This week’s Parasha is Lech Lecha. It begins “HaShem said to Abram, ‘Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
And so the journey began. As we continue reading, Gen. 12:6 states, “Abram passed into the Land as far as the site of Shechem…” This brought to my mind the events of last week, when the Palestinians set fire to the tomb of Joseph, which is located in Shechem. Hundreds of Palestinians gathered and threw molotov cocktails at the compound. Some of them broke in and began throwing flammables inside the compound.
We find out in Joshua 24:32 (and Acts 7:16) that Jacob had bought the plot of land for 100 shekels. Jewish tradition states that Shechem was the first place conquered by the Jews nearly 300 years before Israel gained full possession of the Land.
The Joshua passage also contains the very famous charge to choose whom the Israelites would serve and they said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the L-rd.”
As this difficult time in Israel continues, each of us must decide how we are going to respond to this. Are we going to bless Israel and be blessed, or are we going to curse Israel and be cursed? Are we going to affirm that G-d showed this land to Abraham as an inheritance for the Children of Israel, or are we going to remain silent as the world turns against this tiny country?
Below is the tomb of Joseph in flames.
credit: photo grab
With Palestinians being egged on by their leaders, the terrorist attacks continue today. A 50 year old Jewish man was the victim of a rock attack near Hevron. He got out of his car to try to get away and was run over by a truck. It is unclear at this time if that was also part of the attack.
An IDF soldier was stabbed near Hevron and is being treated in the hospital.
Arabs firebombed a Jewish neighborhood in Hevron and, thank G-d, there were no injuries.
Thank you for your continued prayers and may we all continue to”Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
As I sit here, I’m listening to Israeli news reporting on a terrorist attack at the Beersheva Central Bus station. Two terrorists were able to enter the station and stab and shoot travelers. They just announced that one Israeli (Jewish) has died and several others are wounded. This is a bus station that I pass through often; it is surprising to me that they were able to make their way in to carry out these terrible acts.
The number of terrorist attacks have averaged about 5 DAILY. There have been some acts of heroism. I was very impressed with a soldier girl in Tel Aviv who was stabbed in the HEAD, yet had the presence of mind to fall on her gun and hug it so that the terrorist could not steal it. A passing Air Force soldier saw what happened and immediately got out of the car and was able to shoot and kill the terrorist.
These terrorist attacks are very difficult to fight. There is no planning to the degree that Israeli intelligence can intercept. Israeli citizens who have gun permits have been asked to carry their guns at all times. They are helping tremendously. Just yesterday, on Shabbat, a private citizen (who was carrying a gun) was coming out of morning prayers in Hebron when he saw an attack and was able to kill the terrorist.
Please pray for Israel as we seek to carry on and yet have to be extra careful. I would also suggest that you check out Israeli news sources and not rely upon international news.
So much has happened since my last blog entry. I certainly didn’t expect to be away from this so long. I plan to work hard on this blog and hope you will join me in this journey!
The last weekend in August we held our Sixth Annual LoveIsrael.org Conference in Orlando, FL. We had about 300 different people in attendance throughout the weekend. We were blessed with great praise and worship and teaching. We studied the life of Joseph from Genesis.
September found us celebrating the Fall Holidays: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. This is a busy, crowded time in Israel. Israel really comes alive during this time. Families are traveling, picnicking, hiking, going to the beach. They take full advantage of days off from school and work. For us personally, it is alway nice to see several of our friends from the States who come to Israel for the holidays. This year did not disappoint!
The classes at our study center are continuing to go well. We are studying the book of Luke and also the Kitzer Shulchan Aruch in light of the Scriptures. We also had the group over for dinner and fellowship.
In November we are looking forward to Baruch speaking in Amsterdam and Romania. There is a real hunger in Europe for Bible teaching and the people in both locations have gone out of their way to have us come there.
Our television show is now being broadcast in many parts of Europe as well as Africa. We are very excited about this development and the encouragement we have received. Stay tuned for more details.
May you have a blessed Shabbat!