The so called “Jewish New Year” – The Biblical Feast of Trumpets is passed and now 70% of Jewish people in Israel are getting ready for the Fasting of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. The Biblical record and instruction for Yom Kippur – the Day that God will put on the head of the Scape Goat all the collective / National sins of Israel on the head of this very unique sacrifice that is not killed and put on the altar but released into the wilderness of Judah taking the sins of Israel with him to his death. It is very unusual that in Israel there is something between 20 – 25% Orthodox Jews, and there is one 70% of the people of Israel, most of them would say that they are not sure that there is really a transcendent God. Some of these people would actually declare themselves as agnostic (that means that they are not sure if there exists a God). These people on this day that falls on next Wednesday and starts on Tuesday evening stop driving, stop cooking, stop playing with their phones or computers and stop eating and drinking for as long as they can. It is a special nation, and the whole country of Israel changes their modus operandi and many contemplate their sins and the sins of the nation for 25 hours. The synagogues and the places of worship are full to the brim. The streets of Jerusalem are empty of cars and the children pay in the middle of the streets and ride their bicycles and ride their roller-skates.

Some would say that a week ago we celebrated the Jewish New Year – and nothing changed, in fact nothing ever changes in New Year, not ours and not yours, and not for the Chinese or Japanese or the Muslims – the world keeps rolling along just like yesterday. The only thing that really changes is the calendar year and people cast out the old calendars and hand the new ones with a difference number for the new year.

However, my dear brothers and sisters, I must not be so pessimistic in my outlook. There is one thing that has changed and will keep changing and that is the return of our Lord is gettin nearer. The resurrected Lord is on His way back and ready to rule and do justice in this world and reward the righteous, those who have been redeemed by His death and Resurrection and return to the Father. Yes, every year and every month and every day that passes is getting me and you closer to the time that we are going to have a meeting with our maker and redeemer. This is something to meditate on and contemplate and take into account as we live our lives. On the day of Yom Kippur is a fine day to do these soul searchings and taking stock and meditate and contemplate what do we need to do with ourselves and our lives to prepare for His coming and judging men and creation.

As the readers of the Jerusalem Prayer List , I want to thank you for your love and for your prayers and for the partnering with Netivyah so faithfully. Next year 2019 is a big year for Netivyah. It will be the 40th year since we have become a non-profit, bona-fide, organization registered in the state of Israel. We have our 40th anniversary in 2019. We have plans for a celebration of this occasion. The number 40 in the Bible is a number for testing, 40 years in the wilderness, 40 days and nights that Yeshua was tested in the desert of Judah. Many ministries have rose up like comets on the Israeli skies and many have disappeared. I and the Netivyah staff would like to invite you to be a part of the 40th anniversary of Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry in 2019. I don’t have all the details for this tour, a tour that will be both inspirational, educational, celebrations, and beside all of these wonderful things – it will be fun and joy.

The staff has prepared a link that you can click and find out more about this 40th anniversary Netivyah tour.

Please pray for Netivyah and pray for this 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 continue to pray for Marcia my wife, and Danah my daughter and Noaam my granddaughter, and Barry my son, and Beth my daughter-in-law, and Joseph Shulam my grandson, and for Marcia’s family and Beth’s family.

Pray for Anna W. A dear old sister in the Lord who has done so much good for the Kingdom of God and for Jewish Disciples of Yeshua.

Please keep praying for the replacement of the vehicle of Netivyah. We have a van that is very old and needs replacement. This van serves every aspect of the Netivyah Ministry, the HaMotzi food program, the youth, the old people in the congregation that need a ride to attend the congregation and many more needs. Please consider contribution specified for the Van. Another need is Netivyah general fund. The general fund is the fund that pays salaries and pays postage and telephone and insurance and printing and medial work and much more. So, those of you in the United States who need the tax credit contribute to the Netivyah USA account that way you will receive the tax credit and those of you outside of the United States contribute to Netivyah Israel.

I ask you to pray for Aliyah and absorption of the New Immigrants in Israel. It is of great importance that the immigrants who move to Israel, especially those who come already of age, to be accepted and helped and enabled to learn the language and the costumes of their new old land. Help us help those who are arriving in Israel now!

Please pray for Eliot K., a dear Jewish brother and a friend from the USA who is one of the pioneer leaders of the Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in the USA. Eliot has some serious issues with his kidneys. Lift Eliot before the Lord.

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.

There are good people who suffer and our ministry is a ministry of intercession for those whom God puts on our path begging and crying for the sake of our brothers and sisters. How ugly is the attitude of Cain in the book of Genesis, who said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God’s answer not in words but in deeds is, Yes, Cain you are either your brother’s keeper or your brothers murdered. This is on the principle of the New Testament: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17 NKJV)

On the above teaching – let us do good because we know to do it and because it is the right and good thing to do – pray for our brothers and sisters who need God’s hand of mercy to touch them, their bodies, and our own illnesses will also be touched by His Mercy.

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 keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou Wenlian living in China.

Keep praying for the planned conference in Portugal in May 2019. This conference is to awaken governments and the world attention and press for the Restoration of the Anussim (Marranos) both spiritually and physically to their naturals home. Start making plans to attend this conference in May 2019.

Margareta, keep her in your prayers. Please keep praying for dear Ruby. Ruby has been diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. She is now doing Chemo-Therapy. 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. The list is still the same Bida, Dr. Altamiro and Cassia, 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 and her husband, and her family 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 have a special request from a brother Moshe Daniel from Kenya for his ministry and for the brothers in Kenya. There are other brothers and sisters who have some important challenges in their lives and business. I am not mentioning their names, but each one of us knows people who are fine dedicated servants of God and are going through a difficult time in their work and business.

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