The best act of kindness
Wisdom is required to enable us to best serve the needs in Israel. Reaching out there requires traveling to individual homes, driving through Israeli traffic, trying to avoid traffic jams, locating the exact address of needy people, finding a parking space, and then walking─ sometimes several blocks─carrying gifts of love sent by the ministry supporters. Continue reading
September Project: Communities Under Attack
Rioters in the Tomb of the Rock compound proves that the site has no meaning to Muslims other than use as a political weapon against Israel.
In mid-July, three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near the Temple Mount in the Old City, killing two Israeli police officers and injuring two more. Both killed were young Druze officers. The attackers had brought several guns to the Islamic holy site. The two attackers lost their lives during the attack. The Jerusalem Police Commander, along with the Public Security Minister, issued a directive barring Muslim and Jews from accessing the holy site. Security forces were on high alert across the country. When the Temple Mount was again open for visitors, the Muslim Waqf (Muslim religious authority) denied Muslim entry and joined with other Islamic groups to “boycott all Israeli aggression measures,” including placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount. (It is difficult to see how an improved security for all visitors would harm Muslim worshippers.)s always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries.
As always in any situation in the Holy City, the Waqf encouraged rioting. Thousands of Palestinians entered the site after a 12-day boycott. Some hurled stones at police, causing injuries for 10 police officers and over one hundred Palestinians. As a result of days-long rioting, Israel agreed to remove the metal detectors, handing a victory to the Palestinians. Thankfully, Israel has ultimate control over the site and can limit access as needed.
Please join us to stand with Israel in Jerusalem and in all the Jewish communities under attack. Thank you!
Another UN resolution against Israel
In early July, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed another anti-Israel resolution. In a stormy session, votes were cast to have the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah) in the Old City of Hebron listed as a Palestinian world heritage site in danger.
The 70th anniversary of the voyage
July 11, 2017, marked the 70th anniversary of the voyage of the Exodus, a ship carrying over 4,500 Jewish immigrants from France to British Mandatory Palestine. The large ship, formerly the steamer SS President Warfield from Baltimore, Maryland, left the southern French port of Sete on July 11, 1947. A majority of the ship’s passengers were Holocaust survivors. They had no legal documents to enter the British-controlled Palestine. When they neared the port of Haifa, the British Royal Navy’s soldiers boarded the ship, attempting to turn the vessel back. Continue reading
Touching lives with love and care
Please join us to assist Israeli children with special needs. Together we are making a real difference in their and their families’ lives. Thank you!
Rosh Tzurim kibbutz offers horseback riding therapy and helps youth to learn practical skills needed in a farm setting.
Children and youth with disabilities and other special needs are a risk group in any country. In Israel, a variety of practical assistance, services, and medical care is necessary to ensure that they, too, will have a fulfilling life as they deserve. In some cases, parents have abandoned their special-needs children. Youth Villages and families with caregiver training are the only “home” option these children will have.
Children with autism may be the most challenging group to care for. Only in Israel, I have witnessed how, in some cases, autistic children are responding well to treatments and care, and are able to develop some level of communication to join other children for play and other activities. The needs are many from clean bedding, playgrounds and medical equipment to young adults’ sheltered housing. The communities we help are situated in Judea and Samaria.
The sky is the limit…
“We have been waiting for you for a long time, actually for 70 years,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when welcoming Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India on July 4. The three-day visit was the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister to the independent Jewish State. The two leaders spoke about an economic partnership, immigration and centuries’ old links between their countries. Prime Minister Modi, representing 1.3 billion Indians, is reported stating that the sky is the limit in future economic cooperation with Israel. An estimated 90,000 Jews of Indian origin have made Aliyah to Israel. Today the southern city of Be’ersheva has the largest Indian Jewish community. Continue reading
Danger from the east
As Israel marks the fiftieth anniversary of its military victory in the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967, President Reuven Rivlin has called for global recognition of Israeli rule there, speaking about the territory’s importance to the survival of the Jewish State.
“The nations of the world must formally recognize that the Golan is an integral part of the State of Israel, and is essential to our existence as a people. The Golan Heights are strategic to Israel’s ability to safeguard its border,” President Rivlin stated in late June.
“At Basel, I founded the Jewish State”
The First Zionist Congress of 1897 in Basel, Switzerland is widely seen as the first step on the Jewish people’s path to re-establish a nation-state in their ancient homeland. It was in Basel, where the World Zionist Organization was founded and where Herzl was made its first president. This year (2017) marks 120 years since the first congress was convened by Herzl. Continue reading
The Apple of God’s Eye
Streams of Blessing is our outreach project that encompasses and covers a large number of Jewish people from all walks of life, all ages, and in many different situations. We never run out of situations to face that are heartrending, sad, and in some cases tragic. People in all nations face poverty, sickness, and disease; however, when God’s Chosen People suffer and there is no one to help them, God goes searching for those who will.
He searches for comforters, helpers and those willing to pray. Continue reading
“We have friends aboard…”
On May 8, 1972, Sabena Airlines’ flight 571 was on its way from Vienna, Austria to Tel Aviv with ninety passengers aboard. Sabena was the Belgian national airline. About twenty minutes out of Vienna, four passengers─two men and two women who actually were members of the Black September Organization (a Palestinian terrorist group)─ entered the cockpit to hijack the flight. When the plane’s British-born Captain Reginald Levy saw what was happening, he calmly told the passengers: “As you can see we have friends aboard.” He concealed from the hijackers that his wife was among the passengers. Continue reading