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Israel Prayer Update, February 8, 2016

 1.  “KEEP US SAFE…ARE OUR POLICE…OUR FIREFIGHTERS…OUR HOMELAND SECURITY”?    “Muslim Americans keep us safe—They are our police;  They are our firefighters;  They’re in Homeland Security.”  So spoke President Obama while visiting a Mosque in Baltimore on last Wednesday, a visit widely reported here in Israel.  1)    In his talk, Mr. Obama also presented what he called “basic facts”:  that Islam is a religion of peace; that some of the earliest

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Israel Prayer Update, February 1, 2016

Refugee ship Struma in Istanbul harbor February 1942, where it waited 71 days before being towed out to sea.   1.  THE STORY OF THE STRUMA AGAIN RESURFACES…WITH ITS WARNING  An obituary appeared in the Jan. 23rd edition of the New York Times—strangely, it was for a man who had actually died almost two years before in 2014.  He passed away in relative obscurity, his death in Oregon at 91

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Israel Prayer Update, January 25, 2016

 1.  YOUNG ONES, BUT FOR GRACE, DOOMED FOR DESTRUCTION…  “For death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces to cut off the children from the streets, The young men from the town squares” (Jeremiah 9:21). “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles… (Proverbs 24:17). Last week we wrote of two stabbings in Judah—the murder of

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Israel Prayer Update, January 18, 2016

1.  A LIGHT GOES OUT IN OTNI’EL  This morning (Monday) as we write, a funeral is going on in Otni’el, a Jewish community in the hills just south-west of Hebron.  Yesterday evening a Palestinian terrorist entered the community and stabbed Dafna Meir, a beautiful 38-year-old mother of four and two foster children, to death.  Three of the children who were at home witnessed the attack, before being herded upstairs by

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Israel Prayer Update, January 11, 2015

Modern Mount Zion Today ( January 11) is Rosh Hodesh Shevat, the first of the 11th month in the Hebrew calendar.   This month is mentioned by name in Zechariah 1:7, when the prophet is told by an angel to proclaim: Thus says the LORD of Hosts, “I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. But I am very angry with the nations who are at ease; for while I

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Israel Prayer Update, December 28, 2015

PRAYER UPDATE FROM ISRAEL DECEMBER 28, 2015       And he led the flock to the back of the desert . . . Exodus 3:1 GIVEN THE IMMENSE SIGNIFICANCE FOR ISRAEL THEN AND NOW OF THE EVENTS RECORDED IN THE FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF EXODUS, WE HAVE THOUGHT IT GOOD  TO CONFINE THIS WEEK’S  UPDATE TO THE PARASHA—SH’MOT.    We would recommend prayerfully reading the Portion, asking the

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Israel Prayer Update, December 22, 2015

1.  YOM KIPPUR DECLARED AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY AT THE UN  Last Thursday, for the first time in its 70 year history, the United Nations  approved a Jewish holy day—Yom Kippur (“The Day of Atonement”)— as one of its official “holidays.”  Until now, ten holidays (including the Christian Christmas and Good Friday and the Islamic Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha)  have been recognized at the UN.  Considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar,  diplomatic efforts had been underway for over two years to have Yom Kippur added to that list.  Our friend Tomas Sandell, Founding Director of the European Coalition for Israel (ECI), relates that the idea “was first floated by ECI in a meeting with the Israeli government in the summer of 2013.  Only a few weeks later on

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Israel Prayer Update, December 14, 2015

PRAYER UPDATE FROM ISRAEL — DECEMBER 14, 2015. Cloud activity last week in the heavens over the Mount of Olives 1. ISRAEL’S NEW HEAD OF MOSSAD: “WITHOUT HEAVENLY AID, ISRAEL WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.” “By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above…” (Genesis 49:25; From the blessing of Jacob over Joseph near the end of his life ). “There is no one like the God of Yeshurun (“Upright One”; i.e. Israel) Who rides the heavens to help you…” (Deuteronomy 33:26; From the blessing of Moses over Israel near the end of his life). Last Monday Prime Minister Netanyahu’s national security adviser Yossi Cohen was named as the next head of the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency.

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Israel Prayer Update, December 8, 2015

1.  THE SIGNET OF A GODLY KING.  This past week it was devulged that a tiny clay seal, unearthed six years ago by archaeologists working in an area separating the Temple Mount from the ancient City of David, has been discovered to be in fact, the personal seal of the Biblical King of Judah Hezekiah.  According to Dr. Eilat Mazar, an internationally recognized archaeologist overseeing the excavations going on in this area, “This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.” (1) In ancient Hebrew script, the inscription reads “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of]  Ahaz king of Judah.”  Initially, the last three words were thought to comprise one Hebrew name, Melkiyahu (“Yah is my

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