The Bread Recipe

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Maybe some of you remember seeing this bread from a previous post?  I had requests for the recipe, so I’m giving it to you below!  This is an Italian bread with a sweetness to it.  It goes well with pasta, etc., and also makes great gondola sandwiches.  Note, I use a bread machine, so “resting”, “kneading”, etc. are not in my directions.

Ingredients:

1 T oil

1 egg

3 1/2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1 t salt

2 t yeast

1 c warm water

I place all the ingredients in my bread machine and press the “dough” button.  It takes 1 1/2 hours. When it is completed, I take it out and make it into 2 long, thin loaves and bake it on a lightly floured pan at 375 degrees until it is brown on top.  Baruch and I have eaten this bread since our childhood.  Love it!

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What is Your Ministry?

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Do you have a ministry?  Each one of us, as believers, is called to a ministry.  As a young mother, I often heard, “Your children are your ministry”.  Of course that was true, but I also did all of the administrative work and LOTS of entertaining for the people in our congregations over the years.  Baruch and I have been in ministry together since the day we got married, 30 years ago this summer.

But not everyone is called to full time ministry.  But everyone can still work in ministry.  I know people who lead Bible studies, volunteer at shelters or soup kitchens, open their home to host various Bible studies and meetings for their ladies’ group or congregation. There are limitless opportunities to minister, without taking up huge amounts of time.   G-d has given each one of us talents and opportunities to use to further His Kingdom. Pray for Him to reveal to you what your ministry is.

Something to consider is maybe your circumstances have changed.  As I’ve written previously, our children are all now grown and I have more time to devote to LoveIsrael.org.  In fact, I work full time, but without salary.  Perhaps this is the perfect time for you to contemplate the next season of your life and how you could serve the L-rd in a more structured capacity.

For those of you who did not attend our conference, let me share with you a little bit about our new program.  Currently, we broadcast on Daystar (domestically in the U.S. and around the world), SuperChannel 55 (Central Florida), Romania and others (check the full list on LoveIsrael.org).  We also broadcast on several internet platforms, including Roku and Amazon Fire TV.  Many people are not aware that to watch internet TV is free but for us to broadcast it is NOT free.

We are looking for people who would like to coordinate giving for the city they live in or who would like to coordinate giving for one of the new countries we are hoping to broadcast on–India (already have a coordinator), Russia, the Ukraine (need met for 2017), or to raise funds for our Internet platforms. This can be done through organizing informative Bible studies, approaching your friends and family, etc.  This is to try to reach out to people who are currently not supporting this work and maybe are not aware of our Bible teaching.  If you would like more information, please email me at RivkaK@loveisrael.org.

Bible Study

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Do you have a favorite place to do your Bible study?  Do you assemble a special notebook and pen and maybe tea or coffee?  Comment below your surroundings during your Bible study and your favorite drink.  I study in the living room with some flavor of tea…it varies.

What are you currently studying?  Comment below.  Also would love to hear if you’ve read Baruch’s 1335Kingdom.

Shavuah Tov!

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Hello Everyone!  Thank you so much for your prayers for Israel.  They are needed and appreciated.

Today we heard firefighting planes flying back and forth over our home, as they flew to replenish their water supply in the Mediterranean.  We saw the largest firefighting plane in the world, as it was going back and forth to the Jerusalem area.

Tonight was our Bible study at the Center.  We looked at Luke 20:20-47.  The last 2 verses reminded us that we should not seek the approval of man nor the things of this world.  They are all temporal.  We should always have in our minds the Kingdom and seek to live a Kingdom life.

Every day, as we read the Word of G-d, there is something in it to teach us, refine us, and make us more fit for the Kingdom if we will just read and seek to obey G-d.  As we know, we are not saved by our works, but we should do good works because we are saved.

Shabbat Shalom!

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A view of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) from above Tiberias.

Today we are in prayer for Israel, as we continue to be ravaged by fires.  Over 60,000 people from Haifa have been evacuated.  Many homes and buildings have been lost.  I read in the news that this fire is the worst in Israel’s history.  There was a terrible one near Haifa in 2010, when 44 people were killed.

Please pray for the safety of the people, whether they be residents or firefighters.  It is a very serious situation.

Please find below a brief commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Chayei Sarah.

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah) Genesis 23:1-25:18

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31

In this week’s Torah portion, a man by the name of Eliezer, who was Abraham’s trusted servant, was commanded by his master to find a wife for Isaac. Although Abraham was a man of strong faith, Eliezer was not. It seemed to him that Abraham’s command and the manner in which he demanded that Eliezer fulfill it was impossible. Abraham promised that HaShem would “happen” in this situation to make Eliezer’s journey successful. When Eliezer arrived at his destination, he beheld G-d’s choice for Isaac, Rebecca. The words of the Torah are most unusual when describing Eliezer’s reaction to seeing Rebecca.

And the man is destroyed by her, made silent to know whether HaShem made his journey successful or not.” Genesis 24:21

Read this verse in your Bible and you will notice a significant difference. The first verb is usually rendered as “look steadfastly at her” or “was astonished by her“. The word however, literally means “to bring to destruction“, as demonstrated by its usage in Isaiah 6:11, where the verb is translated, “until the cities are laid waste“. The question that needs to be asked is simply, “what are the implications of the verse stating that Rebecca destroyed Eliezer?”

It has already been mentioned that Eliezer was not a man of faith. In other words, he doubted that Abraham’s command to travel to a distant city and find a woman who would leave her family, friends, and familiar surroundings to marry a man that she did not know or had even seen was going to be realized. Despite Eliezer’s lack of faith, he nevertheless prayed to the G-d of Abraham (see verse 12) that if HaShem did exist, then He should make clear to him who the right woman is. Eliezer even had a test to confirm whether G-d answered his prayer. Not only did Rebecca do exactly as Eliezer prayed, the text states that she, by her behavior, “destroyed” Eliezer. The intent of the verse is that Eliezer became a new man, a man of faith!

The message of this text is that Yeshua does not want to change you, but destroy you and make you a new man! This is why Paul said, “If anyone should be in the Messiah, he becomes a new creation….” (See 2 Cor. 5:17). Even if you are a believer in Messiah Yeshua, there are still things that HaShem wants to destroy in your life so that you truly reflect the newness of Kingdom life. You may need to step out in faith like Eliezer did and serve your master, the L-rd Yeshua, in order to see the changes that He wants to bring into your life. Be aware that G-d does not remodel, He builds on a new foundation.

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The picture above is from Channel 2 (in Israel).  It is a picture from Haifa.  The headline of the caption says, “11 people were arrested of suspicion of starting fires, 1 on incitement.”

Zippori

Beautiful floor mosaics from Zippori.

Today Baruch and I were with a tour group for a few hours.  One of the places we went was Zippori.  Zippori is a village and archeological site in the Galilee.  One of the notable features is the many homes which contained private mikveh.  This supports the fact that many priestly families lived there during ancient times.

Baruch taught about rabbinical Judaism and some of its teachings at this site.  He explained the Talmud (Mishnah and Gemara), the Messiah (their belief about Who He is, His attributes, that they believe He was created, and How He will come to earth.  He also explained the rabbinical thought on unintentional killing. It was new material I am sure for several of the people in the group.

The picture on the left shows the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee” mosaic.  This mosaic is found on the floor of an ancient home in Zippori.  It is called that because from whichever angle she is viewed, she appears to be looking at you.

The mosaic on the right is from the floor of the synagogue.  It was very sad to see that while there were beautiful pictures of the menorah, a shofar, first fruits, a scene of the binding of Isaac, etc., there was also a very large mosaic of the zodiac on the floor.  This mixing of truth with lies, evil, wickedness is always wrong and very dangerous.

Is There Not A Cause?

Views from the Valley of Elah

Yesterday we had the opportunity to show some visitors from England a couple of sites in Israel and to share with them a bit more about our work.

One of the places we went was the Valley of Elah.  I’m sure you are all familiar with the account of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17.  We talked about how if we live by sight, our battles will be overwhelming.  If we look to the L-rd and rely upon His strength, nothing will be too difficult.  We just need to make sure that we are in His will and seeking His plans and purposes for our lives.

Goliath was a huge man.  David was not.  He was a young shepherd.  No one would believe that David would be able to defeat Goliath.  And yet, with G-d’s strength, he did just that.

It also important to see the exchange between David and his brothers.  David came to ask what was going to be done about Goliath.  None of the men would step up to the plate to deal with him.  David’s eldest brother, Eliav, got angry.  Why was that?  Because of conviction.  He knew they were not being bold and taking action.  Sometimes when we are following G-d’s will, and stepping up to fill a need, we will encounter pushback.  Someone may be convicted that she/he should do that and is angry that someone else has stepped forward.

Unfortunately, people are not always encouraging.  However, we must pray, read G-d’s Word, and listen to what He would have us to do.