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A New Beginning for Yad Vashem - Sari Granitza

In early May, Israel will mark Yom HaShoah – the nation’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a solemn occasion with many unique traditions which pay tribute to the six million victims of the Holocaust. There is no entertainment on television. Movie theatres and dance clubs are closed. In the morning, a nationwide siren brings all traffic to a complete stop and everyone stands to attention. And the president, prime minister and other senior leaders assemble at Yad Vashem to lay wreaths in honour of those who perished in the Nazi genocide against the Jews.

For Christians, a new tradition has developed around Yom HaShoah as well. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, through its unique partnership with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, helps sponsor an annual Christian Leadership Seminar during the week of Holocaust Remembrance Day. This special educational program draws Christian pastors and ministry leaders from all over the world to Yad Vashem for a week of lectures by experts on the Holocaust and antisemitism, encounters with Holocaust survivors, and related field trips around the country.

This year’s Christian Leadership Seminar will be the first one held under the new Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, Ms. Sari Granitza. She has been working in the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem since 2003 and took over the reins of the Christian Desk from Dr. Susanna Kokkonen in mid-2018.

Ms. Granitza was born into an observant Jewish family in Jerusalem and was raised both in Israel and the United States. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Haifa and her MBA from Tel Aviv University. For ten years, she worked in Israel’s thriving hi-tech industry. From there, she assisted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in foreign relations during his first term in the premiership in the late 1990s, developing key contacts with government officials and leaders in the Jewish Diaspora from around the globe.

Ms. Granitza now comes into her new position with 15 years of valuable experience in building support for Yad Vashem and explaining its important mission to a variety of audiences. As Deputy Director of the International Relations Division, she was involved in every aspect of the events and visits of Yad Vashem’s supporters from around the world, including many Christian leaders throughout the years. She also frequently presented lectures on the Holocaust in both Hebrew and English, including on behalf of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem at prestigious events, such as the National Religious Broadcasters convention in the US. Ms. Granitza was also responsible for planning and executing Yad Vashem’s International Missions to Europe and Israel, hosting donors of all faiths, backgrounds and nationalities.

Having lost family members in the Holocaust, Ms. Granitza takes her job very seriously. As an ambassador for Yad Vashem to the Christian world, she will continue to promote Holocaust education as an important means for ensuring that the atrocities of the Shoah never happen again.

Founded in 1953 by an act of Israel’s parliament, Yad Vashem was entrusted with the mission of safeguarding the memory of Jewish victims of the Holocaust and imparting its meaning to future generations. Christian Friends of Yad Vashem was established in October 2006 in cooperation with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem to raise awareness about the Holocaust and its universal lessons within the Christian world. Today, CFYV is active in many countries worldwide and works with a variety of denominations and Christian ministries to build bridges between Jews and Christians.

To read more about Sari Granitza, check out this interview!

ICEJ Interviews New CFYV Director - Sari Granitza

Sari Granitza may be stepping into the shoes of Dr. Susanna Kokkonen as Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, but she is no stranger to this revered institution and to the tragic legacy of the Holocaust which it seeks to memorialize in perpetuity. Her family on both her father’s and mother’s side lost many members to the Nazi genocide against the Jews of Europe. And she has now worked for well over a decade at Yad Vashem to help preserve the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Shoah. We recently asked Sari to share about her work with Yad Vashem, and her vision for its outreach to Christians going forward.

From childhood, the subject of the Holocaust always moved and interested Sari, who grew up in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak surrounded by Holocaust survivors. Even her kindergarten teacher had a number tattooed on her arm. This early introduction planted seeds deep in her heart which blossomed when she joined the staff at Yad Vashem more than 15 years ago.

“I feel that Yad Vashem is fulfilling an important mission and I am very proud to be a part of this great institution, which gives a voice to the Holocaust victims and survivors”, Sari explained. “As time goes on and the number of remaining survivors dwindles, we need to continue to pass on their legacy and to learn and teach about what happened, to ensure for a better world of acceptance and mutual respect for one another.”

WFJ: As the new director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, what is your basic message to Christians about the importance of Holocaust education and of supporting the mission of CFYV?

Sari: In the Bible, we are commanded to remember and pass on to future generations: “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt…" (Deuteronomy 25:17); Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children, and their children another generation”, which is exactly what the Christian Friends of Yad Vashem does...

It is important to recognise and be vigilant when we see hatred and antisemitism rising. Being a bystander is not an option as that just endorses them. In order to stand up to antisemitism it is crucial to know the facts, to recognise it and to know how to fight back within our communities. I believe this starts with education – to arm people with historically accurate facts in order to combat distorted and false facts.

Yad Vashem is the spiritual home of the victims - those who were murdered and those who survived. They asked us never to forget and to continue telling their story. We see countries, institutions and individuals that are not necessarily denying the Holocaust, but are distorting the facts. Through the artifacts, documents and testimonies which Yad Vashem is collecting and the research Yad Vashem is conducting, we serve as a voice to the victims and survivors and will continue to be their voice when they are no longer with us.

WFJ: What is your vision for CFYV going forward? What has worked best so far and what new initiatives do you want to pursue?

Sari: It is crucial to reach out to Christians in all corners of the world. Our mission is a common one and we want and need the Christian world as our partners. As the generation of Holocaust survivors dwindles, people of all faiths must now join forces to carry on the torch of remembrance, and build bridges of understanding, cooperation and friendship between the Christian world and the Jewish world.

It is our obligation as religious believers to learn from the past and educate future generations with the facts. We must empower the younger Christian generations with accurate and reliable historical information, teaching them to follow the example of the Righteous Among the Nations, who took it upon themselves not to be bystanders but to actively choose good over evil.

In a private conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he mentioned that we often see that there is a lack of general knowledge in the current generation. When we look at the survey conducted by the Claims Conference published on Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, some very worrying statistics were revealed:
• over two-thirds of Americans had never heard of Auschwitz;
• half could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto;
• one third claim that less than 2 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust;
• 58 per cent believe a similar event could take place again

My vision is to try and change these statistics and make the world more knowledgeable about the Holocaust. To do this, we will partner with ICEJ and continue to host many visitors and groups like the Christian Leadership Seminar, and travel globally to lecture and provide ready-to-print exhibitions for display in schools, churches, universities, libraries and community centers around the world.

Some of our new initiatives include:
• A new representative of CFYV in the US, Rev. Mark Jenkins, who will regularly travel to different churches and communities to spread our message.
• For the first time, we had a CFYV booth at the 2019 NRB Convention.

WFJ: How troubled are you by the growing rise in antisemitism worldwide? What will CFYV be doing to combat it?

Sari: It amazes me that antisemitism still exists and is thriving in the world after the Holocaust and in the 21st Century with all its advancements. We must remember wherever there is antisemitism there is also hatred, xenophobia, racism and consequently violence. It is not strictly a Jewish issue.

A major tool to combat the rise of antisemitism is access to complete and accurate information. The work carried out by the Yad Vashem Archives and Research Department today is crucial. As time passes, countries and institutions are distorting the facts. Yad Vashem is currently engaged in an urgent eleventh-hour project to recover and document the truth from the generation that witnessed the events; collecting testimonies from survivors is more important now than ever before. We want to encourage our Christian friends to partner with us in this project.

I invite Christian leaders from around the world to participate in the ICEJ-Sponsored Christian Leadership Seminar at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, becoming ambassadors equipped with the tools to educate their communities to stand up against antisemitism.

We are all created in the image of God and I believe that with this premise in mind, it is important for us to continue building bridges between the Jewish and Christian worlds to advance towards our common goals.


Christian Friends of Yad Vashem was founded in 2005 in partnership with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. It is crucial for Yad Vashem to continue with this important work! Only 40% of Yad Vashem's annual budget is met by the Israeli government, with the shortfall funded through private donations. For more information or to support the work of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, please go to: int.icej.org/yadvashem
 

Egypt My People!

A recent visit to Egypt by a group of ICEJ leaders opened our eyes about the amazing things God is doing there and the great plans He has for this ancient nation, including with regards to Israel.

After Israel, Egypt appears in the Bible more than any other nation. It is an extraordinary land with a widely influential culture which dates back earlier than even the history of Israel. Besides Babylon, Egypt was the first world empire to emerge after the Flood and in the following centuries it would greatly impact Jewish history. The Exodus from Egypt shaped the national identity of Israel like no other event. Egypt was also the only country besides Israel where Jesus lived. It thus has a rich Church history, with the Coptic Church as possibly the oldest existing church in the world. It takes its name from the Arabic word for Egypt, ‘qubt’.

No wonder the Hebrew prophets also predict a glorious end-time history for the nation of Egypt. But let us start from the beginning.

Israel’s Ancient Connection with Egypt
The biblical story of Egypt starts right after the Flood, when Egypt (or Mizraim) is introduced as one of the grandsons of Noah, and a son of Ham (Genesis 10:6). When God called Abraham out of Ur in Chaldea, he journeyed to the Promised Land. Yet soon after, a famine broke out in Canaan and he “went down to Egypt” (Genesis 12:10). When he arrived there, the great pyramids of Giza had already been built a few hundred years earlier – these massive stone structures which still puzzle engineers to this day. Once Abraham and Sarah left Egypt, they returned with “male and female servants” (Genesis 12:16, 16:1). One of them was the woman Hagar, who birthed a son by Abraham named Ishmael, who became the main ancestor of the Arab tribes of the Middle East.

Isaac, too, was tempted to escape a famine towards Egypt but the Lord instructed him to stay in the land “because I will bless you” (Genesis 26:2). But Isaac’s son Jacob would die in Egypt, together with all the twelve patriarchs of the tribes of Israel. Joseph, one of these patriarchs, even became the prime minister of the Egyptian empire and through his wise leadership saved not only his family but the entire world.

In Egypt, Israel grew to become a great people counting over a million souls. According to the rabbis, it was only during the Exodus from Egypt, when God brought His people out ‘with an outstretched hand’ to Mt Sinai, that Israel became a nation. Because of its system of slavery and oppression, the Bible usually refers to Egypt from then on as a sinful nation, representing human strength and efforts which fail to deliver (Isaiah 31:1-3). Even the Book of Revelation refers to the fallen state of earthly Jerusalem as “Sodom and Egypt” (Revelation 11:8).

Yet throughout history, there was always a strong Jewish community in Egypt. The Bible reports Jews fleeing to Egypt during the Babylonian occupation of Israel (Jeremiah 40:6-8; 43:5-7). Later in the Greek period, a further influx of Jews to Egypt is reported. When Alexander the Great established the coastal city of Alexandria around 332 BC, a notable portion of its inhabitants were Jewish. The historian Josephus reports that the Jewish population of Alexandria and all of Egypt numbered up to one million people. It was so strong that Alexandria became a center of Jewish thought and philosophy, with Philo (20 BC-50 CE) considered one the most influential thinkers of his time. Josephus reports that even a replica of the Temple in Jerusalem was built by Onia, the son of a high priest, on the Nile island of Elephantine. This structure was destroyed by Titus in 71 AD, shortly after Herod’s temple in Jerusalem was leveled, in order to prevent the rise of a new center of Jewish worship.

But something else came out of Alexandria that would become a main tool to spread Christianity, and that was the first translation of the Tanach (Old Testament) into a foreign language – Greek. This translation was done on the order of Ptolemy II, an Egyptian ruler who felt strongly that the Hebrew Scriptures should be added to and made accessible in the legendary library of Alexandria. The translation is called the Septuagint, referring to the 70 Jewish translators. The Septuagint (or LXX) was then widely used by the early Church and many OT references in the Greek New Testament quote directly from this text. The significance of this translation of the Bible into a commonly-used language can hardly be overestimated and might be paralleled only by the translation of Luther almost 1800 years later into another common language – German. The Egyptian-spawned Septuagint became the book Paul and all the Apostles preached from when they travelled the world.

When Jesus was born, he in a way ‘relived’ the history of Israel in relation to Egypt. Like his ancestors he had to flee to Egypt – instructed by an angel – and would return only years later in order to fulfill the prophecy of Hosea… “out of Egypt I called My son” (Matthew 2:15, quoting Hosea 11:1). It is amazing to see the richness of the Coptic tradition today concerning the various places where the holy family lived and visited. Most of these places are linked to the extensive Jewish presence in ancient Egypt.

When the Gospel spread around the world decades later, it quickly reached Egypt, as Jews from Egypt had been present in Jerusalem to witness the unusual events on the Day of Pentecost (Act 2:10). According to tradition, the Evangelist Mark became the bishop in Alexandria and he may even have been the founder of the very first ‘Christian’ Bible school in the world. Today, the oldest New Testament parchment, the Ryland P52 fragment, dating to possibly the first century, was found in Egypt. When the Council of Nicea later decreed to change the Passover celebration to Easter, it was the Church of the East – most prominently Alexandria – which resisted the longest this new anti-Jewish law from Constantine. But eventually, Egypt also was infected by the antisemitic trends of the Church and the Christian rulers of Alexandria expelled all Jews from the city.

The Isaiah 19 Highway
All this indicates that in a very unique way God’s hand seems to be on the nation of Egypt throughout history. Egypt became an agent of deliverance for Israel, but also a subject of God’s judgment because so many times they failed the people of God. But God always seemed to give special attention to Egypt. The prophet Isaiah, in chapter 19, foresees – like no other prophet – the purpose of God for Egypt and with it for the entire Middle East.

Isaiah’s vision starts with “God coming to Egypt” (Isaiah 19:1). The immediate result is not revival and blessing but a season of immense shaking and turmoil. Political chaos with “Egyptians turning against Egyptians” and the rise of a ‘hard master’ who will rule over the nation. In all this time of hopelessness, Egypt will call upon the Lord and this will trigger a sequence of seven astonishing developments (Isaiah 19:16-24):

1. Egypt will fear the Lord and the nation of Israel;
2. Five cities will speak the language of Canaan;
3. There will be an altar to the Lord;
4. He will send a saviour to defend and deliver them;
5. The Lord will make Himself known to the Egyptians;
6. The Lord will strike Egypt and they will call upon Him and He will heal them; and
7. There will be a highway of blessing reaching from Egypt to Assyria via Israel.

ICEJ Leadership Team in Egypt
While we did not see the total fulfilment of the Isaiah 19 vision during our recent visit, we did see and hear first-hand some amazing developments in Egypt today which appear to be a powerful foreshadowing of the incredible things to come.

After the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the turmoil which followed, many churches in Egypt were attacked by radical Muslim groups. The government initially did very little to protect the churches. Soon, an Islamist, Muslim Brotherhood-led government came to power (with Western support) which erased any hope for religious freedom in the nation. Yet amidst this persecution, on 11 November 2011 the Church of Egypt assembled for an historic prayer gathering attended by tens of thousands of believers in Cairo’s out-of-the-ordinary “Cave Church”. This was the beginning of a prayer movement which would spread over many cities of Egypt. Not just one altar, but many prayer altars have been built across the nation. God answered their prayers when in 2013 Egypt witnessed the largest political protests in world history, as some 30 million people went to the streets across the country to demonstrate for a new, freer government. The global media failed to report the true significance of these historic demonstrations, which led to the more open government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The situation for the Church in Egypt became more tolerable and the country made a considerable shift in its attitude towards Israel.

While there is still pressure and occasional violence from Islamist groups, the churches are growing. Particularly among Muslims, God is revealing Himself in visions and dreams. But what is equally amazing is that a significant shift in theology has been taking place in recent years. While many of the churches held strong views of Replacement theology concerning Israel, today there is a refreshing shift. There are no cities yet who speak the ‘language of Canaan’, but there are many born-again believers – some of whom we met – who, because of the vision of Isaiah 19, now study Hebrew. One worship leader we met told us how, not long ago, he was praising and interceding with other Egyptian brothers when “the spirit of God took hold of me” and for almost an hour he sang in perfect Hebrew, a language that he never spoke before.

Another amazing thing we learned while in Egypt is that over recent years believers there have started celebrating the biblical feasts. For instance, a network of over 700 Egyptian Christians have been gathering in various places each year to hold Passover Seder meals during the Easter season.

This finally brings me to the main reason we travelled to Egypt this Spring. The Lord has been speaking to us in recent years about the prophecy in Zechariah 14:16-19 of the nations coming to Jerusalem to “keep the Feast of Tabernacles”. Interestingly, the only nation mentioned by name is Egypt.

“If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Zechariah 14:18)

The Lord placed it on our hearts to pray that God would open a door for Egyptian brothers and sisters to come and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with us in Jerusalem. The word of God gives a warning about the nations not coming to celebrate the Feast and he mentions Egypt in particular. But I like to look at it the other way around: If they do come for Tabernacles, then God will give their nation rain. We took this to mean that it would release a special blessing on the nation of Egypt.

This is a historic year for Egypt and Israel, as 2019 marks the 40th anniversary since Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty between their nations. We believe a strong delegation of Christians from Egypt at this year’s Feast of Tabernacles could be a prophetic declaration which would release tremendous blessing upon Egypt.

When we met with the leaders to share our vision with the brothers in Egypt, we did not know what to expect and were not prepared for what we experienced. As they introduced themselves, they came straight to the point: “We believe in the vision of Isaiah 19, as we know that Zechariah 14 speaks about Egypt needing to come to the Feast. Can you please help us to make it possible?”

The door could not have been more open. We all agreed that the Lord has something special in store for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. It could be the beginning of something new, not only for Egypt but for the region.

We have it on our heart to bring 40 pilgrims from Egypt to join us at this year’s Feast. Many of the brothers and sisters need financial help, as the economic challenges will not allow them to come.

For that purpose, we have established the “Isaiah 19 Fund”. This special account will be used to assist believers from Egypt to join us at this year’s Feast of Tabernacles, as well as to enable us to rightly connect Egyptian pastors and ministry leaders with what God is doing here in Israel and especially within the Messianic body.

If you feel the Lord wants you to be part of what He is doing in Egypt, please prayerfully consider a donation towards the “Isaiah 19 Fund”. The costs for one person from Egypt to join us at the Feast will be around US$ 1,500. Please stand with us in this very timely and important matter. It will bless Israel, it will bless Egypt, and you will be blessed as well!

We also feel this initiative will need to be expanded in the coming year. Already now, we have similar requests from believers in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. For many of them, visiting Israel comes with a risk, but they believe it is important for them to be here, and we sense a strong leading to support them in this important mission.

Finally, please join us in praying for all the Arab countries. Pray with us for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on these nations, and that we might have a greater understanding and revelation of God’s purposes for Egypt and Assyria in our day.

No doubt, the purpose of God for Egypt is to bring them to a point where God can say: “Egypt My people”! For the nations which comprise today the ancient Assyrian empire (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and even into Iran, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia), His declared purpose is to bring them to a point where God can declare: “Assyria, the work of My hands”! And all of them, together with Israel, will be a blessing in the midst of the earth (Isaiah 19:24-25). This gives us a strategic way to pray, as well as an incredible vision of hope for the future.

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Give Today to the ‘ISAIAH 19 FUND’

The ICEJ is expecting as many as 40 Egyptian pilgrims to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles 2019. This is not only an historic year as Israel and Egypt mark 40 years of the peace treaty between their nations. It also holds great prophetic significance, as these believers are coming in response to the vision of Isaiah 19 and in obedience to the call of Zechariah 14:16-19 that Egypt should come up to Jerusalem to “keep the Feast of Tabernacles”! However, most of them will need help covering the costs of this visit to Israel. Please join us in assisting these precious brothers and sisters in Christ to make the journey to Jerusalem for Sukkot. It will cost approximately US$ 1,500 for each person from Egypt to attend the week-long Feast. Your gift to the Isaiah 19 Fund will help make it possible. And you will be blessed as you set in motion the prophetic plans and purposes of God for this region in our day.

Please give your best gift today to the ‘Isaiah 19 Fund’.

Much Happening

To be honest, there is always something happening at the ICEJ’s Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors! This is what makes it so difficult to share all of the amazing events that occur. So, here’s a taste of the many activities going on at the Haifa Home.

The Joy of Good Food

Hunger is something every Jewish Survivor experienced during the Holocaust. Many still live with the fear of going without food. This is one reason it is so important to provide nutritious meals for the Home’s residents. The dining hall brings the community together over tasty food and makes everyone feel like family. In June, we welcomed a talented young cook to the community kitchen. He not only gave the kitchen a new look but also cooks the most colorful and delicious meals to the delight of the residents. A group of young enthusiastic employees from the Strauss Group recently prepared a healthy brunch for our residents. The presentation of the food was beautiful. While enjoying the delicious and healthy food, the residents received a lecture about healthy eating. Our residents love food and enjoy a good meal. It was such a joyful time of fellowship.

Adopt a Survivor

The ICEJ’s Adopt a Survivor Program provides a steady source of monthly income to meet the Home’s ongoing needs. Though this financial support is greatly needed, the adoption program offers so much more. Special relationships have been established between resident Survivors and their adoptive Christian families through letters, cards, and sometimes presents adopters send by post or even bring in person.

Mania, a Survivor of the Transnistria concentration camps, was deeply touched by the lovely letter and gifts she received from one of her Finnish adopters. An elated Mania said, “Isn’t this beautiful? Look at the colors. Look how it suits me!” It is not only the gifts or words that make the residents happy but the knowledge that someone abroad thinks of them and has not forgotten them.  

  ICEJ: Adopt a Holocaust Survivor   

Becoming a Voice for Israel

Not one month passes at the Haifa Home without hosting groups from different parts of the world who are donors or related to the ICEJ. In the 90 minutes that they are with us, they are able to meet one of the residents and if possible hear his/her story, visit the on-site museum which is a small but powerful representation of the lives of our residents during the Holocaust, and sense the special connection of Jews and Christians in this home. Groups often leave with tears in their eyes and exchange many hugs and kisses with the residents. Not only do the residents feel heard and not forgotten, but groups are challenged to be a voice for Israel and to be active in the battle against the growing tide of Anti-Semitism.

Sharing the Past to Make a Better Tomorrow

So far this year, 20 ICEJ-linked groups have visited the Haifa Home. Some nations represented were Taiwan, Canada, United States, Norway, Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Faroe Islands, England, Switzerland, and Germany. When possible, the groups hear from Holocaust Survivors themselves, but we also recognize it is difficult for Survivors to share their horrific story over and over again. This is why each group gets to go through a unique on-site museum that displays many of the personal stories of the Home’s residents. This allows the Survivors to share their stories with visitors without having to relive those atrocious memories time after time.

Once visitors hear about and see some of these tragic moments from the past, they can better understand residents’ deep wounds and minister to their hearts with compassion and grace.

A Breath of Fresh Air for Residents

One of the best ways to forget the daily aches and pains that come with getting older is to have a little fun! Recently, a new van was donated that gives the residents, including those in wheelchairs, the opportunity to go on leisurely outings around Haifa. One day, we took the residents to a nice restaurant at the beach where they enjoyed not only a refreshing drink but also each other’s company. With the many physical restrictions that come with old age, it’s a breath of fresh air for residents to go out for an adventure around town. 

Getting Ready for New Arrivals

Our “out of the ordinary Home” presents different challenges with residents’ age and physical restrictions. Some people who came healthy, independent, and mobile, are now in need of a caretaker or unable to climb the stairs anymore. In the coming months, some residents will make a move to an apartment on the ground floor, which also makes room for new residents to move in upstairs.

With the help of volunteers from the United Kingdom plus Israeli staff, two new apartments being remodeled in one of our buildings are almost ready to receive their new residents. 

Celebrating the Feasts

The Haifa Home is intentional about celebrating all of the biblical Feasts. The most recent Jewish holiday we celebrated was the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot or Pentecost. This Feast is also called the Feast of the Giving of the Torah. According to Jewish tradition, God gave the Law to the people of Israel at Sinai on this specific date. We celebrated at the Haifa Home with a special gathering for the residents, which included explanations of the Feast and Jewish traditions that have been added throughout history. We also enjoyed a delicious meal and cheesecake for dessert, which is the traditional food for this holiday. The atmosphere was joyful and festive, and it gave residents another opportunity to rejoice and come together as a family!

A Time to Dance

Every Wednesday night at the Haifa Home you’ll find residents gathered in the dining hall for an evening of music and dancing. It’s a special time for the residents, staff, and volunteers to bond together over some great music and awesome dance moves. Because dance and music are important in Israeli culture, this weekly event is popular with many of the residents. It fills our Survivors with joy and brings back memories of good times. They dance together and alone. Genia, even at 94, is often the first to start dancing!

“Everything hurts, but when I dance I feel young again. It reminds me of the good times and gives me joy,” Genia said.

Not everyone is physically able to dance, but that doesn’t stop residents from coming to enjoy the music and watch others dance. It’s such a special weekly event that people and soldiers from the community often join in on the dance party!

“It’s an evening they look forward to. On Tuesday, they are already asking us if we will come to dance,” noted Tamaris, the Haifa Home’s longest-serving volunteer.

The Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors is in need of finances to provide the best care for its residents and to handle general upkeep of the Home. Send your most generous gift today, and impact the lives of Holocaust Survivors while you can!


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Why More Embassies Are Not Moving to Jerusalem

In mid-May, we reached the one-year anniversary of the United States opening its embassy in Jerusalem. Many Israelis and their friends worldwide found the occasion worth celebrating. US President Donald Trump certainly made an historic and courageous decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American Embassy there last May 14, 2018. Indeed, Trump has pointed to the Embassy move as perhaps the biggest and proudest accomplishment of his first two years in office.


Yet the passing of this moment also raised questions as to why more embassies have not been relocated to the Israeli capital since then. What is holding back other national leaders who are friendly to the United States and Israel and who have repeatedly promised to do right by Jerusalem? 

Certainly, there was early momentum created by the US Embassy opening. Yet so far, only Guatemala has fully followed the United States’ lead by officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving their embassy there. The out-going president of Paraguay also quickly made the move, but his successor just as promptly returned their embassy to Tel Aviv.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia each opened an office for cultural affairs in Jerusalem but did not give these offices diplomatic status. In contrast, Hungary has opened a trade office in Jerusalem and declared it to have diplomatic standing. Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, Romania’s top leaders have made contradictory statements on moving their embassy to Jerusalem.

After promising so much more, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recognized only west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and so far has merely announced plans to open a trade office there. But he just won reelection by a surprisingly solid margin and may now be ready to do more.

Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro repeatedly promised to move his nation’s embassy to Jerusalem, but to date has only officially announced plans to open a trade office in the Israeli capital. Honduras also has announced plans to open a trade office there. Lastly, the leaders of Georgia and the Philippines have both suggested they may move their national embassies to Jerusalem, but nothing official has happened yet.

So why have we not seen a larger parade of nations making their way up to the eternal city of Jerusalem?

Logistical Obstacles

First, there are a lot of expenses and logistical considerations in making such a move. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are only an hour apart (in good traffic). But moving an embassy involves more than finding a new office building; it means moving diplomats as well, and they require new homes and new schools for their families. Jerusalem is only now beginning to prepare for such an influx of diplomatic personnel.

Economic Concerns

Many nations expected concrete incentives and rewards for moving their embassies, in the form of increased American foreign aid and investment, or perhaps US assistance for acquiring Israeli technologies. The Trump administration even suggested as much. Recall that UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump White House would be “taking names” on this issue and hinted that there would be both punishments and payouts based on how nations decided to react to the US president’s lead on Jerusalem. However, there is little to report yet in terms of real benefits flowing to the countries that have taken steps to recognize Jerusalem.

International Pressure

Meantime, those opposed to Trump’s push for wider recognition of Jerusalem have been working hard to undermine his efforts and punish those who seek to follow suit. Sometimes it has been through overt economic threats, which go well beyond the familiar use of Arab oil as a political weapon. For instance, Muslim nations such as Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Malaysia have threatened to end all beef purchases from Australia and Brazil if they move their embassies, which would cost these nations billions of US dollars in annual trade revenues. Other times, it has been by covert political pressure, such as the reports out of capitals in Eastern Europe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has personally warned them against recognizing Jerusalem.

Waiting on US Elections

Finally, the biggest reason many nations are holding back on moving their embassies to Jerusalem may be that they are waiting to see if Trump will win a second term as president. At this point, the American presidential elections are already starting to heat up, and numerous democratic contenders are taking a much tougher stance on Israel than Trump. So why would a nation move to Jerusalem when the next American president might abandon the city, leaving them high-and-dry?

I anticipate Trump’s friendly policies towards Israel, and especially his stand on Jerusalem, will become a prominent issue in the upcoming American presidential elections. Israel’s evangelical Christian friends will be pressed to keep him in office. If they manage to do so, the momentum will return once more for the nations to ascend to Jerusalem.  


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US Donors Help Purchase Three New Bomb Shelters

At the ICEJ USA annual conference in May, a special presentation was made of three more bomb shelters to be placed in southern Israel. The check was presented to the ICEJ’s partner, Operation Lifeshield Executive Director Rabbi Shmuel Bowman.

The funds for one of the shelters had been donated to ICEJ by Song for Israel President Deby Brown, in southern California. This was the third shelter the group had placed through the ICEJ. The remaining funds came from various donors across the United States.

When Rabbi Bowman was first told about the donation that would be presented to him at the conference, he teared up—partly due to his gratitude and partly due to exhaustion as he had been on the phone throughout the previous night with security personnel in southern Israel who were dealing with sirens and rocket attacks all night. The news of three more shelters was a great encouragement to him and to the security personnel.

At the conference, Rabbi Bowman shared an update about the situation in southern Israel and the need for additional bomb shelters. He explained that even though Israel has Iron Dome Missile defense batteries throughout the area, they cannot stop all of the rockets. Hamas has also figured out that the Iron Dome can only bring down rockets that are launched with a high trajectory. Therefore, in one of the recent rocket barrages they aimed low, firing below the Iron Dome’s trajectory.

Beyond saving lives, another important effect of bomb shelters is the comfort their existence brings to a highly traumatized population. The Israel Trauma and Resilience Center (NATAL in Hebrew) recently released a study that said there are particularly high mental distress rates in southern Israel—21 percent more than residents in the rest of the country. These traumatized residents gain a greater sense of security and peace of mind when they know a shelter is nearby.

Having a bomb shelter in their community, or at their children’s school, allows parents to sleep a little better at night and children to enjoy playtime at school. Knowing these shelters come from Christians who are praying for them and advocating for them in the nations also brings great encouragement.  

ICEJ-Sponsored Seminars Fueling Aliyah

Many Jewish families still living in the former Soviet republics are interested in making Aliyah to Israel but need help in finding out how the process works. Long before a Jewish person ever boards a plane headed for Tel Aviv, a long list of paperwork must be filed to satisfy the requirements of both their home country and Israel. This takes time! Plus, most potential immigrants must take Hebrew language classes and job training courses to be better prepared to live and work in Israel.

The ICEJ is helping meet this need by sponsoring Aliyah Seminars in a number of East European and Central Asian countries, including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic States. These are areas where recent geopolitical events and economic factors have resulted in a major surge in Aliyah. Last year, Russian-speaking immigrants accounted for 64% of the worldwide Aliyah to Israel.

In Ukraine, the seminars are held away from the fighting in the East, so the families can have a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere to prepare for the move to a new country. The Ukrainian conflict triggered a regional economic recession, which increased Aliyah from Russia and Belarus as well. The ICEJ also has organised Aliyah seminars in Finland for Jews from Northwest Russia and in Latvia for Jewish families from Belarus, considered the last dictatorship in Europe. Both Finland and Latvia provide secure locations with the air of freedom.

The Christian Embassy has teamed up with the Jewish Agency to facilitate this latest wave of Aliyah in new and innovative ways, according to ICEJ Aliyah Director Howard Flower, such as the new fast-track weekend Aliyah seminars. These provide comprehensive pre-Aliyah programs aimed to alleviate concerns, answer questions, and educate participants using trained Aliyah counsellors. Most attendees are young family members who move to Israel ahead of their parents and must be ready to live alone there until the rest of the family arrives.

Weekend Aliyah seminars are effective tools to prepare Jewish people for the most significant journey of their lives. During the three-day seminars, the focus is on real life lessons about Israel, such as the economy, job market, the education and health systems, absorption programs and much more. At these seminars, participants receive personal attention from Aliyah representatives, most notably Israelis themselves. The needs of each individual are addressed, ensuring that everyone receives the information and advice they need for a successful Aliyah.

Right now, the ICEJ is planning at least seven more Aliyah seminars in 2020, including in Berlin, Munich, Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) and Russia, along with Helsinki, Kiev and the Baltic states. Please help us meet the needs of future Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet republics. Partner with the ICEJ in sponsoring weekend Aliyah seminars that will set Jewish families on a completely new course in life back in the land of their forefathers. The average cost per person, including meals and accommodations, is $150 USD.

Please make a generous donation today, even by sponsoring an entire Jewish family.

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Jewish Summer Camps Help Promote Aliyah Surge

With an increase in reports of growing anti-Semitism around the world, including Western countries, the desire of many Jewish people to come home to their ancestral homeland is also growing. The ICEJ “is preparing for increases in aliyah from Latin America and Germany, while expanding our work in Russia and Ukraine” according to ICEJ Aliyah Director Howard Flower.

One of the Aliyah-related projects we’re most excited about is a series of summer camps for Jewish youth from the former Soviet republics countries that we are helping to sponsor in Finland, Belarus and the Baltic states. The largest number of Jewish immigrants to Israel in recent years have come from Russia, Ukraine and other FSU states, with young people leading the surge. ICEJ Aliyah director Howard Flower estimates that in the next few years as many as 100,000 Jewish people will make Aliyah from the FSU.

“How do you get 100,000 people ready for aliyah?” he rhetorically asked. “The answer is intensive aliyah seminars, aliyah fairs, aliyah summer camps and other small meetings and workshops. We are involved in helping support all these types of activities.”

The ICEJ actively “fishes” for Jewish people who might be interested in making Aliyah, based on several verses in the Bible including Zechariah 2:6; "'Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' declares the Lord, 'for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,' declares the Lord.” Also Jeremiah 16:15; "‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.”

Please join us today in helping fulfill these prophetic calls for the Jewish People to return to Zion!

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It Must Be Finished

To understand the return of Jesus and the events that precede His coming, we need to realize the Old and New Testaments tell one unified story. Many believers see the Old Testament primarily as ancient history that has been entirely superseded. That is not an accurate view. In reality, the Old Testament contains the foundations of our faith. Paul and the other apostles preached directly out of it because the gospel foundations in the Old Testament remain valid.

The first coming of Jesus did not fulfill all the promises of God—it secured them. God made significant promises in the Old Testament that must be fulfilled by Jesus, and these promises help set the stage for His return.

The Promises that Must be Fulfilled

In Genesis 12:1–3, God made three unconditional promises to Abraham. These promises were secured entirely by God—therefore, while human failure and sin causes tremendous suffering, this cannot jeopardize the fulfillment of the promises.

The three promises are:

  • A specific piece of land for Abraham and his descendants,
  • Physical descendants who will become a “great nation” (which in context means a righteous, holy people—great in character not just great in number), and
  • A blessing for all the families of the earth through Abraham.

These promises drive the redemptive story throughout the Bible.

When God made these promises, He told Abraham He would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. That some would bless and others would curse was a warning to Abraham: there would be great controversy over the way God chose to fulfill the promises.

These promises have not yet been fulfilled, and the controversy over the promises has escalated tremendously in our generation. For example, controversy over the land promise is growing. We live in the first time in history when there is intense global controversy over Israel. We also live in the first generation in over 2,000 years with a sovereign Jewish state. It seems normal to us, but it is an amazing statement of God’s commitment to His promises.

At the same time, we’ve seen an unparalleled controversy over the survival and salvation of the Jewish people. In the last 100 years, the Jewish people passed through the Holocaust, the most gruesome genocide in their history. The root of the Holocaust was spiritual—a clear attempt to prevent the Jewish people from entering their promises and bringing blessing to the nations. However, we have also seen the preservation of the Jewish people and the increase of Jewish interest in Jesus and the gospel.

Finally, there is great controversy over the fulfillment of the promise to bless all the families of the earth. Also in the last 100 years, more believers have been martyred than in all previous centuries combined. And we live in the first generation in human history when all the “families of the earth” could be blessed by the gospel. Though there is significant work to be done, this is the first time in history it is possible to reach every people group with the gospel.

The escalating controversy over all three promises indicates we are growing closer to their fulfillment.

The Promises Are Intertwined

God will not fulfill one of these promises independently of the others. He’s not going to give the Jewish people a land and save them but leave the nations without blessing. At the same time, He’s not going to release salvation to the nations but forget to bring salvation to the Jewish people and ultimately fulfill the land promise. God has promised to fulfill all three promises and they are all tightly connected.

The Promises Will Be Fulfilled

Jesus is the one who fulfills Abraham’s promises and He’s completely committed to them. His commitment to these promises is part of the gospel. At His first coming, Jesus left the disciples with the expectation He would fulfill these promises when He returned (Acts 1:6–7; Matthew 24:14), which led Peter to describe Jesus’ return as the time for the fulfillment “of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21). Paul also expected a future fulfillment of all three promises (Romans 11:25–26; Gal. 3:8). In the book of Revelation, John predicted the salvation of Israel and those from every tribe and tongue (Revelation 1:7; 7:9).

God’s honor is at stake in these promises, and that is a significant reason why there is a global controversy over Israel. Abraham’s promises are a significant part of the “why” behind the “what” of end-time events because the end times will set the stage for God’s great and climatic fulfillment of His promises.

The Covenant that Must be Resolved

Many Christians think of the Mosaic covenant only in negative terms, but the same God who gave the new covenant gave the Mosaic covenant. It served a redemptive purpose to steward Israel until the new covenant came. Many Christians think of the Mosaic covenant as only “legalism”—but law and grace are not mutually exclusive. God’s “law” in the Mosaic covenant was not intrinsically bad; it served a valued purpose in God’s redemptive plan.

Furthermore, Israel’s encounter with God at Mount Sinai is an unparalleled event. It is the only time God has visibly and audibly offered a contract (covenant) to an entire nation. The Bible’s description of the event is stunning (Exodus 19), and God remembers the day with deep emotion (Jeremiah 2:2). The events that surrounded the Mosaic covenant are so unusual we must understand and respect them rather than dismiss them.

The Tension of the Mosaic Covenant

The Mosaic covenant contained blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience; therefore, the ultimate outcome of the covenant depended on the people. This created a tension with the Abrahamic covenant where the outcome depended on God. For example, God promised Abraham a land, but under the Mosaic covenant the land could be lost if the people did not obey. The Old Testament prophets understood God was going to somehow resolve the curses of the Mosaic covenant to fulfill His promises, but they could not fully grasp how God would do it.

God’s “Mission Impossible”

The Mosaic covenant created a cycle of salvation, mercy, warning, and judgment. The judgments of the Mosaic covenant were designed to turn Israel back to God, but Israel was never able to fully obey God and remain a holy people. There was simply no human way to remain perpetually faithful to the covenant and avoid the curses. The prophets predicted God would end this cycle, but it was not clear how He would do it.

This tension between the Mosaic covenant and the promises made to Abraham helped set the stage for the New Testament and the Messiah who would deliver Israel from the curses of the Mosaic covenant. Jesus resolved the Mosaic covenant and made the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promises possible through what we call the new covenant.

Because Israel entered the Mosaic covenant as a nation, Israel must also enter this new covenant as a nation to experience the final fulfillment of all the promises. This resolution is a key factor in the events of the end times.

Israel’s Story Is Our Story

We need to understand Israel’s story because this story is our story. While God deals with Israel in specific ways according to His covenants, the way He relates to Israel reveals how He relates to us. In His promises and His covenants we discover who He is, and we better grasp who we are.

We see how our sin prevents the fulfillment of God’s promises, but we also discover God’s commitment to every one of His promises through His strength. Those promises will ultimately be fulfilled by the return of Jesus, which is why we can say the first coming of Jesus did not fulfill all the promises of God—it secured them.

He will return to fulfill every promise.


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The Folly of Godless Beginnings

In 1859, Charles Darwin published his seminal work, On the Origin of Species, wherein he laid out his case for the Theory of Evolution. In the space of just 11 years, the majority of scientists and the educated public in the West had accepted evolution as a fact. Significant progress in science and technology in the last 100 years has undermined most of the assumptions made by Darwin, yet evolution is still taught in schools throughout the United States as the preeminent theory of how life developed on earth. 

The Chicken and Egg Problem

In 1996, Michael Behe—considered the father of the modern Intelligent Design movement— coined the phrase “Irreducible Complexity” to describe “a single system, which is composed of several interacting parts, and where the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to cease functioning.” Take for example the human eye, which relies on complex structures working together for it to function. From the earliest days after Darwin’s theory was published, scientists have recognized the theory’s inability to explain how an eye could evolve its interacting parts, especially since the lack of purpose in natural selection would never allow for a single part to remain should it not be functional in isolation.

Technological advances over the last 50 years, especially in microbiology, have only exacerbated the problem for Darwinists. For instance, we now know that cells are made of molecules built with DNA and proteins, whereas Darwin thought they consisted of some kind of malleable jelly. This knowledge poses a kind of chicken and egg problem for evolution. Proteins cannot arise without DNA, but DNA needs proteins to function. So, which came first?

The Genetic Problem

Modern science is revealing that most of the adaptions we see in animal species are not the result of evolution, but rather of devolution. In Michael Behe’s latest book Darwin Devolves, he gives the example of the polar bear, which descended from the brown bear and has adapted to life in arctic conditions. The changes to metabolism and fur pigment required for the polar bear’s survival, however, are not the result of an evolutionary process where genetic improvement occurs but rather of damage to genes that cannot be reversed.

It would almost certainly appear as if life’s genetic makeup has not evolved to its present state but has been intentionally designed with the inherent ability to adapt itself to wide- ranging conditions on this planet.

The Heart Problem

The mounting evidence against evolutionary explanations for life and the universe make opposition to the existence of a Creator an irrational position today. That’s why the psalmist identifies the heart as the issue that causes a man to be foolish and deny God’s existence.

The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven
upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand,
who seek God.
They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.

(Psalm 14:1–3)

Ephesians 4 says the “blindness of their heart” causes men's understanding to be darkened (v. 18). And failure to acknowledge the truth leads to the “old man” becoming corrupt (v. 22).

We’ve all the heard the phrase “God is dead” coined by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in the late 1800s. His famous statement, however, was less about the existence of God and more about Western civilization having killed and buried Him in their minds.

In fact, Nietzsche was deeply concerned about the dangerous effects this philosophy would have on society that he thought would become nihilistic without the moral doctrine Christianity provided. In essence, he thought society would become corrupt as men’s hearts turned from God. Even so, Nietzsche could have hardly imagined the utter destruction that would follow in the next century as a result.

Because Darwinian evolution taught that certain races were superior to others, another field of science soon developed called Eugenics, which was intended to guide the survival of the best species. In the United States, Darwinian racism was used as an excuse for slavery, since black Africans were considered inferior to whites of European descent. Eugenicists such as Margaret Sanger supported the mass sterilizations forced on those deemed unfit to procreate, and founded organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which to this day targets black communities where it carries out abortions by a disproportionate margin.

In Germany, Eugenics was embraced by the Nazis, who in their quest to dominate the world as the superior race killed 6 million Jews and caused the deaths of 50 million in WWII. The Communist regimes of the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, and North Korea killed over 100 million in the last century due to a philosophy that expressly denied the existence of God and embraced a humanist explanation for man’s existence.

Philosophies built on the rejection of God killed more people in the last century than the rest of history combined. The psalmist rightly says, “They have done abominable works” and “There is none who does good.”

The Jewish Problem

On January 20, 1942, fifteen Nazi bureaucrats met for lunch at the Villa Wannsee in Berlin where they enjoyed caviar and cognac while deciding the fate of 11 million Jews in what was called the “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem.” The central debate surrounded the allocation of resources to achieve their objective in the most efficient manner

Only a month before, the United States had finally entered the war following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Any reasonable person would have expected Germany’s leaders to focus on the new threat America posed to their military ambitions. Instead, critical resources were shifted to ensure as many Jews as possible could be slaughtered in the Holocaust that ensued.

There is nothing rational about this. The explanation is a spiritual one.

Psalm 14:4 has this to say:

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call on the Lord?

Rejecting God as Creator ultimately results in the rejection of His people. Revelation 12 gives us a vivid picture of this disturbing trend as Israel, represented by the woman with 12 stars around her head, faces the continual threat of being devoured by the dragon. Unfortunately, this is the ancient source of hatred that has plagued the Jewish people and continues to seek their destruction today, whether through rockets from Gaza, nuclear bomb programs in Iran, or violent attacks on synagogues here in America.

Our Response

Psalm 14 goes on to say in verses 5–6:

There they are in great fear,
For God is with the generation of the righteous.
You shame the counsel of the poor,
But the Lord is his refuge.

If you visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, you might notice the display of Nazi atrocities is laid out in a dark, snake-like path below ground. If you look up, however, you will see light beaming in through the glass ceiling above. You will also catch a glimpse of the trees in the Avenue of the Righteous—trees planted for gentiles who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It’s an amazing picture of the eternal life we can have in Christ, doing good works, as opposed to the darkness of the exile from Eden and eternity—should we choose the way of the snake.

We will need courage, though, to stand up against the evil arrayed against Christianity and the nation of Israel. There is a price to be paid for standing up for the Jewish people, and for standing up for righteousness. But we don’t have to live in fear like unbelievers, for we know where we have come from and we know where we are going.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). To be meek means to be poor in spirit, to have a realization that you are nothing in yourself, that all your value and worth come from being in Jesus. The world doesn’t value meekness. The world values strength and power, the survival of the fittest.

We are called to a different perspective; we understand that we are corrupt and weak and in need of a Savior.

God’s Response

Those who support Israel can only do so much and often it feels like a losing battle. Last year, the United Nations passed more resolutions condemning Israel than all the other member states combined. The United States might vote “no” but cannot stop all those nations. Even Israel, with one of the most powerful militaries in the world, finds it difficult to stop the rockets and incendiary devices from Gaza.

Ultimately, only God can save the Jewish people and Israel. That’s why Psalm 14:7 says:

Oh, that the salvation of Israel would
come out of Zion!
When the Lord brings back the captivity
of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

The modern-day return of the Jewish people to their land is no coincidence. It is an act of God in fulfillment of His promise to Abraham that He would give his descendants the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. It is God’s bold response to a world that has not only rejected Him but has rejected His people. And He’s testing hearts to determine how they will respond to His latest miracle in the universe.

As David Ben Gurion once said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”


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