“We’re very excited to announce this new regional retreat,” said YMJA President Jason Rich. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for all of our YMJA members who are currently conducting scientific research at the South Pole, as well as those who would simply enjoy the change of scenery, to gather together and focus on their spiritual walks. This will be a true retreat, even more so than any of our other conferences – a chance to get away from all of life’s distractions and focus on fellowship and drawing closer to God.”
Obviously, the retreat’s polar location has prompted some adjustments to the YMJA’s usual retreat format. Rather than being set for a specific place and time, outdoor events such as the snowman competition, the penguin safari and the ice fishing will be scheduled to occur somewhere within a certain time range, with the precise time and location announced shortly before the event based on weather and leopard seal sightings. Indoor events will still have specified times, but since the base functions primarily as a research station, the events may shift locations due to the needs of the site’s staff.
The unusual site has also prompted some additions and tweaks to the rules. For example, the YMJA’s infamous modesty motto, “If your belly button shows, you’ve got to change your clothes,” has been altered to better suit the situation of the retreat’s extreme climate; as such, attendees will instead be informed that, “If your belly button shows, remember these helpful tips to prevent frostbite.” Also, in a move sure to please the under 18 crowd, the usual midnight curfew has been waived. The reason for this change is that it was judged superfluous in a facility where all outdoor travel requires the presence of a qualified chaperone due to the cold and the need to protect the environment from excess human interference. Additionally, the YMJA leadership team has specifically asked that people refrain from bringing a particular item. “We realize that the temptation must be great to watch the movie ‘The Thing’ while you’re in Antarctica,” said YMJA treasurer Ravi Goldberg. “After all, it takes place at the very facility we’ll be staying at. However due to its R rating, we ask that attendees not bring or watch the movie while at the retreat.”
As for the cost of attending, which may be high due to the exorbitant rental fees charged by the base for use of their facilities, Goldberg says that some financial assistance will be available for those unable to cover the expense. “We don’t want the cost to force anyone to miss out on this wonderful opportunity,” he said. “Sadly we can’t do anything about travel expenses, but we will have a limited number of scholarships available to cover the price of the conference.”
For those interested in attending, details including registration information will soon be available on the YMJA website. And if you are looking to come out, President Rich has one last piece of advice for you. “Whatever you do,” he says, “don’t forget your coat!”
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While Britain abstained from the resolution rather than vote against it, it did issue a harshly worded statement putting the UNHRC “on notice” over its anti-Israel bias. The Israeli ambassador to the UN institutions in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, criticized all the resolutions at Friday’s session as one-sided and called out the Council for its "absurdity" and "cynicism." "Again and again we ask: where is the sense of priority of the HRC? Where is its moral compass?" she said. “Absurdity reaches yet again new heights in the Golan Resolution. The Syrian regime is killing its own people and for the last six years the country is torn apart by a bloody civil war. This Council still votes on this ridiculous resolution," said Shechter. (INN) Intercessors please pray, also in your groups and gatherings, that both the UK and the United States will defund and cease to stand with this repeatedly and blatantly anti-Israel global organization.
AFTER LONDON TERROR ATTACK, UK BLASTS UNHRC ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: The United Kingdom blasted the United Nations Human Rights Council for its biased treatment of Israel and for failing to condemn Palestinian terrorism in a strongly worded speech it delivered in Geneva on 24 March 2017. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” UK Ambassador Julian Braithwaite told the UNHRC as it wrapped up its 34th session. He spoke just after the 47 member UNHRC had approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli actions against the Palestinians and one that called on it to return the Golan Heights to Syria. The UK supported two of the resolutions, abstained on another two, and voted against the one with regard to the Golan Heights. Out of a similar concern with regard to bias, the USA, traditionally has been the only country to consistently vote against all UNHRC resolutions that involve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Golan Heights. In this session, the USA and Togo, voted against those texts. But Braithwaite warned that it would follow the USA in rejecting all resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, if the UNHRC did not treat Israel proportionally. In this session out of the 10 condemnations issue against individual countries, five were leveled at Israel. Braithwaite statement came just two days after a terrorist attack in London claimed the lives of five people, including the assailant. (J.Post)
SAY WHAT?! UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DECLARES ISRAEL WORLD’S NO. 1 HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR: According to the UN's top human rights body, Israel is the worst human rights violator in the world today. That’s the result of the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council which wrapped up in Geneva on 24 March 2017, by adopting five times more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country on earth. If President Trump were to choose a swift departure from the Council as one of his very first foreign policy moves, it would demonstrate a principled reset of American values and priorities on the world stage. The reasons for leaving are many. Here are a few: The Council plays a leading role in the demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state by the United Nations. In its history, the Council has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after this session’s pogrom tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there’s nothing at all. Think of it this way: 500,000 dead in Syria, forced starvation and mass torture in North Korea, systematic and lethal oppression in Iran, gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia, and an elementary lack of basic freedoms affecting over a billion in Russia and China. But at the UN Human Rights Council, little democratic Israel is the problem. (Fox) Pray that USA President Trump will make a firm decision to remove his country from the UN Human Rights Council.
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IS NOW THE PRINCIPAL UN ENGINE OF BDS: The “Human Rights” Council is now the principal UN engine of “BDS” - the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. Economic strangulation is Plan B for Israel’s enemies, war and terrorism having so far failed to rid the world of a Jewish state. The Council has sponsored the creation of a blacklist of companies around the world ‘directly or indirectly’ doing business with Israeli settlements – in effect, Israel period. Make no mistake: there is no middle ground. Staying on the Council means American taxpayers will pay for the production of a blacklist of American companies doing business with Israel. The State Department representative told the Council that it will not provide information for the blacklist. But, of course, the UN will simply get what it wants from the Palestinian entourage. With predictable regularity, the subject of UN reform bubbles to the surface of this toxic environment. The ploy needs to be challenged head on. The only body that can change the Human Rights Council is the one that created it – the General Assembly, where the USA has one vote and Islamic states have 56. Less than half the members of the General Assembly are fully free democracies. The majority aren't going to create a club they can’t join. It is understandable why Council members like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Cuba and China want to masquerade as human rights authorities. But why would the United States want to legitimize this charade by standing beside them? (Fox)
USA HOUSE AND SENATE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILLS AGAINST BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL: Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress introduced legislation on 23 March 2017 that would penalize international governmental organizations and foreign countries seeking to boycott, divest and sanction the State of Israel for its handling of its conflict with the Palestinians. The bill would amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to include in its prohibitions on boycotts against “allies of the United States” those fostered by NGOs against Israel. The bill also directs the USA Export-Import Bank to combat boycotts against the Jewish state. The bill states that USA policy will be to oppose last year’s UN Human Rights Council resolution “which urges countries to pressure their own companies to divest from, or break contracts with, Israel, and calls for the creation of a ‘blacklist’ of companies that either operate, or have business relations with, entities that operate beyond Israel’s 1949 armistice lines, including east Jerusalem,” it reads. If passed, the legislation would punish violators with a fine in accordance with the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The bill explicitly states that USA opposition to boycotts of Israel shall not be construed as an alteration of USA policy “concerning final-status issues associated with the Arab-Israeli conflict, including border delineation, that can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties.” (J.Post) Intercede that this important bill will pass. Many leaders of the BDS campaign, which was launched by Palestinian groups in 2005, have publicly affirmed that they seek Israel’s destruction. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti said in 2014 that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance,” while leading activist As’ad Abu Khalil acknowledged in 2012 that “the real aim of BDS is to bring down the state of Israel.”
SENIOR HAMAS TERRORIST ASSASSINATED IN GAZA STRIP: Senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Fukaha was assassinated in the Gaza Strip on Friday 24 March 2017. The deadly incident took place in front of Fukaha’s home in Gaza City. The parties behind the assassination are unknown, said the Hamas-backed Interior Ministry, however, Hamas has officially accused Israel of carrying out the assassination. “Hamas and its fighting brigades place the full responsibility for this reprehensible crime on the Israeli occupation and its collaborators.” Hamas also threatened retaliation for Fukaha’s assassination. The Ezzeldin Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, vowed it will exact revenge for Fukaha’s assassination. Fukaha, who was born and raised in Tubas, was a senior official in the Qassam Brigades, which carried out a number of suicide bombing attacks against Israel during the second intifada. An Israeli court sentenced Fukaha to life in prison for planning a suicide bombing in northern Israel in 2002 that left nine people dead and tens of other victims wounded. Nonetheless, Israel released Fukaha in 2011 as a part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, but barred him from returning to Judea & Samaria. Since his release, Fukaha relocated to Gaza, where he has continued to play a key role in the Qassam Brigades. (J.Post)
ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 3 WOUNDED DURING ATTACK ON ISRAELI TOWN: A gang of five Arab terrorists attacked the Jewish town of Beit El in Samaria on 23 March 2017, hurling firebombs at the entrance to the community. The terrorists drove up to the entrance of Beit El in a car, exited the vehicle, and began throwing the firebombs towards the town. IDF soldiers stationed in Beit El quickly opened fire on the terrorists, who attempted to flee the scene. An army spokeswoman confirmed the attack and the IDF response, but declined to elaborate. "The suspects hurled firebombs towards the community," she said, adding that the soldiers returned fire. "Hits were confirmed." Sources in the Palestinian Authority claimed one terrorist was eliminated, while the other four were wounded. No casualties were reported in Beit El or among the soldiers stationed in the area. A security official in Beit El described the incident: “A Palestinian vehicle drove up with five passengers. They exited the vehicle and threw a number of firebombs, some of which went over Beit El’s security fence, some of which exploded outside of it, while others were unused and left whole, and were taken for investigation.” (Arutz-7) Please pray against terrorist attacks in all parts of Israel. May all intentions of the enemy continue to backfire.
PALESTINIANS, JORDANIANS AND ISRAELIS TEAM UP TO COMBAT EARTHQUAKE RISK: With the border area with Jordan at high risk for earthquakes, Israeli institutions have joined with the Jordanian Red Crescent and Hebron’s Greenland Association to train local residents as first responders in the event of such a catastrophe. The project, called “Community Emergency Response Teams,” was conceived by Ben-Gurion University, the EU and Magen David Adom. Limited access and rough terrain after an earthquake mean that rescue teams may take some time to arrive. This training gives residents tools to provide first aid, shelter and psycho-social support before professional rescue teams appear. Participants underwent a 100-hour course on subjects such as needs assessment, first aid, shelter, hygiene promotion, psycho-social support, search and rescue, firefighting and community resilience. Similar training took place simultaneously in Palestinian and Jordanian communities. First-response teams throughout the region will also be prepared to assist one another in case of an emergency. (J.Post)
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www.haaretz.com Mar 26, 2017
Archaeologists in Rome have found remain's from the city's Jewish cemetary during the Middle Ages, along with tangeable reminders of the persecution.
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In just two weeks many of us will be sitting around our tables celebrating Passover. One thing that I have struggled with through the years is celebrating with real joy, enthusiasm and new vision. Anyone out there know what I mean?
It’s great to have a table filled with all of the right food, table settings, haggadahs but, is that really what it’s all about? Isn’t it supposed to be a journey filled with wonder as we remember what the Lord has done? In our family’s Maxwell House Haggadah it says, “In every generation each individual is bound to regard himself as if he had gone personally forth from Egypt, as it is said, ‘And thou shalt relate to thy son on that day saying, this is on account of what the Eternal did for me, when I went forth from Egypt.’” So, our celebration is not about going through the motions but personally applying this experience to our lives. The traditions, the removal of the chametz, the actual Seder can become stale (excuse the pun). The verses read during this time are very familiar to us also, and can lose their impact but God’s word is alive and can unfold to us if we desire to draw close to Him.
Let me share with you, this year, what He highlighted to me. Let’s look at Exodus 12:5-7, 13, “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old, you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the 14th day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” So, the portion that really stood out to me was the part about the “two doorposts and the lintel.” The door was the entry into the home and the family that lived there.
As I thought of the door I immediately remembered John 10:7-10, “So Yeshua said to them again, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”’ As a New York City girl I don’t have much experience with sheep, but in studying this is what I have found:
1) There are two kinds of sheepfolds – The first is a large area, which can hold several flocks. It is very well built and usually cared for by a gatekeeper. The second kind of sheepfold was a simple circle of stones and the shepherd would lie across the opening himself. In this way the shepherd was actually the door and no sheep could get out and no enemy could come in, except over his body.
So, Yeshua is saying, “I am the door of the sheep!” He lays across the opening protecting His sheep, guarding them and giving them life abundantly. Notice also that it says, “the sheep did not hear them.” In a Bible study at our synagogue, a woman spoke about her trip to Ireland visiting family who had sheep. When she was in the field with the sheep she spoke to them and they totally ignored her. However, when the family member spoke to the sheep they lifted their heads and trotted over to her! They knew her voice, just as Yeshua says, His sheep know His voice.
Hershel Ford says, “A door is a direct contrast to a wall. It is hard to climb a wall. It is easy to go through a door. Anyone who wants to get to God doesn’t have to climb. He just takes a step.” On this Passover, as you celebrate at your Seder, take a step. If you have accepted Yeshua as your Messiah, take the step to celebrate with renewed joy your abundant life. If you have not accepted Yeshua as your Messiah take the step this Passover to enter through “the door” into abundant life!
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. Her passion is to motivate women to trust and draw near to God.
As I sit at my chair in the office and write this month’s blog, the weather outside is sunny, yet a bit chilly. I’m unsure of what to write this month. I’m aware of the possible 25 basis points interest rate increase coming from Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve. Yes, the stock market is setting new records. Yes, we may see the biggest economic boost since the Regan era. Yes, yes, and yes! However, as I grow older and what I hope is wiser, this stuff and I do mean stuff just isn’t all that important any longer.
What is important is community and the people within that community. Our congregation is full of people from all walks of life, some Jewish and some non-Jewish. Yet, we all congregate together on Shabbat to corporately worship Ad-nai and enjoy fellowship with one another. We lay aside the cares of this world and join together as one heart and one mind to worship and adore the Messiah!
Each year our congregation along with other congregations take an inter-congregational cruise to fellowship and become more acquainted with each other. This year has by far been one of the best cruises we have taken as a community. Some of us knew each other, while others did not. We came together each day for a time of corporate worship and celebration of Ad-nai. Worship was led by one of the Rabbitzens. Each night, a Rabbi from one of the congregations represented shared a thought from scripture. Each night seemed to build upon community and what it means to be a part of a community. I’m reminded how one of the Rabbis touched on “What is Love”?
Many of us had time throughout the cruise to spend time with someone we may have been acquainted with but really did not know. As I sit together with my brothers and sisters and we joked and banter back and forth, I was reminded that if I needed one of these people with whom my wife and I are cruising, I know they would run to my side and aid me with whatever issue has arisen. Not everyone across the body of Messiah can make that statement with as much assurance as I did during the cruise.
While writing this blog, we are but a few hours away from the beginning of another Shabbat! The Sabbath is such a precious time and described by many as, “an island in time”. Abraham Heschel alluded to the Sabbath as, “a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.”
You may be asking yourself why did he title this blog “Shabbat, an island in time”! Simple, we are directed by Ad-nai in Exodus 20: 8 and 11b, 8. “Remember Yom Shabbat, to keep it holy”. 11b. “Thus Adonai blessed Yom Shabbat, and made it holy”. (TLV) What does that mean? Basically, the Shabbat is set apart from all other days just like the tools used in the Temple. (Separation of mundane from Holy) A time when we can smell the fragrance of the Messiah as we love on him and he loves on us. A time set a part to clear our minds of the things of this world. A time that is sweeter than the honey comb. Yeshua said, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”-John 4:14
Thus, truly “Shabbat, an island in time!”
Headquartered in Winnipeg, and led by Helio and Stephanie de Lima, the Canada office of Maoz Israel is here to serve you!
A native of Brazil, Helio became a believer age 11, and has been actively involved in evangelism, missions, and training ever since. After serving as a youth pastor in his home church, he moved to Berlin, Germany in 2009 to become part of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. Stephanie was a student volunteer for YWAM in Germany. After getting married, they left YWAM to focus on ministering in the “red light district” of Berlin, where Stephanie was able to build an incredible relationship with ladies involved (trapped/trafficking) in prostitution.
Helio also served as one of the directors of BURN 24/7 Berlin, a global prayer movement.
In 2014 they moved to Dallas, Texas to study and work at Christ For The Nations Institute. Stephanie was Assistant to the Hospitality Manager, and Helio was Admission Advisor. In his last semester, he was also Student Body President.
In July 2016 they moved to Winnipeg, Canada—Stephanie’s home city, where they have been serving at their local church, and now as the Directors of Maoz Canada.
“Joining Maoz Israel isn’t an opportunity, it is a privilege!” says Helio. “We want to be God’s sign in our lifetime, catalysts for revival, and devote our lives to bringing the kingdom of God on earth, empowering others to walk in their destiny, co-laboring with Him so that on earth it will be as it is in heaven.”
Helio and Stephanie look forward to meeting with Canadian partners as they work to bless Israel and her people, encouraging and empowering believers as they spread the good news of Yeshua through Maoz Israel Ministries.
For more information about Maoz Israel, please visit www.MaozIsrael.org.
the land - a sign of prosperity. Others are about fruit of the womb - children. In both of the
previous instances in the Tanakh, prosperity and children are linked to the blessing of God.
Several of the Feasts have fruit associated with them. Other references are about spiritual fruit
that is grown in the soil of our hearts.
When fruit is ripe, you know it by the smell, color, feel, and wonderful taste of it, but it doesn’t
become that way overnight. It starts as a seed but needs fertile soil, water, and sunlight. It also
needs time to grow into mature fruit.
Bearing spiritual fruit is similar, requiring watering with the Word, exposure to the Son (prayer
and worship), and fertile soil (fellowship with other believers) to bear spiritual fruit. Spiritual fruit
also takes time to mature.
“But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23 TLV
Spiritual fruit is evidence of love for God and others, evident in our attitudes, how we treat
others, the choices we make, and even the thoughts we think. Consider the first spiritual fruit -
love. It is what Yeshua told us is most important in Matthew 22:37-40 TLV,
And He said to him, “‘You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with
all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire
Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The Greek word in these Scriptures is “agapao”, meaning to be fond of or to love dearly. The
same word, “agapao”, is used for loving God and for loving one’s neighbor. This word is found
110 times in the B’rit Chadashah. It’s used three times in the Book of Revelation - twice to
describe how God loves us, and once to describe believers who love Yeshua more than their
own lives. Clearly this kind of love comes from the very nature and Spirit of God.
It is also interesting to note that in 1 Corinthians 13:13, love is described as the greatest gift.
“But now these three remain—faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
The Greek word for love in this passage is “agape”, and means brotherly love, affection, good
will, love, and benevolence. That this love is a gift is important. We need the gift of God’s love
(which He has freely given) to enable unto love in the way we are commanded to love. It is not
based on our human emotions, but rather based the decision to exercise the love God has
given us towards Him and others. Our love for God and others is expressed through our
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers
and sisters. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his
brother is a murderer—and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in
him. We have come to know love by this—Yeshua laid down His life for us, and we
also ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. But if someone has
material possessions and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against
him, how does the love of God abide in him? Children, let us not love with word
or talk, but in deed and truth! 1 Jn. 3:14-18 TLV
Let us grow to love God with our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and then actively seek
opportunities to selflessly love our neighbor. Growing in love is like strengthening a muscle - we
must continue to exercise love for the gift to be expanded within us. As we step out in
obedience, God will expand our capacity to love those we would not naturally care for.
Sometimes this means putting ourselves in places and circumstances we would not normally be
comfortable in. We must move outside of our comfort zone, outside of our personal limits, and
into the realm where the miraculous power of God’s love is actively moving all around us. It is in
these places where we push past our own human limitations and minister the love of Yeshua in
the power of Ruach to broken, hurting people.
"Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the
earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the LORD ,
have created it.” Isaiah 45:8 NAS
At MJAA, we have opportunities every day to experience God’s powerful love at work in and
through us in miraculous ways. We invite you to share in God’s wondrous work with us. Join
us on an outreach to Ethiopia or Israel, ministering to the hurting, needy Jewish people who
need to know that God has not forgotten them, and to embrace the love that Yeshua has for
them. Please consider joining us! It can truly be a turning point for spiritual growth. Find out
more at MJAA.org.
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The debate was originally scheduled to be Dr. Michael Brown and Asher Norman, J.D., however, unfortunately Norman fell ill shortly before the day of the debate. Rabbi Freitag graciously stepped in with only 48 hours notice.
Brown and Freitag were both given time for open arguments, several rebuttals and then the floor was opened to questions from the audience which were answered and rebutted by each. Both their made their cases for their position, however, post-debate Dr. Michael Brown came out the stronger debater and if points were tallied, likely the winner of the debate as well.
Watch the debate here.
The originally intended debate between Brown and Norman will be reschedule for a future date.