As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, let us be grateful for God’s good gift of family – whether those given us by birth or chosen out of love and friendship. Likewise, let us thank God for the growing unity between Jews and Christians around the world – a gift from the Father of us all. As you carry your joys and burdens to Him this week, we ask that you remember these requests as well.
- As the ongoing strife in Syria heats up, pray for an end to the violence, and that it will not spill over into Israel. “This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right… Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place” (Psalm 133:1).
- Praise God that Rabbi Eckstein returned home safely from another…
One-year-old Evelina and her two-year-old sister Milana live in the former Soviet Union with their parents in one room of a three-room apartment that belongs to their grandmother. Their grandmother occupies a second room and other relatives – parents and their three children – live in the third.
The families in the crowded apartment live in a state of constant conflict, creating a hazardous and unhealthy environment for Evelina and Milana. There are often quarrels – even calls to the police – and all five of the children are not allowed to play together.
Evelina and Milana’s father stays home with the girls while their mother works shifts as a waitress. He doesn’t have permanent employment but occasionally works in construction when he can find a job.
On their meager income, the family is unable to provide the basic necessities…
Today is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in June 1967. Let’s reflect on the Jewish people’s unbreakable bond with this sacred city that combines diversity with harmony, and modernity with history.
This is incredible! Check out this man playing Hatikvah, the Israeli anthem, on his shofar (ram’s horn).
Check out this fascinating sample reel for the Playmount Productions documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. Though the film is still forthcoming, this short clip shows the inspiring courage and passion behind the Israeli Air Force.
From the producer’s website:
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.
And for even more on Above and Beyond, read here.