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Posts by Joseph Shulam

Jerusalem Prayer List August 15, 2019

I am in the second day of the Asia Messianic Forum conference in Bangkok, Thailand. There are 20 Asian countries represented here. There are representatives from countries like Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and other countries. Some 700 delegates from Asia are present participating in this conference. The main speakers are from Israel: Peter, Asher, Yehuda, and your humble servant. The teaching subject is: Restoration of Oneness / Unity of the Body of the Messiah. The teaching is excellent, and the response of the people is also excellent. We have seen steady progress since a…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 10, 2019

Today starts the Asian Messianic Forum’s youth “camp” – the Asian Messianic Forum will start on Tuesday. I find it interesting that our Asian brothers planned this Asian Messianic Forum to start on this day of remembrance of the fall of the Jerusalem Temple for the second time. I am not even assured that they know what the 10th of Av means to the Jewish nation. It is a day of deep sorrow, that we as a nation caused the Almighty God and creator of the universe, who loves us and His world beyond our understanding, to destroy the Temple…

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Jerusalem Prayer List August 1, 2019

This Shabbat the reading is from the last few chapters of the book of Numbers. This is a double Torah portion. The reading is from Numbers 30:2–36:13. The portion of the haftarah, the prophets, is from Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4,4:1,2. This next shabbat, August 3, 2019, is the second of Av, 5779. This means that Friday is Rosh Hodesh, the New Moon of the month of Av. The month of Av is a very special month. Because it is the month on which so many calamities, and I dare say fulfillments of prophecies of the wrath of God, happened. The Temple…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 24, 2019

I just noticed that I was in the United States of America and when I checked the Parasha on the internet – I forgot that in Israel the reading of Phinehas is this week and in Israel the reading this shabbat is from Parashat Matot – Numbers 30:2 – 36:13.  Well, I have already written again on Phinehas and there are some new ideas.  So, maybe in the middle of next week on the flight between Los Angles and Seoul, Korea I can write something on Matot.  For now, enjoy Phinehas with some new insights. The Torah reading this next…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 18, 2019

This Shabbat the Torah reading (in Israel) will be Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) and the reading from the prophets is from Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3. Last week we read the dramatic story of Balaam and his donkey. The donkey was smarter than the famous magician with an international reputation. This week the reading starts with a very dramatic event in Israel’s camp. The president of the tribe of Simeon, Zimri the son of Salu, took the princess of Moab, Cozbi the daughter of Zur, and had sex with her in public in front of the Tabernacle of the Lord. This…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 10, 2019

The reading of the Torah this week (in Israel) is from Numbers 22:2-25:9. It is called Balak, because Balak the king of Moab could not have a victory over Israel, and he wanted to destroy Israel before they arrived in the land of Canaan. So, he saw that he could not have victory over Israel, and he wanted to enlist the help of the divine powers to be able to have victory. In the history of biblical narrative and Jewish folklore, Balaam became the arch villain of all ages. From the book of Numbers all the way to the book…

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Jerusalem Prayer List July 4, 2019

This week the Torah reading is from Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1, the reading from the prophets is from Judges 11:1-23, and from the New Testament from John 3:10-22. These recommendations to read from the Torah on Shabbat are not my invention. They are the recommendations of the apostles in Acts 15:21: “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” – Acts 15:21 [NKJV] I can’t stress enough the importance of every disciple of Yeshua to read regularly, and repeat every year, the reading of God’s word from…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 28, 2019

The upcoming Torah portion is Parashat Korah, from Numbers 16:1-18:32. From the Prophets the reading will be from 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22, and from the New Testament from Romans 13:1-7. This is especially a difficult Torah portion to write about this Shabbat. It is especially difficult because in one month Israel has lost three pioneering leaders of the Messianic Jewish body. All three passed away and crossed the line from the physical realm that we call “life” to what is called “eternity.” Eddie Santoro, with whom I had a shallow acquaintance, but always correct and gracious, died after several years of…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 20, 2019

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The reading on this Shabbat (in Israel) is from Numbers 13:1-15:41, Parashat Shelach. It begins with the words “shelach lecha” in Hebrew (“send for yourself”). From the prophets, the reading is from Joshua 2:1-24, and from the New Testament we read Luke 17:1-18:43. I include these readings in this prayer list because I believe that every serious student of God’s word ought to be reading the word of God: New Testament, Old Testament, and the Torah readings that are being read every Shabbat in every synagogue. This is a simple but effective way to identify with the Jewish nation and…

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Jerusalem Prayer List June 13, 2019

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This week the Torah reading (in Israel) is from the portion called Behaalotecha (“When You Set Up”). It is from Numbers 8:1-12:16, and the reading portion from the prophets is from Zechariah 2:14-4:7, and we read in our congregation from the New Covenant from Hebrews 4:14-16, and Revelation 1:9-20. As you can see, much of the long reading this next Shabbat is dealing with the lampstand that was built for the Tabernacle, and later also placed in the Temple in Jerusalem. Later yet, after the destruction of the Temple by the Roman General Titus, who later became Caesar, the Titus…

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A Call to Give God Our Best: A Biblical Study on Shavuot

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There are three pilgrimage feasts in the Torah: Passover, Shavuot, and Succoth (which is the Feast of Tabernacles). On these feasts, Jews and non-Jews from all around the world would gather in Jerusalem to worship the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Feast of Shavuot was very special because it ended 50 days of harvest and gathering of God’s wealth in the provisions of the land. One of the main aspects of this Feast of Shavuot was the bringing of the firstfruits to the Lord’s house in Jerusalem, and presenting them to the priests and Levites in…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 30, 2019

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This shabbat we are starting the reading of the book of Numbers. The weekly reading (the parasha) is from Numbers 1:1-4:20. The reading of the prophets is from Hosea 2:1-22, and from the New Covenant the reading is from Luke 11:1-12:59. Last Friday we ended our conference and tour in Portugal. The title of the conference was: “The Jewish Presence in Portugal: Restoring a Lost Heritage.” This was the second international conference organized and held in the town of Castelo de Vide, Portugal. The first conference was in 2010, and it was a great success, because it was one of…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 23, 2019

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from Lisbon, Portugal This is the last day of our conference in Portugal! Tomorrow, God willing, we are all flying home. We are flying to Jerusalem, the other participants are flying to 12 other countries around the world. Some are flying east and others west. Participants in this important conference came from 12 countries. China had a very honorable participation. The Philippines, Korea, Holland, United States, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Israel, Japan, Germany, Spain, and Finland had representatives that came to Portugal especially to be a part of this major prayer tour and conference. The conference was held in the town…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 8, 2019

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Today is another Remembrance Day in Israel. Last week on Thursday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel remembered the victims of Nazi aggression and the six million Jews that died in the Nazi extermination and labor camps that were planted all over Europe. It was not one camp or two camps. The Nazi Extermination camps were spread from Holland in the West, to the killing fields of Ukraine, and all the way to the Russian border. There were camps outside Berlin. Yes, there was a camp that specialized in exterminating women, the name of the camp is Ravensbrück, it was only…

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Jerusalem Prayer List May 2, 2019

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019. Here is an article on the significance of this day. I suggest you read it. This Shabbat the reading of the Torah is from Leviticus chapter 19:1-20:27, and the reading from the Prophets is: Ashkenazi – Amos 9:7-15, Sephardic – Ezekiel 20, Yemenites read Ezekiel 20:1-15. We read from the New Testament Mark 12:28-34. This portion of the Torah reading for me is one of the most important from the whole Torah. The reason is very simple. Parashat Kedoshim is the only place in the whole Bible that actually tells us what in practical…

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A Biblical Explanation of Israel’s Days of Remembrance

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Israel is keeping a day of remembrance twice in the next few days. The first day of remembrance is for the Holocaust of the Jews in Europe during World War II. In Europe these days, there is a strong tug to stop remembering those days of World War II, and especially the plight of the Jewish people in what is called the Nazi Holocaust. Some very intelligent people in Europe and around the world ask the following question: Why do you Jews want to remember those terrible, horrid, days of Auschwitz? Of Bergen-Belzen, and Mathousen, or Sobibor? The most important…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 25, 2019

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Passover will be over on Friday this week. On this coming Sabbath we return to the regular reading of the Torah, the Prophets, and for our congregation we also read from the New Testament. The reading for this next Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 16:1 – 18:30, and from the prophets from 1 Samuel 20:18-42. From the New Testament we read from Matthew 15:10-20. The reading of Leviticus chapter 16 is the rules for the celebration of the day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This day had the most unusual ceremony in the Torah. It has the story of the scapegoat.…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 18, 2019

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Happy Passover to all – Celebrate your liberation in Yeshua This coming Shabbat is the first day of Passover. The reading of the Torah is from Exodus 12:21-51, Numbers 28:16-25, and the reading from the Prophets Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 27. New Testament reading is from Luke 22:7-20. Friday evening is the Seder meal with the ceremonies that accompany it. The Seder is a collection of ceremonies and readings for the retelling of the story of Passover – the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and slavery to freedom and to the land of Israel. These events, like…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 11, 2019

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The reading this Shabbat is from Leviticus chapter 14:1-15:37. It is a short parashah with essentially one topic, the laws of purity. Now, the issue of purity is not so popular in the Christian religions. It is hard for us to understand. We have showers and bathtubs at home, and we wash very often. We also don’t have the concept of spiritual cleanliness or purity. Let me try to explain these concepts in our 21st Century perspective. I will use one verse that is also ignored by most of the evangelical churches: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 4, 2019

The Torah Reading this next Shabbat is Tazria (She will have seed) – Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59. From the prophets, the reading is from 2 Kings 4:42-5:19, and the reading from the New Testament is from Mark 15:1-16. The reading starts with the following: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.…

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