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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

Vigil for Charlottesville victim

Our Response to Hateful Fanaticism

There is a sobering lesson to be learned from the events in Charlottesville, and we ignore it at our peril: Wherever people stir up violent hatred for any ethnic or religious group, we must stand resolutely against them.

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Venezuelan olim from July 2017 Freedom Flight

Turning Their Weeping into Rejoicing

The dire economic crisis in Venezuela has been devastating for that country's Jewish community. I am so grateful to The Fellowship's supporters, who have helped provide Freedom Flights and turned weeping into rejoicing as Venezuelan...

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Rabbi Eckstein praying at Western Wall

A House of Prayer for All People

We invite you to submit your prayers, so that we can bring them to the Western Wall - it is one way of returning the blessing of your prayers and support for God's people.

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Western Wall and Temple Mount

The Lord Will Surely Comfort Zion

A terror attack on a family celebrating the birth of a new grandchild on Shabbat. The shooting of two Israeli police officers. Palestinian officials suspending all contact with Israel. A "Day of Rage." Israel's enemies claim all of...

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Coptic Christian woman crying in church

A Helping Hand for Persecuted Christians

Recent atrocities against Christians in Egypt have created a humanitarian crisis and spurred The Fellowship into action. Just as we fight anti-Semitism and assist Israel's victims of terror, join with us as we work to meet the needs of...

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Cave of the Patriarchs

An Affront to History

The United Nations has once again voted to undermine Israel and rewrite her history. But I am reminded of Moses' call to God's people: "Be strong and courageous." So, too, must we persevere and remain faithful to God, resting in the...

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Rabbi Eckstein praying at Western Wall

Repairing a Broken World

Jews around the world will soon begin the period known as "The Three Weeks," a time that has historically brought calamity and misfortune to the Jewish people. While we mourn these tragedies, they also remind us that we have a duty to engage in...

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American and Israeli flags

A Shared Love of Freedom

On July 4th, Americans will gather to celebrate the blessings of life in a free country. Israel's political system also guarantees Israelis the same freedoms enjoyed by Americans. This "kinship of common values" is one of the many reasons our...

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Flag-draped supporters of Israel in Washington, DC

How Can We Be Silent?

Recent terror attacks around the world have shone a light on the international crisis of our age: Islamist extremism. Our new Stop Terror Now campaign is raising a groundswell of support from good people like you who value freedom, democracy,...

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Israeli medics with terror victim on stretcher

Stop Terror Now

Over the past two weeks, a coalition of countries began acting against Qatar, the Gulf state that supports many terrorist groups and has close relations with Iran's radical regime. And so I urge all friends of Israel, America, and the free...

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Rabbi Eckstein at Jewish Heritage Month ceremony at US Senate

God’s People, Together in Unity

During the Holocaust, "Righteous Gentiles" - many of them Christians - gave their all to save Jews. And today, millions of Christians around the world continue this extraordinary legacy by supporting the Jewish people, including The...

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Rabbi Shlomo Goren blows shofar at Western Wall, June 7, 1967

As It Goes with Israel

As the anniversary of the Six-Day War nears, let us thank God for Israel's miraculous victory in 1967, and for her survival against all odd through the ages. But let us also pray to Him for peace, standing up against the threats that face not...

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Hands open toward light

The Path of Life

A homeless man showed heroism and compassion by helping many victims of last week's terror attack in Manchester, England. His acts should hearten us, as people of faith, to show compassion and kindness in this broken world.

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Jerusalem

'If I Forget You, O Jerusalem...'

During his upcoming trip to Israel - which comes just days before the Jewish state celebrates Jerusalem Day, and the 50-year anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification - President Trump may speak on the status of the Holy City as Israel's...

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Confronting Horror, Encountering Hope at Auschwitz

Earlier this week, I visited Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland where more than a million Jews were murdered. The somber visit provided evidence of the catastrophic events of the Jewish past, but also hope for a thriving Jewish future.

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The Power of Prayer

In the United States, faith and prayer are part of Americans' civic duties, and the National Day of Prayer acknowledges this fundamental truth. Today - and every day - let us appeal for God's assistance in securing health and safety for both...

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Sunrise over Jerusalem

A Light unto the Nations

As Israel prepares to celebrate her 69th birthday, the Israeli people also observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, commemorating all those who fought to preserve Israel's independence.

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We Remember. We Act.

Earlier this week on Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honored those who were murdered during that horrible chapter in history. And just as we honored the memory of the 6 million Jewish lives that were lost, let...

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Two Are Better Than One

Two Are Better Than One

God reminds us that we weren’t designed to face difficulties alone. I see this concept at work every day as our loving community of Fellowship supporters blesses people in need, reminding them that they are not alone.

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Standing with the Sunday People

Earlier this week, on Palm Sunday – when Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, leading up to the celebration of Easter – bombs exploded at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.

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Hope in Something Higher

Horrific world events can cause us to despair. But this holy season of Passover reminds us of the biblical truth, “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope...

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Landscape photo of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

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About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

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