We are approaching the end of the reading of the Torah. The last Parashah will be read next week in what is called “Simchat Torah” – the “Joy of the Torah.” It is actually in the end the Feast of Tabernacles. The last day of the Feast is the day that the last chapter of Deuteronomy is being read and the first chapter of Genesis right after. I believe that this is one of the true and most important New Beginnings in the course of the Jewish Year. We end reading of the Torah and immediately go to the beginning, starting again from Genesis. In other words, reading the Torah never ends – it is restarted and renewed every year. The celebration of this event was the biggest celebration in Jerusalem throughout the year.

On this Shabbat the reading is very special. It is one of the texts of the Torah that is a favorite for me (Exodus 33:12- 34:26). These are the first words of this Torah reading are:

“Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Why do I like this text?

  1. Moses can have a conversation with the Almighty God of Israel just on the same tone that a friend can talk to his buddy. Moses says to the LORD, “you promised me that you will send your presence with me to help me lead your people.”
  2. Moses says to the LORD, I will not lead your people without you keeping your promise and send your presence to go with me and help lead your people.
  3. Moses knows that he can do nothing good without the presence of the LORD going with him and helping lead the people of Israel.

I like this because as a leader I know that nothing will work and nothing good will be accomplished in Netivyah without the very tight relationship with the LORD and with the Holy Spirit. This relationship and the close leading of the Presence of the Lord is the key of a successful leadership. Without the LORD we can do nothing – this is Moses’ position. If we want to have success in following and accomplishing God’s program – we need the LORD to go with us and to partner with us and we partner with the LORD and follow Him. This is a key for success of every aspect of our service of the LORD and His people.

Here are some very basic principles that we see in this reading:

  1. The ministry is not my ministry! If it is a true ministry and not a building of a private empire to serve the Rabbi or the Pastor – the ministry must be the LORD’s Ministry and not the pastor’s ministry. The Rabbi/Pastor is only a tool in the hand of the Lord, and the ministry is the Lord’s.
  2. There must be a steady and intimate communication between the Rabbi/Pastor and the Lord. The channels of communication both incoming and outgoing must be open and honorable but always sincere and with pure motivation for the sake of the LORD’s Kingdom and not private motives.
  3. The idea that we, human beings with all our shortcomings can talk to God and even have a chance to bring reasons that can change God’s mind – that alone is one of the greatest lessons, tools, encouragements, that I find in the whole Bible.

Yesterday Israel’s Prime Minister Mr. Bibi Netanyahu spoke in the United Nations General assembly. P.M. Netanyahu exposed the duplicity of Iran and their lies to the world. He showed a secret storage place in Teheran that is used for the storage of nuclear material and equipment. This Mr. Netanyahu did with the knowledge that it will cost very dearly to the Israeli intelligence services, because it will make Iran look for the sources of this information in Iran. However, it was important for the world to know the lies and the deception that Iran has perpetrated in the last fifteen years, and the United Nations and others have swallowed the Iran lies and ran joyfully to sign the agreement that has not and will not stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This is a subject needs divine intervention because Israel alone can’t stop Iran from producing atomic bombs and rockets to deliver these bombs inter-continentally. I believe that the United Nations is automatically against Israel with all the Islamic countries in the world. Only God can stop Iran from creating atomic bombs and threatening Israel. Please pray for Israel to be blessed by God who is going to take care of Iran and of the Hezbollah and the Russians in Syria. Pray that the Lord who is in full control of the Earth and all that is in and around and above and below – take care of the evil intent of Iran and stop Iran and its allies. God can do it and I pray that He does it soon!

Pray for Marcia and I in a few days we will travel to the United States. I will be there a few days and from there fly to Germany to hold a seminar in a small village that has a seminar place that every year for more than 60 years has had Israel seminars and encouraged German Christians to pray for Israel and for the Jewish people. From Germany, I fly to Hong Kong for teaching in a very wonderful and friendly church with a special name – 611. 611 stands for Isaiah 61:1. After Hong Kong, I will be in the Cornerstone Church in Singapore. After Singapore, Seoul, Korea, Japan, China, and from there back to the USA to pick up Marcia and return home to Israel. This is around the world in 70 days, and 55 of these days will be teaching a variety of topics, from a few days’ seminar on Ezekiel, to teaching on Discipleship, Holidays, and other topics. Marcia needs your prayers for her health and safety and for healing, because she will be in Tennessee and California, and back to East Tennessee for Thanksgiving with her family. I need your prayers for safety in travel, a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit to teach with inspiration and joy that will infect those who will hear this teaching.

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!

Pray for a very special conference on the topic of Aliyah of the victims of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition who have retained their Jewish identity in secret with the danger of torture and even death at the hands of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Inquisition lasted from 1472 – 1821. Many years with many victims.

It is time to pray and to work for the opening of the Tallit Curtain (a play on the Iron Curtain of the past) that blocks these Jews from returning home to the land of Israel. 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.

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.

Lift a dear sister with a very serious cancer stage 4, her name is Deana!

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, 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 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.

Also, a special prayer request for Eli Levi – my nephew! Eli has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. This is a very serious cancer. Please pray for Eli Levi’s healing and for the doctors who will be treating him first in Bulgaria and than in Israel.

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