Award-Winning Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Total Time:  2 hrs 45 mins                   Prep Time: 45 mins                 Cook Time: 2 hrs


Servings: 4-6   Units: US | Metric

Ingredients:  (note: if you use the Tabatchnick it is very salty so taste the soup BEFORE adding more salt)

soup 

4 chicken thigh 
2 stalks celery 
2 medium carrots 
1 medium onion 
4 garlic cloves 
salt (or Garlic Salt) 
pepper

1  32 oz. Tabatchnick Classic Whole Chicken Broth

1 to 2 tbs to taste Osem Consommé

Chopped Parsley to taste
 

matzo balls 


2 eggs 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1/2 cup matzo meal 
1 teaspoon salt

1 pinch sugar
2 tablespoons seltzer water 

Directions

1. Make the matzo mixture first because it has to be chilled in the refrigerator for as long as possible. I basically used the recipe on the Manischewitz box container or substitute olive oil for vegetable oil. Traditionally they're supposed to be made with schmaltz. You could use seltzer water because it is said that it makes the matzo balls lighter. 
2.  Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl, adding the seltzer last and more lightly with your hands until uniform. don't worry that it looks to too runny because it will firm up in the refrigerator. Cover and refrigerate while you make the soup. 
3.  Put chicken thighs in a pot and add water until the chicken is submerged plus about 2 inches. Bring to a boil then, simmer for 30 minutes. (A double boiler works very well for this as it makes it easy to remove chicken, but if you do not have one a colander or spoon will work as well).
4.  Meanwhile, chop the onion, chop one carrot and one stalk of celery into inch wide or smaller pieces, and crush the garlic (or just sliced everything; it was easier and added more consistency to the total soup).
5. Skim the top of the stock with a wire mesh spoon if necessary. Add the onion, garlic and big (or all) vegetable pieces along with 1 tbsp. salt(see note). Cover and simmer for an hour. 
6.  Bring a pot of water and a little salt to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Fill a shallow bowl with cold water. Take the out the matzo meal and form into balls with a tablespoon and your hands. Make sure to dip your hands and the spoon in the water between every ball. Drop each of the balls into the water then cover and let simmer for about 20 minutes. .The matzo balls should expand about to 1 1/2 their original side; i made six from the mixture. 
7.  Remove the chicken from the pot and strain the soup. Return the broth to the pot and add the onion, carrots and celery. (No need to strain it. Leave all the vegetables in the broth for added flavor) Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are almost tender. 
8.  Meanwhile remove the skin from the chicken and tear the meat into shreds. add the chicken shreds back into the soup and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and taste. Add the pepper and more salt if necessary. 
9.  Test the matzo balls with a fork. You should be able to insert it without feeling any change in pressure within. Transfer the balls to the soup pot with either a slotted spoon or tongs. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes so that they can absorb the flavor. Reheat if necessary  

Passover—the First of God’s Appointed Seasons

The eight-day festival of Passover begins at sunset tonight. The Passover Seder will be celebrated, which is a 15-part feast where the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold. Families will read Psalms, sing songs and there will be Hebrew blessings recited.
The observances of the Passover Seder include a number of symbolic foods and rituals commemorating both the slavery in Egypt and liberation of the Hebrews.
 
They include the following:
•    Matzah (unleavened bread);
•    Bitter herbs, usually horseradish, representing the bitterness of slavery;
•    Charoset, an apple, nut, and spice mixture representing the mortar the Israelites used in building Egyptian structures;
•    Salt water, representing the tears the Israelites shed due to enslavement;
•    Shank bone of a lamb, representing both the first Passover lamb and the sacrificial lamb during the time of the Temple in       Jerusalem;
•    The afikoman, an additional portion of matzah eaten to commemorate the Passover offering; and
•    Four glasses of wine, which symbolizes God’s fourfold promise of  deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 6:6-8)

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, God saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command. God then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.

God visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, God spared the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday, Passover. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry that the bread they baked as provisions for the way, did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as God’s chosen people.

The exodus of Israel in the Old Testament is an illustration of God’s salvation. The New Testament crucifixion was the ultimate exodus because it delivers not just from bondage of a controlling Pharoah, but from bondage to sin itself. It provides for eternal life; not just life in an earthly promised land.

Just as the blood of the lamb on the doorposts saved the firstborn, it is Jesus’ blood, the Lamb of God, who saves people today. He made atonement for our sins.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  (Ephesians 2:8)

When we put our faith in Him, we symbolically apply the blood of the Passover Lamb by faith.  Jesus gave us the assurance that the Lord will pass over us when He judges the world if we put our faith in Him and His atoning blood.
 
“I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26a).

Check back for more articles on Passover, including Passover recipes.

Significance of the Sabbath Before Passover

Yesterday marked the Sabbath before Passover, which in Hebrew is called the Shabbat HaGadol, or “the Great Shabbat.”

To understand the significance, we must go back to the Book of Exodus where the Jewish people were commanded by Moses to obtain a lamb for sacrifice and tie it to their bedposts on the Sabbath, just before Passover. The lamb was to live in their house for four days. Of course the family would begin to consider it a part of the family and the sacrifice would become more difficult (Exodus 12:6). 

The Passover lamb must be a one-year old male and without blemish. Exodus 12:5

The Passover lamb must be a one-year old male and without blemish. Exodus 12:5

When the Egyptians saw the Jewish people setting aside their lambs, they wanted to know what they were doing with them.  The Jewish people told them the lambs were a Passover offering to God who would kill the firstborn Egyptians. Because the sheep was one of the major Egyptian gods, it was a miracle that the Jewish people were allowed to take lambs from among the Egyptians, especially when it was explained that the Egyptian firstborns would be destroyed.

When the Egyptian firstborns heard this news, they begged their fathers and Pharoah to let the Israelites go, but their request was denied. As a result, civil war broke out among the Egyptians in which many were killed.

Later in history, during the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, the lamb was selected four days before Passover so that worshippers could  be certain their lambs were without blemish, according to Exodus 12:5—otherwise their offering could be rejected.  This reminds us of the Messiah, who was called the “Lamb of God” and was without blemish.

Watch for articles and recipes this week about Passover.

Sketches From the Book of Revelation

Song For Israel offers many Bible Studies. We are currently going through the Book of Revelation and artist Ray Hart has sketched his rendition of each chapter. Hover over the image to read his comments about his artwork.

More Bomb Shelters Delivered in Israel to Save Lives

Here is a note from our partner, Operation Lifeshield, providing bomb shelters in Israel:

Quite honestly, I actually enjoy delivering Lifeshield shelters. The heavy trucks moving about, the crane lifting many tons of pre-cast, steel framed concrete - and then gently bringing the shelter back to Earth. I like the noise of the motors, and even the smell of the diesel. Sometimes they let me ride in the truck, where the view of the world is magnificent. Thus, it was with great excitement that we added something new to our Lifeshield Bell Shelters last week... no doors. Or rather, a five ton concrete passageway attached to the Bell shelter that replaces the quarter ton steel door. This new concept is ideal for public use areas, such as parks, street corners and bus stop waiting areas. (The door shelters are still best for kindergartens and schools, where the exact number of children is known.)

Connecting Bell Shelter and Fortified Passageway

Now there's a solution for the dilemma no one ever wants to face: the Code Red siren has sounded and people rush into a shelter. The door closes and the hushed group awaits the boom of the rocket or rockets, when suddenly a knock on the door and a desperate plea to enter. What to do? Opening the door will place everyone inside the shelter in grave danger of shrapnel spray. But not opening the door...
 
It's a decision we do not want anyone to have to answer. The new doorless Bell Shelter provides a welcome solution.
 
A few days ago, we delivered two more Lifeshield shelters to the beautiful but embattled city of Netivot. Two weeks ago, that same community and other places in the Gaza Belt area, came under heavy rocket attack over a 36 hour period. An estimated 95 rockets were launched by the Islamic Jihad, with Iron Dome intercepting 5. No wounded or killed. Needless-to-say, shelters played a critical role in saving many lives. I talked with one man on Gefen Street in Netivot who told me that he raced into the nearby Lifeshield Bell shelter three times during the attacks, and on one occasion, scooped his young daughter out of the bathtub, wrapped her quickly in a towel, and ran with her into our shelter. Incredible.

Thank you very much. Your support is so appreciated.
 
Blessings from Israel.
Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director,
Operation Lifeshield

To make a donation to our Bomb Shelter Project, please click here.

To make a donation to our Bomb Shelter Project, please click here.

Walk Where Jesus Walked

Some special moments I experienced on my first trip to Israel were:

  • standing on the southern steps of the Temple in Jerusalem and reflecting that Jesus preached from these very steps. I pictured myself there, listening to Him speak to the masses and looking into my eyes.
  • being baptized in the Jordan River. I had been baptized twice previously in my life, but knowing that Jesus Himself was baptized in this same River (Matthew 3:13), I knew that I wanted to follow in His footsteps. 
  • touching the Western Wall and inserting my prayer into the tiny cracks was quite a moment. Jewish people for centuries have done the same. As my hand touched the timeless stones, I was moved to tears.
  • walking the same path Jesus walked on the Via Dolorosa where He carried His cross as scoffers watched Him struggle. His body had been beaten and He was weak in flesh. As I walked His path, I wondered--was the sun beating down as intensely on Him that day as it was on me? That would only have intensified His pain....

Each time I go to Israel, I see something I have not seen before. I reflect on something I had not considered on a previous trip. I wonder if I will return again before it becomes my permanent home.  Each time I leave Jerusalem, each time I look back longingly at the City and say what millions of others say: "Next year in Jerusalem."

Touring Israel is something everyone needs to do at least once. I wish my first visit had been earlier in life because it changed me. I look at the Bible with fresh eyes...I now picture where the Scriptures took place. I can visualize the setting.  I don't struggle over maps because I see them in my mind.

Please consider joining us in Israel this October as we walk where Jesus walked.  We will be going October 6-19th during the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be joining the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for their five evenings (Oct. 10-14), celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (optional) and touring Israel during the day. We will arrive before the celebrations and stay a week after for additional touring.

To find out more about our tour,  including itinerary, please click here. We will be offering an "Israel Tour Informational Reception" on Saturday, April 12th, 7 PM.

If you are curious about the Israel Tour or would just like to come hear Dr. George Giacumakis teach on "What We Learn by Visiting Israel," join us! George will also be sharing Travel Tips and other general information. The meeting will be at Richfield Community Church in their Meeting House (south of their main driveway), located at 5320 Richfield Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

 

Jewish Holiday Purim Begins Tonight

Haman. Hitler. Ahmadinejad. What do these three men have in common? If you said that they each pledged to wipe out the Jews, then you were correct. However, God has promised that there will ALWAYS be a remnant of Jews who remain.

Haman’s plan was thwarted and the plan ended up turning against him. Hitler’s plan wiped out six million Jews, but then he took his own life. The fate of Ahmadinejad and his plan remains to be seen, but his words are loud and clear as he and his people chant: “Death to Israel…death to America!

Today we remember the story written in the Book of Esther as the Jews celebrate their Feast of Purim.

Purim is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall of Haman, who came close to executing a plot to exterminate the Jewish people. Instead, the people were saved because of the heroic planning of Mordechai and Esther.

Haman was from the nation of Amalek and had authority over all the princes and the king’s servants bowed down to him. However, Mordecai did not bow because he was a Jew. This was a transgression of the king’s command (Esther 3:3). This angered Haman and he plotted to destroy all the Jews in the entire kingdom (Esther 3:6) and the king endorsed his plan (Esther 3:8-11). Esther took a risk and approached the king and planned a banquet for him and Haman.

Before the banquet, Haman prepared a gallow to later hang Mordecai for not bowing to him.

That night, the king could not sleep and he asked that the “book of records" (Chronicles) be read to him. During the reading, he was reminded of some good deeds of Mordecai and realized he had not been rewarded for this.

The next day at the banquet which Esther prepared for the king, and in Haman’s presence, the king asks Esther to name anything she wants. She pleads with him to save her people from annihilation. The king asks her to expose this evil man and she names him as their enemy. (Esther 7:1-6).  

This angered the king and he ordered Haman be executed on the very gallows he prepared for Mordecai. After that, the king elevated Mordecai to take Haman’s position of authority and the king reversed his decree and all the Jews were avenged (Esther 8:1-7).

The Fast of Esther is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. This fast begins tonight, March 14, 2014 at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown. Then begins Purim, a holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the destruction planned by Haman.

Purim is celebrated with a public reading of the Scroll of Esther, by giving mutual gifts of food and drink, by giving charity to the poor, and with a celebration meal which includes drinking wine. Costumes are often worn. When the name Haman is read in the text, the congregation often uses noisemakers to blot out the mention of his name or they cry out “boo!”  His name is mentioned 54 times in the Book of Esther. This day of deliverance has become a day of feasting and rejoicing.  

Hamantaschen (Haman's Ears) Cookies

Most Purim celebrations include a delicious cookie called "Hamantaschen." Here is the recipe:

Blend:

3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/2 c Crisco butter-flavored shortening (or regular shortening with part butter)
2 tsp. baking powder

Add:
3 1/2 c flour

Work with hands and form into soft ball; flour board and roll out dough to 1/8" thick. Cut circles out with a floured 3 1/2 - 4" cookie cutter circle (or smaller).

Fill: with 12 oz can of Comstock pie filling or Solo brand, poppy, apricot, almond, cherry, peach.... Use 1 tsp per circle. Fold circles into triangles and securely pinch the edges together.

Bake: 350 degrees, 15-25 minutes until golden brown on bottom. Makes 22-30 pieces, depending on size of cookie cutter used.

Completely cool and then dust with powdered sugar, if desired

 

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet in the Oval Office

Just last week President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met together in the Oval Office. Obama affirmed Netanyahu that there is an "incredible bond between our two nations....we do not have a closer friend or ally than Israel and the bond between our two countries and our two peoples is unbreakable."

Obama explained that he still believes that there is a possibility of creating two states living side by side in peace--a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state.

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu reminded Obama about the failed peace processes of the past: "The 20 years that have passed since Israel entered the peace process have been marked by unprecedented steps that Israel has taken to advance peace. I mean, we vacated cities in Judea and Samaria. We left entirely Gaza. We've not only frozen settlements, we've uprooted entire settlements. We've released hundreds of terrorist prisoners, including dozens in recent months.

"And when you look at what we got in return, it's been scores of suicide bombings, thousands of rockets on our cities fired from the areas we vacated, and just incessant Palestinian incitement against Israel. So Israel has been doing its part, and I regret to say that the Palestinians haven't."

President Obama did not respond to any of the comments by Netanyahu, but rather diverted the attention to the issues in the Ukraine and Russia. Interesting that if Obama speaks of such a strong bond with Israel, that he would not  discuss the concerns Netanyahu mentioned , but rather moved on to another topic.

You may obtain full transcripts of this discussion from www.timesofisrael.com

 

An Update with More Rockets This Morning In Israel

Below is an update from Operation Lifeshield on the rocket fire in Israel this morning. To donate to our Bomb Shelter campaign, please click here and save lives!

Thursday March 13, 2013. 12:00PM Israel time (6:00AM EDT). 

People in Sderot, running for shelter last night

People in Sderot, running for shelter last night

Following a quiet night in Southern Israel, Gaza terrorists launched more rockets this morning targeting Ashkelon, Ashdod, Yavneh and Rehovot. 

Schools in Ashdod without protective shelters are closed. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu commenting publicly about the attacks, said, "Our policy in the south is clear - we thwart and harm anyone who tries to hurt us and we respond forcefully to every firing (of rockets)".

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield


 

ALERT: Rocket Hitting Southern Israel NOW!

Please read the article below that was received a few minutes ago from our partner, Operation Lifeshield in Israel. To donate toward our bomb shelter, please click here. Sh'muel will be here April 28th and will speak at an event we are planning so you can meet him and hear the stories of the people of Israel! Mark your calendar.

Wednesday March 12, 2013. 6:00PM Israel time (12:00PM EDT).  Dozens of rockets have been fired into Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past hour. The terror organisation Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility, however we suspect that coordination with Hamas is evident. Code Red Sirens can be heard now in Sderot, Sha'ar HaNegev and Eshkol. All residents in under attack are ordered to shelters, if available. Leah and I toured Sderot yesterday, and met with the beautiful and courageous people there. We dined at a wonderful restaurant, and all was quiet. As we have witnessed on many occasions, the security situation in the Middle East can change without notice. Click here for more details and news coverage. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. Blessings from Israel. Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director Operation Lifeshield

Wednesday March 12, 2013. 6:00PM Israel time (12:00PM EDT). 

Dozens of rockets have been fired into Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the past hour. The terror organisation Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility, however we suspect that coordination with Hamas is evident. Code Red Sirens can be heard now in Sderot, Sha'ar HaNegev and Eshkol. All residents in under attack are ordered to shelters, if available.

Leah and I toured Sderot yesterday, and met with the beautiful and courageous people there. We dined at a wonderful restaurant, and all was quiet. As we have witnessed on many occasions, the security situation in the Middle East can change without notice.

Click here for more details and news coverage.

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

Iranian Ship Carrying Missiles Intercepted

Here is a message from inside Israel--from our partners from "Operation Lifeshield."

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What a week! Excitement followed by more excitement. The biggest news was the capture of an Iranian ship carrying dozens of missiles headed for Gaza yesterday. Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues, and a senior writer with Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and regular speaker at AIPAC. Harel wrote that the only negative thing about the seizure of the ship was the timing... it would have been incredible if it had happened just before Bibi's speech at AIPAC! Actually, I feel it would have been even more outrageous if the ship capture happened during US Secretary of State Kerry's speech about the importance of diplomacy with the Iranians. Now that would have been hilarious! Well, the outstanding operation of the IDF literally saved the lives of thousands by not allowing the missiles to get into the hands of Israel's enemies in Gaza. 

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And speaking of AIPAC, a wonderful time was had meeting up with old friends and establishing new friendships. There were excellent sessions, delicious kosher food and very productive meetings.

A word about BDS (the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel)... totally hypocritical! At UCLA a few days ago, student council entertained the notion of a divestment resolution. Thankfully, it was rejected, but not before many anti-Israel voices were heard. The CUFI Campus Field Organiser, Western Region was present - the only Christian supporting the Jewish students under attack and expressed the following to the student council:

 "My name is Jessica Marzucco and I am neither Arab nor Jew, Palestinian nor Israeli, but I support peace, I support equality, and I support human rights, and that is why I support Israel and I am against this divestment."

 

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A Jewish friend approached Jessica later and said these words:  "Thank you for what you said for my people."  I could not agree more.     Jessica Marzucco

Blessings from Israel!

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director,

Operation Lifeshield

Song For Israel collects money to help build a bomb shelter to  save lives in Israel.  Click here for more information. Click here to donate.

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Juha Ketola speaks on "Modern Israel" - Free Event

Song For Israel continues to strive to bring an awareness of God's plan for Israel into focus. We have a special event you are invited to attend on Saturday, February 22nd at 7 PM!

Come hear International Director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Juha Ketola share on "Modern Israel." Juha oversees the ministry's worldwide network of national branches in over 70 nations. Juha Ketola and his wife, Kati, reside in Jerusalem and have three children and two grandchildren. 

 

Juha is a sought-after speaker around the globe and will be in your backyard in just a week! Join us at Richfield Community Church Meeting House, 5320 Richfield Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92886.  Please RSVP by filling out simple registration form below:

You will also hear about two opportunities to visit Israel with "History on the Move" tours.

Operation Lifeshield Provides Shelters for Teen Girls Residential School in Israel

It's a fact - Israel has her share of social problems, just like other countries. Violence, neglect and abuse at home; exist in many corners of Israeli society. The Eden Residential School for at-risk teen girls (ages 12-18) provides a safe space for those who cannot or choose not to live at home. However, this "safe" space, situated inside beautiful Kibbutz Karmiya, is located only 2 miles (3 km) from the northern Gaza border. And as recently as this past Thursday night, rockets struck this area, giving the residents only a few seconds warning to seek shelter.

Operation Lifeshield seeks to help the most vulnerable populations in Israel who live in targeted areas.

Operation Lifeshield delivered two bomb shelters a few days ago, donated by United With Israel. The girls were excited and appreciative to have more shelters to protect them. I sincerely hope that these shelters will help the girls concentrate on healing from their emotional wounds, and also demonstrate that in a world of hurt, there are people from distant places who love them.

Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield in providing bomb shelters for those in need in Israel. It is a way for us to show our love for them. If you would like to partner with us by sending a financial contribution, please click here. To learn more about our bomb shelter campaign, please click here.

Soda Stream in Israel Falsely Accused

Last February we posted an article about Soda Stream, a  company that provides over 1,300  jobs in the Palestinian territory of Israel--a company where Jews and Palestinians work side-by-side in peace. Soda Stream is now in the limelight because the Palestinian Authority is seeking its demise. To read original post, click here.

 Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has stepped down from her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador because her support for an Israeli business is not okay with the organization that provides aid to impoverished nations all over the world.

The Palestinian Authority states that because Soda Stream exists on "illegal land" which is considered a settlement, that the company should be shut down. They say it is causing impoverishment to Palestinians. How can that be when Soda Stream is equally employing Palestinians who would otherwise be starving?

 Watch this YouTube which presents both sides and you decide for yourself. Please feel free to leave comments below.

ISRAEL Study Tour 2014

Information Reception

FEBRUARY 22

The HistoryOnTheMove Feast of Tabernacles Israel tour will take place this October, 2014. We will  visit  Israel and the Palestinian Authority during the Feast of Tabernacles week with all of the celebrations that go with it!

We invite you to consider traveling with us as we study the history, people, and geography of the world of the Bible.  

For those living in Southern California who are interested in the 2014 Study Tour, we invite you to the next HistoryOnTheMove Study Tour Information Reception on Saturday, February 22nd, 7 PM.  That evening, we will share information about international travel and what we will see along the way, as well as testimonies from individuals who have traveled on our tours before.  Among our speakers that evening will be Ms. Deby Brown of Song For Israel and Mr. Juha Ketola, International Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

We are planning for an exciting evening.  Please RSVP  at info@songforisrael.org to let us know if you plan to attend.  Thank you for considering being a part of the next HistoryOnTheMove travel group!

Meeting place:

Richfield Community Church

Meeting House
5312 Richfield Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Although much of today's world rejects the notion that the Holocaust even occurred, today is considered International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a sad day as many still have memories of the evils done to family members and friends. Still others question how such evil could be allowed to occur in our world. But it did happen.

Last month I visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center with some friends and I was given a little card with the name and picture of a little girl who lived during the Holocaust. Eva Been was a darling girl from The Netherlands. She came from a normal family where her father was a high school teacher in Northern Holland. The Jews of The Netherlands were well-integrated into the general population and they were active in all aspects of the country's social, cultural and economic life. 

Eva Beem

Eva was eight years old when the Germans invaded her town and separated the Jews and forced them into restricted ghetto areas. Eva's parents decided they would go into hiding, hoping their children would be safer posing as non-Jews in a rural village. They found a Christian family willing to risk death to save them. Eva was given a new name and identity and attended school with others from the village.

The Nazis realized that many Jewish children had been sent into hiding and therefore intensified their search. Eleven-year old Eva and her brother Abraham were arrested and ultimately deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. Both were murdered upon their arrival.

Eva was one of 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Germans and their collaborators during the Holocaust.

Today, Israel and the Jewish people are still targets in the world with their neighbors in Iran chanting "Death to Israel" and "Drive them into the Sea." It is horrible to think such things still take place, but another Holocaust could happen. Satan would like nothing more than to defeat God's plan for Israel. Song For Israel exists to educate people about God's eternal plan for Israel from a biblical viewpoint. We stand with Israel. Will you?

Please consider making a donation to help further our ministry. Please click here.

Operation Lifeshield Delivers a Bomb Shelter to Ashkelon School

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This past Wednesday night, 6 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. Their target: Ashkelon. Yesterday, the city-wide Code Red siren blared again, warning of another possible attack. Miraculously, we had a scheduled delivery of two Lifeshield shelters yesterday morning. Emotions ran high as everyone we met shared their heartfelt gratitude. I drove around Ashkelon with the Security Chief of the city in his truck, and received an invaluable perspective of the moment-by-moment crisis management he commands. Awesome stuff! It's amazing how much goes on to protect citizens on a daily basis - and especially when rockets are being shot at you.

Thank you for being part of this campaign. Thank you for saving lives.

Here's the video of my visit to Ashkelon yesterday

Song For Israel partners with Operation Lifeshield and accepts donations for this project. In 2013 we personally delivered a check for over $2,000 towards a bomb shelter like the one shown here. To donate, please click here.  Join us in saving lives in Israel. Your donation is tax deductible.

Blessings from Israel.

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director

Operation Lifeshield

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Disrespectful Islamic Responses to Death of Israel’s Former Prime Minister

Just hours after the death of Israel’s former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, jihadists fired rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip. That was such a disrespectful attack, as it was by the very hand of Ariel Sharon, that the Gaza Strip was given freely to the Palestinian Authority in 2005. Within months the Palestinian Authority handed that land over to the terrorist group, Hamas, and has haunted Israel ever since with rocket fire.

According to Jihad Watch, “Hamas on Saturday called Sharon’s death a ‘historic moment’ that marked the ‘disappearance of a criminal whose hands were covered with Palestinian blood.’”

While Israelis mourn Sharon, Palestinian leaders from both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas movement celebrated his death.  Meanwhile, Palestinians passed out sweets to celebrate Sharon’s death.

Shortly after the former prime minister’s funeral, several rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. No physical damage was done, but the emotional damage was felt by mourning Israelis.

Regardless of how someone feels about another, there should at least be respect for a time of mourning and not a time of celebration of a death.