For the citizens of the rebirthed nation not yet two decades old, the liberation from occupation to the reunification of the Eternal City of Jerusalem was more than a military triumph—the Six-Day War altered the course of history.
Shavuot as described in the New Testament book of Acts marks the birthday of the church. Without the historical background, however, you may be surprised to learn that the festival was inaugurated by Moses and is still joyfully celebrated in Israel some 3,500 years later.
Two decades and three administrations have passed since Public Law 104–45—Nov. 8, 1995 was approved by Congress. Every six months, presidents have routinely postponed the U.S. Embassy move via waiver for fear of antagonizing Israel’s enemies—a strategy that failed to achieve the objective.
Evil men may attempt to intimidate, but Israel’s enemies never intimidate God. In spite of calculated attempts to destroy the Jewish people throughout history, God has kept His promise to preserve His Chosen People.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Weisel
While David eloquently acknowledges God’s preservation of the Jewish people, the prophet Isaiah assures that God is aware of all they have had to endure.
Set an alarm to pause in a moment of silent solidarity with our Jewish friends, neighbors and co-workers. Then, determine to use Yom HaShoah to counter those who attempt to diminish and co-opt the memory of the Holocaust.
Recently, I joined 19 leaders for an event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America’s Co-Director of Government Relations. The “What’s New in Washington When it Comes to Israel?” briefing was positive in many respects and recognized the current administration’s demonstrable support for Israel.
For the past decade, I have taught that the elements of the predicted alliance in Ezekiel 38 could occur at any time. In 2015, one significant piece of the puzzle fell into place. . .
From sundown to sundown the next evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.