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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Holidays and Donations

PURIM: Turning Sadness into Joy!

What is Purim all about?

P U R I M The festive holiday of Purim commemorates Israel's salvation from extermination by the mighty Persian Empire, some 2500 years ago. Jews in Israel and all over the world celebrate Purim on the 14th day of Adar (this year March 8th) as a time of "Light, Gladness, Joy and Honor for the Jewish people" (Esther 8:16).

Purim is a classic story of deep-rooted anti-semitism, pitting a powerful ruler (King Ahasuerus) and his vicious, arrogant advisor (Haman) against the Nation of Israel. Plans were drawn up for the "final solution" - wiping the Jews off the face of the earth. The word "Purim" means lottery - referring to the method used to determine the fateful day set aside for the annihilation of the Jews.

A Complete Turnaround

turnaroundThrough a series of seemingly "random", coincidental events, a prominent Jewish leader named Mordecai and his young cousin Esther (who was chosen to be the queen), orchestrated a complete turnaround of events resulting in the destruction of Haman and the survival and prosperity of the Jewish nation.
As recorded in the Book of Esther (9:1) "And it was turned around, the Jews prevailed over their enemies". This day was set aside as a special day of feasting and celebration for the Jewish people.

Why is God's name hidden?

purimThe Book of Esther is unique in that the name of God does not appear anywhere in the scripture. This was intentional, to teach us a very powerful lesson: All of those "random events" were actually hidden miracles – no less miraculous than the Ten Plagues and the Splitting of the Sea! Although sometimes God appears to be "hidden", we recognize that He controls world events. Nothing is random.

In fact, Esther's name in Hebrew means "hidden", as in "And I will surely hide ("as-thir") My face on that day… " (Deuteronomy 31:18). And that is why Jewish children (and adults too!) "hide" their faces by wearing masks and dressing up in all sorts of costumes. The message is clear: God may be hidden but we know that He is there!

How do we celebrate today?

purim_partyTo publicize the miracle, Jews read the "Megillah" (the Book of Esther) all over the world. And since the Jews were saved from physical destruction, the celebration is replete with "physical" activity – eating, drinking, singing and dancing. As expressions of friendship and ahmenijad-purimunity, we "send delicacies to one another and gifts to the poor." (Esther 9:22).

In every generation there is another Haman – out to destroy the Jewish nation. Whether it's Hitler or Ahmadinejad – and the list goes on – those who curse Israel are doomed to destruction. And those who bless Israel will forever be blessed… (Genesis 12:3). As God's exalted nation, Israel will survive and prosper – this is the true celebration of Purim!

Modern Day 'Hamans'

Today, Israel finds itself surrounded by tens of thousands of modern day "Hamans", otherwise known as the "freedom fighters" of Hezbollah and Hamas. These groups, along with the evil Iranian dictator, open calling for the destruction of Israel.
hamas-purimSince its independence in 1948, Israel has suffered from acts of terror in the form of suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, rocket attacks and much more. While thousands of Israelis have been killed, many more victims of terror suffer daily from deep physical and emotional scars. Young children, teenagers and adults who have lost loved ones often suffer in silence.

Bring Joy to Israel's Victims of Terror

israeli victims of terrorThis year, you can brighten the Purim holiday for families who suffer from the horrific pain and trauma of terror attacks. Sending a special Purim Basket (known as 'Mishloach Manot') fulfills a very important Mitzvah (good deed). Your blessing will touch the hearts of these families, knowing that people share both their pain and joy. Your message of comfort will go a long way to make the holiday extra special for those who have suffered so much.
purim joyJoin United with Israel in distributing hundreds of festive Purim baskets to families who have suffered so much. Your gifts will truly bring "light, gladness, joy and honor" to the special heroes of Israel whose only crime is that they are proud Jews living in the Land of Israel. purim gift baskets
Whether losing parents, siblings or their own limbs, the most tragic victims are the children – whose pain is devastating. Kids need and deserve to have FUN! Sending a deluxe basket loaded with their favorite goodies and toys will go a long way to bring joy to these special young children…
purim gift basketsEach basket will include some of Israel's most popular snack foods and drinks that are sure to make the families very happy. Deluxe baskets are filled with toys for the children. You can also include a own personal note to the families, which will surely touch their hearts and make the Purim celebration extra special.

There is no greater way to bless Israel than to share kindness and joy with Israel's victims of terror.

United with Israel thanks you for turning "Sadness into Joy" for Victims of Terror. May God bless your kindness and generosity towards these special heroes of Israel.

PURIM: Turning Sadness into Joy!


Help The Hungry during our Fill The Pantry food drive
Joseph ,
In far too many Jewish households, Passover brings no relief from the daily struggle for survival.
Tragically, thousands of impoverished Jewish men, women and children throughout both Israel and the former Soviet Union — including elderly Holocaust survivors — are living in shocking poverty, unable to afford life’s necessities like heat, medicine and basic foods, much less the special items, such as matzah, needed to celebrate Passover.
That is why The Fellowship urgently needs you to join with us and help deliver 40,000 Passover Food Boxes during this year’s Fill the Pantry food drive.
My friend, with your support we will fill each box with lifesaving staples including flour, sugar and rice along with special foods needed to celebrate the Passover Seder.  Your gift will provide both comfort and spiritual nourishment during this holy time of year.  So please, join us by donating one, two or even three food boxes to help hungry Jews observe Passover with dignity.
Your kindness will mean so much to those unfortunate Jewish people who will otherwise be unable to celebrate this important season with joy.
Thank you for taking these poverty-stricken people into your heart and helping them fill their pantries for Passover.
With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
By supporting our Fill the Pantry food drive today, you can help give needy destitute Jews the opportunity to properly observe the Passover celebration.

In this holidays, help the need Jews, please!
God blesses you and happy holidays!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Take Action For Israel 8

Iran action alert
Dear Friend,
An Iran armed with nuclear weapons would be an unacceptable threat to both Israel and America. And for years we’ve been asking our leaders to prevent this. 
Yet they still don’t get it!  Earlier this month, General George Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that, “we are of the opinion that Iran is a rational actor.”  Such talk implies that we might be able to live with – and contain – a nuclear Iran. 
At the end of January, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, acknowledged that Iran is pursuing nuclear “capabilities.”  But then he added that, “We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.”  Such talk implies that we might allow Iran to develop all of the parts of a nuclear bomb – the ‘capability” – so long as they stop short of actually putting these parts together. 
In response to such continuing confusion, a group of United States senators – led by Senators Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman -- have introduced an important resolution.  This resolution rejects any policy that would rely upon efforts to contain a nuclear Iran.  And it states that it is in America’s “vital national interest” to prevent Iran from obtaining a “nuclear weapons capability.” 
This resolution has 36 co-sponsors.  That means that there are 64 senators who have not yet stepped forward to support this urgent clarification of U.S. policy.  This is where you can make a difference! Please click here now to send your senators an e-mail asking that they co-sponsor this important resolution
Time is short.  Opponents of this resolution are organizing to block it.  We need to speak out NOW in its support. 
With blessings to you and those you love,
Pastor John Hagee                  David Brog
National Chairman                   Executive Director
Christians United for Israel      
Christians United for Israel

Pray for Israel, please!
God protect Israel and Shalom!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


NEW 1:

I would like to share with you the miraculous story of Rachel, who went from being an abused woman with nowhere to turn, to an independent mother with tangible skills, thanks to IFCJ. Rachel is just one of the courageous women in IFCJ sponsored women’s shelters in Israel, who have touched my heart in a deep way.
Rachel, a mother of three, arrived at the IFCJ shelter scared and broken. The brutal marks on her body immediately told the story of her husband’s abuse.
“After one particularly violent act, I knew I was at my breaking point. I came with my children to this shelter and received everything I needed — physically and emotionally,” said Rachel.
Women like Rachel who have no family to turn to during their most trying times face enormous challenges when they make the courageous decision to escape abuse, poverty, and neglect by their husbands.
That’s why I am so thankful that Rachel and her children were able to turn to us in their time of need. Through the kindness and support of donors like you, The Fellowship is able to provide a safe haven for Jewish women in crisis by supporting a network of lifesaving projects designed towards women’s needs across Israel.
The women who come to us are brave and determined — however, they often lack the means to become independent. Thanks to your help, we are able to provide job training courses, legal counsel, and therapy programs designed to give women like Rachel the skills and opportunities to become self-sufficient and provide for their children.
Because I have seen the drastic difference that the IFCJ women’s projects make, I am asking friends like you to open the doors of opportunity to more brave women in Israel by making a special gift to IFCJ today.
Rachel and her children stayed in the shelter for six months, where they received counseling and Rachel took a bookkeeping class. “Everything was given in abundance. It felt like a home and even better,” she recalls. This IFCJ shelter was the first safe home that Rachel’s children ever knew.
Today, Rachel has a job as a computer programmer and an apartment for her and her children. “I left the shelter as a strong woman heading towards a new life,” she says proudly.
Right now, many more Jewish women are praying for the same life changing chance. Please reach out and help them to achieve lives of independence, dignity, and safety. Thank you.
With blessings from Israel,
Yael Eckstein (signature)
Yael Eckstein
Senior Vice President
Your gift to The Fellowship will help women in crisis not only survive, but thrive. When women leave an IFCJ-funded shelter, they are stronger, more confident, and self-sufficient — all because of friends like you. Please help IFCJ give mothers like Rachel a pathway to a better life.

NEW 2:
Dear Friend of Israel,

If it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable – calling Israel an apartheid state, comparing the one true democracy in the Middle East to the oppressive legal system once in use in South Africa. But that’s exactly what the organizers of the annual “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) believe. Their event takes place on college campuses around the world beginning early next week, as they seek “to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system.”

Under South African apartheid, black people were subject to laws that controlled practically every aspect of their public behavior and completely segregated them from the ruling white minority. It was a brutal system that thankfully was dismantled in the early 1990s after years of intense internal and international pressure.

The question remains: How could the word "apartheid," which describes an evil system of institutionalized segregation, discrimination, and domination based on race, possibly be applied to Israel? IAW organizers wrongly use it to make the claim that the treatment of Arabs in Israeli society and the treatment of black South Africans under apartheid is similar.

How ridiculous. In apartheid-era South Africa, black citizens were totally disenfranchised and relegated to the status of second-class citizens. In Israel, on the other hand, both Jewish and Arab citizens have equal protection under the law, enjoy freedom of religion and speech, and have full voting rights. Arab-Israeli members are present in Israel's 120-member parliament, the Knesset.

Benjamin Pogrund, a South African Jew now living in Israel who saw firsthand the horrible oppression and misery caused by apartheid in his native country, spelled out the absurdity of this comparison in a 2005 essay. "Two years ago I had major surgery in a Jerusalem hospital," he wrote. "The surgeon was Jewish, the anesthetist was Arab, the doctors and nurses who looked after me were Jews and Arabs. Jews and Arabs share meals in restaurants and travel on the same trains, buses and taxis, and visit each other's homes. Could any of this possibly have happened under apartheid? Of course not."

Sadly, the truth, and real-life examples like Pogrund's, means nothing to IAW organizers and their ilk. Anyone who promotes the idea of Israel as an "apartheid state" is either ignorant or motivated by bias against the Jewish state so intense that facts and truth no longer have any meaning to them.

We’ve mobilized to help fight this blatant anti-Israel prejudice. Be sure to visit our 4Zion website for resources that can help you counter the lies of Israel Apartheid Week. Now is a time for Israel’s friends to stand up and be counted — and that is exactly what I hope you will do today.

There is, of course, real oppression in the world. In Syria, anti-government demonstrators are shot and killed by the dozens nearly every day. Iran's government has done the same to demonstrators who take to the streets against that country's harsh Islamist regime. In Saudi Arabia, there is no such thing as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of assembly, and women are second-class citizens under the law.

And yet, Israel Apartheid Week protesters focus their indignation on one country – tiny, democratic Israel. In doing so, they reveal their true motives – not to seek justice for Palestinians or to promote peace, but to defame the Jewish state. Those who use these dishonest, underhanded tactics reveal much about their own hatreds and biases – and nothing about Israel.

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

NEW 3:

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
Iran is preparing to move forward with the execution of a Christian pastor for the crime of apostasy.  Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani admits that he was born into a Muslim family and was taught some of the precepts of the faith, but says he never accepted them.  Nadarkhani converted to Christianity – illegal in Iran – at 19.  The now-34 year old was arrested two years ago for apostasy and evangelizing and, since that time, has been separated from his family for refusing to recant his faith.
The Obama administration and many in Congress have condemned Iran’s actions and called for Nadarkhani’s release.  We hope you will join us in praying for Pastor Nadarkhani’s freedom and for the freedom of all Iranians to enjoy the liberty to follow their own consciences.


NEW 4:

cufi sunday 2012
We are excited to announce that the fourth annual Christians United for Israel Sunday will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
We are so blessed that over the last three years thousands of churches in over 60 countries have stood in solidarity with Israel through CUFI Sunday. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, from mega churches in the American heartland to underground churches in China, Christians have come together to express their love and support for Israel.
We pray that your church will participate in the fourth annual CUFI Sunday, on Sunday, May 20, 2012. CUFI will provide you with all the materials you need to implement a successful CUFI Sunday, including videos, literature and Pastor John Hagee's personal sermon notes for your use.
Please click here to participate in CUFI Sunday. As you'll see, you don't have to be a pastor to ensure that your church stands with Israel on CUFI Sunday. 
  The date we've chosen for CUFI Sunday -- May 20th -- is the Sunday closest to Israel Independence Day.  As the Jewish State celebrates its 64th birthday, there is no better present we can send than the news of thousands of churches standing in solidarity with her!
We look forward to uniting in action and prayer on behalf of Israel with you and your congregation on May 20, 2012.
Register Today
May God Bless You and Those that You Love,
Pastor John Hagee
National Chairman
David Brog
Executive Director

NEW 5:
For a number of years, people have been asking me about leading a trip to Israel. I wanted you to be one of the first to know that we are now making final plans for a group trip on August 30 to September 8, 2012.
Whether you’ve been to the Holy Land before or this is your first time, this trip will be like nothing you have ever experienced. We will enjoy first-class accommodations throughout this trip.
Today I’m inviting you to come and join Carolyn and me in Israel as we:
Trip to the Holy Land 2012 Mike and Carolyn
  • Take part in a Jerusalem Prayer Summit
  • Study the Word as you walk where Jesus walked
  • See the places you have read about on the pages of Scripture in a whole new way
  • Visit Calvary and the Garden Tomb, Masada, Galilee, Caesarea and more
  • Meet with leaders of Israel as I include you in some of my interactions with them
  • Have the option to plant a tree in Israel in honor of someone special in your life
  • And so much more!
We believe this trip is going to fill up quickly, so I encourage you to contact us today if you are interested in joining us. The price including air-fare from New York is $3,149 which is a great price for that time of year.
You can get all of the details by calling our travel agent at 1-800-929-4684 ext. 1, or you can register by clicking on this link:
Register Now
I have been to Israel more than 70 times over the past several decades, and I look forward to sharing with you from my personal experiences and study.
Carolyn and I invite you to join us for a wonderful time in the Land of Promise in 2012. We are eagerly looking forward to this trip and pray that God will do a great work in the hearts of all of us who are able to go. I am also asking you to join me in standing for Israel today in a special way during this time of great danger and crisis.
Become a member:

NEW 6:
Dear Freedom Center Supporter:

Last week we alerted you to the rabid anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred that has infected our nation's campuses.

As a follow up to that email, we wanted to alert you that the Freedom Center has just published a groundbreaking book authored by Professor Richard L. Cravatts, titled Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.

We are going to promote this book to all the major University publications, targeted officials and alumni and trustees. We will run ads for the book in 50 targeted campus papers. Just the presence of the ad will play a major role in this education.

From reading our materials, one will be shocked to learn about the hateful, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel movements taking place at American colleges and universities. The Freedom Center is sounding the alarm, but we need your support to do so. Please follow this link right away to make the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can afford today. For your gift of $35 or more, I'll rush you a signed copy of Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews.

The Freedom Center is dedicated to exposing the insidious hatred that has infected our campuses and has seeped into our culture. As we wrote last week, the atmosphere on campus today recalls that of Germany in the 1930s when Hitler was laying the groundwork for the Holocaust. Muslim students are allowed to intimidate Jewish students. They are allowed to bring Islamist preachers of hate onto campuses with the most unapologetically vile messages.

Please help us today by making the most generous tax-deductible contribution you can afford, and we will rush you a copy of this groundbreaking new book. Thank you again for all your support.


David Horowitz
President & Founder

P.S. Help us promote Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews in all the major University publications, targeted officials and alumi and trustees by making a tax-deductible contribution of $35 or more and we'll rush you a signed copy. Thanks—David



God blesses you and Israel!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Modern Israel: Greatest Miracle Ever?

Exclusive: Joseph Farah chastises Christians who don't appreciate the Savior's Jewishness

If you believe the Bible, as I do, the return of Israel as a nation after 2,000 years is a greater miracle than all that occurred during the Exodus.
That’s what God says in Jeremiah 16:14-15:
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
“But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”
Think about that.
The reformation of the nation of Israel 64 years ago and the ingathering of dispersed Jews from all over the world is a greater miracle than all of the following:
  • the parting of the Red Sea;
  • the manna from heaven;
  • the water from rocks;
  • the giving of the law on Sinai.
I don’t think most Christians and Jews in the 21st century fully appreciate what it means to be witnesses to such an awesome miracle.
Sometimes when we read the Bible we scoff at the blindness of the ancient people to what was happening at the time. But I think we’re just as guilty as they were – if not more so.
The miracle of the ingathering is greater than the miracles of the Exodus. That’s not what I say. That’s what the Lord says. And it’s a miracle we have been privileged to experience firsthand. But that privilege comes with a responsibility – a responsibility to recognize what God is doing and to get behind that mighty work.
Don’t miss Farah’s brand new documentary based on the best-selling book “The Harbinger” — “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment: Is There An Ancient Mystery That Foretells America’s Future>”
We have too many Christians in America today who don’t get that. They are not standing with the children of Israel, our brethren whose covenant we experience and share by virtue of bring grafted in, as Paul explains in the book of Romans.
Christians who don’t appreciate their connection to this miracle are Christians who ultimately don’t appreciate the gift of salvation and the redemption offered to the whole world. They don’t fully appreciate who their Lord and Savior is – why He came and that He’s coming again!
They don’t appreciate where He’s coming.
He’s not coming to Washington, D.C., to rule the world. He’s coming to Jerusalem.
When and why is He coming? He’s coming at a time when Israel is facing disaster, and He’s coming to save Israel.
Replacement theology is not only a dangerous theology. It is a shallow one – one that tried to render most of the Bible as irrelevant and portray God as a covenant breaker who changes His mind and even His personality.
But today much of the church is confused about who we are as believers and the rich biblical heritage that serves as the foundation for our faith and our hope.
Some Christians aren’t sure our Savior is coming back at all – let alone that He’s coming back to Israel to save it and preserve it.
Some Christians are confused about whether the modern miracle of Israel is truly a manifestation of prophecy at all.
Some Christians even see more connection between their faith and Islam than they do between their faith and Judaism, even though Christianity makes no sense except in the context of the messianic promise from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
It would behoove all of us as believers to read and study the rich and abundant scriptures dealing with the Second Coming, because I suspect there will be believers unprepared and caught unawares.
Many people missed His first coming because they were looking for a conquering king. I suspect many Christians will not recognize the conquering king when He returns because they will be looking instead for the suffering servant.
What is Yeshua going to do when He returns?
The Bible tells us He’s going to mete out justice. His garments are going to be stained in blood. He’s going to destroy nations. He’s going to enforce His will with a rod of iron.
Are we prepared for that Yeshua?
He’s going to judge individuals and nations, as we learn in Matthew 25. The nations will be divided into sheep nations and goat nations largely on the basis of how they treated His precious Israel.
He will bless those that bless thee and curse those that curse thee.
Our Christian faith – and our very redemption – is constructed on a foundation of promise by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Without an understanding and appreciation of that connection, our faith doesn’t even make sense. Our savior did not just spring up spontaneously one day in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago without expectation. He came as the long-awaited Jewish messiah, the King of the Jews, out of the line of David, and He will eventually rule on David’s throne for 1,000 years in the future.
By the way, He didn’t come to start a new religion called Christianity. He came to fulfill the law and the prophets and offer Jews and non-Jews alike salvation.
If you believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, you will also acknowledge that when He returns you and I and other believers are going to be keeping the Sabbath and observing the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be visiting Jerusalem regularly – and if we don’t we won’t get any rain. I think some Christians are going to be shocked at just how Israeli-centric our life will be in the millennial kingdom.
How many Christians in America today really understand just how Jewish our Savior and our God really is? He won’t be eating ham sandwiches at the church potluck.
How many of us will recognize Him when He returns?

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If Israel never existed, Jesus Christ never came here.
If Israel never returned, Jesus Christ never would return too.
Jesus Christ has promises for his Church, He also has promises for Israel.
Israel and we, Christians, we shall be united in Christ Jesus!
Think about it and Shalom!

Monday, February 20, 2012


NEW 1:
Khamenei strategist releases document providing legal, religious justification for annihilation of Jewish people.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays By REUTERS
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's strategist provided the legal and religious justification for the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people, in a document published on conservative Farsi website Alef. Reports of the document began to circulate the internet this week.
The document, written by strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, outlined the reasons why, "In the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014." 

 Claiming to only represent the personal opinion of its author, and not the Iranian government, the doctrine was published on a website believed to have close ties with the Ayatollah.
Forghani called the Jewish state a "cancerous tumor for the Middle East" and  reminded his readers that "All our troubles are due to Israel!"
"Every Muslim is obliged to equip himself against Israel," he urged, reasoning that if the Muslim world does not attack Israel in the near future, "the opportunity could be lost and it may not be possible to stop them."
The document explained that the war against Israel must be carried out in the name of "defensive jihad" - or the protecting of Islam against aggressors "who want to gain domination over the Muslims and kill them."
It also clarified that although Israel had yet to strike Iran, its occupation of Palestinian lands already justifies an attack as Islam dictates that "the political borders [of the world] cannot divide Muslims and the earth is divided into two parts - Muslim countries and non-Muslim countries."
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's strategist provided the legal and religious justification for the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people, in a document published on conservative Farsi website Alef. Reports of the document began to circulate the internet this week.
The document, written by strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, outlined the reasons why, "In the name of Allah, Iran must attack Israel by 2014."
Claiming to only represent the personal opinion of its author, and not the Iranian government, the doctrine was published on a website believed to have close ties with the Ayatollah.
Forghani called the Jewish state a "cancerous tumor for the Middle East" and  reminded his readers that "All our troubles are due to Israel!"
"Every Muslim is obliged to equip himself against Israel," he urged, reasoning that if the Muslim world does not attack Israel in the near future, "the opportunity could be lost and it may not be possible to stop them."
The document explained that the war against Israel must be carried out in the name of "defensive jihad" - or the protecting of Islam against aggressors "who want to gain domination over the Muslims and kill them."
It also clarified that although Israel had yet to strike Iran, its occupation of Palestinian lands already justifies an attack as Islam dictates that "the political borders [of the world] cannot divide Muslims and the earth is divided into two parts - Muslim countries and non-Muslim countries."
Click here for full Jpost coverage of the Iranian threat

Forghani pointed out that Israel is the only country in the world with a Jewish majority, using the findings of the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics's last consensus for veracity.
He posited that since Israel requires US and western support in order to attack Iran, the latter should take advantage of western "passiveness" to "wipe out Israel."
The document also provides a "concise description of mid- and long-range ballistic missiles that can target territories of this regional cancerous tumor" and destroy Israel in "less than nine minutes."
Don't forget:

NEW 2:

Donate Now
Here’s one especially heartwarming way to add meaning to your Valentine’s Day this year: make a special gift in support of The Fellowship’s Operation Warmth.

This emergency campaign will distribute blankets and provide food to help 30,000 impoverished senior citizens in Israel survive these harsh winter months — people like Yelina, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor from the city of Lod.
Yelina has been living all alone in a damp, mold-infested apartment since losing her husband several years ago. She has no living relatives to help her.

"My house is freezing and I’m so desperate for warmth," she told us when she arrived at an IFCJ blanket distribution. "To give food and warmth to a cold, hungry elderly person is surely greatest kindness in God’s eyes, and that is exactly what The Fellowship does."
It truly breaks my heart to speak with elderly men and women like Yelina who have already endured so much hardship and now find themselves in such a desperate position.

While I’m immensely relieved we were able to help Yelina in time, I know there are still so many other elderly Jews in the Holy Land who urgently need our help. That is why I am calling on friends like you to make a special donation in support of The Fellowship’s Operation Warmth.

With so many lives at stake right now, please help us provide winter relief to elderly Jews as quickly as possible by taking action today.

On behalf of Israel and the Jewish people, thank you for your compassion and support.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Yael Eckstein (signature)
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
The Fellowship distributes more humanitarian aid than any other non-profit organization in Israel. That means there are thousands of elderly Jews who are counting on us right now to provide the winter relief they need to survive. Please help today.

NEW 3:

Come with us to Israel in 2012. This faith-enriched trip is consistently rated one of America’s best values for price and content. Participants will walk in the footsteps of the Patriarchs, Apostles and Jesus, visit Fellowship supported projects and see the Bible come to life as they visit biblical sites that they have only read about.

Registrations are already coming in for this exciting tour of Israel and you need to get your registration in soon to reserve your place on the 2012 tour. The registration fee of $400 is due when you register and additional payments are due July 26, 2012 and September 4, 2012.

The tour price from JFK airport in New York is $3,579 per person based on double occupancy.

To learn more about the 2012 Journey Home Tour visit our FAQ section and then download the 4-page Journey Home Tour brochure that includes the daily itinerary, tour costs and conditions.

You can register and pay your registration fee on-line by clicking here.

You can request that a formal tour brochure be sent to you by clicking here.

Churches and pastors interested in taking a group from their church or ministry and obtain special incentives should contact Rev. Jerry Clark, Director of Church Relations and Israel Tours by calling him at 1-312-641-8573.


Rev. Jerry Clark, M.Div.
Director, Church Relations            

NEW 4:
Registration for Free Trip to Israel this summer.
Dear Prospective Taglit-Birthright Israel: Ezra Participant!

The official registration for the Summer 2012 Taglit-Birthright Israel trips started on February 15th, 2012 for all new applicants and will likely last only a few more days, so please register as soon as possible! Below please find the basics of the registration:

You must go to and register there regardless whether you registered before or not. Even if you previously registered with another trip organizer, you just switch to Ezra.

Demand for Ezra's trips is expected to be especially high this time, so make sure you register earliest possible, otherwise you might get on the waiting list. Even if you get on the waiting list, don't worry, there is still a good chance you might get in this round.

Even if you are not sure if you can go this summer to Israel, we still advise you to register and be in the system for the season, so that in case your schedule changes and will allow you to attend any of our multiple summer trips, you will be able to go if there are open spots. Plus, it will add you priority for the next season you apply. But if you miss the registration, there is absolutely no way to get in after the end of the registration, even if there are open spots. Remember, you can always get your deposit back if you decide to change your mind before you are assigned.

How to register:

Please note that STEP 1 of the registration process might take up to 15 minutes.

Go to and click on the banner "Registration for Taglit-Birthright Israel Summer 2012 trip". A new page will open which is the official online Taglit-Birthright Israel Registration Application form.
The website may have temporary technical difficulties in first hours of the registration, due to the high volume of people trying to access the website at the same time. Please be patient, and try to access the website at a later time if you have any problems loading the page.

We strongly advice you to complete all 8 sections of the Registration Application once you started, so you won't have to come back.

If you do not know your passport number (or do not have a passport yet) you can add this information at a later date.

Step 7 of the application is a mandatory $250 fully refundable deposit. We suggest you to have a credit/debit card or e-check information available to you, so you can complete all steps of your application at once. (There is a non-refundable $10 fee for processing the deposit.)

Once you have completed the official online Taglit-Birthright Israel registration form and paid the $250 deposit online, please be patient for few days and you will get a link by email for our online Enrollment Forms. Do not confuse those Enrollment Forms with the Registration Application. After you get the link, please fill out those Enrollment Forms online as soon as you can. Then you will need to submit to us a readable copy of your passport and a copy of both sides of your insurance card (only if you have it) and 2 photos of yourself. All these can be uploaded on same page as the forms.

Please, DO NOT FAX US your passport copies or photos. (Faxed copies are often hard to read.)

With Ezra, you will also have a choice of picking English-speaking guides or Russian-speaking guides.

Even if you completed STEP 1 or STEP 2 in a previous season, you still have to do it again for this season.

Summary of IMPORTANT Registration Information:

1) Make sure you & your friends selected Ezra as your trip organizer;
2) Fill out all 8 sections of the Registration Application (STEP 1);
3) Pay the $250 refundable deposit online as soon as possible;
4) Complete the Enrollment Forms when you get them in email from us (STEP2)

Our trips always fill up very fast, so be sure to register early, even if you are not sure whether you can go on a trip this summer. Applicants are assigned to trips on a first-come, first-served basis according to when they complete all steps of online registration and pay the refundable deposit.

Completing the entire registration process does not guarantee you a spot. Until you receive an email with your departure date (based on your date preferences in the Enrollment Forms in STEP 2) you have not been assigned or guaranteed a seat.

The whole registration process is very simple, but if you find something difficult, contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Our telephone is (718)-701-1527, Sunday - Thursday, from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm (EST). Please note, because of the many phone calls we receive during the registration period, it's best to send us an email instead of calling. If you need to contact us by email, please write to or Our fax number is (718)-504-4721.

We look forward to welcoming you home to Israel this summer!

Dovid de Bresser
Ezra USA and Canada - Calling Center manager
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NEW 5:
As the Body of Messiah in Israel continues to grow, religious fanatics will feel more threatened and become more violent. The battle between light and darkness will only intensify.
   Certainly there is not a righteous person or family anywhere in any country that is not facing attacks from the enemy.
   So you can be certain that in Israel – the future arena of the last great battle – believers face withering attacks.
   If it were not for the Word of God, we would not know which way to turn. But because the Book of Hebrews reveals to us that God has given us even “a Better Covenant with Better Promises,” we know that if we ask Him for things that He Himself desires to do, He has PROMISED to grant our requests.
   Since we know that it is God’s will that none should perish, we can pray in confidence that He hears us and answers us when we pray
   - for more opportunities to reach the lost sheep of Israel,
   - for more ways to disciple new believers – to know Him,
   - for more wisdom to mentor upcoming leaders in the areas of godly character,
   - for more power to preach the Gospel with signs following.
   Because we have believed, the Lord will count it for righteousness, and He will do what He said He would do.
   - He said, “All Israel shall be saved.”
   - He said God’s acceptance of Israel’s repentance will be spiritual life from the dead for the nations. (Romans 11:15)
   God’s desire for us is to:
   - stand in the gap for the lost – in prayer,
   - having done all, stand – in prayer with thanksgiving,
   - fight the good fight of faith – in prayer.
   Secondly, He wants us to:
   - share about the power of God to save – to the Jew first, and then also to the Greek,
   - receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
   Let’s do it!
   We invite you this month to come alongside us in prayer and giving.
   We can reach more Israelis through the Internet than any other way. But in order to do so, we need quality Hebrew language videos and materials. For this purpose we have put together a media team of young Israelis who have a passion to reach those on the Internet who are looking for the truth.
   Unbelievers are “out there” on the Internet and their hearts are searching for the answer to their emptiness. They see the hatred and pride of religious fanatics and want nothing to do with that. But they will be attracted to the humility of true Messianic Jews who represent Yeshua, Who gave His life to save the sinner.
   If God has put a passion in your heart to help the Jewish people find their Messiah, let’s work together!
   Let’s do it!
   If we come boldly in faith, doing what He commanded us to do, He will do the rest.
   He is simply giving us an opportunity to be a part of His victorious army so that He can share the benefits with us – in heavenly rewards we cannot imagine, and in supplying all our needs while we are here on earth.
   The Battle for souls between Good and Evil, Light and Darkness is intensifying all over the world. But God promises world-wide revival on wings of Israel's salvation. (Joel 2, Romans 11)
   We invite you put on your armor and fight alongside us - in prayer and giving - here in Israel, because victory here will be life from the dead for the world!
   Let’s do it - together!
        For Israel’s salvation,
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          Ari & Shira Sorko-Ram

NEW 6:
Israel has just celebrated the New Year for Trees

Now is the ideal time for planting Fruit Trees in the Land of Israel!

Spring is just around the corner, as we begin to see the beautiful Fruit Trees of Israel start the budding process. Soon the trees will blossom into magnificent expressions of bounty and beauty!
Please join our project, in partnership with Zo Artzeinu (“this is our Land”), to plant Fruit Trees in Israel – A Very Good Deed!
This is a special opportunity to contribute to the physical and spiritual beauty of the Land of Israel.

New planting means new life. New planting means growth and expansion.
Become part of the Israel Experience by planting Fruit Trees in the Land of Israel!
Anyone who plants a ROW of 10 Trees will receive a
FREE Sterling Silver Land of Israel Necklace!
Hand-crafted in Jerusalem, this work of art and beauty consists of a crystal glass pendant with earth and water from all over Israel including Jerusalem, Hebron, Bet-El, Kinneret and the Dead Sea. Now you can keep Israel not only on your mind but next to your heart.
Purchase 18 or more Fruit Trees and receive the Land of Israel Necklace plus a FREE Sterling Silver Dreidle, hand-crafted in Jerusalem!
This exquisite collector’s piece is made by “Netafim 55” a Jerusalem silver-craft company who was recently chosen by the Temple Institute to make vessels for the Holy Temple! Many of these vessels are on exhibit throughout the Old City of Jerusalem. You will surely treasure this unique piece of Jerusalem for a lifetime!

EVERYONE who participates in the beautiful mitzvah (good deed) of planting trees in Israel will receive 2 Authentic Tree Certificates with personal dedications that can be kept or presented to family members or friends.

If you would like to order by phone, please call:
(USA) +1-704-313-4400
(Israel) +972-54-931-1948
To order by mail, click here for an order form that you can print and mail.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

If Israel Goes Down, We All Go Down!

Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region
By José María Aznar

For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion. In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship. In an ideal world, no state, let alone a recent ally of Israel such as Turkey, would have sponsored and organised a flotilla whose sole purpose was to create an impossible situation for Israel: making it choose between giving up its security policy and the naval blockade, or risking the wrath of the world.

In our dealings with Israel, we must blow away the red mists of anger that too often cloud our judgment. A reasonable and balanced approach should encapsulate the following realities: first, the state of Israel was created by a decision of the UN. Its legitimacy, therefore, should not be in question. Israel is a nation with deeply rooted democratic institutions. It is a dynamic and open society that has repeatedly excelled in culture, science and technology.

Second, owing to its roots, history, and values, Israel is a fully fledged Western nation. Indeed, it is a normal Western nation, but one confronted by abnormal circumstances.
Uniquely in the West, it is the only democracy whose very existence has been questioned since its inception. In the first instance, it was attacked by its neighbours using the conventional weapons of war. Then it faced terrorism culminating in wave after wave of suicide attacks. Now, at the behest of radical Islamists and their sympathisers, it faces a campaign of delegitimisation through international law and diplomacy.

Sixty-two years after its creation, Israel is still fighting for its very survival. Punished with missiles raining from north and south, threatened with destruction by an Iran aiming to acquire nuclear weapons and pressed upon by friend and foe, Israel, it seems, is never to have a moment’s peace.
For years, the focus of Western attention has understandably been on the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. But if Israel is in danger today and the whole region is slipping towards a worryingly problematic future, it is not due to the lack of understanding between the parties on how to solve this conflict. The parameters of any prospective peace agreement are clear, however difficult it may seem for the two sides to make the final push for a settlement.
The real threats to regional stability, however, are to be found in the rise of a radical Islamism which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfilment of its religious destiny and, simultaneously in the case of Iran, as an expression of its ambitions for regional hegemony. Both phenomena are threats that affect not only Israel, but also the wider West and the world at large.
The core of the problem lies in the ambiguous and often erroneous manner in which too many Western countries are now reacting to this situation. It is easy to blame Israel for all the evils in the Middle East. Some even act and talk as if a new understanding with the Muslim world could be achieved if only we were prepared to sacrifice the Jewish state on the altar. This would be folly.
Israel is our first line of defence in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos; a region vital to our energy security owing to our overdependence on Middle Eastern oil; a region that forms the front line in the fight against extremism. If Israel goes down, we all go down. To defend Israel’s right to exist in peace, within secure borders, requires a degree of moral and strategic clarity that too often seems to have disappeared in Europe. The United States shows worrying signs of heading in the same direction.
The West is going through a period of confusion over the shape of the world’s future. To a great extent, this confusion is caused by a kind of masochistic self-doubt over our own identity; by the rule of political correctness; by a multiculturalism that forces us to our knees before others; and by a secularism which, irony of ironies, blinds us even when we are confronted by jihadis promoting the most fanatical incarnation of their faith. To abandon Israel to its fate, at this moment of all moments, would merely serve to illustrate how far we have sunk and how inexorable our decline now appears.
This cannot be allowed to happen. Motivated by the need to rebuild our own Western values, expressing deep concern about the wave of aggression against Israel, and mindful that Israel’s strength is our strength and Israel’s weakness is our weakness, I have decided to promote a new Friends of Israel initiative with the help of some prominent people, including David Trimble, Andrew Roberts, John Bolton, Alejandro Toledo (the former President of Peru), Marcello Pera (philosopher and former President of the Italian Senate), Fiamma Nirenstein (the Italian author and politician), the financier Robert Agostinelli and the Catholic intellectual George Weigel.
It is not our intention to defend any specific policy or any particular Israeli government. The sponsors of this initiative are certain to disagree at times with decisions taken by Jerusalem. We are democrats, and we believe in diversity.
What binds us, however, is our unyielding support for Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself. For Western countries to side with those who question Israel’s legitimacy, for them to play games in international bodies with Israel’s vital security issues, for them to appease those who oppose Western values rather than robustly to stand up in defence of those values, is not only a grave moral mistake, but a strategic error of the first magnitude.
Israel is a fundamental part of the West. The West is what it is thanks to its Judeo-Christian roots. If the Jewish element of those roots is upturned and Israel is lost, then we are lost too. Whether we like it or not, our fate is inextricably intertwined.

José María Aznar was prime minister of Spain between 1996 and 2004.

If all the people understand this, all the people protect and defend Israel in all situations.
God blesses Israel and Shalom!