This Shabbat the reading will be the last Parashah of Genesis, Vayechi, from Genesis 47:28 – 50:26. This is the last Parashah of Genesis. Next Shabbat we will start with the first chapters of Exodus. The reading starts with Jacob in bed, old and sick and about to die. Jacob asks Joseph his son to not bury him in the land of Egypt but to take him “home” to the land of Canaan to be buried with his fathers, Isaac and Abraham. This attachment to this land of Israel is already so strong that Jacob, at the very high moment of his life. Living with his family in the finest part of Egypt right in the delta of the Nile rivers. He still wants to be buried in the Land that God gave Abraham and Isaac. Egypt at that time was like the United States. It was the wealthiest empire and their tombs were the best in the world, the Pyramids or the Mastaba’s. Jacob’s son Joseph is the highest civil servant in Egypt. With all the wealth of Egypt at his disposal Joseph wants to be buried in the land of Canaan at the tomb that Abraham purchased from Ephron in the city of Hebron. Joseph has a strong attachment to the land that God gave to Abraham and to his seed forever. (See Genesis 13:15-16)

This attachment of the children of Israel to this land is really not a natural attachment. The Jews have been living in the diaspora for near 2000 years. They were spread around the whole world. There are Jews living in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, Australia, and Switzerland, Germany, France, and around the whole world. Israel is a beautiful land, but also not one of the most beautiful lands of the world. Switzerland, Norway, parts of the United States of America, and many other parts of the world are physically more beautiful than this small land between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. The neighborhood of the land of Israel is also not one of the better neighborhoods in the world. We have neighbors who for more than 2500 years have hated us and have done their best to have us killed and take the Land that God gave to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The problem in the Middle East and in the land of Israel is not new and we see this same irrational hate and desire to kill us today just as strong as it was in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Neh. 4:7, “Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,”

Neh. 6:1, “Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),”

These same neighbors resisted the Jews returning from the Persian Diaspora and immediately started to war and hate and desire to stop the Aliyah back to the land of our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

One of the most striking parts of the Parashah is the blessings of Jacob to his children. These blessings are all prophetic and in the were fulfilled and even in our days they are still in the process of being fulfilled.

In the case of Simeon and Levi – Jacob does not really bless these two brothers. He actually curses them. His “blessing” was fulfilled many years later. The tribe of Levi did not receive a territory in the land of Canaan and was actually spread throughout the tribes of Israel. The tribe of Simeon was given a territory deep in the Negev desert and could not survive there and actually disappeared from history rather early.

I have said many times how important it is for fathers to bless their children. My father never blessed me. He loved me and was generous with gifts, but he also cursed me very often. I am glad that none of my father’s curses were fulfilled and the reason for this is that I have changed my life. I became a disciple of Yeshua, and died with Yeshua in the waters of Baptism and resurrected to a new life when I came out of the water and became a servant of God – a NewMan – NewCreature. Not the same Joseph that went into the water, but a new Joseph born not only of the flesh but also of the Spirit of God.

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the American Troops out of Syria. This is a very serious move for the whole Middle East and especially for the Kurd forces that have been fighting side by side with the Americans and now they are free game for Erdwan from Turkey and for Iran and for Asad from Syria. It is also very bad for Israel because it gives Iran a free land corridor from Iran to Lebanon to arm the Hezbollah with guided rockets that can hit anywhere in Israel with preciseness. Israel is very concerned with this move of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Israel needs your prayers and the USA needs your prayers.
Marcia and I are back home in Israel. We are back to our normal schedule and I am recording every day a new series: The Messiah in the Talmud. This will be 18 lessons of material that is hard to find among disciples of Yeshua, but it is important for both the polemic side and confirmation of the Biblical truth. Please pray for me.

Please keep praying for Marcia my wife and her health. I will have to travel in the middle of January 2019 to Portugal to meet with our dear brother from Brazil Marcelo so that we can make the final arrangements for the conference in May 17-19 and prayer tour May 20-24. We have to find some sister who will be willing to stay with Marcia for two weeks.

My nephew Eli Levi – is doing Chemo-Therapy in massive dose. I ask you to pray for Eli. So, please pray for Eli Levi, and Ruby Little who are both ill with bad cancer and undergoing Chemo-Therapy. Pray for Ruby to get the kind of help that she needs to pass this bridge in her life and be blessed in addition to the medical treatment by the grace of God in her life. I am adding another prayer request for an Arab family member of a dear Arab family who are longtime friends and like brothers. This young man is named Amir son of Amira. He too has very serious cancer. He is very young in his 30’s and a father of four children. You have been praying for this young man’s grandmother for many months. Her name is Um Mahmud Abu Eid. Please keep praying for this find old woman.

Pray for Sharon from Hong Kong and pray for total healing of her eyes. I am praying for Sharon and ask you to join me.

I am grateful to the LORD for taking me to China and also for getting me out of China. Thank you for your prayers.

Keep praying for Netivyah in Israel and in the USA. The leadership of Netivyah needs your prayers and your support. We are still praying and seeking the Lord for a replacement vehicle for Netivyah in Israel. This has to be a van that can carry at least 9 people, and preferably 11 people, it has to be a van that can be used for transporting goods for the Hamotzi food program, and it has to be a van that can serve the Munchkins – the Netivyah youth group.

Please pray for the international conference in Portugal in Castelo de Vide from May 17-19 and followed by a four-day prayer tour in the places where Jews were tortured and burned by the Inquisition between 1497 – 1821. This will be a significant conference for the awakening of both Jews and Christians and hopefully the state of Israel for the need to open the doors of Israel and absorb several million Jewish victims of the Inquisition back home in Israel. This ought to be the next major wave of Aliyah to Israel and the resettling of the Negev Desert according to the prophecy of Obadiah the prophet.

Please pray for Netivyah and pray for the Netivyah 40th Anniversary Tour to be a success and an opportunity for us all here in Jerusalem to show our joy and gratitude for your prayers and support.

Please pray for the congress in Portugal that will be held between 17-24th of May, 2019. Pray about joint us in Portugal. Please write Netivyah if you are interested to know more about this very important congress on the state of the Anussim/Marrano Jews who were victimized by the “Holy Office of the Inquisition” of the Catholic Church for 350 years. Tens of thousands of Jews were judged by the Catholic courts and executed and burned. We must pray for the restoration of these Jews back home to the land of Israel in fulfillment of the prophecy of Obadiah the prophet.

Remember our dear brother Jacob Damkani and ask The Lord to give strength and healing to Jacob.

Keep a dear sister in the Lord named Courtney in your prayers. Courtney has a number of health challenges and I ask you all to pray for this dear sister and her healing of all those challenges.

Please continue praying for baby Lion from the Huch family in DFW. Little Lion is doing better in the last week and is back receiving Chemo-Therapy.

Please continue to pray for our Jewish brother Hillel from Helsinki. Pray for Patty, Andrea and Tineke are all in Netherlands and need healing from God. Continue to Pray for Julia and Victor our dear sister and brother who both need healing and God’s help. Please add a dear sister that is suffering from prejudice in Switzerland. Her name is Paula and she needs divine breakthrough.

Please keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou WenriIan living in China. There is a dear brother Isaac in Chenai, India, who has a deep love for the Lord and for Israel. He is sick with kidney problems and needs a dialysis treatment several times per week. He is Pastor and a leader in a church in his city and I am asking you all to pray for the Lord to heal him.

Margareta, keep her in your prayers she is a dear woman who is going through some real hardship and anguish for her faith. Pray for Kenneth and Margarite G. in Tennessee. They are worthy for God’s grace and we are privileged to pray for the healing of these dear mother and son who suffer. Pray for Um Abu-Eid is a dear old Arab sister. Please pray for her healing and strength. Keep the following brothers who are improving with their health, but still lneed God’s merciful hand to touch them with healing, George, Gary, Melanie, Aharon, Yuri Marianenko, Sarit, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Miraim, Yehuda H., David Stern, Paulo, Noami, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Keijo and Salme, Evelina, Eva H., Horace and June Marcia’s father and mother, Marcelo’s parents. Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Yumi, her husband has just died last week, and keep praying for her father, Pastor Oharah in Okinawa.

Please pray Ritva Huhtala and for sister Oksanen they need prayer for illness. Please pray for Louisa and Tony in Hong Kong. I have special concern for our dear brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Knezevich. I want to add a brother from Brazil who is living in Portugal now and is having some serious family problems. His name is: Ismael Alves.

If you would pray for those whom you know that need this prayer – the Lord will surely cover those for whom you pray and those for whom I pray. It is hard enough to live in this world and work and business-related issues make it harder and as much as we pray for the spiritual issues and health issues.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and believe in God’s promises!

Joseph Shulam

P.S. – For registration and reservation of hotels in Portugal for the important international conference on the Marranos/Anussim issue in May 17-19 and tour May 20-24. Contact Ana Mendes (see information below) For Hotel Reservations, Transportation in Portugal and the prayer tour to four cities where Jews were tried by the “Holy Office of the Inquisition” and sentenced to torture and death.

Ana Mendes
Incoming Department
Avenida Marquês de Tomar, 35 A 1050-153 LISBOA | PORTUGAL
Phone: (+351) 21 132 79 61| Fax: (+351) 21 318 26 69
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