Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (48) – Chapter 6 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 15 August 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

The divine ‘Untils’
Things on earth will not continue endlessly. There are no cyclic time concepts in the Bible, in which things keep going around in unending circles, repeating themselves perpetually. History is a straight line that stretches from Creation to Revelation. In the Bible there are several divine ‘Untils’. This is quite extraordinary, and comforting, meaning that a situation will continue and continue and continue… until something happens! Then things will change, and a new phase begin. [Picture top right: Jesus is welcomed as King then betrayed, put on trial and sentenced to death. Matthew 21, 26-27; Mark 11, 14-15; Luke 19, 22-23; John 13-19 Contributed by Bible Pathway Adventures].  Read more »

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Time to let Gaza fail

editor 13 August 2018

By Caroline Glick.. The time has come for Israel and the U.S. to let Gaza fail.

It is not in America’s interest, and it certainly is not in Israel’s interest, to assist Gaza’s terror regime in any way.

This means there should be no push to develop Gaza economically. There should be no plan to build new infrastructure in the Hamas-ruled terror fiefdom bordering Israel and Egypt, which is waging war against both countries. And there should be no place for Gaza reconstruction in any Trump administration peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. [Photo top right: Palestinians walk through the wreckage of a building that was damaged by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on July 15, 2018. By Wissam Nassar/Flash90].  Read more »

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Yiddish (ײִדיש / מאַמע לשון)

editor 11 August 2018

By Omniglot – The online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.. Yiddish is a Germanic language with about three million speakers, mainly Ashkenazic Jews, in the USA, Israel, Russia, Ukraine and many other countries. The name Yiddish is probably an abbreviated version of ייִדיש־טײַטש (yidish-taytsh), which means “Jewish German”. There have been Jews in area that is now Germany since Roman times. A distinct Jewish culture known as Ashkenazi, or Germanic Jewry, appeared by the 10th century. Ashkenaz was the medieval Hebrew name for Germany, though the Ashkenaz area also included parts of northern France and later spread to Eastern Europe. Read more »

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In the Vernadsky Library

editor 10 August 2018

By Jake Marmer.. Newly digitised recordings offer an unprecedented glimpse of the Ukrainian-Jewish past. Historical narratives are built around artifacts—preserved and frail relics from past epochs. Mythology erupts in the absence of such relics, and it is the sort of absence that doesn’t let one alone. Celebrating its first centennial this year, the Jewish Archive at the Vernadsky Library in Kiev is, perhaps, one of the oddest crossroads of history and mythology: It is filled with incredible artifacts of the Eastern European Jewish past, and yet, it hangs suspended within a cognitive void, in the absence of the community that engendered these artifacts. Read more »

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (47) – Chapter 6 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 8 August 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

The future Queen
In the previous chapter we saw that the resurrection body has the ability to move between the different eternal dimensions and our earthly reality, in the period between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. Acts 1:3: “…He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God, and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive…” [Picture top right: After many appearances to His disciples over 40 days, Jesus ascends to heaven. Acts 1:1-14 Contributed by LUMO project].  Read more »

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Reclaiming My Jewish Self

editor 6 August 2018

By Susan Rothstein.. How a trip to Uganda led me back to the Torah. I didn’t have a bat mitzvah when I was 13.

Growing up in a Reform family in Washington, D.C., I went through the motions of religious school, confirmation, and the celebration of Jewish holidays. But in the 1960s, Jewish girls didn’t typically study for a bat mitzvah. So when my brother was called to the Torah, I watched from the sidelines with my sister. I thought I’d never have that kind of moment for myself, as I internalized the message that Judaism didn’t have a place for me. [Picture top right: Flag of the Republic of Uganda | Credit Wikipedia].  Read more »

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Homage to Lanzmann

editor 4 August 2018

By Paul Berman.. The ‘Shoah’ filmmaker, who died last week at age 92 (July 5, 2018), would not look away. Claude Lanzmann’s special genius was a spectacular brusqueness, which allowed him to reveal, as if with no effort at all, the patterns of thought that protect enormities under a cloak of niceties. Sometimes he was faintly droll and mordant in how he went about doing this. [Picture top right: Portrait of Claude Lanzmann, French filmmaker known for the Holocaust documentary film ‘Shoah’, at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, on March 19, 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90].  Read more »

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American Jews Just Don’t Get It

editor 3 August 2018

By Naomi Ragen.. In the late spring of 1967, I was a 17-year-old high school student about to graduate from the Hebrew Institute of Long Island. But instead of dreams about prom night, what occupied my mind—and I expect those of most American Jews—was the “second Holocaust” in the making. After aligning with Syria and Jordan, blockading Israel’s Red Sea, kicking out United Nations peacekeeping forces and moving his vast army and air force into the Sinai, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser had declared that the time had come to “annihilate the State of Israel once and for all.” [Photo top right: Steven Munchin, US Secretary of the Treasury, and daughter of President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, reveal a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90].  Read more »

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Israel: Covenants & Kingdom (46) – Chapter 6 – Kingdom and Covenants

editor 2 August 2018

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer.. From the book “Israel: Covenants & Kingdom”

Introduction
When the angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds near Bethlehem, they praised God with shouts and song: “…Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favour rests…” (Luke 2:14). When the crowd welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem, they joyfully praised God and shouted: “…Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!…” (Luke19:38). [Picture top right: The Christmas story: Angels announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds outside Bethlehem. Luke 2:8-21 Contributed by LUMO project].  Read more »

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Off the Rails in Birobidzhan

editor 1 August 2018

By Jonathan Arlan.. Anything for a vegetable in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Siberia. Birobidzhan—perhaps you’ve heard of it? The administrative center of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Siberia, Russia. Official language: Yiddish. The Siberian Zion, the Soviet government’s gift to the homeless and persecuted Jews of Russia (and the rest of the world?). The Promised Land at the confluence of the Bira and Bidzhan rivers, a stone’s throw from China and a day or so from the Pacific Ocean? Not ringing a bell? Well, it’s a real place, I promise—kitschy, bizarre, sort of Jewish, sort of not, a little sad and kind of pretty, but very real. [Picture top right: Part of the old synagogue of Birobidzhan | Photo credit: Jonathan Arlan].  Read more »

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