– By Summer Mansell
G-d loves you with an everlasting love, and He’s numbered every one of the hairs on your head,” were the formative words of a kind-eyed stranger to a Jewish college student minding a frozen yogurt shop in Florida. From nursery school to high school, this student, Alyse Merritt, was immersed in Jewish learning and culture. When she set off from her very Jewish hometown in New Jersey to begin college in Florida, her mother warned against anyone who might try to speak to her about Yeshua. Little did anyone comprehend that a messenger from G-d, an angel, would come into Alyse’s life with the message of Yeshua at just the right time, allowing a mighty calling on her life to unfold.
Does anyone outside of Israel have the moral authority to solve Israel’s problems with the Arabs? How did the plight of the Palestinian Arabs become everybody’s business? What about the stateless Kurds, who are being bombed in Syria every day
by the Turks? I can draw a circle on the map where five countries come together and declare it an independent state for its Kurdish inhabitants. But I’m not Kurdish, so I’ll mind my own business.
Walk just two blocks in Jerusalem’s city center and you’re likely to hear five different languages spoken; Hebrew, Arabic, English, French and Russian. On a recent Shabbat visit to learn more about the leadership, mission and this year’s Pesach plans at Jerusalem’s Ethiopian Jewish congregation, Amud HaEsh (Hebrew for Pillar of Fire), we were treated to the sounds of a sixth tongue. The congregation’s service, prayer, music and teaching were rendered throughout not only in English and Hebrew, but also in Amharic, the Semitic national language of Ethiopia.