Last week, during a layover in Budapest, we were able to visit the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial. This memorial is to honor the Jewish people who were killed by the fascist Red Arrow militiamen in Budapest. These men lined up Jewish people along the bank of the Danube, had them remove their shoes, and then shot them and had them fall into the river. There are 60 pairs of shoes made of iron and styled as was common in that period.
Iron shoes along the bank of the Danube River, Budapest.
This memorial was conceived by Can Togay; and he and sculptor Gyula Pauer created it in 2005.
Iron shoe with yartzeit candle.
Even though this is a small memorial and no one was there the entire time we were there, both Baruch and I found it very moving.
Baruch teaching at our study center last week.
This past motzei Shabbat (Saturday evening) we had a great study at our study center in Israel. We studied about Hanukkah. We had two new visitors who participated and were very interested. We looked at both Old and New Testament passages. Please pray for these two men.
On Sunday night, Baruch and I were invited to Beersheva to meet with a group of people from Europe who are on the board of another organization. They wanted to hear about us and Baruch’s teaching and they were very attentive to the study Baruch presented. They also were excited to hear about our television show which is broadcast in their countries. We believe they will share information about our television show with others.
We are very encouraged by the new contacts G-d is presenting to us.
Two terrorist attacks have been carried out today in Israel. The first one occurred in the South Tel Aviv/Yafo area. A Palestinian, who had a work permit and worked in Yafo, attacked men who were praying in a synagogue. Two Jewish men were killed and one wounded. The Palestinian, who was from the Hevron area, was arrested.
The second terrorist attack took place in the Gush Etzion area. Gush Etzion is a cluster of Jewish communities which are south and east of Jerusalem.
A Palestinian shot at cars stuck in traffic and then drove around them and crashed into another car. He was apprehended. Three people were killed: A 50 year old Israeli, an 18 year old American Jewish Yeshiva boy, and an Arab who was sitting in a car.
Please continue to pray for Israel and all of us as we continue to live our lives and travel to where we need to be.
Yesterday we had a trip to Yafo and Tel Aviv to meet a tour group which just arrived in Israel. We were able to take a few of them to Yafo. This photo is taken from the top grassy area in the old Yafo area, looking at Tel Aviv.
While up there, we were able to see the “Statue of Faith”. It is an arch made up of three accounts from the Bible: Jacob’s dream, “The Sacrifice of Isaac” and “The Fall of Jericho”.
Piller portraying “Jacob’s Dream”
In this week’s parasha, Parashat Vayetze, we read about Jacob’s dream, with the ladder set upon the earth and the top of it reaching into heaven, and angels of G-d ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12) In this account, we read about G-d’s plan for Jacob’s descendants to spread out in all four directions from where Jacob was lying and possess the land. This is in direct contrast to what the world wants to do today to the Jewish people.
We must recognize that what the world is advocating is not just wrong, but is in direct conflict with the plans and purposes and promises of G-d. We need to be a voice to the world to repent and to follow G-d’s Word.
Last week the European Union voted to require all Jewish products from Judea and Samaria to be labeled as such. What is interesting is that there are many “disputed” areas in the world and this is the only area required to do such labeling.
According to the document, it will be up to each member country to enforce the regulations, but the policy does state that it is required that sanctions must be levied against those who do not comply. They are even required to put “Israeli Settlement” within the clarification.
This discrimination is only the beginning. As I read various articles, one leader of an NGO stated that he believed this was just a precursor to a total boycott of Israeli products.
We must continue to pray for Israel and believers as the times get more and more difficult.
One of the things we studied at the conference was the nature of people during the last days. In 2 Timothy chapter 3, we read that men shall be lovers of their own selves. In verse 2, several characteristics are mentioned and all of these behaviors are a direct attack against the laws of G-d. The anti-christ is often called the man of lawlessness. People will be covetous (led by their flesh), boasters (exalting self, not G-d), and disobedient to parents (won’t submit to authority).
As we seek to become more holy, living a sanctified life, which is the process of becoming holy, let us be aware that we will become more and more UNLIKE the world and we can expect persecution.
The people of the Netherlands were very welcoming and expressed appreciation for Baruch’s teaching. His topic was “Living a Kingdom Life.” He spoke Friday evening 7 – 9:30 pm, Shabbat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. We were very encouraged by the response and want to thank Dirk and Theresa who arranged everything! Our translator, Paul, did an outstanding job. He and Baruch were in sync and it flowed smoothly. Already looking forward to the next time!