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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


NEW 1:
March 14, 2012

Dear Friend of Israel:

Last week, more than 13,000 pro-Israel activists gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest AIPAC Policy Conference in history.

This year's conference featured President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and more than two-thirds of Congress as honored guests.  Delegates from all 50 states also participated in a record 531 lobbying appointments on Capitol Hill.

While much was achieved during our three days in Washington, there is still much work to be done, and that is why I am writing to ask for your assistance.

Your contribution today will ensure we are able to be effective in our work with Congress during these dangerous and difficult times.

Please also watch your email in the coming weeks for more action alerts when your help will be needed to contact Congress in support of vital legislation that strengthens America and Israel.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.


Jonathan E. Missner
Director of National Affairs and Development

P.S. The renewed urgency of Iran's nuclear threat and the ongoing unrest in the Middle East are sobering reminders that we can never take Israel’s security — or U.S. support for Israel — for granted. Please join the team that has successfully worked with Congress to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship for six decades. Please become a supporter of AIPAC today.

NEW 2:

2012 CUFI Washington Summit
In the coming months, critical decisions are going to be made about Iran, Israel and the world. Finally, Washington is beginning to focus on the issue of a nuclear Iran. Many of our leaders want to confront this looming threat. But others want to keep kicking the can down the road. The debate is far from over.
  • We know that when thousands of CUFI activists arrive in DC and on Capitol Hill, we can change the conversation.
  • We can remind our leaders that a nuclear Iran is not only a threat to Israel, but to the US as well. And we can demonstrate to our elected officials that their constituents care enough about this issue to show up at their DC offices.
  • We know that we can create a sense of immediacy that's otherwise lacking.
  • We know that the more of us who show up and speak out -- the louder our voice and the greater our impact.
Our leaders need to remember that we are watching them and we need to remember that God is watching us.
Register Today


NEW 3:

Please Help Us Fill the Pantry 40,000 Passover Food Boxes Urgently Needed
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With Passover fast approaching, we urgently need your support for our Fill the Pantry Passover food campaign.
Our goal is to provide 40,000 Food Boxes to destitute Jewish children, families and the elderly — including Holocaust survivors, both in Israel and the former Soviet Union — who struggle daily to obtain life's basic necessities, much less the special foods needed to celebrate the Passover Seder meal.
Please take a moment and watch this important video message — then help The Fellowship make a meaningful difference in the lives of these suffering people this Passover season by sending a generous gift to help Fill the Pantry.
With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Passover begins at sundown on April 6th so there are only a few short weeks left to make sure impoverished Jewish people have the special food they need to observe the Seder meal with dignity. My friend, please make your gift today.
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NEW 4:
More than 200 rockets have been fired on southern Israel since last Friday, forcing school closings and sending hundreds of thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters. Please join us in prayer for God’s protection and provision for those in the Holy Land during these dangerous times.
  • Please pray for Israelis currently in bomb shelters, that God would send His comfort and protection as they wait for attacks to end. “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” (Psalm 119:50).
  • Pray for the safety of the Israel Defense Forces soldiers acting decisively to target terrorists ruthlessly attacking the Holy Land. “The Lord protects and preserves them – they are counted among the blessed in the land – he does not give them over to the desire of their foes” (Psalm 41:2).
  • Praise God that the Iron Dome defense system has been working effectively, shooting down rockets and saving the lives of untold numbers of Israelis. “He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (Proverbs 2:8).
  • As international media continues to paint Israel as the aggressor simply for defending her people, please pray that the truth would prevail. “You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes” (Job 5:21).
  • Pray for wisdom for Israeli leaders and for continued support from the U.S. government. “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his” (Job 12:13).

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NEW 5:

FILE - Engraving of Isaac Newton based on a 1726 painting by John Vanderbank that was from the frontispiece of a 1726 edition of Principia, on display on Friday, Oct.8, 2004, at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Israel's national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton's writings, has digitized his theological collection, and put it online. The curator of Israel's national library's humanities collection said Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, Newton was also a devout Christian who dealt far more in theology than he did in physics and believed that scripture provided a "code" to the natural world. (AP Photo/NY Public Library, File) NO SALES
JERUSALEM (AP) - He's considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. But Sir Isaac Newton was also an influential theologian who applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture, Hebrew and Jewish mysticism.
Now Israel's national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton's writings, has digitized his theological collection - some 7,500 pages in Newton's own handwriting - and put it online. Among the yellowed texts are Newton's famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060.
Newton revolutionized physics, mathematics and astronomy in the 17th and 18th century, laying the foundations for most of classical mechanics - with the principal of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion bearing his name.
However, the curator of Israel's national library's humanities collection said Newton was also a devout Christian who dealt far more in theology than he did in physics and believed that scripture provided a "code" to the natural world.
"Today, we tend to make a distinction between science and faith, but to Newton it was all part of the same world," said Milka Levy-Rubin. "He believed that careful study of holy texts was a type of science, that if analyzed correctly could predict what was to come."
So he learned how to read Hebrew, scrolled through the Bible and delved into the study of Jewish philosophy, the mysticism of Kabbalah and the Talmud - a compendium of Jewish oral law and stories about 1,500 years old.
For instance, Newton based his calculation on the end of days on information gleaned from the Book of Daniel, which projected the apocalypse 1,260 years later. Newton figured that this count began from the crowning of Charlemagne as Roman emperor in the year 800.
The papers cover topics such as interpretations of the Bible, theology, the history of ancient cultures, the Tabernacle and the Jewish Temple.
The collection also contains maps that Newton sketched to assist him in his calculations and his attempts to reveal the secret knowledge he believed was encrypted within.
He attempted to project what the end of days would look like, and the role Jews would play when it happened. Newton's objective curiosity in Judaism and the Holy Land contrasted with the anti-Jewish sentiment expressed by many leading Christian scholars of the era, Levy-Rubin said.
"He took a great interest in the Jews, and we found no negative expressions toward Jews in his writing," said Levy-Rubin. "He said the Jews would ultimately return to their land."
How his massive collection of work ended up in the Jewish state seems mystical in its own right.
Years after Newton's death in 1727, his descendants gave his scientific manuscripts to his alma mater, the University of Cambridge.
But the university rejected his nonscientific papers, so the family auctioned them off at Sotheby's in London in 1936. As chance would have it, London's other main auction house - Christie's - was selling a collection of Impressionist art the same day that attracted far more attention.
Only two serious bidders arrived for the Newton collection that day. The first was renowned British economist John Maynard Keynes, who bought Newton's alchemy manuscripts. The second was Abraham Shalom Yahuda - a Jewish Oriental Studies scholar - who got Newton's theological writings.
Yahuda's collection was bequeathed to the National Library of Israel in 1969, years after his death. In 2007, the library exhibited the papers for the first time and now they are available for all to see online.
The collection contains pages after pages of Newton's flowing cursive handwriting on fraying parchment in 18th-century English, with words like "similitudes," ''prophetique" and "Whence."
Two print versions in modern typeface are also available for easier reading: A "diplomatic" one that includes changes and corrections Newton made in the original manuscript, and a "clean" version that incorporates the corrections.
All of the papers are linked to the Newton Project, which is hosted by the University of Sussex and includes other collections of Newton's writings.
The Israeli library says the manuscripts help illuminate Newton's science and well as his persona.
"As far as Newton was concerned, his approach was that history was as much a science as physics. His world view was that his 'lab' for understanding history was the holy books," said Levy-Rubin. "His faith was no less important to him than his science."
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