Please Read This!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/03/29/can-t-make-it-up-un-names-democratic-israel-as-world-s-top-human-rights-violator.html

The link above is to an article about the United Nations.  They have recently named Israel as the world’s top human rights violator!  More than Iran, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia…the list goes on and on.  Please let’s wake up that there is satanic forces in the world today.  The end times are getting closer.

Pray that you can withstand whatever comes your way.

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A Memorial Message

Last week my good friend of 23 years died.  She was in her 60s. Lourdes and her late husband, as well as their adult son, were/is blind.

Lourdes and Bill were simple people without a lot of money.  But they had a ministry that touched so many peoples’ lives.  They would attend very small congregations around South Florida.  Bill had a glorious voice and Lourdes had a good voice as well.  They told me once that they felt that within very small  congregations, three additional people could make a difference.  And they did!

They encouraged so many young congregational leaders and I just wanted to share with you that wherever you are, you can make a difference.  You don’t need special talents or a job in the spotlight.  You just need to minister to people where G-d has placed you.  Look around you and see what needs there are that you can meet.  That is a vital and noble ministry.

For those of you who attended the LoveIsrael.org conference last year, you were introduced to Lourdes and we prayed for her.  She has gone to the L-rd now, but I would ask that you please pray for her son and that people would be led to minister to him in the coming years.  Thank you!

Pesach–The Biblical Account

The account of Pesach (Passover) is found in Parashat Bo.  In the beginning of the Parsha, we read that HaShem tells Moses to come to Pharaoh because  G-d had hardened Pharoah’s heart and the hearts of his servants so that G-d could perform the miracles that the Children of Israel will tell their children for generations to come.  You can read about the plagues of locusts, darkness, death of the firstborn, etc., in the Bible.  I won’t describe them all here.

Before the last plague, G-d tells Moses to tell the Israelites to ask their Egyptian neighbors for vessels of gold and silver and to put blood on their doorposts and on the lintel of their houses so that G-d would pass over their houses and thus protect them from the Angel of Death.  G-d also tells Moses and Aaron t hat the month of Nisan will be the first month of the year, according to the lunar calendar.

Following the tenth plague, the Israelites leave Egypt with their unleavened dough and their belongings, thus marking the end of 430 years of slavery.

At the end of the Parsha, we read that G-d gives the Israelites several mitzvot.  The first of these commandments is to celebrate the holiday of Passover for seven days, beginning on the 14th day of Nisan every year.  He also commanded them that no leavened bread shall be eaten during the holiday and that it not even be within their borders.

This is a family holiday, as we are told that each family is to bring the sacrificial lamb into their home on the tenth of Nisan and sacrifice it on the 14th of Nisan. If the family is too small, it is to join with another.

In my next Pesach blog, I will discuss preparations for the Chag (holiday).

Back in Israel–Greeted by Spring

Scenes from my walk today!

I arrived home last night from a very fruitful trip to the States.  I accompanied Baruch for several of his speaking engagements and then visited our parents.  I arrived home just in time for the time change.

Today is Shushan Purim, which is celebrated in those cities which are or have been walled cities.  For example, Jerusalem celebrates Purim today.

The parasha this week is Parashat Tzav.  Below is a brief commentary Baruch wrote about this week’s parasha.  It has a lot of good information in it.  Shabbat Shalom!

One reads at the end of this week’s Torah portion that the Kohanim were consecrated for service. A similar consecration happens to every believer when he or she accepts Yeshua and receives the Holy Spirit— for he too is consecrated to serve HaShem. In First Corinthians Chapter 6, one reads, “For you are bought with a price; therefore, glorify G-d….” (I Corinthians 6:20) The phrase, “For you are bought with a price” is a reference to redemption, as redemption involves a purchase and a transfer of authority. The point which I want to make in this week’s article is that every person is going to be under authority. The only question is under whose authority? It is important for each individual to realize that there are only two options: either one is going to be under the authority of sin or he is going to be under the authority of Messiah Yeshua.

The problem is that many believers are not being taught that with redemption (a salvation experience) comes an obligation to fulfill the second part of I Corinthians 6:20: “…Therefore glorify G-d with your body and in your spirit, which are G-d’s.” In order to fulfill this commandment one must bring both his body (fleshly nature) and the spiritual aspect of his being under the will of G-d. Allow me to ask you a question: In what tangible ways are you demonstrating this? This issue gets to the heart of spirituality and discipleship. I would like to share with you a few things which you can do to reflect the REDEMPTIVE CALL which you have agreed to have placed upon you when you accepted the Gospel. (Remember that you are not saved by your performance of these things; rather it is one of the reasons for which you have been saved).

1) Begin and end your day reading a few Psalms: Do not just read them, but pray through each verse and then listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you and write down those things that are given to you by Him.

2) Pray routinely throughout the day, asking G-d to whom He is calling you to minister.

3) Ask Yeshua to give you a prophetic understanding of what He is bringing about: This involves you taking the time to study prophecy. Begin with the 12 Minor Prophets and as you read, strive to discover what each of the prophets’ primary message was and how this message can be applied today. You might be surprised how this message was actually given for the times in which you are living.

4) Partner with other believers to serve together in these objectives.

5) Be prepared to be used by G-d and be willing to respond to His call. There is so much that needs to be done. It will be an encouragement to you to see that the Almighty G-d wants to use you. He will give you opportunities to represent Him in many more ways than you can imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When is Pesach (Passover)?

*This post has been edited to correct an error on the date. Thank you to those who alerted me to my mistake!

Pesach begins at sundown on the 14th day of Nisan.  On the Gregorian calendar that is Sundown, April 22, which also happens to be Erev Shabbat.

I am currently visiting family, but plan to begin my Pesach blog series this week.  I have 5 blogs planned, which will cover the Biblical account, how Pesach is celebrated today, the process beforehand, the Pesach kitchen, the Seder, and also a spiritual aspect to Pesach.  I hope you will join me for this series.

Blessings,

Rivka

A Trip Recap

Baruch just completed a trip to the States, where he taped several television programs and spoke in Florida, Minnesota, Northern Virginia and Kentucky.  I met up with him in Northern Virginia and went with him to some of the speaking venues.

I was very impressed with the people I met.  These people are seriously studying the Word and how it should impact their lives on a daily basis.  They are truly concerned about their lifestyle and how to live a life which is pleasing to G-d.

I just want to say a “thank you” to all those I met on the trip.  It was a great time of fellowship for me and I hope that as LoveIsrael.org grows, we can help meet the needs of the small group Bible studies who use Baruch’s teaching as a basis for their study.  Please email me if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Sodastream

Sodastream is the maker of a home carbonation product which carbonates water for club soda and they also make flavoring syrups to make cola, lemon-lime and other flavored soft drinks.  It contains a canister inside of it, filled with CO2.  It is great product and we own one.  I have seen them in the United States as well, and several of our friends use them.

Sodastream plant north of Beersheva.

Photo courtesy of Tovah

Above, you can see the machine.  You just place a bottle filled with water underneath and press down on the top.  It then carbonates the water!

Why am I telling you about this?  Sodastream had a very nice plant in Judea and Samaria, which employed many Palestinians.  The liberal left, from around the world, protested and boycotted the company because it was a Jewish company in “occupied” land.  They were not applauding a Jewish company employing many Palestinians with very good wages.

After much protest, Sodastream closed the plant and built a new one, seen above, just north of Beersheva.

The reason I wanted to share this with you is to explain that much of the world, who support the Palestinians, do not care about them.  Their real interest is in hatred of Israel and trying to bring about her destruction.  Please take a moment to pray for Israel today.