Jewish Holocaust Survivor Stories

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These are such exciting times to live in as we see more and more people wanting to know the Lord

Beth Netanel Jerusalem, Rachel Netanel

We will part of a festival they hold every year and will take place in different locations (including mine) from 7 – 9 September. Last year there were 1600 guests, and we are expecting even more this year. We will have food and Israeli music.

I was invited to speak on a new TV station. The man who organizes this program asked me if I would also speak on “El Hayat” in Moroccan to the Moroccans. It has been years since I have spoken in that language, but the Lord gave me grace to give my testimony.

This week I also went into a garden shop and saw a Muslim lady there who looked so very sad. I talked to her and remarked that I could see her sadness and that she has no light or life in her and that I understood how that felt as I used to be the same. I talked to her about Jesus (Isa in Arabic). She wanted to sit and have coffee with me, so I told her about my life and how Jesus had changed my suffering into joy. I asked her to check to see if Jesus is real. She wanted to receive Him in her heart and so we prayed. I invited her to my home and she was so amazed that a Jew would do such a thing.

God is so faithful and I thank Him constantly that He allows me to share my faith no matter where I am. These are such exciting times to live in as we see more and more people wanting to know the Lord.

Yours Rachel

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Why the Jewish Temple was destroyed in AD 70?

The Talmud states:
Why was the First Temple destroyed? Because of three evils in it: idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed.
But why was the Second temple destroyed, seeing that during the time it stood people occupied themselves with Torah, with observance of precepts, and with practice of charity? Because during the time it stood, hatred without rightful cause prevailed. This is to teach you baseless hatred is deemed as grave as  all three sins of idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed together.
B. Yoma 9b

About this time is also written:
“They hated me without reason.”
Jesus in John 15.25 Brit HaChadasha / New Testament, Bible

John 15,18-25: If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no-one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfil what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

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Good Samaritan museum near Ma’ale Adumin

The Good Samaritan museum, which is located near Ma’ale Adumin, will be opening its doors to the wider public during the month of August. The mosaic museum is the only one of its kind in Israel, and one of only three worldwide.

The museum is situated on the road outside Jerusalem that is associated with the biblical town of Ma’ale Adumim and the border between the tribes of Benjamin and Judah (Joshua 15:7 and 18:17).

According to the article in Zman Tzafon, August 16, 2012, the site is also associated with “the inn that is mentioned in the parable of the Good Samaritan in the New Testament (Luke 10:25-37).

Three different religious people are mentioned in this parable: Jews, Jesus who proclaims Christianity, and a Samaritan who did a good deed. The museum was built to reflect this parable, and the mosaics were carefully selected along the same lines.” This is why the various historical artifacts on display are from Jewish synagogues, Samaritan synagogues, and churches.

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Messianic Jew fulfilling his dream

“After a long legal struggle, Messianic Jew David Ram (20), who is from Jerusalem, has succeeded in fulfilling his dream and was drafted into the IDF.” So begins this article at Yediot Yerushalayim, , August 17, 2012, which features a large picture of Ram in his army uniform. The article tells Ram’s story, how his father discovered Continue reading

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It is a shame that he wasted these five years

Beit Netanel Jerusalem, Rachel Netanel

Five years ago I was in Eilat and met a young man who worked there. I shared the Gospel with him and he became so excited that he wanted to quit his job and come to learn the Bible with me. I invited him to live at the house so that he could spend his time learning the Word. Before he came, he wanted to spend a month with his very religious family but I did not hear from him again. This week he called me after all this time. He asked if I remembered him. It took me a while to recall our meeting five years ago. In the meantime, his father passed away and during these five years, he did not find himself and he Continue reading

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A day of rejoicing

From Najeeb and Elisabeth Atteih, Immanuel Church & Bookshop Haifa

Two weeks ago, we had the joy of baptising seventeen people in the Jordan River. Of these, seven were from our new congregation in Nazareth, six from Haifa, two from Jaffa and two American tourists!

Two had a background of Christianity, but did not understand much. We visited them at home after they began to come to the congregation in Nazareth and came to faith. They love the congregation and said that God had spoken to them though what they heard there. They are full of joy and faith.

One brother testified that he could not understand why we were so friendly to Jews, but finally had to acknowledge the change in the lives of Continue reading

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Why me?

By Timothy Keller

When I was diagnosed with cancer, the question “Why me?” was a natural one. Later, when I survived but others with the same kind of cancer died, I also had to ask, “Why me?”

Suffering and death seem random, senseless.

The recent Aurora, Colorado, shootings — in which some people were spared and others lost — is the latest, vivid example of this, but there are plenty of others every day: from casualties in the Syria uprising to victims of accidents on American roads. Tsunamis, tornadoes, household accidents – the list is long.

As a minister, I’ve spent countless hours with suffering people crying: “Why did God let this happen?” In general I hear four answers to this question. Each is wrong, or at least Continue reading

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Book: Enter Rest – Israel Harel

Israel Harel casts a completely new light on the New Testament book of Hebrews that will educate even the most seasoned Christ follower. The author explores the backdrop of Jewish culture and concerns into which the Epistle to the Hebrews was written, unpacking the references to Jewish history to help the modern reader (Jew or Gentile) better understand what Jesus has done for each of us. He explores the questions and difficulties addressed in the epistle, while discussing long-standing trends in Judaism and how Jesus fulfills Biblical Judaism and transcends Rabbinical Judaism. Through these discussions, one theme comes through loud and clear: the Epistle to the Hebrews is a strong call to intimacy with God in the Holy of Holies. It is a call to enter into the Sabbath rest of God, into the place where He is all in all.

Israel Harel was born to a secular Jewish family who came as pioneers to the Land of Israel in the early 20th century.
Israel heard the Gospel for the first time as a hippie in the early seventies. Not wanting anybody to tell him what to do, he ran away from God for six years. After living homeless in the streets and spending two and a half years in a mental hospital, Israel finally gave Continue reading

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The Politics of Prayer

David Lazarus, Abba Lazarus Blog

The current debate over who can be exempted from military service is once again threatening to bring down Israel’s three-month-old unity government. The question as to whether or not Haredi Jewish men should serve in the military which first came up during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence has never been resolved. Avoiding the issue all these years has not helped. It’s only getting worse.

It all began when Prime Minister David Ben Gurion allowed 400 Haredi Jews a special exemption from military service “so that they could give themselves to study Torah and prayer.” The ruling was called “Torato Omanuto” from a Talmudic phrase meaning “Torah study is their occupation.” It allowed some Haradi to commit to prayer while most Jews would go Continue reading

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