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Jerusalem Prayer List July 12, 2018

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The reading of the Torah this Shabbat is called Matot-Massei (Numbers 30:2–36:13). The reading in all the Synagogues around the world is the end of the book of Numbers. As we read the Word of God and coming into reading the book of Deuteronomy it is already a sign that we are approaching the Feast of Trumpets – that is the end of the reading of the Torah. In this portion of the Torah we see that two and a half tribes of Israel didn’t want to cross the Jordan River and settle in the Land of Canaan. Their reason…

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Parashat Pinchas: Good Jealousy and Bad Jealousy

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week’s Torah portion is in part, very monotonous, with a list of names and families making up the majority of the text. While at the same time, it is rather rich in content. This parasha is named after Phinehas, and his zeal which can be interpreted as jealousy, stopped the plague that had killed 24,000 people. Further on in the parasha, we encounter the census as well as the division of the land according to the tribes. We learn about the daughters of Zelophehad…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 2, 2018

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Tomorrow is the 4th of July – United States of America’s day of Independence. The United States of America needs your prayers and the prayers of the whole World. It is one of the most important countries in the world today because of the values on which this United States was created and the original Christian principles that the founding fathers held and wanted to rule by. The United States like much of the West these days needs a restoration of the original values that it was created in order to protect and preserve. The slow deterioration of the very…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 28, 2018

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The reading of Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9) is the portion that teaches us that if the LORD wants He can make a Jack-Ass into a prophet. This portion of the Torah starts with a statement of Balak King of Moab that interests me greatly. Balak King of Moab says: “Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel.” (Num 22:2–3 NKJV) The big question is why should Balak…

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Parashat Balak: Prophecy is Worthless Without Love

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Balak. Balak saw the progress of the people of Israel. He witnessed that the people of Israel enjoyed the blessing of God and therefore he feared them greatly. Balak understood that the blessing over the children of Israel was from above, a spiritual blessing of strength that cannot be measured physically. Due to this, Balak, employed Balaam’s services in order to curse the people of Israel, to harm their spiritual power as well as their military victories and progress. Balak’s Infamous Blessing for the People of Israel In…

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Parashat Chukat: Yeshua Comes Before Tradition

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Chukat. This portion focuses on the red heifer and its ashes, which are mainly intended for the purification of those who have been made unclean by the dead, the most severe of impurities. The Israelites’ Many Complaints and the Healing Serpent After 40 years in the desert, we see the Israelites starting to draw near into entering the Land of Israel, and at the same time departing from the desert and from a life of wandering. They were even…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 20, 2018

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The reading of the Torah this coming Sabbath is from the book of Numbers 19:1-22:1. Chapter 19 introduces a very different concept in the concept of atonement and purity in the camp of Israel. The RED Heifer – a very different and strange kind of sacrifice that was essential for purification of the children of Israel and purification from Leprosy, and from touching the dead, and from other impurities that could keep a person from the privilege of worshiping God in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and Temple in Jerusalem. “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “This…

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Parashat Korach: A Call to Sacrifice for the People of Israel

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we learn about Parashat Korach (Korah). Who exactly was Korah? He was a prominent figure from the tribe of Levi; one of the leaders of the people of Israel. In addition, he challenged Moses regarding his leadership and Aaron’s election to priesthood. Our weekly Torah portion describes a very severe rebellion by Korah and 250 of his men, against Moses and Aaron. Korah and his men actually accused Moses and Aaron of appointing themselves to their positions: “…And now you also want to…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 13, 2018

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This week has been a joy and a strain! It is a joy because last week-end we had the yearly seminar in Carmel House in the mIddle of Finland. This seminar is held yearly since 1981. Brothers from all around Finland gather for this seminar. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday afternoon. I say that it is a joy because it is an opportunity to see brothers and sisters whom I and our Finnish brothers had the privilege to baptize and disciple over the years. Another reason for a great joy for me is that Barry my…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 8, 2018

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This week’s Torah Portion (The Parasha) is from Numbers chapters 13-16. One of the most dramatic stories in the Torah is the story of the 12 leaders, presidents of the twelve tribes, who are sent by Moses to tour the land of Canaan and see what is good in it. This account starts as an innocent story of a nation that is coming home after more than 400 years of absence. These people have an historical memory of the land that God gave to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, but they themselves never have they seen their God given…

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Parashat Shelach Lecha: A Call to Preserve the Jewish Identity at All Costs

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study the weekly Torah portion, Parashat Shelach Lecha. From our portion, we read about the Israelites and how they spent 40 years wandering in the desert. If you stop and think about it, they were on the verge of entering into the Promised Land. The Israelites were close enough to send out spies and prepare to conquer the land. They thought that in just a few more days, they were finally going to be able to make it. However, shortly after that, the sin of the…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 31, 2018

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The reading of the Torah for this Shabbat is from Numbers 8:1 – 12:16, and from the Prophets from Zechariah 2:14-47 and from the New Testament from Luke 15:1 – 16:31. There will be a whole lot of reading in our fellowship this Shabbat. We have been blessed in the last months with a building so full every service that we have decided to take some creative steps to preserve the seats of our local members. We are going to put names on the seats of our members. Every Jewish Synagogue does this and if you enter a Synagogue you…

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Parashat Behaalotecha: Who is the True Keeper of Israel, God or the IDF?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Our Torah portion begins with discussing the menorah, which has become an important symbol of Judaism. In fact, it also serves as the symbol of the State of Israel. The olive branches to the right and to the left symbolize the desire for peace. In addition, they are based on this passage from our haftara (the prophetic reading of the weekly Torah portion): “He asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 25, 2018

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In the last two weeks I did not publish the Jerusalem prayer list. I am still accompanying a group of students from Lipscomb University in Nashville. We started this study tour in Israel and from Israel traveled in Jordan and from Jordan to Egypt. Right now I am in Egypt and today we will be traveling to Mt. Sinai – Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Very early tomorrow morning we will be climbing Mt. Sinai. This evening we will be sleeping in St. Catherine’s Monastery and God willing, we will have the privilege of visiting the Library and the Museum of St.…

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Parashat Naso: God’s Blessing is for This Life

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week’s Torah portion is particularly long and dense and deals with a wide variety of subjects. It begins with the building of the camp and the organization of the tribes. Later on, it discusses how a husband should deal with his wife when he is suspicious of unfaithfulness. It also touches on the bitter water test, the laws of the Nazirite, as well as the well-known Priestly Blessing. The Priestly Blessing The Priestly Blessing is a special blessing that is recited daily in every…

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Parashat Bamidbar: The One Thing People are Willing to Die for

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read Parashat Bamidbar. The name of the weekly Torah portion is determined by the first word that appears in it, so too is the name of the five books of the Torah. The name is determined merely by the first word appearing in it, and not necessarily according to the content. The Hebrew name, Bamidbar, means “in the desert”: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai…” – Numbers 1:1 [NIV] The English name for it…

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Parashat Bechukotai: Our Job is to Bear Fruit in the Community

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week we conclude the book of Leviticus. We began it with an explanation of the different types of sacrifices. After that, God taught us about the sacrificial service in the Tabernacle, which later will become the sacrificial service used in the Temple. We continue on to the dedication of the Tabernacle, which was followed by the national trauma of the death of Aaron’s two sons, the chief priests of Israel. From there, the book continues to instruct the people of Israel on the laws…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 10, 2018

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This week the reading in the Synagogue is B’Chutotai – (In My Statutes) from Leviticus 26:3-27:34. The first word in this important Torah Portion is “IF.” This word is small and humble. However, it is one of the most important words in any language. It is a word that demands a decision. It is a word that gives choices. It is a word that forces us to stop being complacent and take charge of our life. Yes, it is a word that makes some people very uncomfortable, because they prefer not to take their lives in their own hand and…

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Parashat Behar: We Have the Power to Change Torah

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week, we study Parashat Behar. It talks about of the sabbatical year, the year of Jubilee, and the redemption of land – the return of all real estate to their original owners. Further, it discusses the notion of ​​helping others and lending money. According to our portion, a loan is supposed to be free of interest, in order to help your neighbor get back on his feet. Likewise, it mentions that if someone is in a difficult situation, he can sell himself as a slave. Therefore, our parasha also teaches us about the…

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Special Prayer Requests April 29, 2018

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There are dramatic developments in our world. President Moon from South Korea met with the President of North Korea and seemingly they had a good and cordial meeting and big promises of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. We all hope that this is an honest and sincere gesture by North Korea. However, history is full of examples of such meetings between enemies that turned out to be a total disaster. The News Papers in England said: “Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to London on September 30, 1938, with a peace pact signed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, he received a boisterous…

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