Panera Bread Fundraising Event - Thursday, August 16th

Print a copy of this Panera Bread flier and visit on Thursday, August 16th from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm for our summer fundraiser. Enjoy the company and the food and help SFI raise 20% of sales. To print a copy of the flier, click here. Please share! Thank you. If you would prefer to just make a donation, click here.

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Israel is on the Brink of War

200 Rockets and Shells Fired at Israel Last Night!

Yesterday over 200 rockets and shells were fired at Israel citizens by Hamas, the terrorist group in Gaza. This entire summer Israel has faced rockets, arson kites and balloons and other terrorist attacks. Thousands of farmland and nature reserves on the border have been destroyed. 

The Iron Dome intercepted 30 rockets and most of the others hit vacant ground. However, 7 Israeli civilians were injured with 173 Red Alerts warned locals to take cover throughout the night. Most spent the night in bomb shelters. Many had to stand all night as there were not enough shelters to protect all that ran to one.

Song For Israel has donated two shelters in conjunction with Operation Lifeshield and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. More are needed as war options are being discussed. We have collected $14,500 toward our third shelter which is to be located in the Eskhol Region. This larger shelter costs $21,000. Time is of the essence. Please make a donation, large or small, to help save lives in Israel. Click here for more information.

Watch this video to see what children and families must do to protect themselves hundreds of times a day.

Below is a map of the section of Israel where rockets have landed.

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Jesus Waiting

 Peter's Primacy

Peter's Primacy

The City of Tabgha is on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee and is the location where John 21 takes place. The Catholics often build a church over important ruins to mark the spot. In Tabgha, the Franciscans built a church called the Church of the Primacy of Peter.

In John 21, Jesus appears in Tabgha to his disciples for the third time after his resurrection. The disciples had gone out during the night to fish, but had caught nothing. In the morning, a man appeared on the shore and suggested they cast their nets on the right side of the boat. As they did, they caught so many fish that they could not drag the net back into the boat.

At this point Peter recognized Jesus and plunged into the water from the boat to swim to shore. The other disciples followed in the boat, dragging the nets behind them.

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When they land, Jesus had prepared a charcoal fire for the fish and provided bread, and they have breakfast together.

After breakfast, Jesus reinstated Peter (after his three-time denial of Jesus at the crucifixion) with the words "Feed my sheep" (John 21:15-19).

Inside this church, there is a large rock called the “table of Christ (Latin: Mensa Christi) near the altar. This is where John 21 is believed to have taken place, where Jesus served His disciples a fish breakfast after waiting for them to land on the shore.

I love that Jesus was on the shore waiting for His disciples. While I stood at this place, I closed my eyes and could hear the soft Galilee waves softly washing over the tiny dark shells and dark rocks there. I could imagine the sizzle of the pan as Jesus waited for the boat to bring in freshly caught fish. I could see a replica of a boat similar to one of that day. I could picture the smoke swirling up from the charcoal fire. I pictured Jesus waiting. Often I think about waiting so long for God to answer some of my prayers. However, I don’t often picture Jesus waiting for me. He is patient and waits for me just as he enjoyed the morning by the fire, waiting for His disciples.

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St. Peter's Primacy inside church

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Israeli Army Extracts Syrian Civil Defense Volunteers to Safety

Last Saturday evening, Israel evacuated around 800 civil defense volunteers—known as White Helmets for the color of their helmets—and their families. The White Helmets have been labeled as terrorists by the Syrian government. The 3,000-member group has saved more than 100,000 lives since they began. They are true Syrian heroes. The United States President and Europen countries petitioned Prime Minister Netanyahu to help evacuate them, as the Syrian forces would surely kill them.

Watch this video of Syrian families being evacuated and then given water by Israelis.

Syrian troops (backed by Russia) have been moving closer and closer to Syria’s southern towns. There was fear that the White Helmet rescue workers would be singled out by the Syrian army.

After the evacuees (many of them children) arrived at the border with Israel in the Golan Heights, Israel provided medical treatment to those in need as well as food and water. Then, they were transferred to Jordan via a convoy of buses.

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Children in Israel Run for Cover

An entire generation of children has been traumatized by the terror of ongoing rocket attacks in Israel. With only 15 seconds to find cover, lives are in jeopardy.

Children near the Gaza border and Syrian border must run into a bomb shelter during rocket attacks from Hamas but there are not enough shelters at every school. 

This is everyday life for children living near the borders in Israel – and it shouldn’t be! Please watch this quick video.

Israel is now experiencing rockets and missiles coming from the Gaza border and also at their northern Syrian border. To help save lives in Israel, please donate to our bomb shelter project. We have already placed two shelters in Israel and are collecting donations to have a third one placed. Please click here to find out more or to donate. Then click below to share this video.

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Tisha B'Av - A Jewish Day of Mourning

Tisha B'Av is the Fast of the Ninth of Av (Jewish calendar) and began last night at sundown and continues through tonight at sundown. It is a time for mourning, the saddest day in Jewish history, which primarily commemorates the destruction of the First (586 BC) and Second (70 CE) Temples in Jerusalem. It boggles the mind to think that both Temples were destroyed on the very same day of the Hebrew calendar.

In synagogues around the world and at the Western Wall which is Judaism's holiest site, religious Jews gather to mourn the destruction of the Temples and to read from the words of the Prophet Jeremiah and portions of the book of Lamentations. They do not read other parts of the Bible on this day because the other readings bring joy and this is to be a day of sadness.

Although this observance is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people throughout the years on this date:

  • 132 CE, Romans crushed Bar Kokhba’s revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 100,000 Jews
  • 133 CE, following the Roman siege of Jerusalem, the Temple site and surrounding areas were plowed.
  • 1095, the First Crusade was declared by Pope Urban II, killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and annihilating Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland
  • 1290 King Edward I issued an edict expelling all Jews from England
  • 1492 an edict of expulsion of the Jews in Spain was carried out
  • 1914 World War I broke out, setting the stage for the later devastation of WorldWar II and the Holocaust
  • 1942 on the eve of Tisha B’Av, a mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to Hitler’s Treblinka death camp began
  • 1994, the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires killed 86 and wounded 300 others
  • 2005, more than 8,500 Jewish residents were expelled from Gaza as part of Israel’s ill-fated Disengagement Plan, a desperate bid for peace designed to further relations with Palestinian Arabs. This expulsion was a Land for Peace deal with the Palestinians that obviously did not bring about peace.

 “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

Should Believers participate in this day of mourning? Sure, if you want to. It is not a biblical mandate, but rather, a Jewish tradition. We may consider recognizing this date each year as it reminds us how much the Jewish people have suffered, especially those who followed leaders who led them astray. As fellow citizens in the commonwealth of Israel, we might respond to this day of grief by praying for the Jewish People.

Jesus gave us His example as He wept with compassion when He foresaw the destruction of the Holy Temple and the disaster that would come upon Israel (Matthew 23:37-38). The Jewish people long for and pray daily for the restoration of the Holy Temple. Plans and preparations are already being made in Jerusalem for the Third Temple.

God is seeking intercessors to stand in the gap for Israel. Will you pray for the Jews as they mourn the history they remember this day? Will you pray for Israel?

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Rockets into Roses

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More than 18,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza into southern Israel, causing chaos, destruction and death. Along with rockets, incendiary kites and balloons continue to land in Israel, burning over 7,000 acres of farm land.

An amazing Israel artist has turned weapons of destruction into unique, hand-crafted art, judaica and jewelry! “I take the Kassam, the instrument of death and I change it, I transfer it into something of Beauty.” – Yaron Bob, Artist

Rockets into Roses are modern day versions of 'turning swords into plowshares' (Isaiah 2:4). Only in Israel!

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Israel Under Rocket Attack Again

Yesterday and today, Israel's border has been under rocket attack and attacks appear to be escalating. Over the past three months, Hamas protests called "The March of Return," have hit Israel's borders. Hundreds of incendiary kites and balloons that have been launched by Hamas into Israeli territory and setting the border on fire. Over 7,000 acres have been burned, including a nature reserve that backs up to the kibbutz where Song For Israel placed our first bomb shelter. This has cost millions of shekels as well as distress to the farmer who owned most of the land that was destroyed. Some of the balloons that have recently been flown into Israeli territory have been booby-trapped.

 Israeli soldiers walk amidst smoke from a fire in a wheat field near the Kibbutz of Hahol Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip, which was caused by incendiaries tied to kites flown by Palestinian protesters from across the border (May 14, 2018 - Jack Guez/AFP)

Israeli soldiers walk amidst smoke from a fire in a wheat field near the Kibbutz of Hahol Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip, which was caused by incendiaries tied to kites flown by Palestinian protesters from across the border (May 14, 2018 - Jack Guez/AFP)

In response to these attacks, Prime Minister Netanyahu notified Hamas recently that if the incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip don't cease, Israel will respond with major military action. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) does not want to escalate matters into a war, so Israel announced last Monday that they would be shutting down the Kerem Shalom border crossing -- the Strip's main crossing for commercial goods -- and that it would remain closed until the kite fire attacks end. (Humanitarian and essential supplies will continue to enter Gaza, but would require special permission.)

The rocket attacks occurring now are Hamas' response to this announcement. The IDF has confirmed that one of its aircraft fired at a cell that had launched balloons towards Israel from northern Gaza. There were no injuries reported. 

Please pray that aggressions do not escalate into a full-blown war. Pray for the safety of the innocent lives in Israel and protection of land. Download the "Red Alert" app and get notifications in real time and pray as each rocket is detected.

Donate toward our third bomb shelter project. We have collected $14,000 toward the $21,000 shelter that will be placed in the Eskhol Region, which is being rocketed now.

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Israelis Speak About Living with Hamas Terror

Watch this video to hear Israelis speaking out against the terrorism of Hamas.

Song For Israel partners with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Operation Lifeshield to place bomb shelters near the Gaza strip. We have already placed two of them and have $14,000 saved toward our next project, which is $21,000, to be placed in the Eshkol Region. Please click here to donate even $5 to help us reach this goal and save lives in Israel.

The Salt of the Earth

Just 40 miles long and 10 miles wide, the Dead Sea (long ago called the Salt Sea) is the world’s lowest inhabitable spot on earth. It is 1387 feet below sea level! You can see the northern tip of the Dead Sea from the lookout at Mount Nebo. Its water is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. You don’t want to get it in your eyes! The water is so salty that there is virtually no life it.

We know that David fled from King Saul and hid at Ein Gedi, which is just a walk from the Dead Sea. It was a place of refuge for him. Herod the Great built his famous fortress, Masada, on the shore of the Dead Sea.

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When we visit the Dead Sea on our tours, we always include some time to float in the water. It doesn’t take any effort at all to float—in fact, you can’t help it! The water is so rich in minerals that it is said to have healing qualities. The minerals are used for everything from hand creams to fertilizers. If you dig under the water, you can come up with a hand full of mud. If you paste it on your skin and let it dry, after it is washed off, your skin will feel like the skin of a baby.

Just as in the days of Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew), salt is harvested from the Dead Sea. In Bible times, salt was very valuable. It was sold in a loaf or small cake that had hardened on the ground. They would pinch the salt from the top until the earth was revealed at the bottom of the loaf. When Jesus spoke about the salt losing its flavor in Matthew 5:13 Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” When He spoke of the salt losing its flavor, he was referring to the salt that clings at the bottom of the loaf.

Jesus was explaining that there is salt that is useful with great effectiveness and there is salt that is useless and thrown away. If you are one of Jesus’ disciples, we need to be the salt that is useful, that is effective and makes an impact and impression on those around us. We are to be the salt of the earth, to make others thirst after the kingdom of heaven, so they are wanting more of the things of God.

Think about salt when it’s used as a preservative.  When salt is rubbed into meat, it’s purpose is to slow down decay. I believe one of the points Jesus was making to us about being salt is this - as His disciples, we are to act as a preservative to this world, especially to those entrusted into our care, such as our loved ones. As a preservative, we become sort of a moral disinfectant. We help to keep things fresh and alive. We help to defeat corruption and poisonous decay. We add purity where behavior is questionable. We need to hold on to what we know is true according to the Scripture, and cling to what is right. This is especially important when all around us we see the decline of morals, values, integrity, and when doing the right thing and standing on principles that are timeless are challenged. 

As followers of Jesus, we offer encouragement, hope, cheerfulness, kindness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, patience, love, going the extra mile, giving a helping hand and so much more.  And just like salt adds flavor, it enhances with seasoning whatever it touches, we as believers bring flavor to life. We sprinkle life with the seasoning of Christ’s presence radiating in us and through us by the Holy Spirit.

But Jesus also gives a warning. 

Jesus warns us that we are not to lose those characteristics and qualities within us that brings life to this world, that flavors this world, that prevents decay. Because when we do lose our biblical values, our teachings, our morals, our ethics, our character, our integrity, and so on - we do not serve the purpose God has intended for us just like salt is useless if it becomes tasteless and unsalty and cannot perform its intended function. Jesus is saying if you can't be salt that preserves and flavors, you are worthless to Me regarding the kingdom work I’ve called you to do.

Do you remember the old saying how someone might describe another as the salt of the earth?  That was a compliment. It was saying this person was a solid citizen, someone you could count on, respectful, useful, possessing great integrity and worth.

Christ challenges us as His followers to be the salt of the earth – to add our flavoring wherever we go. This is why it is so important for us to make sure our behavior is above board. We are to behave like pure white salt, unadulterated by this world, holy in character and honest in our dealings with others. We make sure our language or the stories we tell are not questionable. We are to bring a cheerful spirit to our work environments, while at the same time working diligently and honestly. We offer compassion and kindness, filling needs with those we meet. In a depressed world, we bring the joy of Jesus. In a frightened world looking for answers, we offer the hope of Christ. 

As salt, we are not only preservers of that which is good, but we are also agents of change because we want to change that which is about us into something better. As a follower of Christ - your life counts. Who you are and what you do is important. You are the salt of the earth. Through Christ’s Spirit living in you, you are the preserver and the flavorer, the one the Lord uses to make others thirst after righteousness.

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Mount Nebo - Where Moses Viewed the Promised Land

In Deuteronomy 34:1-2, you can read about Moses standing at the edge of the Promised Land. At that place, you can see the beginning of the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley, and Jerusalem.

Moses spent his last days – the last moments of his life there – preaching the fear of God and obedience to His statutes to the Israelites.

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In the picture above, you will see an iron structure that looks like a cross with a snake wrapped around it. This memorial stands in front of the view Moses had. This refers to the account of the Israelites in the Sinai who complained against God to Moses and God sent fiery serpents among the people. They bit the people and many died. You can read more about that in Numbers 21.

When you think of what will be said of you when you die—your eulogy—what comes to mind? For Moses, it was written that “there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face…” What a powerful statement. Jews consider Moses the greatest prophet to ever live. Other prophets would have to wait to hear from God and would receive revelations in dreams. Moses, on the other hand, would talk with God “as a man speaks to a friend.”

Moses did not waste his final days. He lived the statement, “If there’s still breath in your lungs…God’s not done.” Instead of being bitter because he was not able to settle in the Promised Land, he embraced the mission God had for him. The focus of the last stage in his ministry was making sure the next generation was equipped with the knowledge of God’s faithfulness.

Are you embracing the mission God has for you in your current life stage? Ask God to show you how He wants to refocus your life? What is it He would like you to do for Him? Like Moses, embrace the mission God has for you.

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Burning Kites Flown into Israel Destroy Land

Last Thursday, the Israeli Air Force attacked a Hamas infrastructure in southern Gaza, after a terror group left the site and began flying incendiary kites into Israel. Hamas has been lighting kites on fire to fly into Israeli border areas where farmers use this land to grow mainly wheat. Two representatives from Song For Israel visited this area last month and stood about ¾ of a mile from the Gaza border and saw the smoke from these fires. 

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Since that time, the damage from the fires caused by the incendiary kites and balloons has reached $1.4 million and has included at least 2,000 acres of wheat, orchards, irrigation systems and nature reserves.

One border fire consumed the nature reserve in Carmia, which backs up to the Eden Center, the location for Song For Israel’s first bomb shelter. At the same time the fire was burning, Palestinians sent rockets into Carmia (and many other villages on the Gaza border). My heart went out to the girls who live at this Center as they were so close to the fires, suffered with smoke inhalation and then had to run into our bomb shelter as sirens gave warning.

Israel was not equipped to handle the many fires all occurring at the same time. A plea went out to purchase more fire equipment and many Americans have helped. Israeli leaders have warned the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, that the military was prepared to take more intense offensive actions against these terrorist attacks. 

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) recently deployed a new detection system to combat the terrorism which has been plaguing them and has deployed drones to cut down the kites, both with limited results.

Palestinian terrorists have launched more than 600 incendiary kites into Israel since the start of the “March of Return” around 12 weeks ago. The “March of Return” is a protest that demands that Palestinian refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to Israel. They are also protesting the blockage of the Gaza Strip and the moving of the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Violence during the protests has resulted in the deadliest days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza War, known as Operation Protective Edge.

Please pray for the safety of those living in Israel and that the efforts of the terrorists will be thwarted.

Rockets Launched Toward Israel Yesterday

Early in the morning of June 20th, 45 rockets were launched towards Israeli civilians from Gaza between midnight and 5:30 am.

The Iron Dome intercepted 7 rockets that were headed for heavily populated areas.

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Thirteen rockets hit the Eshkol Region, damaging a few cars, homes, streets, and a kindergarten. Rocket impact started a fire in Ashkelon. The Eshkol Region is where our next bomb shelter will be located, but it is needed now. We have $14,000 collected so far for this $21,000 shelter.

The nearly continuous Code Red rocket sirens sounding throughout Southern Israel forced hundreds of thousands of Israelis to jump out of bed and race to shelters dozens of times throughout the night. Our first shelter in Carmia was used many times throughout the night as many rockets were headed there.

The IDF struck 25 Hamas sites in Gaza in response.

There are not enough shelters in this region. Click here to find out how you can help us provide shelters to the communities that are under attack.

May God bless and protect Israel!

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Wadi Rum - A Jeep and Camel Ride through the Desert where Moses Wandered

Wadi Rum is located in southern Jordan and a place where Song For Israel visits on our annual tours. As we pass the mountain that was filmed in the movie, Lawrence of Arabia, we take the jeep ride into the wilderness where Moses led the children of Israel.

This part of the desert has likely not changed much since the days of Moses, except for a few Bedouin camps scattered here and there. This desert is made up of sandstone and granite rock with sand dunes.

After the jeep ride, we take a camel caravan -- and picture ourselves making this journey for forty years.

No one can be sure of exact locations for some biblical events, as the borders of Jordan have changed many times. However, we know from the book of Exodus that Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian. The path that Moses took in the desert led them through Edom and up through Moab. The scenery doesn't change much at all.

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Israeli Defense Force Destroys Hamas Underwater Terror Tunnel

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has neutralized, for the first time, a naval terror tunnel belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization this week. The tunnel, which was operational but did not actually extend into Israeli waters, would have enabled terrorists who would enter from a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip to exit into the sea unnoticed, making it possible to carry out terrorist acts against the State of Israel from the sea. The route of the tunnel, which reached a depth of 2-3 meters and was 3 kilometers from the border with Israel, was identified by the IDF as part of a campaign against Hamas’ naval force in the past year.

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The tunnel was destroyed by an air strike.” According to a senior naval officer, the Navy knew about the tunnel for several months and it was decided it was the “right time” to destroy it. “The bottom line is that it was a tunnel that would allow for the departure of Hamas naval commando forces,” the officer said, adding that Hamas invested a great deal of money in it and trained forces in the tunnel. “We estimate that there may be more such naval tunnels,” the senior officer said. 

 

2019 Israel & Petra, Jordan Tour

April 3 - 14, 2019

 (12-day Jewish Roots tour)

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We invite you to share the experience of a lifetime—a trip to the land of the Bible—where the Patriarchs of our faith walked.  On this 12-day journey, visit Jerusalem with its garden tomb; see the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, and Caesarea by the Sea; visit Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon will take place, float in the Dead Sea, view the Mt. of Beatitudes; stand on Mt. Nebo where Moses overlooked the Promised Land, get baptized in the Jordan River, take a Cable Car up to Masada, witness Ein Gedi where David fled from Saul; see the Qumran Caves, kayak in the Sea of Galilee, ride a camel in the wilderness where Moses walked, and visit the village of Nazareth where Jesus lived. We will visit Petra, Jordan as well!

Our tour has a "Jewish roots" focus with optional Sabbath (Shabbat) worship services and optional Davidic Dancing opportunities. 

For those interested in more information and who live in the southern California area, we will have Information Meetings where Deby will teach how to count Israeli shekels, distribute a booklet called "Getting Prepared Spiritually" (for the tour), discuss what to pack, and discuss evening options. Please email info@SongForIsrael.org for more information.

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Hamas Hammers Israel's Gaza Border with Rockets

 Red Alert: Israel app - FREE 

Red Alert: Israel app - FREE 

My Red Alert app on my phone has been sending siren warnings all day today because Hamas is hammering Israel's Gaza border with rocket fire. If you want to download the free app, look for the icon on this page in your app store. With each alert, I encourage you to pray for the safety of lives. The siren sounds in real-time so your prayers are heard before the rockets hit!

This afternoon, the United States called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the latest attacks on Israel The meeting is expected to take place later Tuesday afternoon.

“The recent attacks out of Gaza are the largest we have seen since 2014. Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten. The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they’re allowing to happen in Gaza,” said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

Many are very concerned that another all-out war will occur as it did in 2014. Song For Israel works with Operation Lifeshield in Israel to protect lives in Israel by sending funds to place bomb shelters in schools and strategic areas in Israel. We have already placed a shelter in Sderot and one is currently being installed in Kfar Silver. The project we are working on now is in Eshkol, which has been showing up on my Red Alert app on my phone as a location rockets are constantly attacking.

We have $14,000 saved toward a larger shelter which costs $21,000 to be placed in the Eshkol Region of Israel. Will you donate now to help save precious lives in this area? Click here to donate. Click here for more information about our Bomb Shelter Projects. Click here to sign up to receive our newsletters.

 

 

Israeli Defense Troops Deployed to All Borders

Israel is being threatened at all of her borders and is now on high alert. Israel's Defense Force (IDF) has increased the presence of both active duty and reservists to protect the country's borders. General Yehiel Gozal says, “If this situation doesn’t quickly get under control, it is likely that a war will develop.”

40,000 Palestinians have been rioting at Israel’s southern Gaza border. 62 rioters have been killed by IDF forces and at least 2,000 have been injured. Gaza has proudly announced that of those killed, 50 were members of the Hamas terror group. International media report that the Palestinians were holding peaceful protests, but videos of the riots portray a different picture.

For over a month, rioters have set tires ablaze, planted bombs, flown kites that were on fire into Israel, destroying Israeli fields. They have hurled firebombs, Molotov cocktails, and stones at IDF troops. Palestinians directed machine gun fire from Gaza at IDF aerial vehicles. Several residences in the Israeli border town of Sderot were hit. Sderot is where Song For Israel placed its first bomb shelter.

 Smoke can be seen less than a mile away on the Gaza border as Deby, director of Song For Israel, picks wheat.

Smoke can be seen less than a mile away on the Gaza border as Deby, director of Song For Israel, picks wheat.

Last month representatives from Song For Israel were on the Gaza border. We picked wheat in a field bordering Gaza as we viewed smoke from burning kites in the background. Shmuel Bowman, Director of Operation Lifeshield, created the video below. Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield in saving lives by placing bomb shelters on Israel's borders. Please watch the video and then consider partnering with us to save lives in Israel.

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Feast of Pentecost (in Hebrew "Shavuot") May 19th

May 19th was Shavuot, which in Greek means “Pentecost” - also often referred to as the “Feast of Weeks” or "Feast of Pentecost." On Shavuot, the Jewish people celebrate the events that took place on Mt. Sinai. In Exodus 19, when God descended on Mt. Sinai, thunder ripped throughout the sky, the ground shook, and a shofar blew a long blast. A dense cloud of smoke and fire surrounded the summit because the Lord descended on it. No one was to touch the mountain - not even animals. To disobey meant certain death. Moses spent 40 days up on the mountain where he received God’s law. God’s promise to the Israelites was that from that day forward, if they were to fully obey the covenant, they would be a nation of priests.

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The Israelites immediately disobeyed. When Moses came down from the mountain he saw them worshipping idols. Moses allowed the Levites to take up their swords, and 3000 who did not follow the Lord were killed that day.

Approximately 1300 years later came the Day of Pentecost (the Greek word for Shavuot). The Disciples were observant Jews and came to Jerusalem, celebrating the anniversary of the covenant. Jews were required to come to the temple three times a year to celebrate and Shavuot was one of these occasions. From all over the world, they came to celebrate the anniversary of their covenant with God.

In Acts 2, we read that a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house. As Tongues of Fire came to rest on each worshipper, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages. Peter commissioned the crowd saying, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 38-39)

Three thousand became believers that day. Ephesians 2 speaks to the Gentiles (anyone other than a Jew) and explains that Gentiles were “strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were cut off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one….and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross….”

Leviticus 23:17 says, “You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering….” The two loaves would be lifted high, one in each hand and waved as arms were crossed in the air. This wave offering of the two loaves represents what happened at Pentecost when the two groups, Jews and Gentiles, were brought together!

The feasts and festivals of the Bible are filled with types and symbols that point to the Messiah. The connections between Shavuot and Pentecost are obvious and exciting. Here are some parallels.

Moses acted as an intercessor between God and His covenanted people. Jesus intervened on behalf of the world.

At Mt. Sinai, the fire descended only on the summit of the mountain with Moses. Fire (the Holy Spirit) came to rest on each individual.

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God established His covenant with the Hebrew people. God’s covenant was made available to all who believe.

The Holy Law was inscribed on stone by the finger of God. The Holy Spirit wrote the Law on their hearts.

At Mt. Sinai, 3,000 were killed due to their disobedience. In Jerusalem, 3000 were granted salvation in return for their faith.

God declared the Israelites a nation of priests. Believers became priests to all the nations.

This explains one covenant grafted into the first. We celebrate the common anniversary of our receiving God’s revelation both at Mt. Sinai and in Jerusalem.

Today, as believers, we celebrate on Shavuot the outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit. According to tradition, dairy foods such as cheese, cheesecake and milk are eaten on Shavuot because Torah is compared to the sweetness of milk and honey. In Ecclesiastes, one line reads, "Honey and milk are under your tongue." In some communities children are introduced to Torah study on Shavuot and are given honey cakes with passages from the Torah written on them.

Let us use this feast to make a public commitment, just as the people of Israel did, that "we will do and we will listen."

Chag Sameach

חג שבועות שמח 

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