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
“Jerusalem 50th Jubilee” CFI Conference
One of the May conference’s most informative messages was given by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger. He spoke about the past and the present Israel-US relations. Lisa Miara, founder of the Springs of Hope Foundation, brought her personal experiences about assisting women and child slaves of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Dr. Mordecai Kedar, an Israeli Scholar of Arabic Literature in the Bar Ilan University, spoke about the reasons why Islam has set eyes on Jerusalem, instead of Mecca or Medina, which are Islam’s first holy sites. Pastor Steven Khoury from Holy Land Missions shared trials and challenges of Israel’s Christian population.
IDF Commanders shared about defending unified Jerusalem and all Israel. Ma’aleh Adumin’s Mayor Benny Kashriel spoke about his city’s role in guarding the road to Jerusalem. General Uzi Dayan recalled the miracles of the Six-Day War and the events of the reunification of Jerusalem. Sharon Sanders shared how Israel is preparing for Her King. Pastor Rick Ridings from Succat Hallel reminded Christians to stand in the gap until the end. Continue reading
Israel’s decisive victory in six days of June 1967
The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was a bitter setback for the neighboring Arab countries who wanted the entire region ruled by the Islamic faith. Having the Jewish nation in the Middle East was seen as Islam’s failure. For years before the 1967 Six-Day War, tension had been building up between Israel and the neighboring countries. Continue reading