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Status Quo

The headlines were bold and startling last week: “Israel makes peace with the United Arab Emirates!” This was really interesting for a number of reasons, including the fact that this is only the third peace deal Israel had successfully made with an Arab nation in recent history. Unfortunately, it wasn’t without a heavy price. As...
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Is the UAE/Israel Peace Deal Good or Bad?

Initially, it sounded absolutely historic. One could even call it miraculous. It hasn’t happened in 26 years, and this is only the third time that it has happened in the last 72 years. It’s hard not to consider it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, even at the price of compromise. It might lead to evictions and the...
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One Grape at a Time

Let’s not talk about politics, protests, riots, or COVID-19. It’s just a hunch, but I’m guessing you’re ready to hear about something else. Let’s talk about a phenomenon. A miracle, actually. Are you ready? The land of Israel is a tiny piece of real estate. It’s smaller than the state of New Jersey. I want...
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Will Israel and the U.S. Hold Elections at the Same Time?

Violent riots have swept America in recent months. At the same time, there have been more and more protests in Israel. In both countries there is a huge distrust of their governments. And because of the riots, protests, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the application of sovereignty in Israel’s heartland seems to have been all but...
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Reflections in Jerusalem on the Saddest Day of the Year

Today is considered to be the saddest day of the year on the Hebrew calendar, even more so than Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Why? Today is the 9th of Av, a day on which both temples were destroyed as well as a day which marks a remarkable number of other tragedies that befell the...
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Divide Israel & Face the Consequences

There’s no doubt that former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has made some waves in the last several months. Whether or not you love or hate him regarding the highly controversial release of his recent book, which in many ways bashed President Donald Trump, Bolton made a statement this week that I actually agree...
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Special Harvest Announcement

This week’s article will be a little out of the ordinary.  When COVID-19 first struck, we were all hopeful that the restrictions would only last a short time and the world would return back to normal soon.  It didn’t.  More than half of our staff got stuck in the United States, and to date, they...
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Does Jesus Love the Temple?

This week marks the beginning of a three week period of mourning in the Jewish community over the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. Even though this time of mourning has been common in the Jewish community ever since the Temple’s destruction, it is a really unique phenomenon if you think about it....
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The Confusing Mixed Messages of Sovereignty in Israel

July 1st was a date many in Israel had their hopes pinned on. It was the first possible date, according to President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” peace plan, when Israel could advance the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. Many expected an announcement from Prime Minister Netanyahu on this date. They were disappointed....
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Modern Israel – Man’s Secular Creation or God’s Holy Hand?

As I have traveled around the world sharing about the miracle of Israel’s rebirth, I have encountered well-meaning Christians who claim that the modern State of Israel is secular, pagan, and against the will of God. They point to the fact that many of the founders of modern Israel weren’t believers, that the government is...
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What Percentage of Israel Should Israel Keep?

I know US news is claiming your attention right now. From riots, protests, lockdowns, COVID-19, and more, the daily news and social media feeds are enough to make one’s head spin. However, I’ve been encouraged to see stories of revival, prayer, and unity interspersed within the daily negativity. Calls for revival from pastors and leaders...
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Religious Freedom in God’s House

Several weeks ago as the coronavirus was sweeping the world, something concerning was happening in regard to religious freedom in the United States. Governors had, in the name of protecting us from infection, ordered mass lockdowns and quarantines. This included the closing of many businesses deemed non-essential. Much of the criterion used to determine whether...
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Never Divide the Land of Israel!

When COVID-19 officially became a world pandemic, about half of our staff was in Israel and the other half in the U.S. Since then, as you can imagine, everyone has been stuck in place, and we still don’t know when our staff will be able to return to Israel. For that matter, we don’t know...
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In One Accord in One Place

Many Christians are familiar with the feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot as it is more commonly known in Israel. Many of you have probably celebrated a Passover seder before as well, and are appreciative of the beautiful significance that it brought to your faith. Many, however, are not as familiar with the feast of Shavuot....
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Jerusalem Day 2020

When the smoke from Israel’s war of independence cleared in 1948, there was no doubt about the miraculous outcome. Against all odds, Israel had not only survived, but managed to declare and establish their own state! Who would have thought? Of course the prophet Isaiah knew, when he said:  “Who has heard such a thing?...
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We Can’t Ignore History, it Matters Relationally (updated May 20th, 2020)

An Apology In my recent article titled “We can’t ignore History. It Matters Relationally”, I made an effort to educate Christians about the sensitivities surrounding relationships with Orthodox Jews. We have worked with these precious people for over 15 years. I see so many offenses taking place against them and it increases the negativity attached...
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The Elusive Unity Government & Conditional Sovereignty

Two controversial issues in Israel have dragged on for months now. One of them has constant international attention, and world leaders on both sides of the political spectrum have been free in their support or criticism. The other issue has dragged Israel through three election cycles in less than one year and is threatening to...
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Was Independence Worth the Risk?

“The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attended statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books…  Accordingly, we, the members of the People’s Council…hereby declare the establishment of...
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The Beginnings of the State of Israel in 1920

Have you ever heard of the San Remo conference? If you have, do you know much about it? I know I didn’t.  Saturday, April 25th, 2020 marks a very special date. It is the 100th anniversary of the San Remo conference and subsequent resolution. On this day, after great deliberation, the Supreme Council of the...
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The Light from Zion During Crisis

Is it just me, or is it TIME FOR SOME GOOD NEWS!! These days, it seems nearly impossible not to talk about COVID-19. The good news though, is that there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel in many different countries. Israel and the U.S. are now planning to begin opening...
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