“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.” Ps: 3:8
PASSOVER 2019: PLEASE HELP VISION FOR ISRAEL TO MAKE THIS A JOYFUL CELEBRATION FOR THOSE IN NEED: Passover, a seven-day commemoration of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, begins this year in Israel at sunset Friday,19 April, and ends at nightfall on Friday, 26 April. Families and friends across the country will gather in homes, halls, and hotels to celebrate the annual Seder meal. Together the nation will recall in song and story the biblical deliverance, under the leadership of Moses, from the slave pits of Egypt, the ten plagues preceding it, and escapes from death because of the blood of the Passover lamb. Unleavened bread called matzos will be eaten throughout the holiday, and sweets made with matzo, corn and potato flour will accompany daily meals.
Sadly, there are many families in Israel whose financial situation prevents them from purchasing the necessary food supplies for the Seder meal and the seven days of the holiday. Every year, thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, Vision for Israel is able to help hundreds of families by providing gift cards for purchasing holiday food so they can celebrate with dignity. This year, our team has given gift cards to terror victims, Holocaust survivors, and needy families in our communities. We hope with the help of our partners to reach 1,000 families, with a gift of approximately $150 per family. Please help us to attain this goal. Your donations are vital and appreciated at www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.
3D LASER IMAGING SHINES NEW LIGHT ON ‘LAST SUPPER’ SITE: The arched stone-built hall in Jerusalem venerated by Christians as the site of Yeshua’s Last Supper has been digitally recreated by archaeologists using laser scanners and advanced photography. The Cenacle, a popular site for pilgrims near Jerusalem's walled Old City, has ancient, worn surfaces and poor illumination, hampering a study of its history. So researchers from Israel's Antiquities Authority and European research institutions used laser technology and advanced photographic techniques to create richly detailed three-dimensional models of the hall built in the Crusader era. The project helped highlight obscure artwork and decipher some theological aspects of the second-floor room, built above what Jewish tradition says is the burial site of King David. "We managed, in one of the holiest places in Jerusalem, to use this technology and this is a breakthrough," said Amit Re'em, Jerusalem district archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority. Re'em pointed to reliefs of what he described as the symbols of the "Agnus Dei", a lamb that is an emblem of Christ, and the "Lion of Judah" on keystones in the hall's vaulted ceiling. "It tells the story of this room," Re'em said. "It delivers the message of the Last Supper Room, Christ as a Messiah, as victorious, as a victim - and the lion, the lion is a symbol of the Davidic dynasty. They combine together in this room." Ilya Berkovitch, a historian at the INZ research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences who worked on the project, said the endeavor opens "incredibly new horizons" with enormous potential. (Ynet) Scripture says of Israel that God’s people take pleasure in her very stones and favor even the dust (Ps. 102:14). Such words are confirmed as archaeological excavations continue to unearth layers of history beneath the earth and stones of the Jewish nation. Ongoing discoveries tell us of life in the ancient past and in case after case bear out the truth of Biblical accounts.
ISRAEL TO THE MOON: WORK ON BERESHEET 2.0 HAS BEGUN: The Israelis involved in last week's failed lunar landing said one of their primary goals had been to inspire a new generation of children to get involved in science and space exploration. As such, they stressed to all the students watching the event live the importance of getting back up after falling down. Putting his money where his mouth is, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn, the South African-born billionaire who provided much of the funding for the Beresheet project, announced over the weekend the immediate launch of project Beresheet 2.0. "We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on the moon," Kahn said during a Saturday 13 April 2019 appearance on Israel's Channel 12 News. "Project Beresheet 2 begins tomorrow. A mission team will be meeting to start work. This is also a good lesson for the youth. I said that if you fail you need to get up and try again and this is an example I have to give them." Israel's Beresheet lunar lander came tantalizingly close to successfully executing a soft landing on the moon last Thur. 11 April 2019. A sensor failure several kilometers above the moon's surface resulted in the main engine cutting out. Control room engineers were hampered in their effort to quickly restart the engine by a temporary loss of communication with the craft. By the time they were able to restart the main engine, Beresheet was only 150 meters from the surface and falling too fast. Even so, as the heads of NASA noted in subsequent statements and tweets, this group of Israelis had managed to inspire the world by launching and nearly completing the first privately-funded and operated mission to the moon. And they aren't done yet. (Israel Today)
ISRAELI DELEGATION LANDS IN ETHIOPIA TO HELP FIGHT WILDFIRE: Under the guidance of PM Netanyahu and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Defense, a special delegation of firefighters arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday morning 14 April 2019 to help extinguish the huge fire that has raged for two weeks in the Simien Mountains area in northern Ethiopia. The Israeli team from the fire and rescue unit together with an expert from the Home Front Command made their way to the fire area where they joined the local firefighting forces. The arrival of the delegation was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa after the Government of Israel immediately acceded to the request of the Ethiopian government for assistance in extinguishing the fire. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Embassy in Addis Ababa are providing the delegation and the local forces with all necessary assistance in its various aspects. (Arutz-7)
POMPEO SAYS NETANYAHU'S 'ANNEX JUDEA & SAMARIA' TALK WON'T HURT PEACE PROSPECTS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview late last week that PM Netanyahu's talk about annexing parts of Judea & Samaria won't hurt USA President Donald Trump's upcoming peace plan. “I think that the vision that we’ll lay out is going to represent a significant change from the model that’s been used,” Pompeo said. He added that "we’ve had a lot of ideas for 40 years; they did not deliver peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our mission goal is to put forward a vision. Ultimately, the Israelis and the Palestinian people will have to resolve this for themselves." Netanyahu said in interviews during the last days of his reelection campaign that he will consider annexing parts of Judea & Samaria after the elections. The White House has remained silent on that issue so far. Pompeo did not provide new details about the plan, but said that the administration's vision for peace is "different" and "unique," and that it would be a vision "that tries to reframe and reshape what’s been an intractable problem that multiple administrations have grappled with - multiple administrations in Israel, as well." Last week, Pompeo refused to endorse a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (J.Post)
REFORM, CONSERVATIVE JEWS TO TRUMP: 'DON'T LET NETANYAHU ANNEX JUDEA & SAMARIA': Nine Jewish groups, including five associated with the Reform and Conservative movements, wrote to President Donald Trump asking him to preserve the two-state solution in the face of a pledge by Israeli PM Netanyahu to annex West Bank [Judea & Samaria] territory. “We believe that it will lead to greater conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, severely undermine, if not entirely eradicate, the successful security coordination between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and galvanize efforts such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that are intended to isolate and delegitimize Israel,” said the letter released Friday 12 April 2019. “It will create intense divisions in the United States and make unwavering support for Israel and its security far more difficult to maintain.” The warning that annexing territory would “create intense divisions” in the United States was significant coming from the leadership of two of the largest religious streams in the USA, with a combined membership that would constitute an overwhelming majority of synagogue-going Jewish Americans. (J.Post)
ONE-THIRD OF AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE 6 MILLION JEWS MURDERED: Almost one-third of American adults believe that significantly less that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, according to a recent survey. The survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting on behalf of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, found that 70% of USA adults say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to. 58% believe something like the Holocaust could happen again. According to the survey, 11% of all USA adults and 22% of millennials haven’t heard of, or are not sure they have heard of the Holocaust. In addition, 31% of USA adults and 41% of millennials believe that 2 million Jews or less were killed during the Holocaust. 45% of adults and 49% of millennials could not name a concentration camp or ghetto. Similarly, 41% of adults did not know what Auschwitz was, while a full 66% of millennials were unable to identify Auschwitz. The survey did, however, point to a desire for Holocaust education and improvement in the quality of Holocaust curriculum. Most USA adults, 93%, believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school, and 80% said it is important to keep teaching about the Holocaust so it doesn’t happen again. (Arutz-7)
JEREMY CORBYN IN LEAKED RECORDING: ANTI-SEMITISM EVIDENCE 'MISLAID, IGNORED': UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that evidence of anti-Semitism in the party may have been "mislaid, ignored or not used" by his staff. A secret recording obtained by UK weekly, The Sunday Times, revealed Corbyn as making these remarks during a Feb. 2019 meeting with Barking Parliament Member Margaret Hodge, who is Jewish. Hodge has been victim to anti-Semitism in the party, and in July of last year, she came to blows with Corbyn in which she called him an "anti-Semite" and a "racist" to his face. In the recording, Corbyn refers to his reasons for appointing former cabinet minister Lord Charlie Falconer to look into the Labour’s anti-Semitism complaints and review the process. “The point of him [Falconer] is that he will look at the speed and efficiency of
dealing with cases," Corbyn said in the recording. "I was concerned that evidence was either being mislaid, ignored or not used and that there had to be some better system.” A Labour spokesperson told UK media sources that the tape showed Corbyn's desire for "robust and efficient" procedures and to "rebuild trust with the Jewish community." However, the party as a whole "dismissed the claims."Meanwhile, days ago the Jewish Labour Movement voted to pass a motion of no confidence in Corbyn with its national secretary Peter Mason stating that reports of "delays, inaction, and interference from the leader's office showed the party's processes were 'incapable of dealing with anti-Jewish racism.'" The Jewish Board of Deputies also penned a letter to the paper in response to the recording saying it proves their concerns about Labour’s apparent “partisan and corrupt” disciplinary process, adding that “History will not be kind to them.” (J.Post) UK friends and intercessors, how vital it is to pray for your government’s support of Israel. Measures being taken against the Jewish State as well as slander and maligning God’s beloved people - according to scripture - lead to His displeasure rather than blessing upon your nation: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” Gen 12:3
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