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Ben & Jerry’s Picked a Bad Time of Year to Boycott Israel…

Perhaps Ben & Jerry’s ice cream should not have announced that they are boycotting Israel right in the middle of summer. Their decision sparked an outcry all around the world that has already resulted in delicious containers of their confection being tossed into the trash in TikTok videos and Instagram photos.  Deciding that their frozen...
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It’s Time to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder

Imagine this – a beautiful rolling terrain with birds singing from tree tops, children laughing at play in a crystal clear, bubbling stream. Men and women peacefully at work in their vineyards and sheep folds. Wisdom from the Bible and words of prayer are frequently on the lips of young and old. The ruler of...
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Is the 9th of Av for Christians Too?

The 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, which usually falls in July or August on the western calendar, is a traditional day of mourning in Judaism. Observances such as fasting food and water and restraining from pleasure and recreational activities characterize this day. In general, the day is an intentional time to mourn.  Why...
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The Right and Left are Celebrating the Evacuation of this Settlement

When settlements have been bulldozed in Judea and Samaria in years past, the scene has usually looked something like this:  Hundreds of police and military show up at the site along with bulldozers and crews. Settler families refuse to leave and are dragged out unwillingly, their furniture being carried out behind them. Entire communities are...
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Inspirational Mourning

Muskets and short sabers glistened in the afternoon sun as the French Emperor walked the streets with his military escorts. As they rounded a corner, the entire company stopped in their tracks. What was that sound? Straight ahead, in the distance, was a beautifully-built building. Yes, the sound was coming from inside. A few men...
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How Will the Grapes of Israel’s Heartland Be Harvested this Year?

If you’re familiar with our organization, you know that we’ve brought more than 3,000 Christians from 30 countries to Israel over the past 17 years to volunteer in the biblical heartland. Our mission is to serve Israel’s farmers, and we do things like plant new vineyards and trees, harvest grapes, prune vineyards, and much, much...
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No Innocent People in Gaza Had to Die…

Not one of the innocent people in Gaza would have died if Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad had not attacked Israel.  Sixteen less innocent civilians would have died if 700 of Hamas’ own rockets had not landed on their own people, killing them.  Another 34 people, including ten children, would not have been injured by...
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Benny Gantz: I don’t need anyone’s approval to evacuate the town of Evyatar

Eight years ago on May 20, 2013, Evyatar Borowski was murdered by a Muslim terrorist at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria. He was 31 years old, and left behind a wife and five young children, the oldest of whom was only seven. A settlement was established in his memory on a nearby hilltop, but was...
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Who will be Israel’s Next Prime Minister?

Will Israel soon have a new prime minister, unseating current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has served in the position for a total of 13 years? After more than two years and four election cycles, will Israel actually swear in a coalition government?  These are great questions, and ones that may have been answered this...
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Behind the Scenes of the Gaza War

During the recent war with Gaza, rockets that were landing all over Israel’s central coastal region filled most of the international headlines. What was lost in the surge of daily news from Israel, however, was what was happening in Judea and Samaria. While Hamas called for its militants to annihilate Israel by attacking from the...
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Aching Hearts for Israel

As Christians who believe in God’s covenant promises, our hearts ache when we hear about the rockets being fired at innocent civilians and the burning of synagogues in Israel.  Just today I heard about what happened to the Avigal family in the town of Sderot on Israel’s southern border. As is all too common in...
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The Country Not Allowed to Defend Itself

Have you heard a narrative this week that goes something like this? “Israel is evicting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.”  “Israel’s police stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque, beating peaceful worshippers.”  “Gaza started shooting rockets into Israel, and Israel is carrying out disproportionate strikes in retaliation. Dozens of Gazans have been killed, including ten...
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The Power of Prayer for Israel

This week, Christians all across the United States gathered for the National Day of Prayer. It is encouraging to see men and women zealously crying out to God. Prayer is powerful! It has stopped the mouths of lions, raised the dead, delivered nations from destruction, and flowed from the lips of peace-filled martyrs until their...
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Riots, Politics, and the European Union

If you follow news from Israel, you likely know that there has been a lot happening in the Holy Land! With all that’s going on, this week’s article will give a short synopsis of the chaotic headlines of recent weeks.  The Muslim holiday of Ramadan began on April 12th, and Arab protests, riots, violence, and...
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Love for the Land of Israel is Increasing

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult, painful, and traumatic experience for many of us. Political divisions have deepened. Many have been separated from family by government regulations and ongoing international travel restrictions. Millions have died and we all know people who have been sick. I myself have three close family members and friends who...
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Remember the Miracle

This week Israel marked 73 years since their miraculous founding in 1948. Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, once said: “In order to be a realist, one must believe in miracles.”  That statement is unquestionably true when it comes to the story of Israel’s existence and statehood. One need only look at...
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From the Holocaust to Restoration

Yesterday marked Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. Today, the heroic faces of the survivors of the most horrendous tragedy in human history are old and worn. The faces that still exist to tell their experiences, sadly will not be around for the next generation to know personally.  It is still inconceivable and...
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President Biden’s True Colors on Israel

The Biden Administration has already taken actions to show their colors regarding their support for the nation of Israel and the Palestinian people.  The Trump Administration changed their custom of calling Israel’s heartland “occupied territory” during their time in office . In a direct reversal to that change, the US State Department just announced that...
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Passover Cleaning, Healing & Redemption

The Israelite slaves were released from Pharaoh and their leaven was deflated before they were truly free. Humanity is healed from world pandemics through humility, prayer, and repentance. Broken relationships require repentance before reconciliation is reached. Let’s compare these three realities and see if we can find a theme that will strengthen our faith and...
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2000-Year-Old Biblical Manuscripts were Just Discovered in Judean Cave

An ancient biblical scroll was discovered in a cave, known as the “Cave of Horror” located in the Judean desert this week, marking the first time an artifact of this type has been discovered since the Dead Sea scrolls nearly 70 years ago, according to the Jpost. The scroll, which was written in Greek with...
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