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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 – Latest News from Israel

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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What’s Happening with Israel’s Elections?

If you thought America’s last election cycle was wild, Israel’s elections are even crazier. Israel’s citizens are about to head to the polls on March 23rd for a fourth round of elections in less than two years! Being unable to form a stable government after the last three election rounds, Israel is heading to the...
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ICC Opens Investigation Into Israel’s “Alleged” War Crimes

The International Criminal Court in the Hague announced this week that they have decided to open an investigation into the alleged war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip as well as Judea and Samaria. Even though the court stated that the investigation would be carried out “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor” it...
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Should We Replace Replacement Theology?

I want to thank a good friend , whose email inspired this article. HaYovel often discusses replacement theology. Replacement theology gets defined obliquely (and mostly implicitly) in a few of HaYovel’s published resources, but as of now we do not have a single, concise resource to point to which defines and explains the term. In...
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Is the Biden Administration Emboldening those Who Hate Israel?

On Tuesday, the student government of the University of California, Irvine passed pro BDS legislation aimed at divesting from any companies that work with Israel, calling it “divestment from apartheid,” according to the Jpost. The legislation was the first troubling sign that the BDS movement is gearing up to gain new ground under a Biden administration...
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What Will it Take to Stop Iran from Getting a Bomb?

During the transition of the American administrations, Iran declared openly that they would begin enriching uranium at 20%.  When Joe Biden came into office, he began placing people into senior levels of leadership who worked on the 2015 Iran deal under Obama. These same people are determined to bring Iran back into the 2015 JCPOA...
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Palestinians emboldened by the new US administration

Israel has experienced an increase in terrorist attacks since the US elections took place in November. It is clear that the Palestinians are becoming emboldened by the liberal-leaning administration that has just been sworn into office in the United States.  This week, a Jewish Israeli man wandered too close to a small Palestinian village in...
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You Can Make a Difference

If you’re discouraged, tired, or confused by the current events in our world, we have a message of hope for you. Zac Waller, the Executive Director of HaYovel, provides encouragement and inspiration during these times, as well as a plan of action for moving forward.  Things will most certainly look very different for Israel when...
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One Day – Someday, It will all turn around!

Luke asked me at the beginning of this week if it would be possible for me to write something about the attack on the U.S. Capitol. I immediately responded, yes, of course. Like most of you, I felt a deep sense of sadness, anger, and shock. What could I say? I had no words.  Just...
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Judea & Samaria, a look back at 2020

The year of 2020 was a difficult one for Israel as it was for much of the world, but it wasn’t all bad. Peace deals, Jews making aliyah (immigrating) to Israel, and an increase in construction were just a few of the positives that happened last year in Israel.So what exactly did 2020 look like...
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How Did the Multitudes Who Listened to Yeshua’s Teachings Keep from Falling Asleep?

What do you think about this title of the book I’m preparing to write?  “Ten Effective Ways the Jews Were Able to Stay Awake When Yeshua Taught!” Would this have been a problem for those who sat at the feet of Yeshua? The Scripture records in several places something contrary to sleeping, “They were astonished...
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Bear, Badger, and a Blossoming Forest in Israel’s Heartland

Bear and Badger were still only seven months old, and they needed a lot of care and training. They had to learn that this was their territory. Their job was to protect the trees from deer, foxes, and other animals, in addition to anything else that could harm them. On Wednesday, Mack and Tessa did...
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The Resurrection of Hope

For most of the world, this time of the year brings reflection and a resolute purpose for the following year – a determination to do better – to be better to ourselves and others. You are receiving this letter as Israel celebrates Hanukkah. Hanukkah is not one of the Feasts listed in Leviticus 23. However,...
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