Lithuanian Church Removes Jewish Headstones Installed by Soviet Union as Stairs

Lithuanian Church Removes Jewish Headstones Installed by Soviet Union as Stairs Cnaan Liphshiz 26.01.2019 Lithuania’s Evangelical Reformed Church removed Jewish headstones that had been used as stairs. The removal of the headstones from the 30-foot-long staircase leading to the main entrance of the church building in Vilnius was completed last week, the Jewish Community of Lithuania announced. The headstones were installed when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. “This represents a victory in the Lithuanian Jewish Community’s long-term efforts to insure respect for the dead and the Jewish legacy in Lithuania,” the Jewish group said in a statement. The head

Top 10 anti-Semitic incidents of 2018

Simon Wiesenthal Center names top 10 anti-Semitic incidents of 2018 A sobering read

Jewish Evangelist Who Preached Yeshua During the Holocaust

Jewish Evangelist Who Preached Yeshua During the Holocaust Friday, January 25, 2019 | Charles Gardner With the annual Holocaust Memorial Day observed last Sunday world-wide, it is worth being reminded not only of how many perished, but also of those who escaped the jaws of Nazism – often miraculously. It is a little-known fact that in spite of terrible persecution in Eastern Europe, thousands of Jewish people were very open to the message of Jesus. In fact, research is currently being undertaken on the so-called ‘Messianic’ believers who died in the Shoah. Among those who experienced miraculous deliverance from the death camps was Jakob Jocz, a Lithuanian-born third generation follower of Y

Song of Ascents - Psalm 120:1

Song of Ascents In my distress I called to Hashem and He answered me. Psalms 120:1 (The Israel Bible™) שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת אֶל־יְהֹוָה בַּצָּרָתָה לִּי קָרָאתִי וַיַּעֲנֵנִי Shir hama’a lot el Adonai: betzaratah li karati vaya’aneyni Ascending to the greatest heights What is the meaning the Hebrew word maalot (מעלות), translated here as ‘ascents,’ which appears in the opening phrases of the next fifteen psalms? According to Rashi, it is a reference to the fifteen steps in the Beit Hamikdash upon which the Leviim stood while reciting these fifteen psalms. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch explains the ascent in a spiritual way. He understands it to mean that from our low spiritual depths, we cal

Parashat Mishpatim

Saturday 2nd February 2019 27th Sh’vat 5779 Parashat Mishpatim Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Exo 21:1 – 24:18; Jer 34: 8-22; 33:25-26; Matt26:20-30 There are commands that leap off the pages of Torah by their sheer moral power. So it is in the case of the social legislation in Mishpatim. Amid the complex laws relating to the treatment of slaves, personal injury and property, one command in particular stands out, by virtue of its repetition (it appears twice in our parsha), and the historical-psychological reasoning that lies behind it: Do not ill-treat

Baruch Mayaan - guest speaker at Beit Ariel

This coming Saturday, Saturday 26th January 2019, we will host Baruch Mayaan from Israel. Many are familiar with Baruch's involvement in the Cape To Jerusalem prayer highway. You are cordially invited to hear what he has to say to us. Our service commences at 10h00

Let us go with you

Daniel Juster Jan 17, 2019 Ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ (Zechariah 8:23b) This is a passage often quoted by Christians who seek to love the Jewish people and join them in their celebrations and commitment to Israel. Some as well quote this passage in their connection to Messianic Jewish congregations. One of the features of Messianic Jewish congregations is the number who have joined who are not of Jewish descent. Yet others find this quote and its use as particularly offensive. Are they as followers of Yeshua to join themselves to the Jewish people who have not yet

God’s heart in the last days

God’s heart in the last days Eitan Shishkoff Jan 24, 2019 Sitting in a mountain field as a new believer, I read words that altered the course of my life. “When He saw the multitudes…He said to His disciples ‘Truly the harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into His harvest’” (Matthew 9:37, 38). At that moment I knew that the Lord was calling me to leave our beautiful mountain home—far from the rat race of the city—and re-enter society as a labourer amidst a harvest field of lost people. End of the Age Harvest What is on God’s heart as history careens toward the climax of this age? I belie

Parashat Yitro - the politics of freedom

Saturday 26th January 2019 20th Sh’vat 5779 Parashat Yitro Exo 18:1-20:23; Isa 6:1-7:6; Matt 19:16-26 The revelation at Mount Sinai – the central episode not only of the parsha of Yitro, but of Judaism as a whole – was unique in the religious history of mankind. God’s self-disclosure was not to an individual (a prophet) or a group (the elders) but to an entire nation, young and old, men, women and children, the righteous and not-yet-righteous alike. From the very outset, the people of Israel knew something unprecedented had happened at Sinai. Moses had no doubt that it was an event without parallel: “Ask now

When is the Jewish New Year?

When is the Jewish New Year? Would you be surprised to know that there are 4 New Years in the Jewish calendar -- and Wednesday, January 21st is Tu B'Shevat (the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat) and the New Year for trees! The first mishna - teaching - in the Talmudic tractate of Rosh Hashanah informs us of the 4 New Years: 1) The first of Nissan is the New Year with regards to counting the years in the reign of the Kings of Israel. 2) The first of Elul is the New Year with regards to tithing of the animals. (One out of ten animals born from the Hebrew month of Elul until the beginning of Elul the following year was given to the Temple.) 3) The first of Tishrei is the New Year for the judg

Who Were the Levites?

Who Were the Levites? By Menachem Posner The Levites, descendants of Jacob’s son Levi, were selected to serve G‑d in the Holy Temple. Most served in peripheral roles, playing music, opening and closing the gates, and standing guard. In the case of the portable Tabernacle (which preceded the Holy Temple in Jerusalem), they were responsible for packing up, transporting, and reconstructing the Tabernacle whenever the Israelites travelled to a new camp. The most sacred tasks, including bringing the sacrifices, were reserved for the kohanim (priests), descendants of Aaron, brother of Moses. How Was Levi Selected? Originally, the firstborn s

Parashat Beshalach

Saturday 19th January 2019 13th Sh’vat 5779 Parashat Beshalach by Herschel Raysman Exo 13:17 – 17:16; Judges 4:4 – 5:31; Matt 14:22 – 33 Ex 13:17-22 17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt." 18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the

Shoshana bat Tzion from Israel

ANNOUNCEMENT – TEACHING AT BEIT ARIEL When: Wednesday 23rd January Time : 19h00 (promptly) Speaker : Shoshana bat Tzion from Israel Topic: Read Romans chapter 11 as preparation All are welcome.

Compassion for the Crowds

Compassion for the Crowds e-d’rash FFOZ Rabbi Yeshua sent His disciples out on a mission to proclaim the kingdom of heaven in the villages of the Galilee. “When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done” (Luke 9:10). The Master hoped for some time alone with His disciples. “Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida” (Luke 9:10). Word of their presence in Bethsaida spread quickly. “The crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing” (Luke 9:11). The multitude

The Mah Zot Principle By Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, Interfaithfulness

The Mah Zot Principle By Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, Interfaithfulness Like a pot of cool water that is gradually heated until the proverbial lobster is cooked without fully realizing what is happening, so can some cultural trends in the Messianic movement “cook” our unique calling as Jews so that we lose track of who we have been created to be, and what we have been called to value and preserve. This danger is especially evident in congregations where the Jews become more Christian in culture and the Gentiles become more Jewish, so that both meet somewhere in the middle. But when that middle involves leaving behind Jewish baggage packed for us by God himself, we Jews need to awaken to t

Parashat Bo - the plague of darkness

Saturday 12th January 2019 6th Sh’vat 5779 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Exo 10:1 – 13:16; Jer 46:13-28; John 19:31-37 The ninth plague – darkness – comes shrouded in a darkness of its own. What is this plague doing here? It seems out of sequence. Thus far there have been eight plagues, and they have become steadily, inexorably, more serious. The first two, the Nile turning blood-red and the infestation of frogs, seemed more like omens than anything else. The third and fourth, gnats and wild beasts, caused worry, not crisis. The fifth, the plague that killed livestock, affected animals, not human beings. The si

"Trump Doesn't Know What He's Doing," Bemoans Israeli Expert

"Trump Doesn't Know What He's Doing," Bemoans Israeli Expert Thursday, January 03, 2019 | Israel Today Staff US President Donald Trump dismayed Israel last month when he abruptly decided to pull American troops out of Syria. On Thursday, Trump truly shocked the Jewish state when he bluntly stated that Iran was free to do whatever it wants in the war-torn Middle East nation. Israel's greatest concern regarding the bloody Syrian civil war has been Iran's efforts to establish a military presence there, from which Tehran admits it intends to further threaten the Jewish state. The American military presence on the Syria-Iraq border made it more difficult for Iran to move men and equipment into t

Temptation and Evil

Temptation and Evil FFOZ Yeshua taught his disciples to pray, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). The Hebrew word for temptation (nissayon, נסיון) can mean “enticement to sin” or “trial” and “testing.” The same ambiguity exists in the Greek. James the brother of the Master clarifies the prayer’s meaning when he warns us against supposing that God entices us to sin: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. (James

Ten Quotes from Pirke Avot – Ethics of the Fathers

Ten Quotes from Pirke Avot – Ethics of the Fathers Simon the Just…used to say, “Upon three things the world stands: On Torah, on (Divine) Service, and on Deeds of Lovingkindness.” Pirke Avot 1:2 Hillel used to say: ”If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” Pirke Avot 1:14 Simeon, the son of Rabban Gamliel, said: “I was brought up all my life among the Sages, and I have found nothing as good for the body as silence, and it is not the study/explication that is the essence – but the practice/doing, and whoever is profuse of words occasions sin.” Pirke Avot 1:17 Rabban Simeon, son of Gamliel, said, “On three things the world stand

Parashat Vaera

Saturday 5th January 2019 28th Tevet 5779 Parashat Vaera by Rabbi Paul L. Saal, Shuvah Yisrael, Bloomfield, CT Exodus 6:2 - 9:35; Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21; Rev 16:1-21 It has been said that the life of Moses can be seen as three distinct movements, forty years each. Moses spends the first forty years thinking he is somebody. He has fallen by providence into the royal court of Pharaoh and is raised as a prince of Egypt while his people, the Jewish people unknown to him, suffer. In the second act he discovers that he is nobody. In a rather extended midlife crisis he winds up down and out, tending sh

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