Israel’s sharp divide over judicial reforms has Iran and its regional proxy militias thinking the Jewish state is weak and exposed. Towns in northern Israel are unprepared for what is likely to come in a future war with the Hizbullah.
The recent reports of Jews attacking Christians in Israel are real. There has been a surge in Jewish harassment and assaults on Christians and church properties in Israel since the start of the year. How are we to respond in love?
Today, Friday the 18th of August, is the first day of the Hebrew month Elul. It begins a season that is for preparation, and searching hearts and lives before the LORD including repairing relationships with others.
The present conflict over judicial reforms is one of Israel’s worst crises since the nation’s rebirth in 1948. Yet I remain optimistic because the Bible clearly states that God has brought His people back “never to be uprooted again”(Amos 9:15).
In this week’s Torah portion, we come across the “Shema”. In English it means to “hear” or “listen”. But in Hebrew, the context of the word points to paying attention, to focus, to not just listen, but to hear & respond to God.
Why is Jerusalem important in the Bible, and why does it continue to be important to Christians today? Jerusalem has almost 1,000 verses that mention it, and it’s the only physical place declared “holy” in the Bible.
This week’s Torah Portion includes events from Numbers 25:10-31, where many listened to deceptive messages about abandoning good for evil. Today, we can be encouraged to stand firm for righteousness just as the Priest did.