Keeping Busy

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Picture from my walk on Friday.

It was great to get home and get back to a normal schedule.  This week we had all of our children at home for Shabbat.  That is always a blessing.

Saturday night we had the study at our study center.  Again, we had a good turnout and good discussion.  Please pray for one of  our regulars, Yuri, who is getting married soon to Olga.

We then went home to prepare for the Live Stream.  Each week we are having more people join in live.  We hope you will, too!

Today Baruch taped a video and worked on some articles for our website.  He is also working on his messages for Australia.  I have two pages of notes of things to follow up on, preferable before we leave for Australia.  I am working on scheduling for some upcoming events, creating meeting agendas, and doing some writing.  I am working on a couple of projects which will produce more content, including Baruch and me doing some videos together!  There, I’ve put it out there, so I will be held accountable.

Tomorrow is a “get-it-all-done” day before we fly to Australia on Tuesday.  We are always appreciative of your prayers.

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Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Shoftim

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Vineyards in Judea and Samaria.

So good to be back in the Land.  Shabbat in Israel is the best!  May you have a blessed Shabbat.

Here is a brief commentary by Baruch on this week’s Torah portion:

This article will be short and to the point. It is a violation for a follower of Messiah Yeshua to engage in any way in astrology; this includes horoscopes. It is certainly a sign of the times that in Orthodox Judaism today there is an embracing of a type of “Jewish astrology” that gives credence to the month one is born in and the type of person this person will be. Superstitions and the like have no place among those who assert that they believe in the Scriptures.

In this week’s Torah reading one encounters Moses instructing the people,

Pure you shall be with HaShem your G-d. For these nations, which you are inheriting them, to astrologers and diviners they listened; but HaShem your G-d has not given you thus.” Deuteronomy 18:13-14

It is most clear that to place any credence on those things which are in any way related to astrology, fortune telling, or the like, is a gross violation of HaShem’s word. It is very sad that here in Israel in many shopping malls there are those who have set up tables and sit there offering to read tarot cards so that one can “know” his or her future. This is tolerated by city leaders, but when a good friend of mine places a table on the promenade in our city with free materials concerning Yeshua; he is forced to leave by the city officials. By the way, there are numerous individuals who set of tables to sell things there which are allowed, it is only my friend who is simply sitting there with books and the like on the table waiting for someone to inquire about the material, who is ordered to leave.

The reason given for him having to leave is that he gives free copies of the New Covenant in Hebrew to those who want one. Yet the astrologers and the diviners are free to continue in their violation of Torah Law.

Make no mistake, all over the world there is hatred for the name Yeshua and for what He stands. I am reminded of how last year in Chicago the mayor stated publically that Chick-Fil-A restaurants did not share the same values as the city of Chicago because the owner of Chick-Fil-A stated on a Christian radio program that he did not support same sex marriage. As a result, the city of Chicago, along with other cities, stated they would oppose Chick-Fil-A’s right to locate their restaurants in these cities. This is another example of how free speech and the right to hold opinions are only afforded by liberal to those who agree with them, while they vigorously oppose believers the same rights.

This is the same type of “freedom and democracy” that Muslims want; the right to gain power utilizing free speech and democracy, and then to crush with violence any who oppose their oppressive views once it becomes clear what Islamists truly want to establish.

Back Home!

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Some neat architecture (Westfield World Trade Centre) in New York City.

I made it home Monday evening and am so glad to be back.  This was a long trip for me (one month, living out of a suitcase), but it was very important.  I was able to spend time with my sister and her family, my mom and Baruch’s parents.  I’m sure many of you can relate to wanting to spend more time with parents as they get older.  Baruch and I know that we are now in the stage where we need to give more attention to our parents and to be aware of their needs.

The conferences went very well.  We have some contacts we are following up which will take us to some new locations.  I was able to meet in person several people I had communicated with via email, which was very nice.  LoveIsrael.org has given us the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and we are so honored to share G-d’s Word each place that we go.

Baruch has been taping videos, including the next set in Romania, as well as having meetings and teaching at our study center.  This past Saturday night there was a good turnout even with it being the summer break.

Next week, we are heading to Sydney, Australia!  Baruch will be interviewed on a radio show, teach at a men’s breakfast, preach at a congregation and teach our LoveIsrael conference.  We are very excited for all of these events.  The conference will be videotaped, so we look forward to sharing that with you.

We believe that G-d is opening up doors for us in Australia and we want to move forward there, since our television show is available throughout the country and we are receiving more communication from its people. I look forward to sharing with you each day of the trip!

LoveIsrael Study Tour April 29 – May 8, 2019

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Date palms in the Negev in Israel.

Our tour this year went so well that we have scheduled our next tour for April 29 – May 8, 2019.

The cost of the trip is $2,959 including tips, breakfasts and dinners, if paid before September 15, 2018. After September 15, the cost will be $3,059.  THIS PRICE IS FOR LAND ONLY.  Each person will be responsible for his/her airfare, airport transfers and lunches.

We will be visiting some of the “must see” sites such as Megiddo (Armageddon),  several places in the Golan Heights, and the Garden Tomb.  We will also be visiting sites that most tour groups do not visit.  This year we are also adding Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.  It is a must-see which will make such an impact upon you.

Please prayerfully consider if you would like to join us on this tour.  The tour filled up quickly last year and we are expecting it to fill up quickly again this year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:  RivkaK@LoveIsrael.org

Parashat Re’eh (Sorry this is late)

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC.

Friday night Baruch taught at our friend Oleg’s congregation in Ashdod.  The people are always receptive and Baruch enjoys sharing the Word with them.

Here is a commentary by Baruch on Parashat Re’eh. I know that this is posted late, but I think it still has some good information and is timely:

Things are much easier to accomplish when one plans well in advance to do them. As we move closer to the end of the Hebrew month of Av, the month of Elul is very near. Elul is traditionally a month which prepares us for the Holy month of Tishre, in which the festivals of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Succot are found. In this week’s Torah reading, one reads the verse,

And you shall be glad on your festival, you, your son, your daughter, your servant, your maidservant, the Levite, the one who dwells in (your land), the orphan, and widow, (all) who are in your gates.” Deuteronomy 16:14

This verse is actually a commandment which informs us that the Festival of Succot (Feast of Tabernacle), which is a time of gladness and joy, should not be celebrated alone or even as a family. The passage dealing with Succot actually begins in the previous verse (verse 13) and commands that during this seven day period that one includes not just his family, but others in his celebration. It is most significant that the list of people which is mentioned in verse 14 contains one’s servants (like employees today), spiritual leader, the non-Jew, orphans and widows. These are probably people that we do not usually invite to family celebrations. In fact, those mentioned at the end of verse 14 were usually poor and often exploited by society.

The Feast of Tabernacle is still far enough away that you have plenty of time to think and plan how you are going to observe this holiday and pray about inviting those who meet the qualifications that verse 14 reveals. Inviting people well in advance is a compliment and shows that you truly want them to attend, rather than an afterthought. In blessing some of the less fortunate people, HaShem promises to not only bless you but verse 15 states that “you will be completely joyous.” This is how a few of the translations render the Hebrew. The phrase is והיית אך שמח.” These words mean literally, “And you will be ONLY glad.” I like that promise from the L-rd, that I will only experience gladness. This means either one of two things. Either everything in my life will become a source of joy or my joy will be so great that it overshadows anything and everything else in my life. Either way, I won’t complain.

Do not ignore this promise of G-d; begin your plans for Succot today!

 

Here and There

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Photos courtesy of our daughter, Tovah.

Today our younger daughter and I left Baruch’s parents.  We will be back in Israel in a few days.  Meanwhile, Baruch and the rest of our family are in Israel, where rockets have been landing.  Over 70 rockets have been fired at Southern Israel and 17 Israelis have been treated for injuries.  In response, the Israeli Air Force struck 12 terror targets, including a plant used to manufacture components intended for the construction of tunnels, as well as a tunnel for maritime terrorism along Israel’s coast. Red Alert sirens continued to sound in the South into late in the evening.

Please continue to pray for Israeli citizens as well as her leaders.  We need to be strong during this time.  As I write this, sirens are going off in Southern Israel.

I just want to remind you of some of the things LoveIsrael.org is doing in Israel.  First, we have our television program on METV.  This program is in Hebrew and we have found favour with the Israeli government so far.  There has not been any pushback from them in regard to the content!

We also have our English program broadcast on the Middle East Television Network which airs in Israel Sunday evenings and in over 20 other Middle East / Asia countries as well.

DayStar also broadcasts our television show (the English) in Israel.  We are thankful for that additional broadcast.

Secondly, we have our study center.  There, we hold weekly Bible studies in Hebrew (everything we do in Israel is in Hebrew).  We are currently studying the book of Isaiah.

Thirdly, we hold other studies in other locations, including our new believers study in BeerSheva.

Lastly, we have our website in Hebrew, Pdut.org.

Everything we do in Israel is free of charge to Israelis.  We want to thank each of you who help support this ministry and makes this outreach possible.

Thinking Back, Looking Forward

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Sunset over Vancouver.

The Love Israel conferences are now over, and we are so thankful to all of the people who helped make them possible.  The Martinsville, VA, and Grand Junction, CO, conferences were both much larger than last year and the San Diego Conference was a new conference this year.

It was very nice to meet so many people who had seen our television show and were glad that we were holding a conference in their area.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for our National Conference in Orlando November 2-4, 2018.  Registration is through our website, LoveIsrael.org

We will be leaving on August 21 to go to Sydney, Australia, where a conference has been arranged.  We are excited for our first visit there, to share the Word and promote the Love Israel television program.  Baruch will also be interviewed on a major radio station, teach at a men’s prayer breakfast and teach at a couple of congregations.  As always, I will be sharing our trip with you!

Baruch is now back in Israel, taping Hebrew television shows, teaching at our study center and sharing the message at a Messianic congregation this Friday night.  He will also be taping the next set of television programs in English.