three weeks of mourning, when we remember some of the most difficult things that happened to the Children of Israel. As far as this week's Torah reading, there is instruction concerning the death of Moses. HaShem … [Read more...]

Prayer Points for Israel

Operation Protective Edge:  Israel’s military campaign in Gaza to stop the surge of rockets firing into Israel has entered its 4th day.  No one can estimate how long this will continue, or if the operation will last long enough to include Israeli ground troops entering Gaza.  Much of it depends on how long Hamas will continue to fire rockets into Israel.  So far, over 255 rockets have been … [Read more...]

Psalm 122:4 – Part 1 “It is to there that the tribes go up, the tribes of God”

“It is to there that the tribes go up, the tribes of God” Verse 4 of Psalm 122 is a very rich verse; in the next few blog entries, we will have an in-depth look into the various meanings of the verse. As I wrote in my last blog entry, one of Jerusalem’s main roles is to bring people together. But what is the purpose of them coming together?  What does God intend to do among His people … [Read more...]

Parashat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1

בס"ד Parashat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:21 In this week's Torah reading, one learns that each day there are certain sacrifices which are required to be offered at the Temple. This includes on the Shabbat and Holidays as well. Obviously today, without the Temple, there is no place to offer such sacrifices. Setting aside the discussion of whether one needs to make … [Read more...]

URGENT PRAYER ALERT

ROCKETS LANDING DEEPER INTO ISRAEL Over 30 rockets landed in Israel within 30 minutes as Hamas escalates its assault on Israel.  Israel has called up 1,500 reservists in preparation for a potential military campaign in Gaza.  The rockets are penetrating deeper into Israel and residents of central Israel are staying alert to possible air raid sirens throughout the night.  Please join us in … [Read more...]

Prayer Points for Israel

Families of 3 Murdered Teens:  The suffering of the families whose sons disappeared in a kidnapping-turned-murder intensified when the boys’ bodies were found in a shallow grave near Hebron.  The tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians has also intensified exponentially since the bodies were discovered, and violent riots erupted between groups of extreme right-wing Jewish settlers … [Read more...]

Update from Jerusalem

Last week, I wrote this in my blog entry: “The enemy is very hard at work to divide Jerusalem, which will one day be the City of Peace, the city from where the Prince of Peace will rule.  The enemy’s battle over Jerusalem is intense and intentional; the powers of darkness are working overtime to make Jerusalem a place of division and war. But let us not lose sight of this city’s heavenly … [Read more...]

Parashat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9

בס"ד Parashat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 In this week's Torah reading, we encounter a Gentile prophet by the name of Bilam (Balaam). This man truly heard from G-d, but sadly one learns in the New Testament that he was not faithful (See 2 Peter 2:15, Jude verse 11, and Revelation 2:14). It is this man who prophesied that the sign of Messiah's birth would be a star and … [Read more...]