Thousands Pray For Rain At Western Wall

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.” 1 Kgs. 8:35-36

THOUSANDS PRAY FOR RAIN AT WESTERN WALL: Thousands gathered at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thurs. 28 Dec. to pray for rain. The mass prayer was initiated by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel in response to the ongoing drought, which will soon be entering its fifth year. Barely any rain fell in November 2017 which is ordinarily a month of substantial rainfall. Israel's Chief Rabbi were in attendance. Also participating were farmers from the north and the south, the president of the Israel Farmers' Union Dubi Amitai, the secretary general of the Moshav Movement and chairman of the Israel Farmers Union Meir Zur. Minister Ariel said that "after four years of drought, so far there has been less rainfall than the multi-annual average, and this winter looks like it will be another drought. I am happy that the public responded to the prayers and brought umbrellas." (Arutz-7)

NEW SYNAGOGUE OPENS UNDER TEMPLE MOUNT: While there may not be a Third Temple at which Israeli Jews can worship atop the Jerusalem Temple Mount, there is a brand-new synagogue under the foundation of the holy site – and it’s open for prayer. The new center of worship is the result of 12 years of construction at a cost of $50 million, and it is located directly under the Western Wall, where Jews have gathered for centuries to pray at the retaining wall for the Temple Mount. “The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,” said the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. In the new synagogue, the altar, and seating are made of wood. The synagogue features dozens of elegant benches, arranged in separate men’s and women’s sections. (WND)

A SEASON TO GIVE A SPECIAL GIFT TO JERUSALEM: As 2017 soon comes to a close we want to thank all of you who have given so generously throughout the year. We couldn’t have blessed the needy of Israel in so many diverse ways without you. For those who would like the opportunity to bless Israel before the year’s end, depending on your time zone, there is still time for you to make a tax deductible gift before 31 Dec. 2017, according to the laws in your own country. Give generously at For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at Please continue to help hands and hearts at VFI rebuild hope and provide for the nation’s poor both now and in 2018. “Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Rom. 15: 26-27

‘MURDERING JEWS IS THE MOST LUCRATIVE PROFESSION’: The Ofer military court on 29 Dec. 2017 began hearing the defense and prosecution's views on sentencing the terrorist who killed three members of the Salomon family in July 2017. The military prosecution demands 19-year-old Omar al-Abed be sentenced to three life sentences for the murders and a fourth life sentence for attempting to murder the rest of the family. Photos of the al-Abed in court show him smiling widely, possibly because he knows that for every month he sits in prison, he and his family will receive dozens of thousands of shekels in monthly payments from the Palestinian Authority. In addition, al-Abed is aware that as he sits in prison, his colleagues are planning ways to release him. Potential terrorists know that today, the most lucrative occupation in the PA is killing Jews. The more Jews you kill, the more money you'll receive. The Israeli government must understand that the PA's incentives and indulgences, as well as the terrorists' families' visits, must cease. (INN) “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isa 5:20

A CHILD’S GUIDE TO ROCK THROWING: Fatah posted on its Twitter account a photo of a young boy hurling rocks with a slingshot, along with an explanation to Palestinian children on how best to throw rocks, watchdog Palestinian Media Watch reported. Fatah's tweet reads:"In order to hit the target, there are three conditions: 1. Stand stable and balance your legs, arms, and body well. 2. Focus your gaze on the center of the target, and do not look at anything else. 3. Keep the desired balance between your body and your weapon; you are the one that controls the weapon, and not the other way around. If you did not understand this, read it again, and if you still have not understood, there is a pictorial example for you." Rocks hurled at moving vehicles have caused hundreds of injuries and many deaths, including infants killed by stones thrown at their family's cars. Yehuda Haim Shoham, aged 5-months; Yonatan Palmer aged 12-months (his father Asher was also killed); Adele Biton aged 3, were killed by rocks thrown at their cars by Palestinian Arab terrorists. The 5 terrorists convicted of murdering Adele were all teen-aged. Palestinian Authority textbooks contain incitement against Israel and Jews, and the PA itself has said that terrorism is "part of the culture." (Arutz-7) Intercede that the Israeli government will impose stiffer consequences against terrorist groups and individuals and that the Palestinian Authority will be made to feel the increasing futility of promoting terrorism, paying salaries to terrorists and their families, educating its youth to hate Israel, and glorifying terrorist murderers as heroes.

USA ENVOY: PALESTINIAN REACTION TO TRUMP ANNOUNCEMENT IS UGLY, ANTI-SEMITIC: Some of the Palestinian rhetoric in response to USA President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem has been “ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic,” USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israeli media sources. Friedman, a leading force behind Trump’s decision three weeks ago to recognize Jerusalem and move the USA embassy there from Tel Aviv, characterized the Palestinian reaction as “largely emotional,” saying they “unfortunately overreacted” because Trump made clear that the USA was “not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.”

In light of the Palestinians resulting rejection of any USA role in the peace process, Friedman said there will be no process without Washington’s involvement. “There is no path around the United States,” he said. “Israel has made it clear that they will not engage under the sponsorship of any other nation. Moreover, only the United States has the regional credibility to bring forward a historic peace agreement.” Trump, Friedman said, will go down in history “as one of Israel’s greatest friends,” and “we must all recognize and applaud the courage and moral clarity displayed by the president in affirming, against the wishes of so many other nations, the centrality of Jerusalem to Israel and the Jewish people.” (J.Post)

USA AND ISRAEL FORMULATE A PLAN TO STOP IRAN TOGETHER: Top USA and Israeli national security officials reached an agreement two weeks ago in Washington on a joint work plan to counter Iranian activity, news sources announced 28 Dec.2017. The document, characterized by a USA National Security Council representative as an informal “framework,” follows President Trump’s speech in Oct. 2017 outlining a new American policy approach to the Islamic Republic, where he announced that he would not recertify the Iranian nuclear deal. “This is a framework document, and not a done and dusted plan,” said a USA official. “It is a framework for future cooperation. It is not the end result of a process, it’s more of a beginning. Obviously, there was a major strategy that was announced a few months ago, and there have been meetings subsequent to that shaped by that new strategy,” the official continued. “And obviously Israel is one of our closest allies.” The Israeli team was led by National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat, and the USA team was led by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Senior defense, intelligence and diplomatic officials from both sides took part in the meeting. (J.Post) Continue to intercede for divinely conscripted strategies to come into play in order to avert and dismantle the threat Iran and its terrorist allies are to Israel and the nations.

ISRAEL ANNOUNCES “DONALD TRUMP TRAIN STATION” IN JERUSALEM: Israel Railways has decided to name the final stop on its soon-to-open high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line after USA President Donald Trump. The much-anticipated rail line was originally supposed to terminate at a new station being built adjacent to Jerusalem's Central Bus Station and the International Convention Center. But an underground extension was added taking the train to the entrance of the Old City of Jerusalem. About a year ago, Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposed another extension, taking the train (again, underground) all the way to the Western Wall. That final station near the Western Wall is the one Israel Railways intends to name "Donald Trump Train Station." That honor is being bestowed in recognition of Trump's decision to finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Israel Today)

TEL AVIV RESIDENTS BUILD 36-METER LEGO TOWER TO HONOR CANCER VICTIM: Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-meter plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honor a young cancer victim in the Israeli city. The multi-colored Omer Tower, named after eight-year-old Lego fan Omer Sayag, was completed using cranes in Rabin Square on 27 Dec 2017, after more than a fortnight's construction work by thousands of residents. "It was the idea of his (Sayag's) former kindergarten teacher, and building blocks were donated by residents, companies and some were purchased using municipality funds," a spokesperson for the mayor's office said. There was no Guinness World Records adjudicator on site to measure the Omer Tower, meaning Tel Aviv must wait for approval from the body to confirm they have beaten the previous record of 35.05 meters, built in Milan in 2015. (Reuters)

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