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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

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Aliyah, Aliyah, Aliyah

I once asked Ariel Sharon what the three most important things are that The Fellowship can do for Israel. His response was: “Aliyah, aliyah, aliyah.” While we have been involved in bringing Jewish people home to...

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Hope Amid Devastation in Israel

The scope of the devastating fires that plagued Israel over the past week is only now being realized. 60,000 people were evacuated, 180 were injured, and 30,000 acres of forest were destroyed. Yet, I thank God that no lives were lost and that...

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Give Thanks to Him and Praise His Name

As Americans come together this week for Thanksgiving, let us reaffirm that the good we have received as a nation and as individuals is a gift from God, the source of all our blessings.

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Biblical Wisdom for Divisive Times

There comes a time when we must tear ourselves away from worldly things and focus on something deeper. We must not forget that God is our ultimate defender and protector, that He goes ahead of us in our challenges, and that we are objects of...

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Becoming Bridge Builders

In the wake of one of the most divisive presidential elections in memory, we must move forward prayerfully, seeking God’s guidance, trusting that He will heal our differences, and doing the difficult yet necessary work of building...

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God Is in Control

As Americans prepare to head to the polls, give thanks to God for the blessing of living under a democratic political system, resist the temptation to give in to fear, and hold fast to the knowledge that God is – and will continue to be...

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The Roadblock to Peaceful Coexistence

Last week, a simple gesture of goodwill – Jews inviting Palestinians to celebrate the biblical holiday of Sukkot – went terribly wrong when four Palestinians who attended the celebration were arrested by their own security...

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Standing for Israel’s Biblical History

The world’s hatred for the Jewish state was again recently on display when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s holiest sites....

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The Time of Our Happiness

Sukkot, the joyful biblical holiday also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, begins on the evening of October 16 this year. The sukkot, or temporary booths in which Jews eat, socialize, and even sleep during this biblically...

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Drawing Closer to God and to One Another

Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day which begins next Tuesday at sundown, is also known as the Day of Atonement. Our main task is to repent, which consists of two things: a change of heart and a change of action. By doing so, we witness...

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Remembering My Father

Rabbi Eckstein reflects on the life of his father, Rabbi Simon L. Eckstein, a beloved Jewish leader and renowned psychologist who passed away at his Jerusalem home this weekend.

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The Fight of All Free People

The fight against terrorism is the fight of all who champion order and the rule of law over chaos, who believe personal liberty must prevail over oppression, who choose life over death. Let us resolve to stand strong in this fight, and to...

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Prayers for One of Israel’s Founding Fathers

The thoughts and prayers of Israelis and those who stand for Israel are with Shimon Peres, whose political career has spanned almost the entire life of the modern Jewish state. This week, at the age of 93, Peres suffered a massive stroke. May...

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The Day the World Changed

Fifteen years ago, the attacks of September 11 changed the world. With the memory of that day still in our minds, we must never forget those innocent victims of hateful fanaticism, or the heroes who struggled to save others and perished. And we...

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Remembering Sacrifice – and the Promise of New Life

Seventy-seven years ago today, the Nazi invasion of Poland marked the beginning of World War II, a conflict that would encompass nearly the whole globe and take the lives of more than 60 million people. I was reminded of this anniversary this...

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Now Choose Life

Now Choose Life

Even as I give thanks to God for the birth of my newest grandchildren, I am reminded that beyond the loving embrace of family lies a world filled with danger and peril. The only answer to those who revel in death is to follow the biblical...

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Integrity Matters

You’ve undoubtedly read about it in the news – how the Israeli government made the shocking allegation that money given to a well-known charity that raises billions every year to help the poor.

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God’s Reassurance: Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

Beginning at sundown this Saturday, Jews around the world will fast to mark Tisha B’Av, the most solemn day in the Jewish year. But while this is a day of great sorrow, it is also one of hope, as our faith teaches us that a day will come...

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Let Us Pray for You

At The Fellowship, it is our privilege to take your prayers before God at the Western Wall – one way of returning the blessing of your prayers and support for His people.

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Can We Repair Our Troubled World?

Every day we are reminded that we live in a world filled with trouble, where no one is immune from the threat of violence. But as people of faith it is our responsibility to try to change our world into one of kindness, hope, and love,...

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Rabbi Commentary 07/20/16

Another Attack Sets France on Edge

Once again, a terror attack has struck France, this time bringing fear and death to the idyllic setting of Nice. Because of increasing terrorist acts and growing anti-Semitism, many in the French Jewish community hope to make aliyah...

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More than 60 Fellowship supporters join Rabbi Eckstein and Fellowship staff on a tour of Israel, which includes visits to project areas and biblical and historic sites in the Holy Land.

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About The Fellowship

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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