This blog is for me. Remember, I said the blogs would serve as my journal. So I feel free to express my personal feelings. My emotions are very much mixed today. I miss my family, colleagues, and friends. (We left home the end of November.) But I don’t really want to leave these people and this Land in such an hour as this.
What a privilege it is to have been called here at this time.
In the beginning, just after my husband moved to Heaven, I prayed, “What do I do now?”
The very clear answer shocked me: “I want you to study Hebrew in the Land. I am placing you close to the Jews. So close they can see your love and know your power.”
Never in all these years has showing our love meant so much. Usually, when they hear why we are here and that we brought a solidarity tour of 63 who went to Be’eri and Ashkelon and worked in the fields, more often than not they hug us—and hold the hug for a meaningful length of time.
Am Israel—The People
Shelli and I stayed after the tour left on December 18. We were directed to stay in a particular hotel in Jerusalem to meet people.
And oh! How many we have met here and in the city. Every person, every family—a story. Some I have written about earlier.
Bracha, the night manager at the hotel, felt we should meet Nachum Segal. In fact, she was surprised we didn’t know him. While we got ready to go down to meet him, she evidently showed him our web page. This delightful gentleman hosts “JM in the AM” Jewish Moments in the Morning in New York City. He loaded the app on my phone for me. And again, he thanked us and blessed us.
The evacuees. I’ve heard that between 200,000 and 300,000 have been displaced from their homes. Shelli, Terry, and I were the only ones who were not refugees in our first hotel at Yam HaMelach (the Salt Sea). In every hotel since, people from some city, village, or kibbutz were our day-to-day companions. Yesterday, those from Kiryat Shmona and the north left this hotel. Some to other hotels. Some to apartments.
One morning, we were in a conversation with a couple from New Jersey (his grandparents, holocaust survivors; his father, a successful lawyer who’d defended a famous Jewish person in America); an Israeli professional lady who expressed the trauma of living here; a woman evacuee from Kiryat Shmona living here with her younger children while her older son serves in the Golani Brigade in Gaza. They all voiced their trauma from different perspectives.
The attorney from New Jersey said that his son and his Jewish friend, students at Columbia Law School, came to class one day and they were the only ones not wearing a BLM T-shirt.
Tatiana (remember her from our day at the Knesset) said she wondered as a child in the USSR, “Why do they hate us for just being born a Jew?”
Of course, the answer is that antisemitism is satanic.
Satan hates God.
And he hates God’s people. All of God’s people.
Yesterday we walked into a shop owned and run by the daughters of our longtime friend and shop owner, Rivka. Rivka and her husband are now gone, but we always go in to “Chava’s” to visit with Rivka’s three daughters. The sister there recognized us right away. With tears, she hugged us. She told us that her nephew, Chava’s son, is in Gaza.
For three weeks, he and the 30 in his unit, were camped outside the Gaza border, going in and out. Again, this Land is so little. Only 60 miles wide. The size of New Jersey. She and her two sisters carried food every weekend to feed 30 soldiers home-cooked meals in the field.
Her best friend’s son was killed a few days ago. She is the third person we’ve met who had someone close to them killed in the conflict. Young people. Only in their twenties.
Judgment of the Nations
Albert Veksler, Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, gave me the opportunity to be on his “Answers for Allies” show. Click here to view this episode.
Here I said what I believe is happening. The end-of-days judgment of the nations has begun. Nations, as nations, will be judged. According to the Scriptures, the only criterion for that judgment is how they treated the Jews, the nation God chose to reveal himself to the nations. It is happening now. Nation by nation, they are deciding.
United States citizens, particularly believers, MUST use our God-given authority to bind the powers of darkness, especially regarding the upcoming elections. We must make sure America is on the Lord’s side.
A God Dot Moment
During the recording, Rabbi Eisen came in and sat through it. Afterward, we were talking about Gaza and why it became a terrorist enclave.
Of course, that led to Gush Katif and the beautiful communities there which were removed in 2005. Israel did this terrible thing (withdrawing from Gaza) for one reason: because the United States administration and the world pressured them into it. Every one of us knew what would happen. When the Jews left, the U.S. administration insisted on free elections. Hamas won. The rest is history.
We told Rabbi Eisen we had been there several times prior to the pullout to stand with the residents, wearing orange. He said he had lived there for a time. Shelli asked him if he knew Rachel and Moshe Sapperstein. He said, “Know them? I lived with them.” And he promptly called Rachel and we got to speak with her.
I have included pictures here of our times in their home. Shelli would always sing what practically became their theme song—“Dig Another Well”—based on Isaac and Genesis 26. That chapter took place in Gerar, aka Gaza.
When Shelli spoke with Rachel, she said she is still teaching from that chapter and remembers Shelli singing that song every time.
Guy drove Shelli and me to the home of Ze’ev Orenstein for Shabbat. Ze’ev is the International Director for the City of David Archeological project. (See the December 17 Blog).
There, with his wife and children, we observed a wonderful “observant” Shabbat with this religious family.
Ze’ev asked me, “Through the years you have experienced Shabbat in many different homes and ways in Israel. How does this one compare?”
I answered, “Well, I really can’t compare them. But one thing is overwhelmingly foremost in every one—family.”
Family enjoying family. In not one home, religious or more secular, have I even seen a cell phone.
Family and life are celebrated in Judaism.
This is one apparent difference between the Jews and those who teach their children from babyhood to grow up to hate and kill Jews.
Golda Meir said something like this: “When they love their children more than they hate us, then there will be peace.”
[I believe the Ezekiel 38, 39 war will cause things to change in the Islamic world. The world which had been captured by the satanic lies of a false religion.]
Prayer Yesterday on the Street
Yesterday afternoon, we went to the open-air Mamilla Mall for one last bowl of the Ramon Restaurant’s squash soup. It is a tradition! But they were out of it! We wondered if perhaps they had a shortage of squash from the fields.
Anyway, Shelli wanted to do a little more shopping than I did. So I found a chair across from a musician who has been playing here for years. There, I enjoyed a wonderful concert for about an hour and a half.
And there before me walked a microcosm of Israel. From their dress, one could spot the Orthodox Jews, Russian monks and nuns, Muslims (especially the women), the very secular, etc.
I happened to look at my watch, and it was 3 p.m. A “watch hour” in Jerusalem. So I prayed most of the time I sat there. Praying in the understanding and in the Spirit for those who passed by. The time was precious.
Now, my time is precious. Packing time. I need a packing miracle.
L’hitraot. (See you again.)
As Brother Hagin always closed his letters with this blessing, I send it to you and yours.
“MAY GOD’S RICHEST AND BEST BE YOURS IN 2024 and FOREVER!”
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