Prayer Letter — October 2023

Dear Prayer Partners,

It is almost October, and fall will be beginning in earnest soon in Israel. Here, people are in the midst of the holiday of Sukkot (The Feast of Booths), which begins September 30th, ends September 6th and is directly followed by the joyous day of Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah), the day on which the yearly Torah readings conclude and begin again.

Another central topic is the ongoing Supreme Court discussion of a new and controversial bill which passed into law at the end of July. The problem? The new law in question is meant to curtail judicial overreach! This naturally raises some questions about conflicts of interest.

Another issue on the domestic front for Israel is the rising terror – and crime – rates throughout the country, which are affecting both Arab and Jewish populations. More than twice the Arab-sector homicides have occurred already this year compared to this time last year, while over 40 Israelis lost their lives in brutal terror attacks so far in 2023.

There is much to be in prayer for. We ask that you intercede on behalf of Israel and Hope for Israel throughout the month of October.


The Feast of Sukkot (Booths)

Sukkot, the last of the yearly cycle of Biblical holidays, begins this week (on September 30) and ends October 6th. During this joyous celebration, Israelis will spend as much time as possible – sometimes even sleeping! – in homemade sukkot or booths, a reminder of the 40 years spend wandering in the desert and of God’s miraculous provision during this time. Two other interesting – and highly relevant – themes of the holiday are unity and redemption.

The day directly following the end of Sukkot, October 7th, is Simchat Torah, or the “Joy of the Torah,” when Jewish communities celebrate the ending and beginning of the yearly cycle of Torah readings. This day is marked with Torah study, dancing and general celebrations.

Please pray for:

  • Safety for worshippers throughout Israel over the holiday season
  • A return of unity between Israelis
  • For Israelis to find their Messiah, Yeshua

Judicial Reform and Societal Polarization

Israel has unfortunately returned to the polarized reality of the beginning of the year. On September 12, the Supreme Court heard petitions against a bill limiting the use of the so-called “reasonableness” standard, a clause limiting the extent of its own powers. The Court will continue to debate during the coming days. Should the court indeed vote the law “unconstitutional,” Israel will be at a judicial crossroads, with the executive and judicial branches of government pitted against each other.

Another serious issue highlighted by the continuing judicial reform controversy is the internal division and unwillingness to engage in genuine dialogue. The IDF remains deep in the controversy as many reservists continue to refuse volunteer service in protest of the judicial reform. Unfortunately, violence has increasingly become part of the reality on both sides of the argument during protests and civil events.

Israel desperately needs leaders who are willing to put aside their differences and work together for the good of the country.

Please continue to pray for:

  • Peace, stability, and unity in the country
  • Maturity in the Knesset and in the Supreme Court, and an immediate and mutual effort to find compromise.
  • Israelis of all opinions to come together in supporting and defending their country
  • The neutrality of the IDF
  • God’s protection over and redemption of His people

Israeli Security and Terror

Two deadly terror attacks occurred throughout September, wounding 5 Israelis and killing one. One of the terrorists, who was killed on site, was only fourteen years old, a testimony to the tragic impact of terrorism and hatred on the Arab, as well as Jewish, population.

Several other terror attacks were foiled by Israel’s security forces in process, and a terror cell was discovered just outside of Jerusalem in a neighborhood with a relatively peaceful history. In general, the terrorist infrastructure continues to grow in size and strength, funded by Iran and Lebanese terror group Hizballah.

After three years without riots on the Gaza border, this month protesters returned to the fence, bringing tires to burn, homemade explosives and even loaded firearms. It is unclear if the situation will escalate or not, but Israeli officials are bracing for the possibility that thousands of violent protesters could soon be gathering on the border on a weekly basis. Simultaneously, a major IDF raid in the terrorist hub of Jenin killed or wounded at least 30 terror operatives. Some are concerned that the high casualties will lead to another escalation in the area.

As the US-Iran deal reaches its final stages, with the released Iranian Americans landing on US soil and the Iranian funds released, questions continue to circulate – even among the US’ European allies – about the wisdom of the deal. Critics say that even if the money is monitored by the Americans as they say, its influx will still free Iran to reallocate different assets, which could be funneled towards terror.

Please pray for:

  • Protection and alertness for Israel's security forces as they do their job.
  • Healing for those injured and comfort for bereaved families
  • Wisdom for leaders and IDF top brass in responding to multi-front threats to Israel’s security, especially in light of division caused by the judicial reform.
  • A long-term solution to terrorism and Iranian influence in Judea and Samaria
  • Wisdom to counter Iranian proxies on Israel’s northern border, such as Hizballah
  • Revival in Iran and in all the Middle East, that people would come to know the God of Israel!

Israel on the International Stage

Towards the middle of September, the UN opened its 2023-2024 session of the General Assembly, the main gathering of delegates from every UN member nation. Leaders of both Israel and Iran spoke at the opening event in New York city, and this year could prove a difficult one for Israel on one of its most difficult battlefields.

On that note, and under the auspices of the General Assembly meetings, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Joe Biden in person for the first time since his election. The two’s long relationship became rocky in January following the unrolling of Israel’s controversial judicial reform bill.

One major issue discussed by the two heads of state was the developing plan for normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Viewed as a major foreign policy win for Biden as well as for Israel, until opening of the General Assembly, news on the deal was based largely on conjecture. However, in New York the negotiations were confirmed not only by Netanyahu and Biden but also by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince.

Please pray for:

  • Favor for Israel in international forums such as the UN
  • The continuation and improvement of positive relationships with Israel’s allies
  • The normalization deal with Saudi Arabia, that it would be something that truly blesses Israel and advances peace

Arab Sector Crime Rate

Tragically, the number of Arab sector homicides so far this year is a record, standing currently over 120. The murder rate is already more than twice what it was last year at this time and continues to grow almost exponentially. Much of the problem stems from illegal arms networks, criminal activity and feuds. The government and police have both stated that bringing down Arab sector crime is a top priority during the coming and recently passed a law to install facial recognition cameras in particularly difficult areas.

Please pray for:

  • healing for those injured and comfort for families who have lost loved ones
  • the prioritization of this issue and for a drop in Arab sector violence
  • improved relations between the Arab sector and police.
HFI Prayer requests:

We continue to prayerfully seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance to implement a renewed vision. Please join us in praying for:


Moran is in Cyprus & Greece at the beginning of October to lead the ministry’s “Cyprus Greece” Tour! He will be traveling to the US at the end of October for the ministry’s annual board meeting and some other important meetings. In between his two big trips, he will be in the Jerusalem office overseeing the various ministry activities.

Please continue to pray for:

  • Wisdom regarding the various aspects of the ministry that he oversees.
  • Guidance and inspiration as he writes his weekly Scripture commentaries.
  • Wisdom as he prepares for the HFI board meeting, and for wisdom for the board members.
  • Safe travels for him and health on his journeys.
  • Protection over Moran’s family while he is abroad.

HFI Staff & Board Members

Please pray for:

  • Our coming board meeting on October 24th
  • Blessing over our staff & board members who devote time and energy to executing our vision for the ministry
  • Protection over their families while they serve
  • Wisdom for the board members as they make decisions that impact the ministry in tangible ways
  • Our US representative Bill Katz as he drives and flies thousands of miles every week to speak on behalf of Hope for Israel,for health & traveling mercies, protection over his wife and daughter while he is traveling, and for fruitful meetings and speaking engagements

Threefold Vision for Empowering the Future Generation of Believers

Please pray for:

  • Wisdom for the staff as they continue this year’s program
  • Unity in the hearts of the team

NerYah Youth Group:

The NerYah year has officially begun! We opened with a party attended by 50 believing teens and we shared with them our vision for the year. It was exciting for us to see their excitement! This was especially apparent in their willingness to volunteer to help our team with certain activities and duties and even in the believing youth’s desire to initiate new projects. We are very thankful to have begun the year strong and we appreciate your prayer for the coming year!

Please pray for/that:

  • A smooth entry into the office for our new NerYah coordinator – please also pray that God would bless her with the tools and wisdom that she will need for the job.
  • An additional male counselor for NerYah
  • Wisdom for the leadership staff in handling difficult situations
  • The youth would be hungry for God’s word!

Believing Soldiers:

Following the distribution of packages to the believing soldiers for Rosh HaShana, we continued this month to receive many positive responses! The soldiers really felt that we went above and beyond this time!

Please pray for:

  • Continued spiritual, physical and mental strengthening for the believing soldiers as they fulfill their various jobs.
  • The security situation throughout the end of the holiday season – that the Lord would continue to protect our soldiers and that the security situation would be stable.
  • For leaders, male and female, who truly care and believe in the importance of investing in soldiers during their service

Post-Military & University Students

This month we are looking already towards the coming 2023-2024 academic year! We are thankful for a summer break of rest for the students and are busy planning and organizing events for the coming year. The opening meeting of the year for our students’ program occurred on the 22nd of September and went well! It was encouraging to seen the students. We shared a word of encouragement with them and went over the guidelines of the program. They felt blessed and thanked us. Thank you for your prayers!

Looking forward to the coming academic year, please pray for:

  • Blessing over the coming academic year 2023-2024
  • Wisdom and direction for newly-released soldiers and that our counselling program would be able to support them.
  • Wisdom and guidance for us as staff in planning the get-together for the released soldiers/veterans.
  • Wisdom and creativity for us (students’ program staff) in planning and directing the coming year.
  • The second year of our scholarship volunteer program, especially in placing the students in the correct volunteer roles

HFI Media Projects

Our various media projects keep people connected to HFI and help educate people about Israel's spiritual and historical significance. In a day and age where many people oppose Israel, we see advocating for Israel, and for what the Word of God says about Israel, as top priorities.

Please pray for:

  • Strength and wisdom for our media team as they continue to produce new content for our website, email and social media.
  • A video crew that we can work with in Israel to generate new content
  • Creating a grassroots movement of Israel advocacy via YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Informative & interesting articles and other original material that will educate our audience and encourage their spiritual development
  • Insight and efficiency in updating our website and messaging; that God would provide the right website designer
  • Insight and wisdom to offer Scripture-based answers to those who oppose Israel; that God would use our content to change peoples’ hearts and minds!


One of the main objectives of our tour operation is to cover ministry overhead, so that a higher percentage of donations can go to projects. We are heading into a busy season over the next few months, so we would appreciate prayer for smooth operations, and good clear communication among our team.  Please continue to pray for:

  • wisdom for Moran as he continues to make challenging decisions regarding the tour operations.
  • the 2024 EXPERIENCE ISRAEL TOUR to continue to fill up! We are on our way to another SOLD OUT tour in March 2024!

Ministry Finances

God has been so faithful in providing for the ministry's operating and project costs! We ask that you pray that He will continue to do so, and that we will be able to bless more Israelis than ever!

In His Service,

The Hope for Israel Prayer Team


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