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What Israel taught me about trust

By Justin Pizzulli

Philos Project 

Oct 10, 2017

Have you ever heard the expression, “I have no reason to trust you until proven otherwise?” That’s a phrase I have certainly grown up hearing and practicing in my own life. Living by that rule is sure to guard us from harm, and to protect our self-interest. Coincidentally, that was the first sentence uttered by the professor on my day back to graduate school this week. But for the first time, I found myself questioning that statement.

Spending a month in Israel with the Philos Leadership Institute, I heard from many speakers regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A common expression and theme was “unless given a reason to believe otherwise, I trust you.” I was stunned each time I heard the phrase. In a country surrounded by enemies and plagued by terrorism, how is it that so many people live by those words?

Toward the end of my travels, I spoke with Dr. Gadi Taub, an Israeli historian and writer. “Israelis claim no demands for Palestinians until they see peace, while Palestinians live by no peace until demands,” Taub said. In other words, Israelis want to trust the Palestinians but they can’t, while Palestinians won’t trust the Israelis until they’re given a state. Does this sound familiar? One side trusts the other but can’t, while the other side won’t trust until given a reason.

In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle suggests that because humans live in groups, we are social beings and must live and function in societies. No man can live alone because we have the want and need to belong to something. The psychologist Abraham Maslow graphed a similar concept known as “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” The basic need starts at the bottom, but when each need is fulfilled a higher one is desired to form a pyramid. After safety is fulfilled, we desire love and belonging, which includes friendships, intimacy, and family. I would argue that to truly fulfil the human need of belonging and love, there must be a mutual trust between each other. To reap the benefits of belonging and love, it requires real work and effort. Just as to reap the benefits of becoming a better student you must tirelessly study. The trust will only be successful when both parties are equally committed.

I visited the Israeli settlement Arial and their National Leadership Development Center (ANLDC). In partnership with the American owned JH Ranch, the ANLDC combines outdoor learning with a strategic Biblical curriculum, providing a one-of-a kind experience for families and couples who visit the site. Each elevated and unique obstacle requires a group or partner to complete. I found myself, along with my group, balancing several feet high with a safety harness. The second I doubted my partner we were wobbling on the tightrope. To finish the course, we had to lean on each other. If one of us fell, we both fell. This is the perfect analogy to relationships, families, the workplace, and conflicts. We cannot get through life by ourselves, we need others to help us and to trust in us equally as much as we trust in them.

In secular, individualistic Western societies, the needs of the individual are more important than the needs of a group and the family. We see this example every day in America as divorce rates remain high. We view relationships solely as a method to provide happiness and emotional fulfillment for ourselves with minimal effort. We should be able to get out just as easy as we got in, especially if it is no longer fulfilling. Indeed, Americans no longer believe that the purpose of marriage is to have children. Now, 70% want “their spouse to make them happy.” Simply put, today we view others as an item rather than a person to be trusted and cherished. During my travels, I spent time learning about the typical Israeli family. In traditional American society, or in a collective Israeli society, they believe the family is more important than individual needs and happiness. The purpose of marriage is to create a safe and secure space for the nurture of child, extended family, and for society. For that reason, Israeli divorce is much more difficult and children grow up to be successful and stable citizens. By practicing trust, couples surrender their needs for the collective betterment of the family, thus eventually becoming happy themselves.

The strong American family and community is on a decline because no one wants to trust and lean on anyone. We see someone that is poor, sick, or their family is falling apart, so we brush it off because we assume the government will take care of it. No, we must take care of each other. On my trip, for every question answered, several new questions popped up. I don’t have a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the secret to a lasting family, or even building a strong community. But I do know somewhere it begins with trust. If we are constantly working toward trust, peace will follow. Setting aside our individual needs and leaning on each other, a solution will follow.

This article originally appeared on Philos Project, September 19, 2017, and reposted with permission.


Justin Pizzulli is a full-time MBA student attending Marshall University and the former Ohio field director of Generation Opportunity. He attended Shawnee State University, where he led a Christians United for Israel group. After Justin retired from conservative politics, God placed a pro-Israel career on his heart for reasons not yet fully revealed to him. Justin has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and startups, and is a realtor in a small and quite farm community in Ohio, where he currently resides. More recently he has contributed to media outlets such as The Hill.

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http://kehilanews.com/2017/10/10/what-israel-taught-me-about-trust/

 

Løvhyttefesten bragte forsoning

Af Anders Hjorth Vindum 12. October 2017

Borgmester i bosættelse havde besøg af lokale israelere og palæstinensere i sin løvhytte. Han kalder de palæstinensiske gæster "helte"

Løvhyttefesten er netop slut, og Israel er igen på vej til en almindelig. Efterårets højtider er desværre ofte forbundet med uroligheder. I år har der dog været relativt roligt, og der har ikke været opblussen af konflikten, som man så for især to år siden, hvor en længerevarende terrorbølge begyndte 1. oktober.

Palæstinensere og israelere i samme løvhytte

Sidste år havde borgmesteren i bosættelsen Efrat lidt syd for Jerusalem inviteret både palæstinensere og israelere hjem i sin sukka, løvhytte. Det endte desværre sådan, at fire af de palæstinensiske løvhyttegæster efterfølgende blev arresteret af Det Palæstinensiske Selvstyre for at have deltaget. De blev tilbageholdt og afhørt i fire dage.

Heldigvis afholdt det ikke palæstinensere fra at dukke op, da borgmesteren Oded Revivi igen i år indbød til løvhyttefest. Mere end 30 palæstinensere fra nabolaget dukkede op sammen omkring 100 andre gæster. De palæstinensiske gæster var ledere fra nogle af de omkringliggende palæstinensiske byer. Og til festen var sammensat et band bestående af både jøder og palæstinensere. På den måde kunne de lokale møde hinanden på tværs af etniske skel.

»Først må vi have lokal fred«

»Sukkot (løvhyttefesten) er noget ud over det sædvanlige. At skabe fred kræver ekstraordinære skridt og kræver, at man tænker ud af boksen. Først må vi have lokal fred, og så kan vi tale om en national forsoning,« sagde Revivi, som kaldte de palæstinensiske gæster »helte«, fordi de havde mod til at møde op på trods af sidste års anholdelser.

Da Selvstyret anholdt og afhørte de fire palæstinensere, langede Revivi ud efter de palæstinensiske ledere: »Det er absurd, at det i Selvstyrets øjne er en forbrydelse at drikke kaffe med jøder. Initiativer, som fremmer forsoning, burde blive bakket op, ikke bekæmpet.

Taler med to tunger

Præsidenten for Det Palæstinensiske Selvstyre, som er meget tæt knyttet til Fatah, hedder Mahmoud Abbas. Mange i Israel anklager ham for at tale med to tunger. I internationale fora taler han ofte om fred og fremstiller Israel som den skyldige part i, at der endnu ikke er kommet en løsning på konflikten – og han fordømmer terrorangreb.

Samtidig med det betaler Selvstyret penge til terrorister og deres familier. Ja, faktisk går en betragtelig del af deres lønninger til terrorister. Og de hylder terrorister ved at opkalde skoler og veje efter dem.

Der foregår desuden et sikkerhedssamarbejde mellem Israel og Selvstyret om at holde ro på Vestbredden. Men når lokale bosættere og palæstinensere vil mødes, modarbejder de sameksistens.

Abbas er da heller ikke en særlig populær leder, og det er nok en af grundene til, at han ikke har udskrevet valg, selvom hans fireårige periode udløb for mange år siden.

https://www.ordetogisrael.dk/aktuelt-2-2-2/loevhyttefesten-bragte-forsoning

***Israeli Mossad chief***

Israeli Mossad chief: Iran strives to attain nuclear military capabilities

Amir Tsarfati 

Oct 9, 2017

Head of Mossad Yossi Cohen speaks at an event, June 27, 2017. (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

The Mossad held an award ceremony last week, giving citations to Mossad agents who completed important covert operations.

In the first ceremony of its kind, Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated the recipients, saluting them for “initiative, the daring, the professionalism, the planning and the execution” of Israel’s covert missions, stating the Mossad “works like a synchronized fist. All its parts are recognized and what is no less important, really, is the coordination with other bodies. I salute you, and I salute your families, who are an important part of your action.”

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen then addressed the ceremony, focusing on the ongoing threats posed to the Jewish State, including Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and ISIS who “continue to challenge us on a daily basis with attempts to harm us, and no less important, our friends in the world.”

Cohen emphasized Iran as “Israel’s greatest threat” and the Mossad’s main priority as the Islamic Republic continues its military and nuclear efforts. He stated “The objectives of the Mossad are clear: Iran continues to hold onto its vision of attaining significant nuclear capabilities, so that it will attain nuclear military capabilities.”

On the Mossad’s activities, he stated “In the field as well as at our headquarters, we do an immense amount of work to ensure that we will win wars and future battles with our enemies,” referencing the “hundreds and thousands of operations every year… some of them complex and daring, in the heart of enemy countries.”

On the future of the spy agency and its capabilities he stated, “The Mossad is getting stronger, internally, acquiring new capabilities in order to welcome the future with advanced technology, intelligence systems, greater strength and improved human resources. All this is to be prepared for the challenges that stand before us in our mission to carry out covert Mossad operations for many more years.”

http://kehilanews.com/2017/10/09/israeli-mossad-chief-iran-strives-to-attain-nuclear-military-capabilities/

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, October 4, 2017, and reposted with permission.

Amir Tsarfati

Amir Tsarfati

http://beholdisrael.org

Amir is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel. He has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland-security issues.

***Søn af Hamas***

«Sønn av Hamas» skapte sjokkbølger i FNs menneskerettsråd
Norge idag 2017.10.07

Sjokkerte FN-delegater lyttet til «sønn av Hamas», Mosab Hassan Yousef

"Sønn av Hamas" Mosab Hassan Yousef

Blant de rutinemessige fordømmelsene av Israel, dukket det 25. september opp en stemme som fikk mange av menneskerådets medlemmer til å sperre opp øynene.

FNs menneskerettighetsråd har nylig avholdt sin regelmessige sesjon der de setter fokus på palestinernes situasjon. Dette årlige møtet har tradisjon for å være et forum der medlemmene kommer sammen og vedtar fordømmelser av Israel.

25. september ble et annerledes innlegg holdt fra rådets talerstol. Etter at PLO hadde greid ut om «okkupasjonsmaktens daglige overgrep», «etnisk rensing», «tyveri av land» og «jødifisering av Jerusalem», kom det anklager mot Israel om rasisme fra Qatar, om menneskerettighetsbrudd fra Nord-Korea, om apartheid fra Pakistan og om krigsforbrytelser fra Venezuela og Iran.

Utfordret PA
Tonen fikk en annen lyd da Mosab Hassan Yousef entret talerstolen og uttalte seg på vegne av organisasjonen U.N. Watch, en NGO som har talerett i FN.

Mange i Norge kjenner Yousef som «Sønn av Hamas», som er tittelen på boken han har skrevet om sin historie. I vinter var han i Norge som taler på Oslo Symposium.
–  Jeg vokste opp i Ramallah som medlem av Hamas, sa han da han introduserte seg selv for menneskerettighetsrådet.
– Mine ord er til de palestinske selvstyremyndighetene, som hevder å være den eneste legitime representanten for det palestinske folket. Jeg spør: Hvor kommer legitimiteten deres fra? Dere er ikke valgt av det palestinske folk, og de har ikke utnevnt dere til å representere dem. Dere er selvutnevnt, sa han.

Misbruker FN
– Dere handler ikke ansvarlig ovenfor deres eget folk. Beviset er deres totale brudd på menneskerettighetene. Faktisk er dere ikke det minste bekymret for palestinerne og deres utvikling. Dere kidnapper palestinske studenter fra universitetsområdet og torturerer dem i deres fengsler. Dere torturerer politiske rivaler. Det palestinske folkets lidelse er resultatet av deres egoistiske politiske interesser. Dere er den største fienden av det palestinske folket, tordnet han.
– Hvis Israel ikke eksisterte, ville dere ikke ha noen å klandre. Ta ansvar for utfallet av deres egne handlinger. Dere holder flammene vedlike i konflikten, for å opprettholde deres egen brutale makt, anklaget Yousef.
– Dere bruker denne plattformen til å villede det internasjonale samfunnet og til å villede det palestinske samfunnet til å tro at Israel er ansvarlig for problemene dere skaper, avsluttet han.

U.N. Watch har publisert video fra sesjonen, som viser hvordan flere av rådsmedlemmene snur seg med vidåpne øyne mot ham og blir urolige i salen mens han taler.

 

http://ordetogisrael.no/index.php?id=view-news&news_id=3224

***British Police seek***

British Police seek counter-terrorism advice from Israel 

Karen Faulkner 

Sep 27, 2017

City of London Police Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland speaks at a counterterrorism conference in Herzliya in September 2017. (Screenshot: IDC Herzliya)

In the wake of a spate of severe terrorist attacks in England this year, a senior City of London Police Commissioner came to Israel this month to seek advice on counter-terrorism measures.

“We have to look to world experts in the realm of protective security, and Israel would be in that realm,” Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland told reporters.

This was Sutherland’s sixth visit to Israel.

Sutherland met with Israeli government officials during his stay, and also with security technology companies as the London police force aims to upgrade its monitoring and surveillance systems.

The City of London force is responsible for protecting the “square mile” of central London which houses the financial district and major sites like London Bridge. Indeed, the City of London police cover the Westminster and London Bridge areas, where two separate horrific terrorist attacks took place earlier this year.

Sutherland said he wanted the City of London police to have “the most technologically smart control room and camera system in the world. That’s our ambition.”

In addition to consulting with Israeli experts, Sutherland was a key note speaker at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT’s) 17th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya in central Israel. This was the second time he had accepted an invitation to address the annual conference.

http://kehilanews.com/2017/09/27/british-police-seek-counter-terrorism-advice-from-israel/


 

 

 

***Hans øjeæble***

Apple of his eye

Wendy Halloun 

Oct 3, 2017

I was blind. A little piece of grit in my eye was enough to cause irritation and demand immediate action. Eyesight is precious and needs to be protected. In the Bible there is a phrase to describe this sensitive part of the body: “the apple of the eye.”

For the LORD’ s portion is his people,

Jacob his allotted inheritance.

In a desert land he found him,

in a barren and howling waste.

He shielded him and cared for him;

he guarded him as the apple of his eye.” Deuteronomy 32:9-10

Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:8

Just as the apple of my eye is sensitive and needs to be protected, so God takes care of his people. By extension, the phrase means something that is precious, that is treasured above all else. Deuteronomy teaches that the nation Israel is the apple of God’s eye. David used the same phrase to pray for personal protection in Psalm 17.

But there is a parable hidden within the phrase in the original Hebrew “ishon bat ayn”. A literal translation would be “the little man of the eye.” The English word for the black part of the eye, pupil, can also mean a school student. I had erroneously assumed that these two meanings were unrelated but both refer to a little person coming from the Latin word “pupilla.” The Hebrew “little man of the eye” and the Latin “pupilla” are references to the reflection of ourselves that we see in another’s eye. And so the phrase, “Israel is the apple of God’s eye” takes on another meaning; Israel is the reflection of God’s character on earth. When God looked at Israel, he expected to see a growing likeness of himself.

Jesus used the same concept to highlight how we look at others:

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’  when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5

If we consider the proportional size of a person to the “little man of the eye,” the speck of sawdust could have been the reflection of the plank. We judge one another on issues that we ourselves are guilty of. We need the Holy Spirit to shine his light on our lives and reveal thoughts and attitudes that are not like God’s.

When God looked as Israel as a nation, he expected to see a nation of justice and mercy, righteousness and grace, integrity and generosity. A source of blessing to the nations and a blueprint   so that his character and blessings could be spread throughout the earth. Yet God also knew that this reflection of himself was impossible until the barrier of sin was removed. He sent his son, the exact likeness of himself, to redeem everyone who believes in him.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3

The sinful nature and the guilt of sin were destroyed through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was now able to dwell inside all who believed in Jesus. Each individual is transformed gradually into the likeness of Jesus as the Holy Spirit teaches us to turn from sinful thoughts and actions. The church as a whole, the body of Christ on earth is also transforming into his likeness.

But what of Israel? God’s desire is also for nations. When he established his covenant with Abraham, he swore by himself, saying I will surely bless you and give you many descendants” Hebrews 6:13. After Abraham demonstrated that he had the same love as God through his willingness to offer up his son Isaac, God confirmed this covenant:

I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:16-18

God called the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to demonstrate his character on earth. He led them out of slavery in Egypt and gave them his law. Through the tabernacle and later the temple sacrifices, he provided a temporary means of deliverance from sin until the time for Messiah came.

But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,” Hebrews 10:12

Rather than shine as an example for the Gentiles, Israel chose to copy the surrounding nations and demanded a king (1 Samuel 8:5), adopted pagan gods (1 Kings 11:4-8) and evil religious practices such as the offering of children to appease these deities (2 Kings 3:27, 16:3, 21:6). In many ways Israel rebelled against being the chosen nation but God’s covenant was founded on his own name and character not on their actions. Throughout the stories of the Old Testament there is a thread of righteousness; an unfolding of the true salvation that would come through the Messiah.  

God is still looking for a nation that will fully reflect his image. The spread of the good news to all nations allowed many more nations to come to partial reflection. Just as the individual believers are saved and yet still being saved, so also the nations of the earth are still works in progress. The gospel has gone out into the nations and is still going out. Israel also needs to hear the good news about her Messiah. There are not two bodies nor two separate images of God on earth; rather there is the Kingdom of God which is being established on earth in individuals, communities and nations. God’s desire is for one new man formed out of Jews and Gentiles coming together in love and acceptance. Both are important, both are significant. The Apostle Paul explained in Romans 9-11 that God’s plan has not failed. Throughout the generations there have been both Jews and Gentiles who believed in Messiah. Before Jesus came to earth, the emphasis was on Israel and Judah. After Pentecost, the emphasis moved to the Gentiles.

The Gentile church messed up and persecuted the Jews. We let the lies of antisemitism blot out the truths Paul set out in his letter to the Romans:

I speak the truth in Christ – I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit – I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.” Romans 9:1-5

Today, within the nation of Israel there is a growing body of Messianic believers: Jews who have found their Messiah in Yeshua. There are also many Arabic churches: traditional churches that have endured through the centuries of Turkish rule as well as the more recent charismatic and evangelical churches. There are Armenian, Greek and Ethiopian churches with roots going back to the first centuries. There are also modern congregations of too many nationalities to mention. How can we all be one?

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

God created humans in his own image. He also made each one unique. Each human being is a masterpiece. We can appreciate our differences and still come together in love and honour.

Jesus’ last prayer was for unity (John 17). His glory will fully manifest in our unity. And his glory will be reflected in us as we together form the “apple of his eye” – the little image of the “one new man” that we shine back to God.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

  http://kehilanews.com/2017/10/03/apple-of-his-eye/


 

 

***Commentary on Sukkot***

Commentary on Sukkot – A great reminder

Moran Rosenblit 

Oct 5, 2017

I love God’s appointed times; they are such a great reminder of the One who was, who is, and who is to come! They are also a great time for us to reflect on the past, be thankful in the present, and look forward to the future. Sukkot (“Feast of Booths or Tabernacles”) is such a special reminder of this. In Leviticus 23:39-43 it is written:

“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 rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, 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 the Lord your God.”

As I was reflecting on the above verses, I was once again reminded of our God’s greatness, and His endless love and grace to His children. Here I am today, thousands of years later, building a Sukkah (booth) at my home in the Land of Promise. I remember all that God has done for our people over the millennia, and I get to tell my children this amazing story of God’s redemption and faithfulness.

I am also reminded that the same God who delivered my people from slavery in Egypt is the same God that has delivered me from slavery to sin. And just like the sons of Israel dwelled in temporary booths on their way to the Land of Promise, so am I temporarily here on this earth, headed for eternity with the Father.

When one thinks of all that the sons of Israel went through in the desert – the intense life challenges, the fears, struggles, and the reality of the unknown – one can’t help but think about the reality that we are facing today. The tragic events happening around the world – the floods, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, mass shootings -will naturally create fear as we struggle to deal with the unknown. However, if we look at things from a human perspective rather than a godly perspective, then the fear will only grow stronger.

I find immense comfort in the mere fact that my time on earth is just temporary; this life is nothing more than a temporary dwelling place! The same God who delivered my people, is the same one who has delivered me from bondage to sin. The same God who provided my people everything they needed during their time in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land is the same God who provides for all my needs during my temporary journey on earth.

Let us take time this Shabbat to reflect on His greatness and power rather than on that which we see happening around us. Let us press on and be encouraged as we look forward to eternity with Him.

This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel, October 4, 2017, and reposted with permission.

 

Moran Rosenblit

Moran Rosenblit

http://hope4israel.org

Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.

http://kehilanews.com/2017/10/05/commentary-on-sukkot-a-great-reminder/

 

 

Israelis training Palestinian avocado farmers

Karen Faulkner 

Oct 2, 2017

In an effort to boost trade in the Palestinian territories, an Israeli agricultural institute has been training Palestinian farmers to improve their harvest of the internationally popular avocado pear.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has described the collaboration between the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI) and a group of Palestinian agronomists and agricultural engineers as a “unique cooperation” that promotes coexistence.

GIMI, which creates and offers capacity building training courses for professionals all over the world, has been working with Arabs for 30 years. Indeed, during heightened tensions over the Temple Mount this summer, GIMI was running a course for Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli olive oil producers as well as starting a tele-course for computer engineers in Gaza. The course was designed to give Gazans future access to remote employment with Israeli companies.

Among other such projects, GIMI has been training Palestinians in growing avocados for export.

“We thought we should encourage Palestinians to grow avocados based on the excellent Israeli experience,” GIMI President Joseph Shevel told Israel21c. “We know there is a problem of exporting agricultural goods from the West Bank to Europe and we hope to help find a way.”

Israel is already internationally renowned for its export of avocado — a healthy, tasty fruit that has been described as “green gold.” Because the fruit is in great demand, the GIMI institute thought it would be especially beneficial for Palestinians to join in its farming and trade.

The training course was funded by the EU and the Israeli Foreign Ministry. It was created for Palestinian agricultural extension officers who would then train local farmers.

“We have many alumni in the West Bank so once we announced the program they helped us spread the word, and 28 people registered,” Shevel said.

Following the course, GIMI was set to follow up the trainees and assist with planting avocados and getting them ready for export to Europe.

http://kehilanews.com/2017/10/02/israelis-training-palestinian-avocado-farmers/


 

God’s calendar: The true meaning of Yom Kippur

Amir’s commentary on Leviticus 23:27 and Yom Kippur

Amir Tsarfati 

Oct 1, 2017

As we approach the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, I wanted to share with you my short commentary on Leviticus 23:27:

“….it shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…” (Leviticus 23:27)

One of the most common questions one will be asked over the next few days is: did you fast on Yom Kippur?

Fasting on Yom Kippur is not Biblical. It is traditional.

The Bible says something else that was interpreted by rabbis throughout the course of Jewish history as  neither eating nor drinking but praying and making petitions before God for forgiveness.

The interesting thing is that fasting is being perceived as the way to “afflict our souls” but the most common blessing one will hear from another during that very season will be “Have an easy fast”.

Should we fast? Should it be easy? What are we doing this for? Is it for us? Is it for God? Is it so we will feel good with ourselves? What then is the reason man feels terrible with the way he conducts himself throughout the year that makes him feel so good with himself after not eating for 25 hours?

Is it our soul that we afflict by not eating or just our very empty tummies?

God has asked the nation of Israel to afflict their souls. In light of the scriptures one must search what is that way one should be afflicting his soul.

Please pay close attention to the fact that there were 2 things required from the nation of Israel at the same time: Afflicting the souls and offering an offering made by fire.
Tradition is nice when it leads you to where the word of God is leading – true worship of God and humility of us. Whenever tradition brings the ME as the holy one and ME as the suffering one and ME as the righteous one – then this tradition is no better than any false teaching and false doctrines of other religions and faiths who believes in other gods.
When God is telling us “Afflict your souls”, He is talking about our souls, spirit, and not our tummies and body.

I can show you numerous books and courses of how to get along without eating much. Weight-loss programs have become a very popular thing in our “health-conscious-world”.
Glorifying God and humbling ourselves in His sight so He will lift us higher and higher is something that only the Word of God – written and in the flesh (Jesus) can show us how to do.

My point is very simple: The Jewish tradition has missed the point of this holiday even without talking about Jesus. Instead of afflicting the soul they choose to afflict the body (a very common thing in many new age and old age religions) so the spirit can feel good, clean and even happy about its ability to make a sacrifice to the God it worships. In other words: We afflict the wrong thing. We shift our focus from God to us, as usual.

What is then the affliction of the soul? – Here comes the point of Jesus – One can afflict His soul only when one understand that one has no chance becoming holy by one’s own strength and deeds. This helplessness is the worst thing one’s soul can experience.

What then is our option if we can not do it by ourselves?

Here comes the second thing God has demanded: Offering!

Who is then that was offered for us since we can not justify ourselves by our own strength and deeds:

Peter and Paul, both Jewish people by all opinions, were well acquainted with the Law and the traditions, and both of them understood that precious truth that was revealed in Messiah’s life, death and resurrection:
In His Life he was purer than anyone else and fulfilled the Law making himself later on the perfect “Passover Lamb” who was examined while being alive for it’s purity.
In His death – we understand how insufficient the blood of Animal was and how perfect the sacrifice of Christ was:

Hebrews 10:1-18
10 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Psalm 40:6-8
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;
My ears You have opened.
Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Allow me to end this short commentary with these wonderful words that should echo in the ears of all who still believes that somehow there is something they can do to please God besides their simple but sincere trust and faith in the one whom God sent to pay our debt and remove sin’s power once and for all:

“….for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved….” (Acts 4:12)

And you shall call His Name Yeshua (Jesus’s name in Hebrew which comes from the word “salvation” in Hebrew) – For He will SAVE His people from their sins…” (Matthew 1:21)

Afflict your souls oh Israel by understanding that by your own strength and deeds you will NOT be saved!

Bring this perfect sacrifice that is better than any animal can ever be and is the only way truth and life – Yeshua!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved – you and your household …”
(Acts 16:31)

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This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, September 29, 2017, and reposted with permission.

 

Amir Tsarfati

Amir Tsarfati

http://beholdisrael.org

Amir is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel. He has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland-security issues.

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The Jewish New Year

CBN Israel 

Sep 27, 2017

In Israel, we are now entering the season of the Fall Festivals. This is a collection of holidays that emphasize a time of repentance and reflection. The festivals are given to us as a shadow and signs so that we know how to “identify the season” we are in.

Rosh Hashanah is ten days before Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. This was the only day of the year where the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the sins of the people. The preparation prior to this was a 40 day period where the people prayed and repented for their sins. If you think of it like a trial, the 40 days were the trail proceedings, and Yom Kippur was the day when judgment was pronounced. So the 10 days prior to the final day of Judgement are the “closing arguments” part of the trial. This is the season of “drawing near.”

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him;

And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” (Isa 55:6-7)

In Jewish tradition, the fate of every person was determined for the next year during the 10 “Days of Awe” between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. One’s name was written in either the “Book of Life” or the “Book of Death.” Yom Kippur was the final day when everyone’s name was written in one of the two books, and the quality of repentance during this time was what determined where your name was written. That is why this period is called “Aseret Yemei Teshuva” or “the Ten Days of Repentance.”

As members of the Body of the Messiah:

“We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.” (Heb 8:1-2) “Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” (Heb 9:11-15)

So our hope is secured not through our own righteousness, but through Him we have already been written in the Book of Life. Now may God use our lives to make known the path of true repentance leading to eternal life. We long for the day in Israel when:

“I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech 12:10-11)

This is a promised season of true repentance that is to come through a pouring out of a Spirit of Grace and Supplication on “the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem” that we long to see released. Please pray with us for this outpouring.

This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, September 22, 2017, and reposted with permission.

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