“Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.” Isa 45:8
“From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” Ps 50:2
This week, Vision for Israel partnered with a local tour agency in Jerusalem and a group of friends from the United States to provide a fun, helpful experience for Holocaust survivors in Pisgat Ze'ev. The event was specifically held to provide practical aid for the wintertime, so the survivors received knitted winter blankets, warm winter clothing, money vouchers and other necessities. A meal was also provided to the survivors, and they had the opportunity to sit and listen to different speakers sharing about the humanitarian work they are doing around Israel.
“He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations-- let not the rebellious rise up against him.” Ps 66:7
“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Dan 2: 20-21
“The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.”
In February 2016 Avi was injured in the back and neck during a fatal terror attack while shopping at a grocery store. He was stabbed several times and one of the stabs was one millimeter away from hitting a main artery. The terrible thought of the near-deadly disaster comes up often in Avi's and his wife's minds and brings them to tears. They often thank God that Avi got a second chance at life.
Batya loves to invent new recipes. Here's one she recently came up with and we thought you'd enjoy! Shabbat Shalom!
1 ½ cups cooked lentils
4 Tbsp. Tahini
1 cup fresh spinach/beet greens/parsley (optional)
½ cup almonds or walnuts, ground
½ cup rolled oats
1-2 Tbsp. whole spelt flour
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
½ tsp. each: cumin, black pepper, salt, paprika
1. Blend all ingredients in food processor, or chop by hand.
As part of our ongoing Cafe Europa activities, Vision for Israel sponsored a guided tour to the German Colony in Jerusalem. The German Colony is a symbol and example of European architecture and culture. Many of the Holocaust survivors who attended have come from this culture and still feel connected to it. The tour began with an interesting presentation about the history of the German Colony and the Templers who built it. Following the lecture, everyone went on a tour and visited the different buildings in the fascinating neighborhood.
“Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
Ps 2: 10-12