Roundtable Meetings Today

At the Conference today.  We had a good time with our friend, Tzachi Shapira, author of “Return of the Kosher Pig.”

Well, today we had the opportunity to sit in on some interesting Roundtable discussions, including “Congregational Life in Israel–Differences and Similarities” and “The Phenomena of the “Anusim” (descendants of Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions)”.

The Congregational Life seminar supported our belief that knowing and speaking Hebrew and service in the IDF (or your children’s service if you made aliyah when older) are vital to acceptance into Israeli culture.  We have found that those who immigrate to Israel but don’t make the effort to learn Hebrew, are not fully accepted.  That is why we worked very hard to learn Hebrew when we first moved to Israel.

Baruch was also asked to film four short videos for GodTV.  He gave four brief teachings for one of their programs.

We believe that the connections we made at this conference will be beneficial to people around the world, as we made contact with people who head up Bible schools.  We are wanting partnerships with other ministries to use Baruch’s teaching videos.

Tomorrow we head to Florida, to begin preparations for our Conference.  We are looking forward to seeing many of you there.

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Pre-Conference Meet and Greet

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A few of the things we received for the conference.

This afternoon we attended the Pre-Conference Meet and Greet for the Messianic Leadership Roundtable.  Many of the influential and well-known leaders of the Messianic movement were there.  It was a great opportunity for us to meet some new people and to renew familiarity with people we slightly know.

Several people were interested in how they might use LoveIsrael.org teaching videos in their ministries.  We look forward to following up with these contacts in the future.

A COMMENT:

In one of Baruch’s recent videos, he taught concerning kosher laws.  I’ve received comments from a couple of people who believe Baruch’s message was legalistic.  Many times, when observing something from the Old Testament is mentioned, people immediately say that it is legalistic and that Yeshua is all that is necessary for salvation.  Why must people always make the leap to “keeping the law” for salvation?  Baruch NEVER has taught that and does not believe that.  We are saved by accepting the work of Yeshua on the cross to pay the price for our sins.  Period.

One may not agree with everything taught on LoveIsrael.org, but please listen to the message for what it says and do not read a different theology into it.

When we accept the work of Yeshua on the cross for our salvation and restored relationship with G-d, that is the beginning of a new life for us.  Not just a secured eternal life in Him, but a new life for the rest of our time on earth as well.

We should live differently now!  We should read every Word of G-d and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, as how we should apply it to our lives.  The Old Testament is applicable to our lives today as well.  Let’s seek the Holy Spirit’s leading in how to utilize every word in our lives for the glory of G-d.

New York to Phoenix

Kosher restaurant and bakery at Chelsea Market, NYC.

We have accomplished several things while in New York.  We’ve had meetings and opportunities to share.  We are thankful for our time here.

Tomorrow morning we have a 6:30 a.m. flight to Phoenix.  For the last few years, we have been invited to the Leadership Roundtable, which is sponsored by Jewish Voice.  This gives leaders an opportunity to meet with each other and (hopefully) collaborate together.

This year, the Roundtable corresponded perfectly with our trip to the States so we are finally able to participate.  We look forward to meeting with others in ministry to make them aware of LoveIsrael.org and see if they can use our resources or do joint projects.  Please pray that this will be a fruitful trip.

In New York

Today was a good day.  We were able to get some electronic equipment we needed for our future video endeavors.  If you are ever in New York City and need some sort of electronic or photo equipment, you should check out B & H Photo.  Not only do they have everything and are very helpful, they keep Shabbat and the Biblical holidays (it is owned by Orthodox Jews).

We also went to New Jersey and had a great meeting and dinner there.  Please pray that our time will have made an impact.

Baruch is working very hard to prepare good Bible content for the Conference.  We hope you will be joining us.  Below is the Conference Schedule:

Friday Night, November 10, 2017

7:00 pm – 7:30pm Praise and Worship

Provided by the Seed of Abraham Fellowship Worship Team

7:30 pm – 8:15pm Session I:  Expectations of the Messiah

Text:  TBA

8:15 pm – 8:30pm Break

8:30 pm – 8:40pm Welcome and Announcements

8:40 pm – 9:30 pm Session II:  Messiah and the Jewish People

(Out of Egypt I Called My Son)

Text:  Matthew 2:15

Shabbat, November 11, 2017

9:00 am – 9:30 am Praise and Worship

9:30 am – 10:15 am Session III:  The Feeding of the 5,000

Text:  Matthew 14:13-21

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 11:15 am Session IV:  Yeshua and Leprosy

Text:  Matthew 8:1-4

11:15 am – 11:30 am Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Session V:  The Canaanite Woman

Text:  Matthew 15:21-28

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Kiddush

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch Break

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Praise and Worship

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm Session VI:  Yeshua Before the Sanhedrin and Before Pontius

Pilate

Text:  Luke 23:1-25

3:50 pm – 4:05 pm Break

4:05pm – 4:30 pm Special Presentation

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Break

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Praise and Worship

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm Session VII:  Yeshua on the Tree

Text:  Luke 23:33-47

8:15 pm – 8:30 pm Break

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Session VIII:  Yeshua and His Resurrection

Text:  Selected Scriptures, but not from the Gospels

9:30 pm – 9:45 pm Update:  About Love Israel

Sunday, November 12, 2017

9:00 am – 9:30 am Praise and Worship

9:30 am – 10:15 am Session IX:  Yeshua and His Ascension

Text:  Acts 1:6 -12

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am Session X:  Yeshua and His Return

Text:  TBA

11:30 am – 11:45 am Closing Remarks, Conference Ending

*During the entire conference, there will be a prayer room available, across from the ballroom.  This will be under the leadership of Rev. Lester Smith.  I will share more about the prayer room tomorrow.

Update

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Shalom!  I apologize for not writing lately.  Since I last checked in, Baruch and I met up in Miami, where he spoke at a congregation Wednesday night, we had a meeting at another congregation on Thursday and we visited a very special Messianic congregation, where Baruch taught on Friday evening and two sessions on Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many people we have known for many years.

Today we were at Seed of Abraham Fellowship, where Baruch taught at both services. We have been at the airport in Orlando for several hours. Our flight to New York City has been delayed due to severe weather up north. We are hoping to fly out tonight.

I plan to write much more tomorrow. Blessings!

In The States

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So excited to be in the States.  Wanted to let those of you who live in South Florida know that Baruch will be speaking this Wednesday night, October 25, at Granada Presbyterian in Coral Gables, FL.  The service will begin at 6:30pm.  If you are in the area, we’d love to see you there !

I have been in Illinois and Indiana visiting our families and dealing with the realization of aging parents.  Since we don’t get to visit our parents very often, we see big changes when we do get together.

We are very excited about this trip, as it is serving many different functions.  We are going to a conference (other than our own), speaking opportunities, pre-appointed times for sharing the Gospel, and concluding with our Eighth Annual LoveIsrael.org Conference in Orlando.  It looks to be a busy trip.  Baruch flies in tomorrow, and I fly to Florida to meet him, so I would ask for traveling safety.

Now for another peek at what is in store for those who attend our conference:

8:40 pm – 9:30 pm           Session II:  Messiah and the Jewish People  (Out of Egypt I Called

                                           My Son)   Text:  Matthew 2:15

Baruch recently did an unannounced Livestream on Youtube!  I’ve included it below so you can watch it.

 

Have a blessed day!

Travel – Short and Long

Fall views in Cluj, Romania yesterday.

Yesterday was a productive day, as Baruch taped the next set of shows at the studio and we had a planning session for upcoming LoveIsrael.org events and sorting out the calendar for the rest of 2017 and the first half of 2018.

It was a perfect fall day.  We really appreciate when we are able to see the fall colors, as Israel does not have many trees which change colors and then lose their leaves.

This morning we left for the airport at 4:00 am.  Baruch had a short trip back to Israel (he has made it safely) and I am currently at the airport in Munich, Germany, awaiting a long flight to Chicago.  I appreciate the opportunity to visit our parents when I can.

I was just looking over the schedule for our upcoming Conference.  Here is the first 2 events to take place on Friday night:

7:00 pm – 7:30pm   Praise and Worship (Provided by the Seed of Abraham Fellowship Worship Team)

7:30 pm – 8:15pm   Session I:  Expectations of the Messiah  (Text:  TBA)

Throughout the conference the SOAF Worship Team will lead us in a time of praise and worship.  Everyone appreciates their participation.  The first session will kick us off with a study of the expectations of the Messiah.  I do hope you will be able to join us.  I’ll share the next session the next time I have internet access!