We just returned home from the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) services in the Roeh Israel Congregation in Jerusalem. We had three services, long services, from Yesterday afternoon till about 8:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 19, 2018. The building was full of our local brothers and sisters and their families and many guests from around the world. We have guests from the Philippines, Poland, Germany, Ireland, United States, France, Australia, many Chinese, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, Finland, and from other places, but I did not have an opportunity to meet all the guests. Our local brothers cooked a storm and unbelievable quantities of food. We had two meals: The meal that starts the fasting was yesterday afternoon and it was a meal with meat and fish and chicken. I don’t know from where hordes of people came to take part in the meal and after the food was finished disappeared. We normally feed hundreds of people every week, but this was cooked food and although the quantity that was cooked was big the number of people was so great that not much food was left for members of our congregation. I am not complaining about this on the contrary I am bragging. Netivyah and Roeh Israel are known a place that welcome guests and there is always hospitality.

In the Yom Kippur prayers there is a wealth and riches that lift the spirit and build hope. There are many prayers that have language that hints and points to the Messiah and God’s grace. Today we started the prayers at 9:30 a.m. and continued the study and worship until 1:30 p.m. and gathered again for the closing service at 5:30 p.m. – until 7:15 and after that breaking the fasting with a fine meal. The teaching on this Yom Kippur was done by young leaders. I only made some comment and commentary on the Hebrew prayers that have messianic implications. The 25 hours of fasting without food and liquid actually passed easy and even some of the kids did their best to fast for as long as they could.

The reading of the Torah and the Prophets today is very meaningful. The whole chapter 16 of Leviticus and from Isaiah chapter 54:14-55:14, and chapter 9 of the book of Hebrews, and the whole book of Jonah. All these readings have messianic implications.

At the end of Yom Kippur, the preparation for the Feast of Booths, Tabernacles, starts. Many people start building their booth/Tabernacle.

Our prayer requests have not changed since the last week. I am asking you to pray for the same needs, the same people, the same challenges, that we continue to lift in prayer before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

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