Israel has gone through the wringer in the past year and a half, dealing with crisis after crisis within a very short period. The nation faced the devastating effects of a pandemic alongside the rest of the world, and at the same time, fought a war with terrorists in Gaza; went through a fourth nationalContinue Reading »
Israel is often called “the Land of the Bible.” The land itself brings the Bible to life. Modern cities and towns have ancient biblical names. The plants, trees, birds and animals are talked about in the Bible. Father Bargil Pixner, a Catholic priest, described the land as the “fifth gospel.” Everywhere you turn in Israel,Continue Reading »
The newly formed 23rd Knesset (Parliament) of Israel is well diversified, including representation from various religions like Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze. Immigrants are also well represented, and 24% of the Knesset members are female. Ages range from 36 to 71, with the average age being 54. The government coalition has 73 members from 7Continue Reading »
Bible readers all know about the Sea of Galilee. In modern Hebrew it is called the Kinneret because it has the shape of a harp (kinnor). Much of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) ministry happened around her shores. We read of Jesus walking on the water (Matt. 14:22–33), calming the sea (Mark 4:35–41), advising the disciples how toContinue Reading »
On a hot July afternoon, Bridges for Peace was present at the airport to welcome new Jewish immigrants from Russia, Argentina, Brazil, France and Venezuela. The tarmac was teeming with hundreds of people who were there to welcome the arrivals with music, flags, ice cream and joy. Religious leaders, political leaders, the heads of theContinue Reading »
For many years, Israel has suffered under drought conditions with rainfall disappointingly below average. At the beginning of the rainy season late in 2018, the level of the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s main freshwater lake, was below the lower (dangerous) red line. The Sea of Galilee is in a deep basin, which lies below seaContinue Reading »
Golan Residents Pull Together to Help Syrian Refugees The Syrian Civil War may be drawing to a close, but for years now fierce fighting and chemical weapons have left a scar on the Middle East, driving hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have beenContinue Reading »
On May 14, 2018, Israel and those who love her will celebrate Independence Day, the Jewish state’s 70th birthday as a modern nation. The day will be filled with exuberant joy, celebration and merriment—and for good reason. The opportunity to mark seven decades since God fulfilled a millennia-old promise of the Jewish state’s miraculous rebirth (Isa.Continue Reading »
This fall, the young adult department of Bridges for Peace, Zealous 8:2, received an unexpected call from a good friend, David Nekrutman. Director of the CJCUC (Center for Jewish–Christian Understanding and Cooperation), David has had a special place in his heart for Zealous. So, when he encountered an important and urgent need, he reached outContinue Reading »
As anti-Semitism cast a dark shadow over Europe in the 1930s, a Polish Jew named Bronislaw Huberman chose to fight it with the only weapon he had—his music. Finding Sanctuary In Germany, Hitler had begun to crack down on the Jewish population, banning them from employment in German companies. Even cultural institutions were not exempt—inContinue Reading »
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