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The “Deal” with Iran not yet voted on in Congress!

The coming storm: Israel will survive, but will America?

by Tom Brennan, The “Deal” with Iran which was approved by the United Nations but not yet voted upon by the US Congress has brought more »

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Spring in Israel. Time to Aliyah and visit

by Tom Brennan, Spring is arriving in Israel. Passover was honored this time of year as is Feast of First Fruits. Israel saw snow this more »

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Hope springs eternal. Thank you Mr. Netanyahu

by Tom Brennan, The other day was a truly historic occasion. In times of crisis real leaders inspire and tell us hard truths. A leader more »

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Former enemies confront the Caliphate

by Tom Brennan The Caliphate or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has advanced across the Middle East. Capturing large areas of territory and arms more »

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

By Lilly Cohen I feel slightly protective about Israel and its people. Ridiculous, I know. But then, feelings have never listened to logical reasoning. So more »

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Israel’s Defense Industry Sought After Genius

By Tom Brennan When you find yourself surrounded by enemies sworn to your death and destruction, betrayed by weak and unworthy allies and vastly outnumbered, more »

Biblically Speaking

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A Day for remembering and readiness

by Tom Brennan Tishah B”Av is a day which resonates with tears and sorrow in the Jewish people. God never works in coincidences, only in purposes. On this day a multiple set of disasters throughout history tried to crush and test the … [Read More...]

If God is for us, who can be against us.

Learning Fortitude: Israeli-Style

by Tom Brennan, In America last week we saw a number of unsettling changes to a life we saw before and now see as seriously in peril. The Supreme Court saw acrimonious debates and decisions about same sex marriage. Divisive politics once … [Read More...]

Isaac and Ishmael Bury Abraham

Isaac and Ishmael: Two brothers

by Tom Brennan, The story of Abraham, Sarah and the people who would be as numerous as the stars is amazing for its conflicts with what we consider the “normal”. Abraham was not a Canaanite; he was from northern Iraq, Ur. He was born a … [Read More...]

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Israeli Life & Culture


What are You Getting for Hanukkah?

By Tom Brennan Gifts to give to Christian friends who support Israel. Hanukkah has been included in Hebrew celebrations since the time of the Maccabees. Only in the past century or so has it acquired the traditions of gift giving and a … [Read More...]

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Working the Land

By Lilly Cohen I recently looked after a friend’s house in the lovely little town of Poriya in northern Israel. Wedged high up in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, the view from Poriya is the stuff of postcards: rolling mango and … Read More...

Humble Man

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 5)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 In part 4 we learned how Sennacherib claimed that the Lord God of Israel had sent him to destroy Jerusalem. Hezekiah placed the letter he had received from the Assyrian king on the Temple … Read More...

Isaiah the Prophet

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 4)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part1   Part 2   Part 3 Isaiah’s Character The character of Isaiah ben Amoz is of a prophet who towered above his contemporaries, a giant among the biblical prophets, one who challenged the nation of Judah to follow … Read More...

Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 3)

By Barry Rosenfeld Part 1      Part 2 Readings from the Haftorah In the synagogue service it is the tradition to read from the book of prophets following the Torah reading (the reading from the Five Books of Moses—the Torah scroll). … Read More...

Suffering Messiah

The “Suffering Messiah” (Part 2)

By Barry Rosenfeld Isaiah 52 and 53 describe a “suffering Messiah” who is beaten and disfigured. This is recorded in Mark 15:15-19—“Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed … Read More...

Prophet Isaiah

Isaiah (740 – 681 BC) (Part 1)

By Barry Rosenfeld “See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred … Read More...

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