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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

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The Land God Has Given Us

This year, Israel celebrates her 70th anniversary. And when I read biblical passages such as Amos 9:15 — “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them”...

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Rabbi Eckstein at Auschwitz

Turning Remembrance into Action

As we memorialize the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, we must also turn our remembrance into action – both to ensure that all remaining Holocaust survivors can live their final days in dignity, and to speak out against the...

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Palestinian rioters

Smoke and Mirrors

A violent Palestinian protest on the Israel-Gaza border on the first day of Passover led to the predictable international condemnations of Israel. This weekend, Palestinians plan to riot again, this time using smoke screens and mirrors to...

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God Is Still With Us

This week, as Christians anticipate the joy of Easter and Jews prepare to observe Passover, my prayer is that your holidays will be filled with joy – the joy the Psalmist spoke of when he said, “You make known to me the path of...

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IDF soldiers mourn at funeral

The Lord Will Surely Comfort Zion

The words of Isaiah came to mind as I heard the news of two deadly terror attacks in Israel this past week. In Israel, each time we hear of another terror attack the nation grieves together. And this spirit of solidarity, along with our faith...

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Persecuted Christian woman

A Plea for Help — and a Call to Action

"I will tell you about my beautiful life and family before ISIS destroyed them." The stories of Christian refugees from Iraq illustrate the desperate plight of Christians in the Middle East — and show why we need to help these people who...

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Rabbi Eckstein with elderly Jewish woman

Ask Your Father and He Will Tell You

Haven’t we all struggled with how best to care for an aging loved one, or experienced the trials of aging ourselves? Respecting and caring for the elderly is not just a biblical mandate; it is a privilege that enriches us in many ways.

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IDF soldiers celebrate Purim with elderly Israelis

A Joyful Day — A Serious Message

While the holiday of Purim, which recalls the deliverance of the Jews exiled in Persia in biblical times, is a festive occasion, it also reminds us that in a world where there is much evil, we need to be committed to defend God’s...

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Billy Graham

He Showed His Faith to the World

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Billy Graham, an extraordinary Christian man whose voice of morality and reconciliation touched so many people for the better.

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IDF soldiers pray at Western Wall

Troubled Times – and Timeless Wisdom

Although the threat of war is a daily reality for Israel, the Jewish state remains a “light unto the nations.” And as she continues her ongoing pursuit of peace and security, let us all turn to the timeless wisdom of the...

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Flag-draped supporters of Israel in Washington, DC

Raising Our Faithful Voices

The case of a current candidate for public office – whose anti-Semitic, racist, and conspiratorial views were long ago rejected by decent people – reminds us, as people of faith, that we must be ever vigilant against the rise of...

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Sunlight through trees of Jerusalem hills

A Celebration of God’s Creation

On January 31st, Jews around the world observe the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, which celebrates the miracle of all that God created. This includes the land of Israel, of which the prophet Isaiah wrote that God would make...

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Rabbi Eckstein with elderly Holocaust survivor

We Remember. We Act.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27 – and every day, let us remember the millions murdered during the Holocaust, but let us also pledge to help survivors who are crying out for help.

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Mike Pence and Benjamin Netanyahu

A True Friend of Israel

Next week, my daughter Yael will be honored to attend an address at Israel’s parliament by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Pence’s visit comes at a time when American policies toward Israel are shifting, a time of new opportunities...

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Martin Luther King and Abraham Heschel

An Oasis of Brotherhood and Democracy

As Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday, let us remember a man who went among the people to liberate them as Moses did, and who saw “Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous...

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Walk with the Wise

The new year is a time of new beginnings – and a time of endings. I was reminded of that truth earlier this week when I learned of the death of my dear friend, John French, who served as chairman of The Fellowship’s board...

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The Season of Light and Miracles

Even as we recognize that we live in a troubled world, we revel in God’s light and hold fast to His miracles as precious signs that He loves and cares about his children.

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Jerusalem, Israel’s Historic and Spiritual Capital

The U.S. just made history by announcing that it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This bold and courageous move was long overdue, and especially significant coming from Israel’s closest ally. As we rejoice in this news, let...

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The Nation of Israel Lives!

This week marked the 70th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 181, which offered the Jewish people an opportunity to reclaim their historic and biblical homeland. Despite the fact that Israel’s Arab neighbors rejected the resolution,...

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A Time to Give Thanks to God

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation that created Thanksgiving, the nation he led was in the midst of the bloodiest conflict in its history. And yet, he told his countrymen to set aside time to thank “our beneficent...

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Rabbi Eckstein at Joyous Community Church in South Korea

God’s People, Together in Unity

Rabbi Eckstein visited the Fellowship office in South Korea and spoke at churches there, fellowshipping with like-minded, like-hearted people – united by a shared faith in God.

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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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