A video you won’t want to miss

Here is a video you won’t want to miss.  This was passed along to us by a friend.

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Pesach (Passover) Part 1

Believe it or not, we are entering the season of Pesach (Passover) again!  Rosh Chodesh Nisan  (the new month of Nisan) has already passed.  There are different themes relating to Pesach, and today I’d like to focus on one which relates to what probably most of us, especially the women, are thinking about now.  That is cleaning!

Part of this holiday entails cleaning all of the leaven (chametz) from our homes, cars (if you have one), and anything else that you own.  G-d mandated that there should not be any leaven in our possession during Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Exodus 13:3-7  tells us this.

Chametz (leaven) is a literal thing but it also represents sin.  As we go through the process of cleaning, we should also be thinking about what sins in our lives need to be cleaned out.  Turned away from.  Repented of.

This is the beginning of a new season.  It can also be a new season for our lives and we can decide today, through prayer and G-d’s help, to turn from those sins which have had a hold on us and become a vessel for G-d to use to bring honor to Him, to further His Kingdom, and to be a blessing to others.

May your cleaning go well and may it remind you to do spiritual housekeeping in your own life.

One last thought on the election…

I usually don’t spend a lot of time reading about politics.  I keep abreast of the issues and how the fabric of America is eroding, how the world treats Israel, etc., but I am not a political junkie.  However, I did run across an article today on Investors.com and here are just the first few paragraphs:

“President Obama and his minions took forever to congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu on his remarkable re-election. But the ill will against the leader exposing Obama’s appeasement also takes more concrete forms.

How sore of a loser do you have to be to not call and salute a fellow democratic national leader — especially of America’s staunchest Mideast ally — just re-elected against the odds?

Obama eventually did make the phone call on Thursday, well over a day after the win, and after sending his mouthpiece out speaking of the only tried-and-true democracy in the region as if it were a South American banana republic.”

The article went on to say that Mr. Obama is considering backing the United Nations Security Council resolution favoring a Palestinian State.  In other words, he is backing something which the Israeli people, America’s strongest ally in the region, are specifically against (this was shown by a victory for Netanyahu).

Israelis appreciate the support of people who are not seeking her destruction.  Thank you for your continued prayers.

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More on the elections…

Some disturbing facts have come to light since the Israeli elections.  As it turns out, the Obama White House funneled money through a couple of different organizations to help fund the major opposition to Binyamin Netanyahu!  They also funded and facilitated bussing of Arab voters in Israel to the booths.  They did everything in their power to keep Bibi from being re-elected.  Since when is it okay for America to try to change the outcome of an election in another country?  We need to wake up and realize there are forces of evil out there seeking to destroy Israel.

A good outcome of this close election is that Mr. Netanyahu came out and stated that as long as he was the Prime Minister there would not be a Palestinian State!  Let’s pray that he stands firm on that.  You know that he will get lots of pressure to back down.

Here is a headline from the “World Post” which is a partner of the Huffington Post:

World No Longer Bound to Defend Israel Internationally

This is just the beginning!  We need to wake up and realize that the world is going to turn against Israel and the Jewish people.  We need to stand up for them.  I have spoken to people who say they are at their congregation and hear negative things about Israel, yet don’t speak up.  They don’t agree with what is said, but they  “don’t want to get into it.” Sounds a lot like Europe in WWII.

Please pray daily for Israel!

The Israeli Elections

Well, the elections are over and the dust is settling.  The turnout was almost 72%, which shows that Israelis are interested in and concerned about what is going on in the country.  People are very concerned about Israel’s security, especially because we see how the United States and Europe have become weak in dealing with ISIS and Iran.  But there is also a real concern about the cost of living here.  Salaries are not very high, yet housing prices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem rival those of major cities in the United States.

The press had predicted a loss for Binyamin Netanyahu and a win for a more liberal party, Zionist Union.  As is often the case, the liberal media was projecting their own desire and not reality.  Mr. Netanyahu has won the election in Israel, capturing about 25% of the 120 Knesset seats.  Just a few weeks ago, it was predicted that he would lose by 4 or 5 seats.  Instead, now he has the task of forming a new government.  Most people believe that this should not be too difficult.

One fact which must not be overlooked, is that the Arab party one 13 votes, making it the third-largest faction!  This is a powerful sign of the internal problems Israel will face.  Knowing that the majority of Arabs do not support Israel as a nation, we also have an enemy from within with which to contend!

Now that the election is over, let’s pray for Mr. Netanyahu and the leadership of Israel, that they will turn to HaShem for guidance and strength in the days to come.  We know that the future will be difficult for Israel, as all the nations turn against her.  We can only rely upon G-d for our strength and protection.

Purim

We hope you had a wonderful Purim.  We enjoy going to the Bet Knesset to hear the reading of Meggilat Esther.  The young children love to make noise with the gorgers (noise-makers) and everyone says “booo” whenever Haman’s name is mentioned.

We also enjoy eating hamentashen (the triangle sweets with a filling on top such as fruit, figs, or chocolate).

Let’s also remember that it is a time to reflect upon how the Jewish people rallied together to fast and pray for Esther and for G-d to work to save them.

Let us make a commitment today to pray for Israel and the Jewish people as well as all believers, as we enter into a time of persecution worse than we’ve seen in recent years.