Prayer Points for Israel

Operation Protective Edge - Week 3:  Over 32 IDF soldiers have given their lives defending Israel from Hamas. Sadly, over 500 Gaza citizens have also died, many of whom refused to leave areas of fighting after Israel warned of the impending operation. The IDF’s ground operation has uncovered an entire network of underground tunnels that Hamas intended to use to enter Israel and kidnap & murder … [Read more...]

“It is to there that the tribes go up, the tribes of God; a testimony of Israel to give thanks to the Name of the Lord.” Psalm 122:4 Part 3

The Bible describes a wonderful relationship between the Creator and His creation. Within this love story, one of the biggest chapters is devoted to the relationship between the Creator (God) and His chosen people, Israel. “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah … [Read more...]

Parashat Masei (Journeys) Numbers 33:1-36:13

בס"ד Parashat Masei (Journeys) Numbers 33:1-36:13 Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4; 4:1-2 Shabbat Chazak In this Torah reading, one learns that having a great deal of money does not change the judgment that one receives. In chapter 35, there is a section concerning the cities of refuge. The cities were for a person who killed another without intent of killing, but still was responsible for the … [Read more...]

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 for … [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 Him. There were … [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 tells … [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 fired … [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 when … [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...]