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Update from Israel, October 25, 2010

PERES:  “WE CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT THE UNITED STATES.” “O Israel, Hope in the LORD, from this time forth and forever” (Psalm 131:3). These unfortunate words were uttered by our President Shimon Perez at a conference in Jerusalem last Thursday and formed a headline in the Jerusalem Post the following day.  Although the statement wasn’t really central to the article it headed, it nevertheless describes an assumption held by many if not most secular Jewish

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Israel News Update for October 18, 2010

1.  “Send forth Your Light and Your Truth”  into ancient Shiloah/Silwan. The village of Silwan lies in an area along both sides of the Kidron Valley just south of the Old City of Jerusalem.  This ancient Hebrew name Shiloah had by Yeshua’s day begun to take on a Greek equivalent Siloam (See John 9:7-11), and from this later came the Arabic name Silwan by which the predominantly Muslim Arab neighborhood is more commonly known today.  Within the western part of

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Update from Israel October 13, 2010

“So Abram journeyed, going on still towards the Negev.” Genesis 12:9 1. THE “PRINCE OF PERSIA” ARRIVES IN LEBANON. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was welcomed into Lebanon with great pomp and circumstance, including massive rallies by cheering Shiites associated with the militant Hezbollah organization.  Thousands of Hezbollah supporters lined the road from the airport to the capital, and a soccer stadium in southern Beirut was set up to honour his

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Update from Israel, October 4, 2010

Even the stork in the heavens knows her appointed times; and the turtledove, the swift, and the thrush observe the time of their migration, but My people do not know the judgment of the LORD.(Jeremiah 8:7) This week great formations of storks flew into Israel from the north; many more will soon follow.  Each spring hundreds of thousands of these birds leave their homes in eastern Africa to stream through

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Update from Israel, September 28, 2010

SUKKOT 2010 You shall live in booths (Hebrew: sukkot) for seven days…so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt.  I am YHVH your God” (Leviticus 23:39-43). “…if our earthly house, this tent—this sukkah—is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavenlies!” (II Corinthians

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News from Israel/September 22, 2010

1.  SUKKOT (FEAST OF TABERNACLES) BEGINS AT SUNDOWN. “On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a sabbath on the first day and a sabbath on the eighth day.  Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and

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News from Israel, Week September 13, 2010

“Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.  And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering.  But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before YHVH, to make atonement upon it, and let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:8-10). “Look! The Lamb of God Who carries away the sin of the world” (John 1:21). 1.  YOM KIPPUR This Friday evening (September 17th) at sundown begins Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement.  At that time, the entire public Jewish sector of Israel essentially closes down.  Leviticus 23:26-32 solemnly commands Jews to deny themselves and to abstain from work

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News from Israel on Rosh haShanah 5771

1.  THURSDAY IS THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS AND THE “HEAD” OF THE HEBREW YEAR 5771. “Speak to the children of Israel, saying:  ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing [of shofars], a holy convocation.  You shall do no customary work; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD’” (Leviticus 23:23-25; see also Numbers 29:1-6). This Thursday marks the beginning of the Biblical Fall Feasts—Yom T’ruah, the Day of Blowing (of shofars)—the Feast of Trumpets.  It has also come to be known as Rosh Hashanah, the “Head of the [civil] Year”. Although Hebrew months are numbered beginning in the Spring (Exodus 12:2), the numbering for the Hebrew year changes on the first of the seventh

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Update: February/March 2010

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