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

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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.

 

Immersions

Three immersions in the Pacific Ocean this past Friday.

While we were in Virginia, a woman we know approached us about being immersed while we would be in Chula Vista, CA.  She would be there the same time we would be there at our California conference.  We asked a friend who lives out there if he could suggest a good location and he told us that he and his son would also like to be immersed!

In the end, we had three immersions with several people to witness this important event.  Afterward, three different people came up to us to talk about it and it was great opportunity to share with them.  One couple, from the Netherlands, may come to our conference there is January!

Friday evening our conference began.  We are so grateful to Explore Community Church for hosting the event and to Ronnie for arranging the event.  This was our first time in the Chula Vista/San Diego area and we look forward to doing events there in the future.  The people were very enthusiastic and felt that with additional promotion by various sources the event can grow much larger in the future.

And I have great news to announce.  The conference in San Diego was videotaped!  We will be working to get these videos up on an internet platforms soon.  I will keep you informed.

Meeting in Seattle

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A beautiful day in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

On Wednesday evening, we had a meeting at a private home.  There were about 40 people in attendance.  It was a great opportunity to meet with our Seattle area supporters as well as meet a few new people.  Baruch also shared a Bible teaching with the group.

Michael joined us for this event as well and a very interesting thing happened.  It turns out that the man whose organization sponsored  Michael’s aliyah trip was at the event!  What people may not know is that Michael came to faith in Messiah Yeshua after he made Aliyah.  As we mention many times, prophecy is being fulfilled today!  Please keep us in prayer that G-d would put in our path the people who are ready to hear about His plan of salvation.

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We appreciate everyone who comes out to our events and conferences.  It is such a joy to meet supporters face to face and to have an opportunity to share on a more personal level.  We hope that you check out the “events” section of our website regularly, to see where we are or will be!

Shabbat Shalom – Parashat Eikev

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Sunset over Colorado.

This weekend, Baruch and I are in San Diego.  There will still be a “Midnight from Jerusalem” Live Stream at its usual time.  Baruch pre-recorded it before we came to the States.  Also, I will not be on Facebook or YouTube Live Chat because I will be at the San Diego conference.

This week’s parasha is Eikev.  Below is a brief commentary on the reading by Baruch.

Parashat Eikev (Reward) Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Physical strength is a blessing from HaShem. G-d’s people are not supposed to be frail and weak so that they cannot do physical labor. Good health is a blessing that comes from obedience. Please note that I am not talking about those who have some physical ailment or disease, as King Solomon wrote, “…time and mishap will occur to them all” (See Kohelet 9:11). I am speaking about those who simply find it difficult to do physical things. Many would assert it is due to a lack of exercise and a fitness issue. This certainly can be a factor for many, but nevertheless disobedience to the Word of G-d can have physical implications to one’s health. For Moses states,

And you shall keep all the command which I am commanding you this day on account that you will be strong and you will come and possess the Land which you are crossing over there to inherit it.” Deuteronomy 11:8

Obviously in this passage the subject is the Children of Israel as a whole and not any one person in particular. This being the case does not detract from the primary message of the text, obedience to the command of G-d begets power. People who live their lives with the objective to serve HaShem will have a very different outlook on life. They will see an eternal aspect to the things they do and understand that each day contains opportunities that will impact the Kingdom. Believers will see each day of their lives as a time allotment which has a divine mission to complete, rather than filling their days will pastimes that make the days goes by without boredom.

The point to this article is that obedience to the things of Messiah Yeshua invigorates one’s life and supplies the drive and the power to do, rather than to just survive each day and pass through life striving to find things to fill up one’s days. In short, believers are not bored, they are passionate about their call and cherish the time that Yeshua has afforded to them to serve Him and bring glory to His Name.