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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's Commentary

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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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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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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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In the Face of Evil, God Is Our Refuge and Strength

In a world filled with so much noise and constant change, people attend church for solace, comfort, and reassurance, which is what makes last Sunday’s attack on a church in Texas uniquely hideous and appalling. It also highlights how...

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NYPD police officers

Vigilance, Moral Clarity, and Prayer

Cars and trucks have become weapons of choice for terrorists, as we have seen in Israel, in Europe – and now, in New York City. How is it possible to guard against a crazed driver who, with just the slightest turn of his steering wheel,...

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Rabbi Eckstein welcoming olim

Investing in Israel’s Future

My dear friend Ariel Sharon once told me that the three most important things we can do for Israel are: “aliyah, aliyah, aliyah.” He recognized a fundamental truth: Not only does bringing Jewish immigrants to their biblical...

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Rabbi Eckstein with young olim girl after Freedom Flight

From the Four Corners of the Earth

Next week, Israel celebrates the immigrants who have made her the healthy, vibrant Jewish state she is today. And we at The Fellowship celebrate our supporters who for 25 years have given hope to nearly 750,000 Jews in need.

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Torah at the Western Wall

The Foundation of Our Faith

The joyous holiday of Simchat Torah - which means 'rejoicing in the Torah' - demonstrates our love for God's Word, which comforts us with its truths and its promise that He is always with us.

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Sukkah in Israel

Only God to Depend On

The festival of Sukkot, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, reminds us that despite all we do, our homes, our safety, and our health ultimately come from God. So let us be filled with fresh gratitude for His permanence and shelter in...

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein praying at Western Wall

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Yom Kippur is a day for Jews to contemplate their sins and reconcile themselves to both God and man through repentance and prayer. It also serves as a reminder for all of us - Jews and Christians alike - that God is with us, and hears...

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Jewish man blows shofar at Western Wall

Days of Awe

The High Holy Days, which begin this week with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, remind us of God's soverignty over a world that can be a dangerous and chaotic place. Even as we sit in awe of God's power, I am in awe of the...

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Take a Stand Against Evil

The terror-sponsoring nation of Qatar recently hired an American public relations firm in an attempt to improve its image. But no makeover can hide the truth, and Qatar needs to be held accountable for its actions. Take a stand against evil by...

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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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