Today is The Day!

“The LORD has done it this very day;
 let us rejoice today and be glad.”—Psalm 118:24

There is a story shared about a 92-year-old woman as she entered the nursing home where she would spend the rest of her life. After waiting patiently in the lobby, she was told that her room was ready. An attendant escorted the lady to her room, and as she slowly edged her walker toward the elevator, he described the room to her. “I love it!” she exclaimed with the enthusiasm of a child who had just received the most wonderful birthday gift. “But Mrs. Jones, you haven’t even seen it yet!” the man replied. “That has nothing to do with it,” she said.

The elderly woman continued: “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture…

Posted in: Biblical Reflections / Learn / Psalms

Seeking Comfort in Israel’s Natural Springs

Israeli springAs temperatures in Israel have climbed past the 90s, many people are either nesting within their air-conditioned homes or searching for some cool outdoor comforts. I prefer cooling off outside in whatever refuge from the heat God has blessed me with. One of my favorite places to seek shelter during Israel’s long summer months is in the water of an ice cold spring.

Fortunately, Israel has been blessed with many natural springs, some of which are only a short drive from my house. At any time of year, you can find freezing cold spring, hot springs, and springs that will match the temperature of the season, as if they have a built-in heater for the winter and a cooler for the summer.

While swimming in a spring is great fun and pleasant for the mind and body, it also has benefits…

Posted in: Ami Farkas / Biblical Reflections / Israel

Pray for Israel

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.

Prayer Points

  • 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…
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Young Sisters Receive Much-Needed Necessities

JDC - Streltsova familyOne-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…

Posted in: food / Help / Isaiah 58

The Magic of Jerusalem

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.

Posted in: Jerusalem / Jewish Holidays / Learn