What’s Going on in Israel?

Another way one can be connected with Israel is to keep up with what is going on here. When the campaign “Protective Edge” began, we were touched by emails from some of our friends, informing us that they had downloaded an app on their phone so that whenever we received a rocket attack, they would be notified. This would prompt them to pray for us and Israel and to stay up-to-date with what was going on here.

My Mom, who does not have internet or television, found a radio station which has owners who are very pro-Israel and give up-to-the-minute information about what is going on here.

There are several news outlets, with an internet presence in English, one can read to get the news from Israel, including Arutz7, Haaretz, Ynet and the Jerusalem Post.

It is not only important to keep up with the news regarding “Protective Edge”, but also other news such as our water supply, politics, and social issues.

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The (Jewish) Biblical Calendar

When you read the Bible, you will notice that the various holidays are not cited in months such as September, April or December, but rather Aviv, Tishre, Elul, etc. One way to get in tune with Israel, the land of the future, is to use a Jewish calendar to track the dates for the various holidays. A good Jewish calendar lists all of the holidays, parashiot (weekly Torah readings) and candle lighting times for Shabbat.

Holidays. Keeping track of and celebrating the Biblical Holidays is a great way to not only study the Word of G-d and G-d’s holidays, but to connect with the Jewish people and Land of Israel. As you are celebrating, you are doing so with millions of people in Israel and Jews around the world.

Parashiot. The weekly parasha is a set reading each week from the Torah and the Prophets. In every synogogue around the world, every Jewish person will be reading from the same portions of Scripture. As you read, and know of the millions of others who are reading the same portion from the Bible, it gives you a great opportunity to pray for those people and how that portion might speak to them in a mighty way.

Being in tune with the Biblical Calendar is a great way, on a daily basis, to remind yourself to pray for Israel and her people, to ponder the future events which will take place there, and to place yourself in a position to be used by G-d to bless Israel.

Jewish calendars can be ordered online. There are also Messianic Jewish calendars which can be ordered from places like http://www.holylandmarketplace.com

This is a great time to order one, as the calendars begin in September!

Double standards

I walk for about 1 1/2 hours every day. During those walks, I like to listen to travel podcasts. Right now, Americans are enamoured with France and Italy. The French are “so sophisticated” yet rude and complaining. The Italians “understand the simple way of life” yet are closed and hard to get to know. But, the negative attributes are tossed aside or explained away and actually turned into positives. Funny, those are the same negative qualities attributed to Israelis, but they are certainly not explained away or thought of a their “culture” or are “quaint”.

The reality is that Israelis can be gruff, but would do anything for you. During this most recent conflict with Gaza, we have seen time and time again people who load up their cars and trucks with food and drive to the border to cook food for the soldiers! One person was even killed doing this.

One day, Baruch and I were watching 2 guys on the street. They way they were talking, we were expecting them to come to blows. But, they hugged and said their goodbyes. There are cultural differences between Israelis and Americans, but judging and thinking the worst is not the Biblical thing to do.

Why is there this double standard? I was contemplating this and it is simple. The world hates Israel. This is not paranoia. This is not self-pity. This is reality. The Bible even tells us that in the end times every nation will rise up against Israel.

Some people may think that this is just the way it is and that nothing can be done about it. But, I would like to share some thoughts. First of all, many believers think that Israel is the past. That G-d used her to bring Messiah Yeshua into the world and that He is finished with her. That is so false! Israel is the future. And no matter where you live, if you are a believer, you should want to feel a connection to Israel. Over the next few posts, I’m going to share some ways you can strengthen your connection with Israel–the people and the Land.

Remember today is Tisha B’Av. On this date, TWICE, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Today is a fast day, as we remember those sad days.