By Donalda Shell -
The great nation of Israel has given the world numerous blessings with the Messiah being the most important. It is also stated that Israel is the chosen people to reveal God’s character and personality to the world.
In God’s covenants with Israel, God’s character is revealed. We can see God’s faithfulness and grace in the covenants as well as justice. There is a delightful passage in the book of Exodus that describes how God relays his own attributes to his beloved Moses on Mount Sinai.
“Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him [Moses] there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation’” (Exodus 34:5-7).
According to this passage, God reveals himself through Israel in relaying his presence to the world. He also relays what he is like and what displeases and pleases him. The event at Mt. Sinai shows us that God is the almighty creator, and he loves what he has created and wants to interact with us. We learn in the events that occurred at Mt. Sinai that God does not tolerate rebellions against him. God is a jealous God and he demonstrates this point with lashing out at sin with punishment not only aimed at the sinners but their generations. This is a profound reminder that our sins have consequences.
The symbols of light which God placed in the tabernacles in the Wilderness and Temple, the menorah and holy fire that fell on the altar. God’sbeauty and spirit was viewed in the pillar of fire that helped lead Israel in the wilderness and his glory shined brightly in the face of Moses after speaking with him in obtaining the Ten Commandments.
The nation of Israel has carried the glory of God for generations. The Apostle Paul wrote that the glory God has given to Israel is a gift to the world. Christians worldwide should always be grateful for the divine light that has come to all of us through the nation of Israel.
By Judith Goodall -
September proved a record month for tourism in Israel. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 284,000 tourists visited Israel during the month of September. This is an increase of five percent in comparing visiting tourists from September 2010. The Israel Tourism Ministry was pleasantly surprised with the increase of tourists.
CBS reported that 229,000 visiting tourists arrived in September with an eleven percent increase which made an all-time record. The record entailed 54,000 people performing one-day visits and 21,400 visitors taking cruises.
Since the beginning of the year through the month of September, 2.4 million tourists arrived in God’s Promised Land. This proved a four percent increase over the same period last year which reported 350,000 tourists visiting Israel for one-day visits.
The Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held prisoner for five years by the militant group Hamas, has finally been released from captivity in exchange for the release of one-thousand Palestinian prisoners. Hamas and the Israeli’s both claim victory in the prisoner exchange. Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit was held in captivity after being kidnapped by the military group. This exchange in no way represents upcoming peace between Israel and Palestine, in fact, the release of prisoners foretells more upcoming violence. Numerous Palestinian murderers released from prison in exchange for GiladShalit have vowed to perform suicide missions again.
Israeli’s nationwide denounced this strategic move by Israel in releasing various Palestinian prisoners who were convicted of murder in exchange for one Israeli soldier. It proves obvious that this political move was not made in creating peace and or confidence between both sides instead; it proves obvious that the exchange occurred due to the highly valued life of Gilad Shalit.
By Judith Goodall -
Five-thousands plus Christians worldwide travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Thousands of God’s believers were able to experience this wonderful event thanks to The International Christian Embassy.
One highlight of the event was when Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke about Jerusalem and the unity of not only Jerusalem but Israel as a whole. He also spoke about the international community and their desire to split-up the land of Israel.
Mayor Nir Barkat spoke passionately about the unity of Israel and how the country represents a heart that refuses to break. This proved inspiring for all Christians in attendance to this inspiring speech of the Jerusalem mayor.
By Donalda Shell -
International and local Christian leaders met in Jerusalem for the Global Day of Prayer. This day was founded in praying for peace of Jerusalem and has been performed dating back to year 2002. Millions of Christians worldwide representing more than thirty-thousand churches registered for the event. There are numerous underground churches from countries such as Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and China that took part in this glorious event. Unbelievably, a religious figure from Indonesia which holds the largest Muslim population worldwide registered for the event.
The Global Day of Prayer was televised for the viewing pleasure of millions of Christians worldwide who cannot attend the ceremony. The event was hosted by Robert Stearns who co-founded this special day.
By Donalda Shell -
Hummus is the word utilized for “chickpea” in Arabic. In the English language, hummus is the title given to great-tasting dips that consist of chickpeas (mashed), tahini (very important ingredient), garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of garlic. Hummus is utilized for making sandwiches, dips and for anyone trying to eat healthier, hummus can be utilized instead of rice when serving entrée’s.
Some people complain after preparing hummus that is appears dry and this is why when serving, drizzle some olive oil over the top, this helps in keeping the dish moist. For a dramatic effect, extra virgin olive oil is highly recommended. Toss some black olives on top and voila!
Where did hummus come from?
I wish there was a simple answer to this question however, there is not. Hummus has been around forever and has taken on numerous forms. I am sure the original recipe for hummus is floating around somewhere or perhaps it is hidden a wall somewhere. The truth is no one knows the answer to this question.
Hummus is utilized throughout the entire Arab world which leads us to believe hummus was created somewhere in the Middle East. If you look at international cuisines, hummus is primarily most popular in areas of the Mediterranean and even in places such as India.
I have southern roots in the United States and where I enjoy the basic recipe for hummus, no matter where it originated from, I enjoy adding a little kick of red pepper and roasted red bell peppers to my recipe. This does not take away from the overall taste of basic hummus but if you like a little “spice”, you will find the ground red pepper and the red bell peppers makes the recipe unique and quite enjoyable to taste.
The following is a simple recipe for hummus that my family and I enjoy: Read more >
By Judith Goodall -
Who would have ever thought that coffee sleeves can promote the Dead See? Evidently, Israeli’s Ministry of Tourism that’s who. The innovative idea of utilizing –the coffee sleeve- is being utilized to entice New Yorkers to vote for the Dead Sea in the New7Wonders of Nature competition.
The way –the coffee sleeve- is being used to entice New Yorkers is by means of slogans printed on the sleeves stating “Anywhere else this would be just a lake, but this is the Dead Sea Located on the backside, travelers will view the website www.votedeadsea.com where coffee drinkers can vote for the Dead Sea.
For 2,000 years the apex of holiness on earth, the node connecting heaven with the material are the remnants of the Jewish Temple. The sublime limestone structure that is the Western Wall or Kotel is found in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem. For centuries, sojourners to the cite have placed private messages written on scraps of paper in the cracks between the ancient lime stones, petitioning the Kadosh Baruch Hu – the Holy One Blessed Is He.
Well, now WesternWallWish.com allows all who cannot be present at the Kotel complex in Jerusalem to submit a personal wish at the Holiest site on earth.
Today, more than a million prayer notes and wishes are placed in the Western Wall each year. You can find notes in any language or format placed in the wall. WesternWallWish.com provides this as a free service and profusely appreciates any donation that you can make. When you make a donation, the organization even provides you with video recorded “Wish Placements” which are sent to you when you make a donation. You can submit to WesternWallWish.com a picture, a scanned note, a prayer or blessing or a handwritten note and it will be responsibly placed in one of the fissures between the stones of the ancient Western Wall, remnant of the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, Israel.
Most of the Western Wall or Kotel of the Temple Mount, which is roughly 485 meters long, is obscured by the adjoining, newly built buildings in the area. Until June 1967, however, the portion of the wall accessible to sojourners was less than 28 meters long. The aboveground part consisted of 24 rows of stones of various age though mostly dating back to the original structure. The stones were 18 meters, with six meters found above the Temple Mount level.
By Alfa Ellita -
The Galilee Boat is one of the most meaningful archaeological treasures in the world in the history of Christians. Two fishermen from the town of Ginosar, was fishing on the shore of Galilee in January 1986, and discovered a peculiar object sticking up out of the mud.
This discovery led to the Galilee boat witnessing the light of day 12 days later. This historical vessel sank nearly 2,000 years ago.Scholars have stated that the boat was utilized as a fishing boat as well as a ferry boat. The scholars also stated that the Galilee Boat might have been used in a sea battle against the Romans.
Even with the assumptions and educated statements of the scholars, the fact remains that the Galilee Boat according to Christians worldwide, the boat will and has always been “the Jesus boat”. No one knows precisely who rode in the boat or what its’ specific purpose was but it serves as a beautiful and powerful visual reminder of the biblical story of Jesus and his disciples who were fishermen themselves. Read more >
I attended the International Street Theatre Festival which was ongoing from August 23 – 25. The festival took place on the streets of Bat Yam which is a beautiful coastal city that proved perfect for this artistic and exciting festival.
The festival has been ongoing for 15 years however; this year was the first time the festival had changed its name to C.A.T (Creative Artistic Theatre) Bat Yam. When asked why the name change was made, the festival staff stated that they wanted to place more emphasis on the art of theatrical creation as well as the inspiration behind the choices of artists with public space as their stage.
Some might speculate as to the new additions of the festival however, it is obvious with new artistic directors who are both street theatre experts, Gil Blecher and Lisa Jacobson; they obviously came onboard with fresh and innovative ideas for the festival. It proved obvious to all who attended the festival that the gathering was more challenging and surprising. This proved helpful and fun with drawing in participants and contributors.
By Donalda Shell -
Forty-thousand people stood with the hope of boarding the first 14 light-rail trains Friday afternoon as Jerusalem inaugurated their first light-rail. This is wonderful news for Jerusalem in experiencing the completion of this NIS 4 billion dollar project that has spanned over a decade to complete.
There were obvious technical issues along with delays that were primarily instigated by the huge amount of would-be riders on the first day the light-rail was open for operation. When the train is one-hundred percent operational, it is predicted to carry 100,000 people on any given weekday ranging from 5.30 in the morning past midnight. This is the equivalent to 30 million rides annually.
Train rides on the light-rail were generously offered free to riders on Friday. If you were not fortunate enough to attend the inauguration of the light-rail, there is good news, free rides will continue to be offered during the first two weeks of operation.
By Donalda Shell -
You do not have to be from the Middle East to enjoy a great Falafel. My family is European with my mother being born in Germany and my father was born in Ireland. My grandmother who was German, always made delicious Falafel’s in her kitchen. My grandmother has been gone for many years but her love of Falafel’s has carried over onto my family’s table.
The Falafel derives out of the Middle East is their version of what we American call “fast food”. Some of the best Falafel’s can be found on popular street corners in Israel sold by street vendors. This dish can be served as an entrée or as an appetizer.
The Falafel is popular within Vegan cultures but one does not have to be Vegan to enjoy this delicious dish. The time it takes to make this Middle Eastern favorite is minimal. This is great news for anyone who does not want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking any type of food.
People in the Israel have been growing chickpeas for over 20,000 years. The history of the Falafel is not only stoic but controversial. The Falafel is named Israel’s official traditional food yet; the Palestinians claim that Israel stole the Falafel from them. This dish is mentioned in the bible as food of the Hebrews therefore, Israel dismisses the controversy and accusations of the Palestinians.
The recipe is as follows:
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