A Third Attack Tunnel Destroyed by the Israeli Air Force

Last Sunday, the Israeli military said it demolished a tunnel that was built by the Hamas militant group. The terror attack tunnel stretched from the Gaza Strip through Israel and into Egypt and was 180 meters (590 feet) long.

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Israeli jets struck part of the tunnel and other sophisticated “tools” destroyed the rest. The tunnel ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. They could tell a Hamas attack was imminent.

Since the 2014 war in Israel known as “Operation Protective Edge,” Israel has been neutralizing tunnel threats. Israel has destroyed three tunnels over the past two months and is deploying the most advanced technological means to do so.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the tunnel’s construction was a clear violation of Israeli sovereignty and destroying it delivered a stinging blow to one of Hamas’ most significant assets. “The message to Gaza’s leadership and residents is clear – invest in the sanctity of life and not these burial tunnels,” he said.

 

Israel Follows USA Lead in Withdrawing From UNESCO

Israel has filed notice to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) alongside the United States.

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In recent years, Israel has blasted UNESCO over the organization’s criticism of Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem (Judea and Samaria) and its decision to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011.

Both Israel and the US – which filed its own withdrawal notice in October, noting that it would instead seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO - will officially cease membership as of December 31, 2018. 

In announcing its withdrawal, the US Department of State noted "anti-Israel bias" and "the need for fundamental reform" within the organization. Shortly afterward, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would also pull out of UNESCO on the grounds that the body had become "a theatre of the absurd". 

Israel - Gaza Rockets Fired During Ceremony for Slain Soldier

Late last night (around 11:45 am Israel time) the Code Red alarm sounded in Gaza border communities as a rocket hit a structure in Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council shortly thereafter. The rocket launched from Gaza was fired during a ceremony for a slain soldier. My "Red Alert" phone app went crazy as I watched report after report of rocket attacks every few seconds. I sat in silence and prayed that God would spare lives. Later I learned that there were no casualties reported. Two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The Israel Defence Force retaliated by attacking Hamas positions in northern Gaza. 

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There are not enough bomb shelters in the areas attacked for people to run to safety. 

Time is running out. A Song For Israel donor has pledged to match every dollar donated by December 31st toward our Bomb Shelter campaign. Last night twelve rockets hit in the very area that a new bomb shelter is needed. Please donate and help save lives in Israel.

To learn more about our Bomb Shelter campaign and to donate, please click here.

 

2017 in Review

Song For Israel would like to thank you for partnering with us financially and prayerfully. In 2017, Song For Israel was able to boldly help stand in the gap for Israel and the Jewish people.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to pursue our goal of proclaiming God's eternal plan through Israel.  We could not do that without your support.

Celebrating God’s Hand Over Israel in 2017

This year SFI was excited that Israel celebrated 50 years of a united Jerusalem. After 70 AD when the Romans destroyed the city, it was not until 1967 that Israel regained Jerusalem. In June, Israel celebrated their 50 years of liberation for Jerusalem. Deby spent the month of July with Board member, Jeanette Johns, in Jerusalem.

 As 2017 was coming to an end, another cause for celebration occurred.  On December 6, President Donald Trump announced the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the US Embassy, now located in Tel Aviv, would be moved to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. It was Jerusalem’s jubilee year and the time was right for the nations to begin recognizing Israeli sovereignty over their capital city. Since that time, Guatemala has announced they will be moving their embassy to Jerusalem as well.

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Celebrating God’s Hand over Song For Israel in 2017

With your help this year, Song For Israel:

Completed a Bomb Shelter Project for a high school in Kfar Silver, Israel. We collected $16,000 for this project and will be sending the donation this week

We began our third Bomb Shelter Campaign in Eskol, Israel, where rockets have been hitting regularly for the past six weeks. This shelter will be $21,000 and we have a donor matching every gift up to $20,000

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Published our book called Understanding God’s Eternal Plan For Israel with the grant funds provided by the  James L. Stamp Foundation

We became eligible for a second grant from the James L. Stamp Foundation and will submit our “wish list” in a few weeks

Partnered with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for their Passover Seder at the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove in April

Sponsored a “Walk for Israel” on Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, in celebration of Israel’s Independence Day

Held a successful conference in March 2017 and began preparations for our conference in March of 2018

Offered two fundraiser events: one at Miguel Jr. Restaurant and one with Premier Jewelry. These events brought in a total of $385

Led two weekly Bible study classes in the Book of Revelation, Part 4 and Daniel

Hosted 18 Prayer Meetings

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Celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with a celebration dinner and entertainment - 80 people attended

Donations that came in via Ebay sellers, Ebay Give, iGive and AmazonSmile were $1,134 and much appreciated!

Hosted a Chanukah party at the Yorba Linda Community Center on December 15th.

We wrote and posted 103 website articles in 2017

And, with your help, we’re excited about 2018 and plan to:

Offer a conference on March 4th, 2018, at the Yorba Linda Community Center, focusing    on Israel

Partner with Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation for a Passover Seder on March      31st at the Embassy Suites, Garden Grove

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Host the annual Israel Tour April 19 – 30th (with a side trip to Petra, Jordan)

May 14, 2018 marks Israel’s 70th birthday. Watch for plans for this date

Complete our third Bomb Shelter project in Eskhol, Israel, through Operation Lifeshield

·Begin small group 8-week studies in our book, Understanding God’s Eternal Plan for Israel

Create a new workbook and PowerPoint slides to accompany Understanding God’s        Eternal Plan for Israel book

Offer 2 inductive Bible Studies in the Book of Daniel, followed by Galatians in February.

 In the Fall, we will be studying the Book of Romans. All studies are taught with a Jewish-roots focus

Search for more churches who share our vision and would enjoy partnering with us

Host a fabulous Chanukah party in December

Work on plans to reach new people and share our vision

As always, Song For Israel counts on your support. The discrimination towards Israel is rising every day! Your gift is extremely important to SFI because it provides resources that make an immediate impact through education, lifesaving bomb shelters, and ministry to the Jewish people. Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us to proclaim God’s eternal plan for Israel? Please consider a monthly partnership and/or a year-end tax-deductible donation for Song For Israel. To donate, please click here. In addition, you might feel led to consider the following special projects:

1. Funds to help offset costs of our March conference

2. Donate toward our Bomb Shelter Project

Scripture tells us that “Those who bless Israel will be blessed…” (Genesis 12:3) In addition, our prayer team regularly prays that God will bless you, our donors.

Once again, thank you for helping Song For Israel impact our world in support of Israel and the Jewish people. May God richly bless you.

Blessings and Shalom,

Deby Brown and the entire Song For Israel Team

 

 

Guatemala Says It Will Relocate its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

On Christmas Eve, Guatemala’s President, Jimmy Morales, announced that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala is the first nation to follow the lead of President Donald Trump in ordering the change.

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Guatemala was one of the nine nations that voted with the US and Israel last Thursday when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution denouncing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, although the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

Chanukah Series: Gelt (Chocolate Money)

The tradition of Chanukah gelt (money given to children during Chanukah) originates from a 17th century practice of Polish Jewry to give money to their small children for distribution to their teachers. Later, children were allowed to keep the money for themselves.

In the 18th century, it became custom for poor yeshiva students to visit homes of Jewish benefactors dispensing Chanukah money. It is also possible that the custom evolved from Jews in Easter Europe giving coins to religious teachers as a token of gratitude (Similar to the custom of tipping service people on Christmas).

In 1958, the Bank of Israel issued commemorative coins for use as Chanukah gelt. That year, the coin bore the image of the menorah that appeared on Maccabean coins 2,000 years earlier.

Children often use chocolate gelt to play the dreidel game. Parents, grandparents or other relatives give older children actual money.

In Chassidic communities, the rabbis continue the practice of distributing small coins to those visiting them during Chanukah. Chassidic Jews consider this to be a blessing from the Rabbi and a hope for success.

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Chanukah Series: Gift Giving

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One of the major reasons Chanukah has become so centered around gifts is because of its proximity to Christmas. On the Jewish calendar, Chanukah is celebrated beginning on sundown on the 25th day of Kislev. This year it began on December 12th.

There has always been a tradition of giving, but in a different way than it is today. Gift-giving at Chanukah (one gift each night) is a relatively modern Jewish tradition, developed in response to the older tradition of gift-giving at Christmas. It is extremely unusual for Jews to give Chanukah gifts to anyone other than their own young children. The only traditional gift of the holiday is "gelt," (Yiddish for money) small amounts of money.

Instead of focusing on gifts, Jewish people prefer to focus on Israel’s victory, which Chanukah commemorates and as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to His people.

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Chanukah Series: Latkes (Potato Pancakes!)

Latkes are traditionally eaten during the Chanukah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Chanukah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle.

Despite the popularity of latkes and tradition of eating them during Chanukah, they are hard to come by in stores or restaurants in Israel, having been largely replaced by the Chanukah doughnut (see upcoming article on Sufganoit or Jelly Doughnuts).

Latkes are not necessarily be made from potatoes. Sometimes they are made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches. Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potatoes and may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes.

Potato Pancakes, Latkes with Sour Cream

Avi’s Favorite Latke Recipe Makes about 24 latkes

Ingredients: • 7-8 large russet potatoes, peeled • 1 1/2 medium onions • 6 large eggs, beaten • 3/4 cup matzo meal or bread crumbs • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 3/4 cup canola oil (for frying) • Applesauce and sour cream, for serving

Directions: Grate the potatoes and onion into a bowl or pulse in food processor (careful not to puree it). Drain any excess liquid from the bowl and add the eggs, matzo meal, salt and pepper. Mix all of the ingredients together to thoroughly combine them.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Spoon the latke mixture into the hot oil forming small pancakes, using 3-4 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Cook until the underside is golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the latke over and cook until the other side is golden and the potatoes are cooked through, about 2 more minutes.

One way to tell that your latkes are done is by sound: when it stops sizzling it’s time to flip it over. Allowing a latke to remain in the oil after the sizzling has stopped will result in greasy, oil-logged latkes (which is not what you want).

When done, remove the latkes from the oil and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Pat off the excess oil once they have cooled a bit, then serve hot with applesauce or sour cream.

Here is a video to show you how to make them:

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Chanukah Series: Miracles

Whether Christian or Jewish, we can thank God for the miracles He has performed. We remember His miracle in the days of old that is now celebrated at this Feast of Dedication, praising Him for preserving His temple in Jerusalem as the people rededicated it on Chanukah. Today this feast is also called the Festival of Lights! Jesus (Yeshua) IS the Light of the World! ("Jesus spoke saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12).

Chanukah Series: The Nine-Candle Menorah

The Chanukah menorah, also called a “hanukkiah,” is a nine-branched candleholder and one of the most common symbols of Chanukah.

Just after sundown, family members and friends gather around the menorah and recite blessings as the middle candle, the shamash, is lit. It is a little taller than the other eight candles and is used to light all the other candles. It is considered to be the servant candle, lighting candles from left to right. One additional candle on the menorah is lit on each of Chanukah's eight nights.

On the eighth night, all nine candles (the 8 Chanukah candles and the shamash) are lit. On nights after the first, only the first two blessings are recited; the third blessing, called “she-hekhianu” is only recited on the first night of holidays. 

Lighting the Chanukah menorah is an important part of celebrating this Jewish holiday. According to the Hanukkah story, once Jewish revolutionaries had retaken the Temple from the Syrians they wanted to rededicate it to God and restore its ritual purity. Eight days worth of oil were needed to complete the ritual purification, but they were only able to find one day's worth of oil. They lit the menorah anyway and miraculously, the oil lasted for eight full days. The menorah reminds us of this miracle of the Chanukah lights.

The Jewish people use a different, seven-candle menorah for their weekly Sabbaths (Shabbats). The seven is significant because God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. He asks us to rest on the seventh day too. “Shabbat” in English means “to rest.”

First candle lighting of the Menorah for this Chanukah will be this evening,, December 24th. Candle lighting is each evening following that until the evening of Saturday, December 31st. 

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Chanukah Series: Sufganiot (Jelly-Filled Doughnuts)

Food plays an important role in Jewish celebrations, and Chanukah is no exception. Fried foods, in particular, have become a tradition during the celebration of Chanukah, as the oil used is reminiscent of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the holy Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated.

A favorite dessert consumed during Chanukah is the sufganiyot, meaning, “sponge” to describe its texture. Traditionally, this fried donut is filled with red jelly and topped with sugar icing or dusted with powdered sugar. However, today, many variations of this sweet treat exist, including both sweet and savory fillings.

We will be serving sufganiyot from Krispy Kreme at our Chanukah party this Friday, December 15th, 7 pm at the Yorba Linda Community Center. Our reservation list is now full, but you may be placed on the waiting list by clicking here.

Below is a recipe for a traditional jelly-filled sufganiyot, but if you’re adventurous in the kitchen, why not experiment by filling your donuts with salted caramel or sliced bananas and fudge.

Sufganoit - Jelly Doughnuts

Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this Sufganiot Jelly Doughnut recipe for Hanukkah. Geller made these with her whole family one night during Hanukkah. Everyone was given a part – from deep-fry duty to powdering to quality control tasting. It was a delicious and fun mess!

PREP TIME: 8 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 18 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 (8-ounce) cartons vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup seedless strawberry jelly

PREPARATION:

1.  In a large bowl, place flour, yogurt, vanilla sugar and eggs.

2. Knead until all ingredients are combined and a sticky, doughy batter is formed. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Heat 6 cups canola oil in a 6-quart stockpot, covered, over medium heat.

4. When dough is ready, uncover oil and raise heat to high.

5. Scoop out a tablespoonful of batter and drop in oil. Don’t make the doughnuts too big, so they can cook through.

6. You should be able to fry about 7 doughnuts at a time. Using a slotted spoon, turn doughnuts when halfway browned, about 30 seconds to 1minute. Fry for another 2 to 3 minutes or until entire doughnut is deep golden brown and cooked through.

7. Remove doughnuts and let cool on paper towel-lined plates. Repeat previous two steps with remaining batter.

8. Fill a squeeze bottle with jelly and inject a little into each doughnut.

9. Roll each doughnut in confectioners’ sugar. Or shake 3 doughnuts at a time in a paper bag filled with confectioners’ sugar.

YIELD: 14 doughnuts

SOURCE:Quick and Kosher: Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, by Jamie Geller. Recipe reprinted with permission from Feldheim Publishers.

Jamie Geller was “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” – until she found her niche as everybody’s favorite kosher cook next door. She is the author of the best-selling Quick & Kosher cookbook series, creator of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine and host  of the popular Quick & Kosher cooking show online at youtube.com/joyofkosher and on-air on JLTV.  Join Jamie and the world’s largest kosher food community on joyofkosher.com to discover 5,000 FREE kosher recipes, inspiring menu ideas, how-to videos, and more! Follow more of Jamie’s Quick & Kosher cooking adventures on Twitter@JoyofKosher and on facebook.com/joyofkosher. Recipe and photo reprinted and used with permission from Feldheim Publishers.

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Chanukah Series: The Dreidel

The dreidel is one of the best-known symbols of Chanukah. A four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, the dreidel is used to play a fun Chanukah game of chance. The word "dreidel" comes from a Yiddish word meaning "to turn." Each side of the dreidel has one letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Pictured from RIGHT TO LEFT  נ (NUN), ג (GIMEL), ה (HEI), ש (SHIN)

Pictured from RIGHT TO LEFT  נ (NUN), ג (GIMEL), ה (HEI), ש (SHIN)

Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, it was hidden whenever someone approached.  Instead, the dreidels were taken out and played like a game of chance. The letters on the dreidels form the acronym for “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” which translates "a great miracle happened there". In Israel, the fourth side of most dreidels is inscribed with the letter פ (Pei), which changes the acronym to “ Nes Gadol Hayah Poh” which translates “a great miracle happened here," referring to the miracle that occurred in the land of Israel, the Holy Land. The situation there seemed dire and beyond hope. The commitment of a few people turned the situation around (like a Dreidel turns around) and brought out the miracle and God's salvation.

Spinning the dreidel is not part of the official Chanukah ceremonies, but has become a traditional game played during the holiday. It has become one of the symbols associated with Chanukah.

To play the game of dreidel, two to four players each get a handful of pennies or chocolate money called gelt. The dreidel continues to be passed around the circle until one player has won everyone's coins.

Rules of the game To play the game of Dreidel, two to four players each get an equal number of game pieces (usually 10–15). The game pieces can be any object, such as chocolate money called gelt, pennies, or raisins. The remainder of the pot is left in the middle. The youngest player spins the dreidel to begin the game. It can be played in several rounds.

At the beginning of each round, every participant puts one game piece into the center "pot." In addition, every time the pot is empty and sometimes if it has one game piece left, every player puts one in the pot.

Each player spins the dreidel once during their turn. Depending on which side is facing up when it stops spinning, they give or take game pieces from the pot:

  • NUN - Loses his turn and the top passes to the next player
  • GIMEL - Wins everything in the pot
  • HEY - Win half the pot. (If there is an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player rounds up to the nearest  whole number)
  • SHIN (or PEH) - Lose all of his coins or some play that he only adds a game piece to the pot.

If the player is out of pieces, they are either "out of the game" or may ask another player for a "loan."

The winner is the one who ends up with all the pieces.

A famous song is sung about this game. “I Have a Little Dreidel” (also known as the Dreidel song) is a very famous song in the English-speaking world for Chanukah. The English version of the song is well associated with the festival of Chanukah and is known by many Jews and non-Jews alike. The lyrics of the song are simple and about making a dreidel and playing with it. The lyrics are as follows:

I Have a Little Dreidel I have a little dreidel I made it out of clay, And when it's dry and ready O dreidel I shall play. O dreidel dreidel dreidel I made it out of clay, And when it's dry and ready, O dreidel I shall play.

According to some historians, Jews first played with a spinning top during the rule of the Greek King Antiochus'. In Judea, Antiochus had outlawed Jewish worship, so the Jews would use a game with the spinning top as a ruse to conceal that they were secretly studying Torah.

Please check our site daily for more in this Chanukah series! Comment if you have enjoyed this Chanukah Series! Happy Chanukah!

Join us for a dredel game at our Chanukah Party Friday, December 15th at 7 pm, at the Yorba Linda Community Center! Click here to register and for more information.

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Chanukah Series -- The Feast of Dedication and its History

Tomorrow evening marks the first night in the eight days of Chanukah, celebrated all over the world by Jewish people and now more and more by Christians. Song For Israel will post an article each day during Chanukah, explaining traditions surrounding the holiday, including the dreidel, gelt, gifts, the nine-candle menorah, recipes and more! Please visit our website daily.

When in 175 BC, Antiochus Ephiphanes became King of Syria, all citizens had to embrace the Greek religion and culture. In Judea, Sabbath observance was outlawed, kosher laws and circumcision forbidden and those found practicing Judaism were killed. By sacrificing pigs on the altar and erecting a statue of Zeus, the Jerusalem Temple was desecrated.

Some Jews complied with Antiochus' degrees. Others became secret believers or chose to become martyrs.

In 167 BC, Mattathias, the village elder and priest of Modi'in, refused to kill the Greek's sacrificial pig and eat its flesh. When someone offered to perform the rites instead, Mattathias became so enraged that he killed the man. In the ensuing riot, the Greek soldiers were killed by Mattathias, his five sons and some villagers. Together with a group of people who were faithful to the Lord, Mattathias hid in the hills of the Judean Desert. From this area they conducted guerilla attacks against the Greeks. After the death of Mattathias, Judah became the military leader. His nickname "Maccabee" is probably derived from the acronym: Mi kamocha ba'elim Adonai" - "Who is like you among the gods, oh LORD."

Even though Jerusalem's Temple was liberated by the Maccabees in 164 BC, it was only in 142 BC that Judean independence was achieved.

As sole survivor of the family, Judah's brother Simeon became the High Priest and ruler. This was the beginning of the Hasmonean dynasty, which continued until the Roman occupation of Judea in 63 BC.

Chanukah (dedication) refers to the re-dedication and cleansing of the SecondTemple in 164 BC. There was only a one-day supply of pure (kosher) olive oil to light the Temple's Menorah (seven-branched candleabra). The Menorah was lit, and miraculously burned for eight days.

In Jesus’ time, Chanukah was called the “Feast of Dedication." Read it's mention in John 10:22-23 (NIV). “Then came the 'Feast of Dedication' at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.” 

The Temple in Jerusalem was the Jewish religious and national symbol. After its destruction, the religious focus moved to the synagogue. Rabbis switched to the “oil legend” (the miracle that kept the Temple’s Menorah burning for eight days). As a visual and hopeful reminder that miracles still happened, people began to light oil lamps in their houses. 

Not wanting to irk the Roman occupiers, the Jewish military aspect of the Festival diminished.

Only in the 19th century, with the emergence of the Zionist movement and Jewish nationalism, Chanukah’s military aspect re-surfaced. The Jewish people took courage in remembering the strength and courage of the Maccabees.

The festival is observed by kindling lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Chanukiah. It has eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash (attendant) and used to kindle the other candles.

Religious neighborhoods have outdoor chanukiot (plural for Chanukiah) placed along the streets.

On the first night of the Festival, public candle-lighting ceremonies are held all over the world. On each night, an additional light is kindled, until all candles burn on the eighth and final night.

After the lighting of the candles, it is tradition to sing the hymn Ma'or Tzur (see below). The song contains six stanzas. The first and last deal with general themes of divine salvation; the middle four deal with events of persecution in Jewish history, and praise God for survival despite these tragedies:

The exodus from Egypt, the Babylonian captivity, the miracle of the holiday of Purim, and the Hasmonean victory over the Greeks.

A popular (non-literal translation) is called "Rock of Ages". Based on the German version by Leopold Stein (1810–1882), it was written by Talmudic linguist Marcus Jastrow and Gustav Gottheil.

MAOZ TZUR

(1st. stanza)

My Refuge my Rock of salvation!

'Tis pleasant to sing to your praises.
Let our house of prayer be restored.

And there we will offer You our thanks.
When You will have utterly silenced the loud-mouthed foe.

Then we will celebrate with song and psalm the altar's dedication.

ROCK OF AGES

Rock of Ages, let our song, praise Thy saving power;

Thou, amidst the raging foes, wast our sheltering tower.

Furious they assailed us, but Thine arm availed us,

And Thy Word broke their sword, when our own strength failed us.

Kindling new the holy lamps, priests, approved in suffering,

Purified the nation's shrine, brought to God their offering.

And His courts surrounding, hear, in joy abounding,

Happy throngs, singing songs with a mighty sounding.

Children of the martyr race, whether free or fettered,

Wake the echoes of the songs where ye may be scattered.

Yours the message cheering, that the time is nearing

Which will see, all men free, tyrants disappearing

From the book: Remember, Observe, Rejoice ©  by Petra van der Zande, which may be purchased from Lulu Press by clicking here.  Used with permission.  

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Song For Israel Thanks President Trump for Blessing Israel Today

Today from the White House, President Trump fulfilled two of his campaign promises:

1. He officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

2. He directed the State Department to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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Trump stated in his speech, "In 1995, Congress adopted The Jerusalem Embassy Act, urging the Federal Government to relocate the American Embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize that city as Israel's capital. The Act passed by a majority vote, yet for over twenty years, every U. S. President exercised the U. S. waiver not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, believing that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace." He went on to say that after more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to peace in that region.

"When Israel gained statehood in 1948, they declared Jerusalem as their eternal and undivided capital...Today, Israel claims Jerusalem as its united capital, with most branches of Israeli government headquartered there, including the Knesset building. Only the Ministry of Defense is located in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem." (Excerpt is taken from Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel" by Deby Brown - book available on Amazon). 

God said He has written His name on the land of Jerusalem: "...Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there." 1 Kings 11:36

Jerusalem is the city that God claims is His.

Song For Israel thanks President Trump for this bold move!

URGENT CALL TO PRAYER FOR JERUSALEM

Song For Israel partners with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) with our Bomb Shelter Project (Click on this link for more). Below is an article published by ICEJ today.

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We are currently at a very critical moment as US President Donald Trump is seriously considering a change of American policy on Jerusalem, a decision that is facing stiff opposition even within his own government. On Monday, he let pass the deadline for signing a waiver to delay the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and on Wednesday he is expected to deliver a speech outlining his new position on the city. Press reports indicate he will announce his official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while again delaying the move of the Embassy here.

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This appears to be a half-way step meant to placate the Arabs and Muslims, while also trying to please his base, including pro-Israel Christians. But it still touches on the sensitive issue of Jerusalem, and thus the spiritual battle over the city is about to intensify even more. Here in Jerusalem, we sense an urgency to call Christians everywhere to pray and intercede over this pending decision by the US administration.

From the start of 2017, the Lord has been speaking to us about this being a year of Jubilee for Jerusalem. In modern times, there seems to be a Jubilee cycle in operation whereby every fifty years something dramatic is happening to release Jerusalem further into its prophetic destiny. This includes the discovery of the original City of David by Charles Warren in 1867, the liberation of Jerusalem by Gen. Edmund Allenby in 1917, and the reuniting of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty in 1967. This means we can expect another Jubilee release for Jerusalem sometime during this biblical calendar year, which runs through mid-March 2018 (1st of Nisan).

According to the Law of Moses (Leviticus 25), in a Jubilee year slaves are set free, debts are forgiven, and land reverts to its rightful owners. The Bible further speaks of it as a year of God’s favour upon Israel. So we urge you to pray for all of Jerusalem to be fully released into God’s redemptive purposes for Israel this year. Pray that President Trump would be a modern-day Cyrus, making a decree that enables the Jewish people to reach their prophetic destiny here in this city. Pray that the Lord would show favour to Israel by quickly dealing with those who would seek to stoke violence over this decision. And finally, pray for the peace of Jerusalem – that the city would remain calm, united and in Jewish hands.

In Christ!

Dr. Jürgen Bühler
ICEJ President