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www.fayettenewspapers.com  April 21, 2017

While the Holocaust occurred more than 70 years ago, its effects are still felt today, and will continue for generations and beyond. Central Methodist University will recognize the World War II atrocities during a “Day of Remembrance” on Tuesday, April 25 in Fayette.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. during weekly chapel services in Linn Memorial Church on the CMU campus, with the message delivered by Rabbi Shmuel Wolkenfeld of Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation in Overland Park, Kan.
At 11 a.m. guests and the CMU campus community are invited to view many Holocaust-themed displays, photos, audio and video clips and living history presentations in the Linn sanctuary.

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m.dcourier.com  April 21, 2017

A March of Remembrance will be taking place in downtown Prescott on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.

March of Remembrance is a Christian prayer walk held annually all over the world in remembrance of the Shoah (Holocaust) and has become a connecting point for people everywhere who wish to observe Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) in their local communities through public prayer and memorial events, according to marchofremembrance.org.

Prescott’s march is sponsored by Ahava B’Shem Yeshua Messianic Congregation. The local congregation is designed so that Jews and gentiles can worship together. They will be supported during the march by various Christian churches both in Prescott and Phoenix. The march, however, is not so much a religious action as it is a human rights observance, said Al Rodriguez, one of the congregation’s leaders.

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www.tampabay.com  April 23, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — The rabbi pointed to his sign to explain why he and about 50 other people marched Sunday through downtown St. Petersburg.

"Never forget," it read.

"This is all about never forgetting," said Rabbi Steven Weiler of Shoresh David Messianic Synagogues, "because if we remember, we won't repeat it."

The group walked from the Florida Holocaust Museum to North Straub Park holding signs and Israeli flags as part of a worldwide remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. The march had three goals to keep in mind, Weiler said: never again, never forget and do not be silent.

He emphasized those points during a service at the park under a banyan tree where the crowd joined together to pray, read Scripture and recite quotes from Holocaust survivors.

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www.bpnews.net  April 21, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- Jewish and Arab believers will celebrate their common faith in Christ at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.

SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix. A worship service at 11 a.m. will be followed by a potluck "oneg" (Hebrew for "delight") meal and then a business meeting. The fellowship -- which is comprised largely of Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) -- will gather around the theme "disciples making disciples who make disciples."

Though media portrayals often depict conflict between Jews and Arabs, the meeting's location at a church that offers worship in Arabic will highlight reasons for Christ-followers from both groups to partner in evangelism, said SBMF President Ric Worshill.

As Semitic peoples, Jews and Arabs both tend to be "left out of the evangelism process," Worshill said, because typical Gospel presentations are not tailored to their unique worldviews.

Jews and Arabs both "are trained from birth that Jesus is not the Savior," and both groups "don't see the Triune-ness of God," Worshill said. Jewish and Arab believers, he noted, can work together at learning to refute those misconceptions from Scripture.

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JNN News Update April 24, 2017

ANNUAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY BEGINS IN ISRAEL: The official Opening Ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day took place on Sunday 23 April 2017, at 8pm at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Dignitaries spoke, and six Holocaust survivors lit torches in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis. The "Holocaust" refers to the period from 30 January 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, to 8 May 1945, the end of the war in Europe. Millions of Jewish men, women and children were murdered by Hitler and his brutal cohorts during this time. While it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of Jewish victims six million is the round figure. Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and death camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Buchenwald was a German Nazi concentration camp established near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and largest of the concentration camps on German soil. It was in holes such as these that Jewish victims were starved, tortured, subjected to slave labor, beatings, inhumane medical experiments and murdered in gas chambers by the millions. Elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer mental and physical torments to this day. Their children bear traumatic scars as a result of being raised by such emotionally and physically shattered parents. (JNN/Ynet) Pray that this deeply needy and still emotionally-tormented segment of Israel’s society will be comforted, cheered and receive provision so desperately needed to live and finish their lives with dignity and honor.

COMPTROLLER: STATE OVERLOOKING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: State Comptroller Yosef Shapira days ago published a special report prior to Holocaust Remembrance day on the matter of state assistance to Holocaust survivors. Shapira said that at present there are 158,000 Israeli citizens eligible for benefits as sufferers of Nazi persecution as well as 56,000 more citizens who suffered anti-Semitic and racist attacks during World War II. Their average age is 85 and every month about 1000 of them pass away. The report stated that the legislation applying to survivors is complex and changes from time to time in a disorganized fashion. Most of the survivors do not know how to search for information on the Internet and are not proficient in Hebrew and therefore do not understand their rights. Most of the Holocaust survivors who arrived in the 90s from the former Soviet republic do not have pensions or any other economic base besides minimal government allocations. This sector, representing a quarter of Holocaust survivors, is not heard from and they live in poverty. Many of the aging survivors require help as their residences are not suitable for them in their present state. The Authority has no comprehensive data about the places of residence of the survivors and doesn’t know how many are waiting for public housing. The comptroller also touched upon other issues, including the need to establish proper social infrastructure for Holocaust survivors as well as providing welfare services, health care and social activities which could mitigate the loneliness suffered by many survivors. The comptroller concluded that despite the fact that governmental and non-governmental sources are working to fill the gaps in various aspects of life for which survivors require assistance, there is a need for a guiding hand from above for all of the activities and this must be provided immediately. (Arutz-7)

ALLIED FORCES KNEW ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST TWO YEARS BEFORE DISCOVERY OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS, SECRET DOCUMENTS REVEAL: The Allied Powers were aware of the scale of the Jewish Holocaust two-and-a-half years earlier than is generally assumed, and had even prepared war crimes indictments against Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi commanders. Newly accessed material from the UN - not seen for 70 years - shows that as early as December 1942, the USA, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed. Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger. Professor Dan Plesch of SOAS University of London, author of the newly published Human Rights After Hitler, said the major powers began drawing up war crimes charges based on witness testimony smuggled from the camps and from the resistance movements in various countries occupied by the Nazis. "The major powers commented on the mass murder of Jews two-and-a-half years before it is generally assumed, in December 1942." In that same month, UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the British parliament: "The German authorities, not content with denying to persons of Jewish race in all the territories over which their barbarous rule extends, the most elementary human rights, are now carrying into effect Hitler's oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people." (UK Independent)

YALE TO GIVE GANDHI PEACE AWARD TO BDS FOUNDER: Yale University will grant the Gandhi Peace Award to BDS founder Omar Barghouti. Barghouti has justified acts of terrorism against Israelis, defending the Palestinians’ right to "resistance by any means, including armed resistance." His supporters claim that the BDS movement seeks a peaceful solution. However, Barghoti says "Israel has no right to exist" and denies that Jews are the aboriginal people of their country. He also denies the Jewish people have a right to self-determination. They are not a people, he declaimed, and the UN’s principle of the right to self-determination applies only to colonized people who want to acquire their rights. While Barghouti insists Palestinians must have "the right to have rights," he denies the Jewish people have any collective rights. Another lie spread by Barghouti is that Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian children "for sport," claiming they "provoke" the children, "entice them like mice, and then shoot them" for no reason. Often, it is just because the soldiers are "bored." In fact, the IDF is the most humane army in the world, often passing up opportunities to kill wanted terrorists in order to prevent innocent victims from being injured or killed. Additionally, IDF staff often do "random" acts of kindness towards Israel's sworn enemies. Barghouti also claimed there were Jews in the government of Nazi Germany, and that Israel steals Palestinian water. Israel actually gives Palestinians 30% more water than it agreed to give in the Oslo Accords. (INN) Pray according to scripture: “Deliver my soul, O Lord from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue,” Ps 120:2.

NETANYAHU: PALESTINIANS MUST PROVE THEY WANT PEACE: Israel’s PM Netanyahu said on 20 April 2017 that if the Palestinians truly desire peace with Israel, they must first "come clean" and put an end to "rewarding terrorism." During a interview with Fox News television host Sean Hannity, Netanyahu claimed that the Palestinian Authority, lead by Mahmoud Abbas, has spent much of the financial aid they receive on paying terrorist and their families at the expense of the American tax-payer. "I think the first test of peace is to say to them, 'Hey, you want peace? Prove it. Confront terrorism, stop rewarding terrorism, stop paying terrorists,'" Netanyahu said from his office in Jerusalem. "It could be more than a billion dollars that are given to terrorists," Netanyahu continued. "I'm not talking about Hamas. I'm talking about the mainline Palestinian Authority headed by president Mahmoud Abbas, who is going to see USA President Trump in Washington." Since the mid-1990s, the USA has donated more than $5 billion "in bilateral economic and non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinians," with $327.6 million coming in aid last year, according to the USA Congressional Research Service, a public policy research arm of the United States Congress. It is unclear how much of that aid has been used to make payments to terrorists, but according to the official daily newspaper of the Palestinian National Authority, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, as of 2011 over 4,500 Palestinian prisoners receive a monthly salary between NIS 2,400 ($652) to NIS 12,000 ($3260). (Fox)

STOP SUPPORTING PALESTINIAN TERROR: Since the "Middle East Peace Process" began in 1993 with the Oslo Accords, the USA has permitted the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to get away with fostering, celebrating, and honoring murder. It's time to end this scandalous American policy and insist that the Palestinians meet standards we would apply to any other aid recipients anywhere else in the world. Palestinian official bodies celebrate those who kill Israelis by naming streets, schools, and parks after them. The message to young Palestinians is clear: This is the behavior we honor and these are the models you should follow. Moreover, the PA and PLO pay money to those who commit crimes of violence against Israelis - and the greater the crime, the more you get paid. There is a sliding scale, and the longer your sentence, the higher the stipend. Issa Abed Rabbo, who shot to death two Hebrew University students he found hiking, and Abu-Musa Atia, who used an axe to murder Isaac Rotenberg, an elderly Holocaust survivor, are getting $3,500 a month.

There is growing support in Congress for the Taylor Force Act, named after an American student and USA Army veteran who was murdered last year by a Palestinian terrorist. It would restrict funds "available for assistance for Judea & Samaria and Gaza" unless the president certified that the PA was "taking credible steps to end acts of violence against Israeli citizens" and that it had "terminated payments for acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens." There will never be peace if generation after generation of Palestinian youth are reared to honor terrorists. The greatest barrier to peace is a Palestinian political culture that elevates violence against Israelis above any positive achievements. Perhaps a majority of Palestinians would rather forgo the assistance than stop honoring terrorists like Taylor Force's killer as "martyrs." But we will have taken a stand; we will have made it clear that we find such conduct intolerable. (National Review)

REPORT: ISRAEL STRUCK GOVERNMENT ARMY BASES IN SYRIA: Arab media on Sunday morning 23 April 2017, reported that Israel struck a military base under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. According to Al Mayadeen TV, three people were killed and two were injured in the attack. On Friday 21 April 2017, just before the Sabbath, air raid sirens sounded in various locations in Israel's Golan, and shortly thereafter two mortar shells were found in Israeli territory. No one was injured and no damage was caused. In an earlier air strike on Friday, a mortar shell was found in an open area in the northern Golan Heights. The IDF attacked the Syrian sites from which the mortars were fired. The incident is the latest example of the Syrian war spilling over into northern Israel. (Aurtz-7) “Let us watch and be sober,” 1 Thess 5:6. Continue to intercede for the protection of Israel’s northern and southern borders.

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.
For many congregations in the Messianic Jewish community, owning property remains elusive. Many congregations, although well established, continue to meet in community centers or homes, rented office buildings and churches. Let’s face it; affordable property is hard to come by.

While property owning demonstrates permanency and stability, this has not deterred the Messianic Jewish movement at large from growth and community building. For one congregation, however, fulfilling that long awaited goal has far exceeded expectations.

Kehilat Sar Shalom (Congregation Prince of Peace) was founded 25 years ago in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is affiliated with the IAMCS (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues).

Revival in Romania and Rome

As most are aware, Judaism has a rich history throughout Europe, both good and bad. God has protected a remnant of Jews through the Holocaust, Pogroms, the Inquisition, and numerous other expulsions and tragedies all across Europe. Even today, there is a boisterous and growing anti-Semitic spirit ever present. It is in this same part of the world that the Jewish community is seeing the beginnings of revival as God is restoring His people through the revelation of Yeshua HaMashiach.

The above words are the very real, literal experience of the story of the birthing of a Messianic Jewish community in Arad, Romania. Sitting near the border of Romania and Hungary, Arad has a deep and substantial history. It is one of the original birthplaces of the Reform Jewish movement, and there is a longstanding, active and traditional Jewish community there today.

Tazria Metzora

The Blue Period

           My husband and I have been married for forty-two years, which is a long time. One day I was telling him that I wasn’t feeling quite right. I told him that I was feeling a little sad, feeling off, in fact I was feeling “bluish”. My husband immediately without missing a beat said, “funny, you don’t look bluish.” Some of you may remember that line from the movie “Yellow Submarine”.  After I shook my head at my husband, because I had wanted his sympathy not a one liner, I thought about the concept of being “bluish”.

           The line, “you don’t look bluish” resonated in me when I thought about it. You see, for weeks I had put on a brave front and not allowed anyone to see that I was feeling “bluish”. The truth was that there were things to do, meetings to attend, holidays to prepare for and life that just didn’t stop. So, I put on my happy face and did all the things that needed to be done, but, I kept feeling “bluish”. I have noticed that as believers we don’t like to acknowledge our blue periods. It’s as if in order to represent Messiah in a legitimate way we need to suppress our times of sadness, loneliness, despair and depression (yes, I said the “d” word). Verses are thrown around like, “in your presence is fullness of joy”, “count it all joy”, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”! All of these verses are true, but, they are not a quick fix to our sadness.  

There are some who struggle with clinical depression and need intervention from medical professionals. They need our support, love, prayers and help. But, most of us going through our “blue periods” need to realize that we are going through an experience that has a beginning, a middle and an end. For me, I realized that the beginning was a feeling of being overwhelmed. It was a feeling of being overly burdened. I felt like a donkey that has way too much stuff packed on its back and can barely walk upon the trail that it’s supposed to walk on. Knowing what the beginning was didn’t take away the blue, it just gave me a starting point (a reason). The middle was being in the blue and trusting God that I would make it out. What do you do in the blue period? Well, I was thinking about this and remembered Pablo Picasso and his Blue Period. Art historians believe that this period began when a good friend of his committed suicide. Picasso painted in his Blue Period for about two and a half to three years. His paintings are painted in hues of blue and grey. They are stark, sad, portraying people who are poor, downtrodden and in despair. He used this period of time to create. He expressed himself and what he was going through. So many times we don’t express what is going on in our lives. Instead we hide what is going on in our lives. That is definitely not the example given in the bible! Look at what King David says in Psalm 6:6, “I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.” David had no problem expressing himself and how he felt. In order to really be a testimony to our friends and family we must be authentic.

The exciting result of being authentic is what happens after you express yourself. In Picasso’s case, there was a series of paintings that evolved from his Blue Period, which was called his Rose Period. These paintings are beautiful, with the colors of red, orange, pink and earth tones. His subjects are clowns, harlequins, and carnival performers. The Rose Period had a tremendous impact on the development of modern art. In order for Picasso to get to the Rose Period he had to go through the Blue Period! Modern art would not have had his important influence had it not been for his Blue Period. King David also tells us of the end result of our blue period, he says in Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.”

If you or someone you love is in their “Blue Period”, embrace the moment that you are in, and wait for the “new song in your mouth”!

Diana Levine is the Rebbetzin of Kol Mashiach Messianic Synagogue in Melbourne, Florida. She has spoken at national conferences, regional conferences, women’s retreats and bible studies. She is also the co-founder of the Daughters of Righteousness Conference. Keep in touch at https://www.facebook.com/DianaLevineBlog/

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